|BMW's M3 GT2 starred at Le Mans de la Sarthe, propelling Kptk92 to second in the overall standings|
Team BMW's strategy to begin their Championship charge at Le Mans has gone according to plan, claims Kptk92, as the defending Champions took full advantage of the event's unique scoring system to jump up to second in the Drivers and Manufacturers Championship.
Kptk92 led the BMW counter-attack at the Circuit de la Sarthe, taking his and the team's first win of the campaign in race 1, before picking up two strong second places in the following races behind Championship leader x Shuffle. And even though the Ferrari driver pulled further clear in the standings to take a commanding lead, Kptk92 insists his team will not give up.
"We expected the car to come strong here and we targeted three wins this week," Kptk92 said after the event. "We're disappointed that we only achieved a third of our objectives but coming second in both of the other races is just about as good as we could have got. It looked like we were going to push hard for the Race 3 win but it's a very demanding circuit and I made a few big mistakes to let x Shuffle get away when it looked like we could have had the lead.
"But it's a big improvement when you compare it against our other race performances so far this season. I'm happy with the work we have done. I just want to thank everybody back at the factory for all of their hard work and I urge them to keep pushing, they've put us back up there and now we want to go beyond the rest of the field."
The team's strong showing with their lead driver was reinforced with an impressive 4th place in Race 2 for iWiP3OuTzz x, who was leading the race in the early stages.
BMW Motorsport Director and Team Principal Jens Marquardt was pleased with his team's fightback. "The car has proven to be a bit more of a handful this season than in previous seasons and we've been working hard with both of our drivers to improve our overall performance. Kptk92 has concluded an intensive development programme with our first victory of the season, while iWiP3OuTzz x continues to improve as his understanding of the car increases."
Meanwhile, Kptk92 looked ahead to how the rest of the season could pan out: "It's an exciting time for us now, the car should be strong at the majority of the circuits that we visit next. Road America should suit our car very well and I have fond memories of the racing at Infineon last season so hopefully I can repeat a similar result there. I'm relishing the challenge and so is the team."