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BMW Factory Drivers in Walkenhorst N24 Crew

Dennis, Krohn, Klingmann among drivers in two-car Walkenhorst Motorsport SP9 effort…

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BMW M Motorsport factory drivers Jake Dennis, Jesse Krohn and Jens Klingmann are among the members of Walkenhorst Motorsport’s lineup for this year’s Nürburgring 24.

Walkenhorst is fielding a pair of Yokohama-shod BMW M4 GT3s in the Nordschleife enduro on May 20-21.

Dennis, Krohn and Klingmann are joined in the team’s seven-man SP9 roster by Andy Soucek, Christian Krognes, Thomas Neubauer and Jakub Giermaziak.

Walkenhorst is yet to confirm the exact driver combinations for its No. 34 and No. 35 entries.

ABB FIA Formula E World Championship competitor Dennis is set for his N24 debut, while Krohn and Klingmann raced for Schubert Motorsport last year.

“It’s my first time doing the event which has always been on my bucket list,” said Dennis.

“I’m very happy that I’d been able to get a dual program between Formula E and GT3.

“A big thank you to the team for giving me this opportunity and to Yokohama. I hope we can do strong races together.”

Giermaziak is returning to Walkenhorst after representing the team at the 2021 race.

The Polish driver finished fifth in last year’s N24 with Phoenix Racing and also claimed five NLS overall victories in an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II.

Neubauer is moving up to the SP9 class one year after making his N24 debut in an FK Performance Motorsport BMW M4 GT4.

The Frenchman was part of Walkenhorst’s Pro-class lineup in Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup two years ago when the BMW M6 GT3 was still active. The Frenchman is the reigning Endurance Cup Silver class champion.

Krognes and former Bentley factory driver Soucek are the only members of Walkenhorst’s 2022 Nürburgring lineup that have returned for the upcoming N24 edition.

“I’m very excited to drive for Walkenhorst Motorsport one more year and join the team in pursuing a top result,” said Soucek.

“Last year we achieved two podiums and had a strong package during the 24-hour race, so I’m excited to be back as there is still unfinished business.”

Walkenhorst entered two BMW M4 GT3s into last weekend’s NLS season-opener. The pole-sitting car driven by Dennis and Neubauer finished two laps down in 37th overall after an alternator belt issue, while Soucek and Giermaziak retired due to an accident.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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