Sheldon van der Linde, Marco Wittmann, and David Pittard in the #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport M6 GT3 finished eighth, and their teammates Timo Glock, Martin Tomczyk, and Thomas Neubauer in car #35 finished ninth in the May 29 1000 KM GT World Challenge Europe race on the Circuit Paul Ricard in France.
Both cars were contenders, battling near the front of the pack. The #34 car was in the hunt for for a podium position until it was set back by a collision and a subsequent pit stop less than an hour before the end of the race. It recovered to finish eighth, just ahead of the ninth-place #35 car. The overall win went to Matt Campbell, Earl Bamber, and Mathieu Jaminet in the #22 Porsche 911 GT3-R.
Both Walkenhorst cars ran in the Pro class. Karim Ojjeh, Jens Liebhauser, and Jens Klingmann finished seventh in the Pro-Am class in the Boutsen Ginion M6 GT3.
Walkenhorst’s David Pittard finished seventh in the Esports race run in advance if the 1000 KM race. The sim race pays points to teams in the actual race, but only for the top three positions.
The Walkenhorst team is contesting the series’ five-race Endurance Cup. The next Endurance Cup race is the 24 Hours of Spa on July 29 through August 1.—Brian Morgan
[Photo courtesy BMW Motorsport.]