Eight Podiums in Five Championships: The motorsport customer teams of Aston Martin, BMW, Mercedes-AMG, and Porsche set a strong pace with their KW Racing dampers

The past weekend was packed with motorsport events. Here’s a brief recap of the eight races in which various KW Racing dampers were homologated in various customer sports cars. We always look at the top five of the overall classification or the respective classification.

The final reckoning comes at the end – at least last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. There, the 24h Series guests and the official final result on the Ardennes roller coaster are as follows:

The Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) with start number (#) 80 takes to the podium, so to speak, after the cumulative result of the Saturday and Sunday races in Belgium, and secures third place in the overall classification. Antares Au, Jonathan Hui, and Kevin Tse alternated in the cockpit (GT3 AM).

The Herberth-Motorsport-Porsche (#91, GT3 AM) narrowly missed the podium. Also, drivers with an FIA bronze license (AM) piloted the 911 GT3 R (992); they were first in the first six-hour race on Saturday.

A Porsche secured fifth place in the overall classification. This time, a slightly older one, the Porsche 911 GT3 R 991.2 (#90) from E2P Racing. Behind the wheel of the 911, which was rated in the GT3 Pro/AM, were drivers Pablo Burguera, Antonio Sainera, and Alvo Parente, who also clinched a (driver) class victory with this result.

In the GT4 class, four cars equipped with KW Racing dampers finished in Spa-Francorchamps. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 from Buggyra ZM Racing (#416) took first place. This customer racing car has been homologated with KW Racing or KW Competition dampers since 2017.

Lionspeed GP came second with their Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport (#424), which rolls to customer sports teams on our KW dampers like the old Cayman in motorsport.

Third place went to the BMW M4 GT4 (#419) from Hamofa Motorsport. Simpson Motorsport’s BMW M4 GT4 (#438) also reached the top five.

With a second-place finish in the TCE/TCX class, the SRS Team Sorg Motorsport (Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS, #127) celebrated a podium finish, while in the GTX class, a slightly “older” Porsche 911 GT3 Cup M R (991.2) finished third.

From Belgium, we now turn to Italy because Imola’s traditional Formula 1 circuit hosted the FIA WEC (World Endurance Championship), the challenging endurance world championship in which hybrid hypercars also compete.

In 2024, we will also be present as a suspension equipment supplier in such a hybrid hypercar—we are the official technical partner of Lamborghini Squadra Corse. The Lamborghini SC63 of Lamborghini Iron Lynx finished twelfth in its first season despite the strong competition.

Since the announcement of the GT3 class in the North American IMSA series as a professional category, GT3 race cars can also compete in the FIA WEC in 2024. These are evaluated in the so-called LMGT3 and the WEC; they include the Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Evo, BMW M4 GT3, and Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) equipped with KW V6 Racing dampers.

A look at the top 5 of the LMGT3 race cars shows that our motorsport customers were once again very successful in Imola. BMW M celebrated the double victory of their customer Team WRT. It was the first time a BMW M Motorsport team won in the FIA WEC with an M4 GT3!

Augusto Farfus, Sean Gelael, and Darren Leung drove the BMW M4 GT3 (#31), which finished ahead of their teammates Valentiono Rossi, Maxime Martin, and Ahmad Al Harthy (#46).

The Porsche team Manthey PureRxcing further extended their points in the championship. Klaus Bachler, Joel Sturm, and Alex Malykhin finished third with their Porsche 911 GT3 R (#92).

Heart of Racing finished fifth with their Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Evo (#27).

While the FIA WEC was hosted in Imola, the action occurred in Long Beach, California. Several events and championships were held as part of the IMSA race on the street circuit in the greater Los Angeles area.

Turner Motorsport celebrated a podium with their BMW M4 GT3, taking second place in the GTD class.

In addition to IMSA, there were two rounds of the GT America from April 19 to 21. In the first race, the BMW M4 GT3 (#29, SRO3 class) narrowly missed the podium with Justin Rothberg at the wheel. Fifth place went to the Porsche 911 GT3 R (991.2) with start number (#) 32 from GMG Racing, driven by Kyle Washington.

Porsche customers dominated the GT4 class. The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport from Rotek Racing (1st place #98 Isaac Sherman and 2nd place #99 Robb Holland) and ACI Motorsports (3rd place #7 Curt Swearingin) took first, second, and third positions, respectively.

Porsche customers dominated the GT4 class. The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport from Rotek Racing (1st place #98 Isaac Sherman and 2nd place #99 Robb Holland) and ACI Motorsports (3rd place #7 Curt Swearingin) took first, second, and third positions, respectively.

As the previous day, the ACI Motorsports Cayman GT4 (#7) finished third in the GT4 class. However, Turner Motorsport’s M4 GT3 (#29) and driver Justin Rothberg were again fourth.

However, the first winners of the past motorsport weekend were already determined a little earlier due to the time difference. Two GT World Challenge Asia rounds were held in Sepang (Malaysia).

In positions three, four, and five, the Porsche 911 GT3 R from Origine Motorsport (#87, Bo Yuan, Leo Hongli Ye), AAS Phantom Global Racing (#93, Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, Bastian Buus), and Absolute Racing (#1, Anthony Liu, Allessio Picariello) crossed the finish line.

On Racing Sunday, the second Origine Motorsport (#4) Porsche 911 GT3 R was the fastest car.

Wei Lu and Laurin Heinrich convincingly won the Sunday race.

Photos Teams, Aston Martin Racing, BMW M Motorsport, Porsche Motorsport, Lamborghini SC, SRO

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