With an advantage of 15.452 seconds after 85 laps in extremely difficult weather conditions, the Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 (#99), won the 48th ADAC TOTAL 24h race Nürburgring 2020 in a heart-stopping final in front of the second-placed Audi.
It was the first time in ten years that a BMW won the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race Nürburgring. We congratulate our customer Rowe Racing and BMW Motorsport on this great achievement.
Congratulations to ROWE Racing and BMW Motorsport and many thanks for the confidence in our Solid Piston Technology. We are delighted that we were able to contribute to this success for our partners and very happy of the achievement of 44 customer race cars.
It is the first overall victory in the endurance classic in the Eifel region for Rowe Racing, founded in 2010 by the mineral oil manufacturer Rowe.
50 years after the first edition of the endurance classic, the ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 with number 99, equipped with 4-way adjustable KW Competition shock absorbers, crossed the finish line first after an impressive catch-up race on Sunday.
The BMW Team Schnitzer with drivers Augusto Farfus, Jens Klingmann, Martin Tomczyk, and Sheldon van der Linde in the M6 GT3 with number 42 came third.
The second Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 with start number 98 crossed the finish line in fourth place with Marco Wittmann, Tom Blomqvist, and Philipp Eng.
The best Porsche was Frikadelli Racing with the Porsche 911 GT3 R with start number 30 and the driver’s Lars Kern, Mathieu Jaminet, Maxime Martin, and Lance David Arnold in seventh place overall.
The dramatic overtaking maneuvers, continuous rain, overall victory candidates dropped out, race aborted after more than nine hours and a restart in the early Sunday morning hours dominated the headlines. There were hardly any more adverse circumstances in the history of the endurance classic than in 2020.
Even under difficult conditions on the Nordschleife, the 4-way adjustable KW Competition racing shocks with their solid piston technology were a great match. In future, we will also equip the new BMW M4 GT3 with our so-called KW Solid Piston Technology.
This solid piston technology enables direct damping at very small strokes and compared to other systems, ensures cavitation-free performance at low gas pressure.
We are already using our solid piston dampers for more and more applications and are consistently adapting this racing technology to our road developments, such as the new KW coilover suspension kit Variant 5.
The BMW M6 GT3 from Walkenhorst Motorsport (number 101, driver quartet Christian Krognes, David Pittard, Mikkel Jensen, Jordan Pepper), the Porsche 911 GT3 R from KCMG (number 18 with Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard, Jörg Bergmeister and Dennis Olsen) …
… and the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SP-X prototype racing car (start number 704, driver Thomas Mutsch, Franck Mallleux, Felipe Fernandez Laser, Richard Westbrook), Huber Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R (start number 25, Lorenzo Rocco di Torrepadula, Patrick Kolb, Marco Holzer, Nico Menzel) into the top 20.
An impressive record of success at the Nürburgring Nordschleife
Besides the overall victory, KW Motorsport customers celebrate a total of ten class victories at the 48th ADAC TOTAL 24h Race Nürburgring 2020. After the Zakspeed victory in 2002 and the Manthey Porsche successes in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2018, the overall victory for ROWE Racing is the eighth overall victory for KW automotive.
The KW racing suspensions are manufactured as homologated series development for numerous GT3, GT4, TCR, and Cup vehicles or as individual applications.
In addition to 5-way, 4-way, 3-way, and 2-way adjustable dampers or with a fixed pre-configured damper setup, KW automotive puts together interesting packages that offer tuning and development services on the KW 7-post vehicle dynamic rig as well as on-site service on the track by its engineers and technicians.
ADAC TOTAL 24h Race Nürburgring 2020 KW Competition Class Victories:
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