2014 was our second year with the BMW Z4 GTE. After a great 2013 with a fantastic second place in the ALMS championship with my teammates Joey Hand and John Edwards, who shared the car with me over the year, it was quickly clear that it would be a tough year. We were missing top speed compared to our competitors and only with good strategy calls from our team RLL, good pit stops and a good handling Z4 we were able to earn some podiums, but we had no run on the championship. John and I were the best positioned BMW and we finished seventh in the new TUSC championship.

I participated in the 24 hours of Nürburgring, this year with no luck. After a few hours we had to retire the car due to a mechanical issues.

Date Event       Qualy Race
23.-26. Jan. ROLEX 24H OF DAYTONA 24h USA USCC 7th 4th
13.-15. March 12H OF SEBRING 12h USA USCC 2nd 10th
11.-12. April GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH 100min USA USCC 3rd 2nd
03.-04. May MONTEREY GRAND PRIX 2h USA USCC 2nd 10th
19.-22. June 24H NUERBURGRING 24h GER 24h 5th DNF
27.-29. June SAHLEN’S 6H OF THE GLEN 6h USA USCC 3rd 6th
12.-13. July CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSP. PARK 2h45 CAN USCC 5th 4th
24.-25. July BRICKYARD GRAND PRIX 2h45 USA USCC 2nd 7th
08.-10. Aug. ROAD AMERICA 2h45 USA USCC 1st 2nd
23.-24. Aug. VIRGINIA INT. RACEWAY 2h45 USA USCC 4th 3rd
19.-20. Sep. CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICANS 2h45 USA USCC 5th 7th
01.-04. Oct. PETIT LE MANS 10h USA USCC 7th 7th

* FL = fastest lap in race; TBD: final race distance to be defined.

The driver points standings in the TUDOR SportsCar Championship GT LM Class 2014:

Pos. Driver DAY SEB LBE MGP WAT CTM IND RAM VIR COA ATL
1 KUNO WITTMER 26 33 22 25 31 33 36 31 27 36 31 331
2 JONATHAN BOMARITO 26 33 22 25 31 33 36 31 27 36 26 326
3 ANTONIO GARCIA 22 24 36 36 36 36 29 26 25 23 24 317
4 MARC GOOSSENS 31 25 25 26 33 31 24 29 26 33 31 314
5 DOMINIK FARNBACHER 31 25 25 26 33 31 24 29 26 33 26 309
6 MICHAEL CHRISTENSEN 23 36 27 24 24 23 31 27 24 31 33 303
6 PATRICK LONG 23 36 27 24 24 23 31 27 24 31 33 303
7 DIRK MÜLLER 29 22 33 22 26 29 25 33 31 25 25 300
7 JOHN EDWARDS 29 22 33 22 26 29 25 33 31 25 25 300
8 BILL AUBERLEN 33 31 26 33 22 26 26 24 29 26 22 298
8 ANDY PRIAULX 33 31 26 33 22 26 26 24 29 26 22 298
9 JAN MAGNUSSEN 22 24 36 36 36 36 29 26 1 23 24 293
10 OLIVER GAVIN 27 26 31 27 29 25 27 25 23 22 29 291
10 TOMMY MILNER 27 26 31 27 29 25 27 25 23 22 29 291
11 NICK TANDY 36 23 29 23 27 27 22 22 22 21 27 279
12 WOLF HENZLER 0 27 24 29 23 24 23 23 33 24 36 266
12 BRYAN SELLERS 0 27 24 29 23 24 23 23 33 24 36 266
13 GIANCARLO FISICHELLA 1 1 23 31 25 22 33 36 36 29 21 258
14 PIERRE KAFFER 0 0 0 31 25 22 33 36 36 29 21 233
15 RICHARD LIETZ 36 23 29 23 27 27 1 22 1 0 0 189
16 PATRICK PILET 36 23 0 0 27 0 0 0 0 27 27 140
17 NIC JONSSON 25 29 0 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 23 119
17 TRACY KROHN 25 29 0 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 23 119
18 JÖRG BERGMEISTER 23 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 27 107
19 RYAN HUNTER-REAY 31 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 87
20 ROB BELL 26 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 85
21 ANDREA BERTOLINI 25 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 77
22 DIRK WERNER 29 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 76
23 JOEY HAND 33 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 65
24 MARCO HOLZER 0 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 63
25 ROBIN LIDDELL 27 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 53
26 RYAN BRISCOE 22 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 47
27 GIANMARIA BRUNI 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 42
28 MAXIME MARTIN 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 33
29 EARL BAMBER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 33
30 GRAHAM RAHAL 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29
31 FRÉDÉRIC MAKOWIECKI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 0 27
32 PETER DUMBRECK 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
33 JORDAN TAYLOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
34 PEDRO LAMY 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
34 STEFAN MUCKE 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
34 RICHIE STANAWAY 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
34 DARREN TURNER 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
34 PAUL DALLA LANA 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
35 DANE CAMERON 0 0 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
36 MATTEO MALUCELLI 1 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
37 OLIVIER BERETTA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

 

DAY: Daytona; SEB: Sebring; LBE: Long Beach; MGP: Monterey Grand Prix; WAT: Watkins Glen; CTM: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park; IND: Indianapolis; ROA: Road America;  VIR:Virginia International Raceway; COA: Circuit of the Americas;  ATL: Road Atlanta (Petit Le Mans)

BMW Z4 GTLM

The technical specifications of the new BMW Z4 GTLM for the TUDOR SportsCar Championship:

Length: 4,395mm (excl. rear wing)
Width: 2,010mm
Height: 1,205mm (depending on set-up)
Weight: 1,230kg (according to IMSA classification)

Tank capacity: 110 litres (according to IMSA classification)

Chassis/body: Steel body with welded safety cell

Transmission: six-speed sequential sport transmission, operated via shifting paddles mounted on the steering wheel, multiple ZF Sachs clutch

Front axle: Double wishbone, adjustable shock absorbers, H&R coil springs

Rear axle: Longitudinal links with wishbone, adjustable shock absorbers, H&R coil springs

Brake system: hydraulic dual circuit brake; monobloc multi-piston light alloy brake callipers, inner-vented steel brake discs, seamless brake balance adjustment (front and rear) by the driver

Wheels: BBS forged aluminum wheels, front axle: 12,5×18“, rear axle: 13×18“ Tyres: Michelin, front axle: 300-680-18, rear axle: 310-710-18

Engine type: Eight-cylinder, V-configuration, four valves per cylindre, mandatory air restrictor (2×29.4mm)

Capacity: 4,400cc
Max. output: approx. 480bhp (with mandatory air restrictor)
Max. torque: approx. 480Nm
Cylinder block: Aluminum cylinder block construction

Engine management: BMW Motorsport ECU 408, without fuses, central display