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BMW to Host Legends Support Race Ahead of N24

Twelve-car field filled with legendary drivers to race ahead of Nurburgring 24…

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BMW is holding a BMW M Race of Legends race as part of the support package for the Nurburgring 24, which will feature a number of notable drivers from the the manufacturer’s racing past.

The 30-minute race will take place on 2 p.m. local time on the Saturday prior to the start of the twice-around-the-clock enduro.

The driver roster consists of Dirk Adorf, Bill Auberlen, Johnny Cecotto, Eddie Cheever, Harald Grohs, Olaf Manthey, Jochen Mass, Arturo Merzario, Steve Soper, HRH Prince Leopold of Bavaria, BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel and Eric van de Poele.

Each driver will be piloting an identical BMW M2 CS Racing, with each of the 365-horsepower cars sporting a livery from the 1970s in honor of BMW’s racing history.

The livery for each of the twelve cars on the grid will be slightly different in order to identify each of the drivers.

“This year we will be celebrating a huge anniversary party on the weekend of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring to mark the 50th anniversary of BMW Motorsport and BMW M GmbH,” Van Meel said.

“There will be plenty of BMW M highlights in store for spectators and fans.

“One special treat will be the BMW M Race of Legends, with a starting grid of racing legends that is rarely seen. We would like to thank ADAC e.V. for giving us this opportunity.”

The schedule for the support race consists of two practice sessions on Thursday, followed by a third practice session and a 10-minute qualifying session on Friday.

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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