It’s been a good week for Nicky Catsburg and BMW Motorsport. Last weekend’s debut FIA World Endurance Championship visit to the Sebring 1000 Miles podium in the BMW M8 GTE set the tone, as the form continued to the Nürburgring, with a hard-earned win alongside teammates John Edwards and Marco Wittman in the BMW M6 GT3.
Now the busy month of March concludes as Nicky goes in search of a hattrick of podiums with BMW. Heading back across the pond to Laguna Seca [United States] for the next round of the burgeoning Intercontinental GT Challenge with the BMW M6 GT3 once again.
The ‘ring’ outing was a planned one off and a welcome warm up to the Nurburgring 24 hours later in the year. It duly proved successful from his ROWE team and co-drivers. In a field of 171 entrants including a strong contingent of factory supported SP9 (GT3) cars, the winning trio executed a perfect display of pace and strategy to convert a strong P4 in qualifying into the win. Nicky’s strong middle stint set up John Edwards to sprint to the finish; passing Patrick Pilets’ Porsche on the final lap to take the chequered flag, after Wittman’s opening run had put the car in contention.
“It’s nice to get some good results,” said Catsburg. “I have been putting in a lot of air miles and track miles in the past weeks and it’s good to see the results of our efforts, after what has been a largely development year in the WEC with the BMW M8. I really enjoyed Sebring and love racing in the States so P2 there alongside Martin Tomczyk and Alexander Sims was really nice for our first WEC podium.
“Racing at the Nürburgring with ROWE and the M6 is usually a formula to be in contention, but the competition in the VLN is always super strong so to get the win takes some doing, so I am really pleased with the result and my performance.
“Now I am looking forward to getting back to the States and Laguna Seca for the California 8 hours. The strength of the IGTC entry is getting stronger at each round and its certainly going to be a challenge, but I love the track and have great teammates in Christian Krognes and Mikkel Jensen so we should have a good chance to fight with the best.”
The second round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge gets underway with private testing mid-week with qualifying Friday and the race Saturday from 08.30 local time, 17.30 CET.