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Falken Adds BMW M6 GT3 to VLN, N24 Program

Falken adds BMW M6 GT3 to lineup for VLN, N24…

Photo: Team Falken Tire

Photo: Falken Tire

Team Falken will expand into a two-car program, having announced Tuesday a BMW M6 GT3 in addition to its existing Porsche 911 GT3 R, both of which will take on the VLN series and Nürburgring 24.

Longtime Falken driver Peter Dumbreck, who celebrates his tenth year with the tire manufacturer, will be joined by Alexandre Imperatori in the new BMW, with Marco Seefried and Stef Dusseldorp joining them for the 24-hour race.

The team’s Porsche, meanwhile, will be driven by Martin Ragginger plus Porsche factory drivers Joerg Bergmeister, Dirk Werner and Laurens Vanthoor.

It marks a unique strategy with two different GT3 cars being run by the same team.

“In tests, our tires have already demonstrated their superb performance on both vehicles. Now we’re adding the element of competition by fielding the two cars in motorsports events, and look forward to exciting clashes between Porsche and BMW – both fitted with virtually identical Falken tires,” said Stephan Cimbal, Head of Marketing at Falken Tyre Europe.

The Schnabl Engineering-run team ran the BMW in an end-of-year evaluation in VLN9, scoring an eighth place overall finish with Imperatori and Phillip Eng.

“Team Falken tested the car itself in the VLN Endurance Championship at the end of last year, which proved positive,” BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt said. “We hope that we can celebrate success together this season in the ‘Green Hell’.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Ernie2492

    March 7, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Well, Attempto was doing the same thing last year with 991 & Huracan..

  2. southcove

    March 7, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Would be nice to see the Falken colors back on a GTLM entry in the US.

    • West

      March 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Yes Please!!!! I know the whole paddock appreciate d the effort they put into their program.

  3. Rory

    March 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

    The Falken Porsche has gone up in the favourites stake for me, with that lineup it’s going to be strong and competitive around the Nordschleifle

  4. Mike S.

    March 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Great lineups. Two different cars. I think the GTE/GTLM is a bit much and not enough reward in North America in IMSA for them to try to compete with big factory budgets as much as I really miss Walker/Falken. They were really behind the 8 ball the last year in IMSA with the new model car at the time. I swear in person I would see that car come out of a medium speed sweeper and see Sellers and Henzler just sawing off that steering wheel in the car compared to other cars coming off the same turn. Looked like car was driving them and even though they could handle it like pros it wasn’t handling for speed to be competitive. Finding and growing hopefully in GT3

  5. J~

    March 9, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Sick Porsche lineup

    2 dif cars is good b/c BOP. Chances are if one cars hamstrung the other shouldn’t be

    They’ll run the new, mid-rear Porsche, right?

    • Overtake24

      March 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      No they’ll use the 911 GT3 R. The new mid-rear Porsche is for GTE/GTLM only.

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