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BMW Power for Marc Hennerici and Marc VDS at 24 Hours of SPA

The distinctive livery of the Marc VDS Racing Team will be seen for the first time on a BMW Z4 at this year´s 24 Hours of Spa, as the Belgian team switch to Bavarian power for the showcase event in the Blancpain Endurance Series.

The Marc VDS Racing Team´s experienced GT1 campaigners, Bas Leinders, Maxime Martin and Marc Hennerici, will team up at Spa to race the BMW Z4, which has already proven competitive in both the FIA GT3 European Championship and Blancpain Endurance Series this season.

The three GT1 drivers will have their first opportunity to familiarise themselves with the BMW Z4 when the car makes its track debut in Marc VDS colours during tomorrow´s official 24 Hours of Spa test.

The 24 Hours of Spa, the showcase event in this year´s Blancpain Endurance Series, takes place at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in the Belgian Ardennes over the weekend of the 30/31 July.

Jean-Michel Delporte: General Manager Marc VDS

“The opportunity to race the BMW Z4 at Spa was one that we could not turn down, for a number of reasons. We have seen already this season that the BMW Z4 is competitive in GT3 specification and I´m confident that it will be equally competitive in endurance races like the 24 Hours of Spa. Obviously we will need to make some changes to the car, to convert it from sprinter to endurance racer, but these modifications are only minor. We are also looking ahead to next season, when changes to the regulations would make an upgraded BMW Z4 eligible for the GT1 World Championship. Racing the car for 24 hours at Spa will provide us with the perfect opportunity to assess whether the BMW Z4 is a suitable platform on which to build a competitive GT1 car for the 2012 season. Spa promises to be an interesting race, in more ways than one, but our aim remains the same; to win!”

Dr. Hugo Koch: Manager Marc Hennerici

“We have good feelings towards the BMW power for Marc Hennerici, because Marc drove this brand for years successfully in the past. Especially our memories go back to the Year 2005, when Marc won the World Championship for Independent Drivers in WTCC at the wheel of a BMW 320i. So we are looking forward with optimism to a fascinating 24 hours of Spa 2011.”

26.06.2014 +++ 24-Stunden-Rennen am Nürburgring 2014 +++ Top-Ergebnis für Marc Hennerici