|Conceived back in 2000 to replace the Le Mans winning prototype programme,|
BMW's M3 GTR was controversial from the start, taking liberties with the rule
book in a manner that resembled other German manufacturers in recent times.
Nevertheless the ALMS and ELMS in 2001 was a much spicier affair in the GT
category as the Schnitzer and PTG Bimmer teams slugged it out with Alex Job
Racing's Porkers. Then, under pressure from a Porsche company
unaccustomed to any competition in the GT sphere, the ACO effectively ended
the BMW ALMS' involvement at the end of the year by neutering the M3. The loss
of this manufacturer was a heavy blow to the ALMS and still continues to be felt
by the North American series.
The M3 went back to Germany to compete at both the Spa and Nurburgring 24
Hour races, 2 wins in Germany and a slightly disappointing class victory in
Belgium added to the roll of honour.........the victory back in May of Andy Priaulx,
Pedro Lamy, Duncan Huisman and Boris Said brought the curtain down on the
latest in the long line of Munich Legends.
Here is a pictorial tribute to a real racer.