ROWE RACING celebrated a good dress rehearsal for the highlight of the season on the Nordschleife, recording a double podium success in the 24h qualification race at the Nürburgring. In the #99 BMW M6 GT3, the BMW works drivers John Edwards from the USA and Finland’s Jesse Krohn only missed out on the chance of victory a few minutes before the end of the six-hour race, finishing in second place behind a BMW competitor.
Hans-Peter Naundorf, ROWE RACING team principal: “That was a real thriller today, but unfortunately it wasn’t a perfect ending for us. We lost some time at the start as we did not have the right tyres on the first couple of laps. But everyone dug deep and gave their all. So, a double podium is not such a bad result.”
Jesse Krohn, #99 ROWE RACING BMW M6 GT3: “Of course, I am a bit disappointed to have lost the race after being in the lead. But to be honest, the car that appeared from behind was going too fast for me to be able to hold it off. John and the team did a good job but we weren’t quite good enough. Things are looking good for a BMW top-three shut-out at the 24h race. That was perfect preparation for the big race and I am looking forward to it.”
John Edwards, #99 ROWE RACING BMW M6 GT3: “It’s a shame to lose after being in the lead for so long. But in the end, the car chasing us was simply faster than we were. It was good to come in for the first tyre change so early, as this meant were one of the first cars on slicks and that won us a lot of time. Whether it’s in the VLN, at the qualification race or at the 24h race, the races at the Nürburgring are all sprint races from start to finish. Winning or losing time at any point can be decisive.”