BARCELONA (September 25th, 2011) – Following its victory in the Dunlop 24H DUBAI in January and second place in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps at the end of July, the German Need for Speed-Team Schubert has won the 24H BARCELONA. With their BMW Z4 GT3 with starting number 2, Swedes Edward Sandström and Lars Stugemo, Dane Michael Outzen and German Peter Posavac led almost for the entire duration of the 24 hours and completed 669 laps at the 4.655 kilometres long Circuit de Catalunya, establishing a new record distance in the endurance event for GTs, touring cars and 24H specials. After a nice recovery following an off-track excursion in the second hour of the race, Hungarian team Bovi Motorsport finished second with their Brokernet Silversting, driven by Hungarians Kalman Bodis and Istvan Racz, German Wolfgang Kaufmann and Dutchman Jaap van Lagen. This quartet also won the SP2 category. Dutch team Equipe Verschuur rounded out the podium with third place for Tom and Raymond Coronel and Jeroen, Bas and Pieter Schothorst in the McGregor-Renault Mégane Trophy in spite of a driveshaft change in the morning hours.
“It is fantastic to add another win to our portfolio”, said Stefan Wendl, team-manager of the Schubert Motorsport outfit. “Our car ran like clockwork. The only incident we had was Michael Outzen having to drive through the gravel trap once during the night to avoid a collision with a car that had got stuck on the track right in front of him. After that, we had to clean up some gravel, but that was it.” The winning BMW Z4, chassis number 1011, was the car that had already scored a second place at Spa and a third place in the German VLN endurance championship on the Nordschleife. “With this victory, we now have three podium finishes from three starts with this car. A big hand also to the drivers, who raced together in this combination for the first time.”
The best-placed Porsche was the number 5 Besaplast entry (Martin Tschornia, Sebastian and Roland Asch, Franjo Kovac and Stefanie Halm), winning the 997 class in fourth place overall, just ahead of two SEAT Leon Supercopa cars that had a nice battle for the class win in the A3T category. Eventually, the SEAT of the Spanish PCR Sport team ended on top in its class, with a much publicised class win for reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, who also proved to be very fast on four wheels!
Adding to the overall win and the class victory in A6 for BMW, there were three more class wins for the German brand. Dutch team JR Motorsport won the A5 class with its BMW E46 GTR and their compatriots from Bas Koeten Racing victorious in the A4 category with the BMW Z3 M Coupé. The diesel category was also a BMW affair with Dutch team Marcos Racing International claiming victory after the Belgian Recy Racing BMW had been in the class lead for most of the race before getting involved in a collision with the number 46 Team Codony Sport Renault Clio with only half an hour remaining. The Belgians still finished third in class while the Spanish Codony team brought their battle-scarred car home to win the A2 category. The SP3 class brought victory for the Dutch Saker Sportscars factory team on its very first outing.
For the first time, Dutch agency CREVENTIC had been taken on board by the organisation from the Circuit de Catalunya and the Royal Catalan Automobile Club (RACC) to contribute with its know-how to the organisation and promotion of the 24-hour race. This led to a truly international field with teams and drivers from 20 countries being represented on the grid. “We were happy to support and working with the Spanish organisers has been a great pleasure for us. With well-known drivers from WTCC, DTM, Le Mans winners and motorcycle stars on the grid, the profile of the event has certainly been increased, whilst not forgetting the many amateur drivers, and we hope that we have been able to add something of the atmosphere from our other events like the Dunlop 24H DUBAI and the 12H HUNGARY to this race”, says Gerrie Willems on behalf of CREVENTIC. “Enjoying motorsport together, that is our philosophy, and that is what this race has been about, too!”
1. Sandström/Outzen/Posavac/Stugemo, BMW Z4 GT3 (Schubert Motorsport), 669 laps in 24.00:13.555 (winner A6)
2. Bodis/Racz/Kaufmann/Van Lagen, Brokertnet Silversting (Bovi Motorsport), -21 l. (winner SP2)
3. B. Schothorst/J. Schothorst/R. Coronel/P. Schothorst/T. Coronel, Renault Mégane Trophy (Equipe Verschuur), -33 l.
4. Kovac/Tschornia/R. Asch/Halm/S. Asch, Porsche 997 Cup (Besaplast Racing Team), -42 l. (winner 997)
5. Lorenzo/Fontes/de los Milagros/Cordús, SEAT Leon Supercopa (PCR Sport), - 42 l. (winner A3T)
7. Hilders/Poland/Van den Bos/Bogaerts/Van Zweerde, BMW E46 GTR (JR Motorsport), -46 l. (winner A5)
15. Van den Berge/Budding/Gras/Koeten, BMW Z3 M Coupé (Bas Koeten Racing), -82 l. (winner A4)
18. Van Zoest/Briody/Schulz, BMW 120D (Marcos Racing International), -90 l. (winner D1)
19. Gutierrez/Codony/Codony/Navarro/Sanz, Renault Clio III RS Copa (Team Codony Sport), -91 l. (winner A2)
25. Herber/Jeuris/Vetters/Meijer/Meijer, Saker Sportscar GT (Saker Sportscars), -102 l. (winner SP3)