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BMW AlpinaThis weekend Wirth and the ALPINA team participated in their final round of competition for the 2009 racing season at the 34th DMV Münsterland Trophy Four-Hour Race at the famous Nürburgring- Nordschleife (North Loop). While this was the 10th and final round of competition for the 2009 BFGoodrich Nürburgring Endurance Championship, this was only ALPINA’s third start in the series.

The newly mated trio of Andreas Wirth, Csaba Walter and Stian Alexander Sorlie in the #78 BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 had no trouble getting up to speed and matching their driving abilities as they qualified a solid sixth place on the grid. “I’m sure we could have been on pole for the race,” began Wirth. “My teammate was on track with a flying lap to take it (pole position) when an unfortunate yellow flag was thrown on the straight. There was a cone on the track and one of the Clios was basically at a dead stop, forcing us to brake and lose our lap. That was a big disappointment, but we knew we had a strong car for the race regardless of our starting place.”

Immersed in a deep field of strong competitors piloting machines of a variety of capabilities, Wirth and his co-drivers endured four hours of racing challenges and brought their first year ALPINA home in a very strong 9th place overall out of 129 event finishers. Andreas, pleased with the team’s accomplishment commented, “We’re really happy to have finished our first VLN event today – 9th place is really pretty good considering this was only our 3rd entry to this series and the field is stacked mainly with Porsche factory drivers and cars that compete the whole season and have much more experience! After having suffered some mechanical problems in our last events here, the most important thing was that we finished today with no issues in a four hour race.”

Looking ahead to next year and sadly seeing the close of his first season with ALPINA, Wirth said, “Every event this year we’ve learned a lot, every lap we put in and all the effort – it’s all been worthwhile. The development of the car is well on the way and we’re already looking forward to next year where we will be pushing hard for the win! It’s been a really tough year on all of the guys and really our whole team as we get back on track. We have a lot to live up to and our own expectations are even higher than that, so I have to say a really big Thank-You to all of the mechanics, engineers and just everyone that has worked so hard to make this all-new ALPINA team happen. Everyone has been so professional and have made this year a real thrill. I’m so proud to be a part of this team, especially in their first year back to racing – I think it’s been a huge success!”

Andreas WirthPaired once again with rookie Jens Klingmann, Andreas Wirth and the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 tackled their second event in the ADAC GT Masters Series this past weekend in the 1000km race on the Nürburgring GP track. Having only briefly tasted the excitement in the GT Masters Series back in June at Hockenheim, the pair of former Formula BMW champions were eager to strap into the #33 once again and prove what they could do.

The stage was set for a spectacular weekend when Wirth’s co-driver, Klingmann, drove a dream qualifying lap of 1:58:48 and took pole position for Saturday’s race. Using the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3’s massive torque to his advantage, Klingmann lead into turn one, pulled away and quickly opened a substantial gap between himself and the highly-favoured Audi R8′s. With a fantastic 20-second lead Wirth took over after a perfectly-executed pit stop. Keeping up the blistering pace, Wirth gave his pursuers no opportunity to close in. The duo in their poison green BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 dominated the race and crossed the finish line the clear victors by over 14 seconds.

In discussion with Wirth after the race he explained; “This is really quite an achievement for us – first of all to get pole … and then to take the win! This was only the fifth race event for the new car. When you see what we’ve been able to achieve in ALPINA’s first year back in racing, running just one car – it’s awesome when you compare it to the competition that has way more cars and experience. I’m so happy for the team and the whole ALPINA organization because they’ve worked very very hard to make the car better, and everyone has been working so hard to make it happen – it was just great for the whole team! For Jens and me, it’s a real honour to get ALPINA’s first win after their 20 year hiatus – and it’s also great to get my first sports car win in my first season.”

With high hopes for Sunday’s race, Wirth managed to qualify less than ¾ of a second off pole amid a highly competitive field. Unfortunately, despite the strong start to their weekend, the ALPINA team experienced a loss of power after just three laps and were forced to retire. Despite the setback, Andreas seemed unphased; “Sure it’s disappointing to have had a mechanical failure after such a great run yesterday, but ALPINA has accomplished so much in the development of this car since the beginning of the year – we’re just thinking about the win. There are still some development plans for improvement, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season and for even better things so we can fight hard for a championship next year. For now, I’m just really proud to be a part of ALPINA’s comeback.”

The ALPINA team prepares now for the next round of ADAC GT Masters Series competition at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on October 16-18, 2009

Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship was pleased to announce yesterday that the series has arranged to provide fans with on-demand video of the Atlantic Series races this season.

While the television package for the 2008 is still being finalized for the series, Atlantic fans can catch up by enjoying the online video archives found on the official Atlantic Championship web site, www.atlantic-championship.com. Video of the 2008 season opener, the Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach is now available in the video player located on the front page of the Atlantic site, and last month’s Monterey Festival of Speed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, is currently being processed and will also be available online soon! Videos of subsequent races will be posted on the series’ offical website as soon after the race weekends as they are available.

“This is awesome news!” exclaimed Wirth. “There’s been a lot of extra work for everyone at the Atlantics this year since the Champ Car World Series merged with Indy Car. I know everyone’s been really busy trying to pull things together so we can have a fantastic run this year, but it hasn’t been easy. Thankfully, Mazda Motorsports has shown their commitment to our success and have been supporting the Atlantics staff in their efforts and things are starting to come together! I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors and supporters of the Atlantic Series, especially everyone that supports me in the #88 WIRSOL/SUEBA USA entry. Thank you for sticking with us and believing in the long history of the Atlantics – without your help we wouldn’t be racing! More than anything, I’m happy that these companies and investors will finally be rewarded with some of the exposure they deserve, and hopefully it’ll only get better.”

Andreas is also happy to announce that progress is being made elsewhere, and he encourages you to keep an eye out for his new website which is scheduled to be launched prior to his next race at Mont-Tremblant at the end of the month. “I’ll be glad when my new site finally goes live! The planning stages and work involved in this total re-build have taken much longer than we’d hoped, but I know all of the long hours and hard work will be worth it!” explained Andreas. “We’re going to have a lot of cool new features – downloadable autographs and wallpaper, a gallery full of photos right back to my early days in racing, news and appearance schedules that will be updated regularly – it’s going to be awesome! I’m also glad to tell you that more and more of my supporters are getting on board for the Racing Realities Prediction Contest! It’s growing so much that we’ve decided to award more than just one prize this year, including products from HiRev Skincare and UPR Racing Supply. Check out www.RacingRealities.com for all of the details and get your predictions in – it’s not too late to win, and I appreciate seeing my fans getting involved!”

Round 3 of Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda takes place on June 29th in beautiful Mont-Tremblant, Quebec – don’t miss the action, make plans now to attend! Visit www.lecircuit.com for event information and tickets. We hope to see you there!