2015 was the first time, after seven years racing in America, being back in Europe and Asia. The year started really well with a great victory in the Blancpain Sprint Series in Nogaro, F. The 24 hours race of Nürburgring started also very well. I was honoured to drive the Top 10 qualifying and I finished it on a fantastic 4th  place.  The race was really challenging due to changing weather conditions all the time and unfortunately we had to retire the car from a top 5 position after an accident from my teammate with slicks under rainy conditions.  Almost the same happened in Spa during the 24 hours. An heavy accident ended the race early, but I was happy to see that my teammate was in good shape. The year ended with a second place in the ALMS in Sepang. Than an early move to Ford Chip Ganassi Racing made it possible to start testing the all new Ford GT with the new team already in 2015.

Calendar & Results 2015

Date Event Qualy Race
04.-06. April Blancpain Sprint Series Nogaro, F 2nd 1st
11.-12. April 6h Qualy Race Nürburgring 5th
14.-17. May 24h Nürburgring 4th DNF
22.-26. July 24h Spa 36th DNF
06.-08. November Asia Le Mans Series Sepang DNF 2nd
October Start testing the Ford GT

The technical specifications of the BMW Z4 GT3:

Technical

Length: 4,387 mm
Width: 2,012 mm
Height: 1,210 mm
Wheel base: 2,509 mm
Track width: 1,623 mm (front) 1,667 mm (rear)
Weight: approx. 1190 kg
Tank capacity/fuel: 105 litres, Super Plus Unleaded (98ROZ)

Engine

Engine type: V8
Capacity: 4,361 ccm
Bore x stroke: 92 x 82 mm
Compression: 13.0 : 1
Max. output: approx. 515 bhp at 8,300 rpm
Max. torque: approx. 515 Nm at approx. 5,500 rpm
Max. engine speed: 8,600 rpm
Cylinder block: Aluminium

Body

  • race bodyshell with welded safety roll cage
  • FT3 safety fuel tank with quick fueling
  • air jack system
  • carbon doors and hoods
  • heated Macrolon windscreen, Macrolon side and rear window(s)
  • RECARO racing seat with HANS-system
  • crashpad Drivetrain
  • V8 engine with dry sump lubrication
  • 3-disc sinter clutch
  • 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shift and oil cooling
  • final drive with lamella limited slip and oil cooling Chassis Suspension
  • race suspension with adjustable shock absorbers and adjustable roll bars
  • BBS rims FA 12×18“, RA 13×18“ with central lock
  • racing brake system FA 6-piston 378 mm, RA 4-piston 355 mm Electronics
  • BMW Motorsport ECU 408 engine control unit with ECU-Control, traction control and pit speed limiter
  • BMW Motorsport Power 400 car electronics management with multifunction steering wheel
  • race ABS
  • multifunctional display with integrated shift lights