‘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’.
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
"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.
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