‘Japanese’ BMW Heads back To Europe
Oakfield’s Ian Donaldson will be off to Sebring soon, to drive a Racers Group Porsche in the 12 Hours. When he comes back to the UK, he’ll have a BMW to ‘play with’.

dailysportscar.comHe flew to Japan recently to inspect this car, a BMW formerly run by Amprex Motorsports, but originally built by PTG. The images are from the Amprex team’s website.

The car’s 2004 schedule should include 24 hour races at the Nurburgring, Spa and Bathurst.

"I've hankered after one of these rare BMWs for a long time" says Donaldson. “They’re quick and reliable, ideal for the 24-hour races, and we intend to run it in four or five more events. The Le Mans Endurance Series race at Silverstone in August would be a good opportunity to run the BMW in Britain. The BMW is the one car that can challenge the supremacy of the Porsches in endurance racing, in fact M3s like this one finished first and second at Homestead (last weekend), so I am very optimistic."

The BMW will be engineered by David Lampitt at SpecFab and will be run by Hermann Duller Motorsports in Austria, a team that has run cars for Donaldson in previous Nurburgring and Bathurst 24-hour races. Duller Motorsport has been associated with the BMW marque and the factory for over a decade, winning many of the classic endurance races. "Hermann always does the best job, and I am confident that the BMW will get results: you must remember that Hermann gave me my first 24 Hour outright win in Sicily in 2001," Donaldson concludes.

Oakfields’ subsidiary organisation IDM Motorsport Management is involved with the purchase of the BMW. IDM was formed to help young drivers to break into professional motor racing, and Liz Halliday is one of IDM's clients.



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