BMW M Team WRT took Dubai by storm and won the 24-hour race. The BMW M4 GT3 secured victory after an exciting finish. It was the first victory for the BMW M4 GT3 in a 24-hour race and the first BMW triumph at the 24H Dubai since Schubert Motorsport’s success in 2011. Third place for the #46 BMW M4 GT3 rounded off a success Weekend for the BMW M Team WRT. The assignment in Dubai was organized privately by BMW M Team WRT in order to prepare for the first official appearance with BMW M Motorsport, the “12 Hours of Bathurst” (AUS) in three weeks.

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Behind the wheel of the winner M4 GT3 were the BMW M works drivers Jens Klingmann and Dries Vanthoor as well as Mohammed Saud Fahad Al Saud, Diego Menchaca and Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer. The vehicle with starting number 46 was driven by BMW M works drivers Valentino Rossi, Maxime Martin and Max Hesse as well as Timothy Whale and Sean Gelael. It was the first podium with WRT for nine-time motorcycle world champion Rossi.

Valentino Rossi’s first race

The winning #7 M4 GT3 started sixth on the grid, but a perfectly executed race strategy saw them move back up to first place in the last half hour of the race. The crew of the number 46 car, which started from eighth place, also finished in the top three early in the race, but fell back after two and a half hours when the car crashed on a track made slippery by liquid on the track in the crash barrier was thrown. After a brief check-up in the garage, car no. 46 was able to rejoin the race and work its way back through the field to the podium. The #14 BMW M4 GT3 fielded by the Danish team Poulsen Motorsport also ran well, but then had to retire in the closing stages.

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The new one in the GT4 class BMW M4 GT4 also had a successful start to the debut season. Both vehicles in the starting field made it onto the podium in their class. The “#438” Simpson Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 crossed the finish line in second place, ahead of Century Motorsport in third place with its new “#429” BMW M4 GT4. The RHC-Jorgensen-Strom by Century team, which competed with the predecessor model of the BMW M4 GT4, did not finish.