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BMW, Ferrari Hit with Race Day Morning BoP Changes

Front row-qualifying manufacturers receive weight increase in pre-race BoP update…

Photo: BMW M Motorsport

The BMW and Ferrari entries gearing up for the Nürburgring 24 have each received a 10 kg weight increase in a Balance of Performance update on the morning of the race.

An official technical bulletin issued at 8:36 a.m. local time shows that the BMW M4 GT3s and the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 will be heavier for the race than they were for Top Qualifying on Friday evening.

The Octane126 Ferrari squad claimed pole for the 50th edition of the Eifel enduro through Luca Ludwig, while Augusto Farfus qualified second in the No. 99 ROWE BMW.

BMW has also received a reduction in turbo boost pressure at the lower range, while the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 run by TF Sport has been given a turbo boost increase.

Elsewhere, in the SP-X class the KTM X-Bow GT2 has been given a 15 kg weight break, after contesting Top Qualifying at 1300 kg.  

The Porsche 911 GT3 R remains at 1300 kg after being brought down to that weight courtesy of a 10 kg reduction before Top Qualifying.

The Ferrari weight increase only concerns the Italian manufacturer’s 2020 evolution model, of which the Octane126 car is the only version in the field. SP9 Pro-Am entrant Racing One is using the 2018 evolution that is unaffected by the weight adjustment.

The Nürburgring 24 is due to get underway at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).

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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