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.

DateEvent   QualyRace
23.-26. Jan.ROLEX 24H OF DAYTONA24hUSAUSCC7th4th
13.-15. March12H OF SEBRING12hUSAUSCC2nd10th
11.-12. AprilGRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH100minUSAUSCC3rd2nd
03.-04. MayMONTEREY GRAND PRIX2hUSAUSCC2nd10th
19.-22. June24H NUERBURGRING24hGER24h5thDNF
27.-29. JuneSAHLEN’S 6H OF THE GLEN6hUSAUSCC3rd6th
12.-13. JulyCANADIAN TIRE MOTORSP. PARK2h45CANUSCC5th4th
24.-25. JulyBRICKYARD GRAND PRIX2h45USAUSCC2nd7th
08.-10. Aug.ROAD AMERICA2h45USAUSCC1st2nd
23.-24. Aug.VIRGINIA INT. RACEWAY2h45USAUSCC4th3rd
19.-20. Sep.CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICANS2h45USAUSCC5th7th
01.-04. Oct.PETIT LE MANS10hUSAUSCC7th7th

* 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.DriverDAYSEBLBEMGPWATCTMINDRAMVIRCOAATL
1KUNO WITTMER2633222531333631273631331
2JONATHAN BOMARITO2633222531333631273626326
3ANTONIO GARCIA2224363636362926252324317
4MARC GOOSSENS3125252633312429263331314
5DOMINIK FARNBACHER3125252633312429263326309
6MICHAEL CHRISTENSEN2336272424233127243133303
6PATRICK LONG2336272424233127243133303
7DIRK MÜLLER2922332226292533312525300
7JOHN EDWARDS2922332226292533312525300
8BILL AUBERLEN3331263322262624292622298
8ANDY PRIAULX3331263322262624292622298
9JAN MAGNUSSEN222436363636292612324293
10OLIVER GAVIN2726312729252725232229291
10TOMMY MILNER2726312729252725232229291
11NICK TANDY3623292327272222222127279
12WOLF HENZLER027242923242323332436266
12BRYAN SELLERS027242923242323332436266
13GIANCARLO FISICHELLA11233125223336362921258
14PIERRE KAFFER0003125223336362921233
15RICHARD LIETZ362329232727122100189
16PATRICK PILET3623002700002727140
17NIC JONSSON2529021210000023119
17TRACY KROHN2529021210000023119
18JÖRG BERGMEISTER233600000002127107
19RYAN HUNTER-REAY3125000000003187
20ROB BELL2633000000002685
21ANDREA BERTOLINI2529000000002377
22DIRK WERNER2922000000002576
23JOEY HAND333100000000165
24MARCO HOLZER027000000003663
25ROBIN LIDDELL272600000000053
26RYAN BRISCOE222400000000147
27GIANMARIA BRUNI212100000000042
28MAXIME MARTIN33000000000033
29EARL BAMBER00000000003333
30GRAHAM RAHAL29000000000029
31FRÉDÉRIC MAKOWIECKI00000000027027
32PETER DUMBRECK25000000000025
33JORDAN TAYLOR00000000250025
34PEDRO LAMY24000000000024
34STEFAN MUCKE24000000000024
34RICHIE STANAWAY24000000000024
34DARREN TURNER24000000000024
34PAUL DALLA LANA24000000000024
35DANE CAMERON00230000000023
36MATTEO MALUCELLI12100000000022
37OLIVIER BERETTA100000000012

 

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