Welcome to the Race Ride Weekend Recap, where we bring you the best moments in professional motorsports from all over the world.
May 5th- May 6th
DTM: BMW picked up its first DTM win in 20 years at Lausitzring on Sunday. Pretty impressive stuff considering the last race BMW entered David Hasselhoff was still selling out stadiums in Germany. The BMW M3 DTM’s first win this season, courtesy of Bruno Spengler, marks the 50th victory for the company in the German racing series.
The Canadian born Spengler simply crushed the competition on race weekend, qualifying first on Saturday. He then led the race from start to finish, beating back attacks from the Mercedes AMG C- Coupe piloted by Gary Paffett during the 70 minute race. Another BMW M3 DTM, Mercedes AMG C Coupe and Audi A5 DTM rounded out the top 5. BMW’s highlights of the historic weekend are below:
Super GT: The big moment here was Tim Bergmeister’s explosive accident at Fuji on Saturday. An apparent mechanical or tire failure sent his 911 GT3 RSR careening into the wall at what looks like 150+ mph. His brother, Porsche Works driver Jörg Bergmeister, said Tim’s condition had stabilized following surgeries on Monday. We wish Tim and his family a quick and safe recovery.
FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC): It was an exciting and wet weekend at Spa as Audi grabbed an unheard-of four spots in the LMP class. In the hyper competitive GTE-Pro class, Ferrari and Porsche slugged it out for six hours, crossing the finish line less than a second apart. Audi’s success probably had more to do with the lack of competition, with Toyota and Peugeot withdrawing from Spa or the series entirely.
Still, the performance of the hybrid-diesel Audi R18 E-tron Quattro was impressive as it powered ahead in the early rain soaked portion of the race. We think it’s the hybrid power driving the front wheels that is helping the E-tron get some serious grip out of slower corners. But by the end of the six hours it was the super-fast Audi R18 Ultras that took first and third place on the podium. This was a big weekend for Audi, and it shows how strong these brand new cars are heading into Le Mans. Toyota has 37 days to get its TS030 hybrid in shape for the 24 hour endurance race. If they do, we might see someone else besides Peugeot giving Audi hell in the prototype class.
NASCAR: Brad Keselowski picked up his 6th career victory in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega on Sunday. But the real action was with Kurt Busch. After losing his sponsors, Busch just wanted to do “M.E.”, and have a little fun by literally doing the Ricky Bobby. In an homage to Talladega Nights, Kurt and the Phoenix Racing team put a cougar on the hood, and in the car. There was an even “I wanna go fast” decal plastered on the back deck. Sponsor or not Busch went on to lead one of the most expensive races on the NASCAR calendar this year. So not only does he have an awesome sense of humor, he’s quick. Somebody write this guy a check.
This weekend’s (May 12th – May 13th) motorsports calendar:
American Le Mans Series- 6 Hours of Laguna Seca
Formula 1- Spanish Grand Prix