ALPINA returns to Racing - Daytona Classic 24hr race

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Post by neil » Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:29 pm

Paulb wrote:I see they changed the class from E5 to E4.
Yes it appears to have been after the practice sessions where they ran as E-5 coming 1st, 3rd and 1st in the 3 sessions.

According to race-monitor.com

https://www.race-monitor.com/Results/Race/37596

In the races (shows as 4) they were:

2nd in E-4
2nd in E-4
1st in E-4
7th in E-4

So it looks like the last one hurt them..

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Post by neil » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:38 pm

I've added it to our racing section

http://www.thealpinaregister.com/racing/2015/hsr

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Post by neil » Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:35 pm

I found some video

https://youtu.be/aa2F0yCHEf4

not sure if I spotted all the appearances of car 77

but here are 3 I did spot:

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Exiting the pits (c. 8 mins 55 seconds)

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In the thick of it (c. 10 mins 58 seconds)


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Powering through ! (c. 13 mins 32 seconds)

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Post by neil » Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:46 pm

ALPINA just released a press release about the race :

QUESTER / BOVENSIEPEN FINISHED THIRD IN DAYTONA (CLASSIC 24h RENNEN)


Upon initiative of Dieter Quester, the European Touring Car Champion with the BMW ALPINA CSL Coupé 1977, ALPINA went to America to race for the first time at the famous Daytona Speedway (combination of two banked turns and an infield race track) in the 24h Daytona Classic event.
Already during practice, Andy Bovensiepen managed to qualify the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 second in the GT3 class. Overall he qualified ninth, behind the LMP1 sport prototype cars of Audi, Pescarolo, Oreca and Saleen.

For hours, the race in the GT class was characterised by Mike Skeen / David Roberts in the Audi R8 duelling the Red Bull BMW ALPINA B6. Initially, the Audi held the lead, but the BMW ALPINA got faster and faster, catching up to the same lap after 3 quarters into the race. Afterwards, events overturned rapidly: In the last half hour of the race, the Audi had an unplanned stop to fix a loose front splitter, resulting in Quester / Bovensiepen taking the lead in the GT-class.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t meant to last long: when Quester tried to lap two Porsches, the two Porsches collided and entered a spin. Quester, in a split-second reaction, tried to avoid a collision, yet one of the two hit the front right wheel of his BMW ALPINA, ripping off the track arm mount. The following 10-minute repair set the Red Bull B6 GT3 back to the third position.

At first, both drivers and the team, who had worked flawlessly for 24 hours, were clearly disappointed to have lost the overall victory in the GT class - which was definitely within reach - so close to the finish.

Andreas Bovensiepen comments: “Given this was our first appearance in America, we can be proud – the GT3 was one of the fastest GT cars. On the straight, we achieved a top speed of 302 km/h in the sport prototypes’ slipstream, a speed never before achieved by the B6 GT3 on any race track so far. Maybe in the next Daytona Classic 24h race, we’ll have the chance to garner the overall GT victory with the Red Bull ALPINA.”

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Post by neil » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:40 am

3 Official photos from ALPINA

Loving this shot !
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