Factory-run BMW M3 GT2 takes victory after late-race drama
17 May 2010

BMW took victory on the Nurburgring 24 Hours last weekend.

The factory-run BMW M3 GT2 of Jorg Muller, Augusto Farfus, Uwe Alzen and Pedro Lamy claimed the top spot, despite gearbox problems causing some scares in the final hours.

"During my last stint we lost fourth gear," said Muller. "The problem gradually got worse. The main priority was to be careful and keep the car in the race. Everything worked out superbly in the end."

The victory was particularly sweet for BMW as it hadn't contested the race for five years as a factory team - and it had won on its last outing in 2005.

For a long time it looked like the race would be won by the hybrid Porsche 911 GT3 of Jorg Bergmeister, Richard Lietz, Marco Holzer and Martin Ragginger.

The team led through the night, only to stop on track with a technical problem a few hours from the end.

Audi also had a frustrating race after dominating qualifying. Various problems befell its cars, although Marc Bronzel, Luca Ludwig, Dennis Rostek and Markus Winkelhock eventually claimed third.

In its first competitive race outing, the Aston Martin Rapide race car (pictured) was second in its class.

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17 May 2010

A good start for BMW in their return too tin top racing.

Peter Cavellini.

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