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BMW has always been at home on the racetrack with touring and sports cars.
Success is in the genes of the cars from Munich. With appearances in the
World Touring Car Championship, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and
selected 24-hour races, the company’s commitment is far from jaded.
Private teams and drivers can purchase vehicles from the BMW Motorsport
product range, with which to do battle for points and victories in a wide
range of championships.
Launched in the 1960s, the BMW Sports Trophy allows the brand to offer
a special incentive for all those drivers on their own private missions with
BMW sports cars. Entry is free of charge for BMW drivers, regardless of
whether they are taking to the track in a BMW 320si WTCC or at the wheel
of a BMW racing car set up under their own steam. This way, BMW Motor-
sport is supporting its customers on a broad level.
Successful ambassadors for the brand.
“For me, this competition epitomises BMW's motorsport philosophy,” says
Franz Engstler, who claimed his second overall victory in 2008. “The enor-
mous interest in this competition reflects how successful teams and drivers
can be with BMW racing cars. Whether – like me – in the World Touring Car
Championship or in countless other championships: racing in a BMW is
usually the first step towards the podium. In recent years, the BMW Sports
Trophy has consistently grown in importance and become even more at-
tractive. That shows how important customer racing is to BMW.”
Engstler is a prime example of a successful BMW Sports Trophy partici-
pant: He raced in the Independents’ Trophy in the World Touring Car Cham-
pionship, where he went up against BMW works drivers in their BMW 320si
WTCCs. The fact that Engstler finished in the points on several occasions
Enthusiastic entrants from all corners
of the world.
With 198 registered privateers, the 2009 BMW Sports Trophy achieved the
highest number of entrants ever recorded in over 40 years of the competi-
tion's history. And the level of success shows no sign of diminishing: This
season, for the first time, over 200 drivers from more than 20 countries will
compete for a share in the total prize purse of 250,000 Euros.
For Mario Theissen, the performance of private BMW teams around the
world cannot be underestimated. “I have great respect for the teams and
drivers who compete in the most diverse classes around the world, without
works support,” says the BMW Motorsport Director. “They are the best am-
bassadors for the performance of our cars.”
just goes to show that BMW customer racing cars can compete at the hig-
hest level. The range of racing series, in which privateers can score points
towards the BMW Sports Trophy is impressive: the list currently includes
more than 30 series around the world, at which BMW models specially ho-
mologated for the respective series are able to pick up points for the BMW
Sports Trophy rankings. As well as the World Touring Car Championship,
these include national touring car championships – such as in Sweden,
Denmark and Great Britain - as well as the 24-hour classics at the Nür-
burgring and in Spa-Francorchamps. BMW privateers also fly the company
flag and add to their BMW Sports Trophy points tally in the VLN Endurance
Championship at the Nürburgring and in the FIA European Hill-Climb
More than just a thrilling competition.
Taking part in the BMW Sports Trophy is not only attractive for drivers like
Engstler who have a good chance of picking up the overall victory.
Participation comes with many benefits. For example, BMW Sports Trophy
entrants receive additional participant insurance, which covers accidents at
all official race events that count towards the BMW Sports Trophy standings.
“What is almost even more attractive, however, is that the Sports Trophy
allows you to be part of the BMW family,” explains Robert Thiele, who has
enjoyed success with a BMW 328i in various American racing series, such
as the TeamDI Pro IT. “We feel a close association with BMW, and wave the
flag for our brand with just as proudly as the pros each race weekend. It is
good that a company like BMW also makes such an effort for mass sport. I
feel I am in the best hands in the BMW Sports Trophy, particularly as we
are working to a limited budget. The BMW Sports Trophy gives us access
to the right contact partners, as well as the BMW Motorsport know-how
and network. The special reductions for participants also help keep our
costs affordable."
As well as the greatly anticipated “Welcome Package” received after suc-
cessfully registering for the BMW Sports Trophy, participants can also look
forward to the range of attractive cooperations that BMW Motorsport is
constantly expanding within its customer racing programme. Castrol offers
special conditions on its products, as do Recaro, Dunlop, Schmidt Design
and many other partner companies.
You can find more information on the BMW Sports Trophy online at:
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