Johan Schwartz Is 2019 BMW Sports Trophy Runner-Up

Rooster Hall Racing, BimmerWorld Racing, and Classic BMW In Top Ten Team Trophy Standings

Johan Schwartz, who won the SRO Touring Car championship in a Rooster Hall Racing M240iR, finished second in the 2019 BMW Sports Trophy Driver standings. Rooster Hall Racing was third in Sports Trophy Team points, BimmerWorld Racing was sixth, and Classic BMW was ninth. The Sports Trophies, awarded by BMW Motorsport at a ceremony in Munich on December 7, recognize the top performances worldwide by privateer BMW racers.

The top ten Sports Trophy drivers pose in Munich. Johan Schwartz is second from the right, next to Alex Zanardi.

The overall winner among drivers was Gabriele Piana, who raced an M4 GT4 for the RN Vision STS Racing team in the ADAC GT4 Germany and GT4 European Series. Schwartz was second, and third went to Alec Udell, an American racer who won the championship in the SRO GT4 European Series, where he co-drove the #25 MDM Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 with Simon Knap.

Representatives of the top ten Sports Trophy teams pose in Munich. Classic BMW’s Toby Grahovec is second from left, BimmerWorld’s James Clay is fifth from left, and Rooster Hall’s Michelle Brown is second from the right, next to BMW motorsport director Jens Marquardt.

Switzerland-based Hofor Racing won the team trophy. Three US teams finished in the top ten. Todd and Michele Brown’s Rooster Hall Racing team was third. The team ran multiple M240iRs in the SRO Touring Car Series, winning both the team championship and the drivers’ title for Schwartz. James Clay’s BimmerWorld Racing team was sixth. Clay ran M4 GT4s in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, finishing third in team points and third in drivers’ points along with Devin Jones. BimmerWorld also ran M240iRs in the SRO Touring Car class, where Chandler Hull, one of the team’s drivers, was named rookie of the year. Classic BMW, which finished ninth in the team trophy standings, fielded M4 GT4s in the SRO Sprint and SprintX series and ran M240iRs in the SRO Touring Car class. Stevan McAleer and Justin Raphael won the SRO SprintX GT4 East Pro-Am title in a Classic BMW M4 GT4. The three teams’ performance in the SRO season finale is discussed here.

BMW Motorsport displayed the M2 CS Racing in Munich.

BMW Motorsport displayed an M2 CS Racing for the first time at the event. It had released specs on the car in November. Many of the drivers and teams at the Munich gathering will most likely be racing the car next year.—Brian Morgan

[Photo of Johan Schwartz courtesy Brian Morgan. Other photos courtesy BMW Motorsport.]

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