BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Nürburgring, Germany, 11/05/2016, Superbike IDM / International German Championship
Second race weekend of the season, victory number two for BMW rider Mathieu Gines, the championship leader in the Superbike IDM / International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM): the Frenchman won the second of Sunday’s two races at the Nürburgring.
Just as he was at last week’s opening round at the Lausitzring, Gines was once again the man to beat in the Eifel Mountains. He again set the fastest times in practice on his Van Zon-Remeha-BMW S 1000 RR, and went on to secure pole position by almost eight tenths of a second. Only in Sunday’s opening race did things not go to plan: the race stewards spotted a false start from the Frenchman and promptly handed him a drive-through penalty. That resulted in Gines dropping from the head of the field to 29th place. He did, however, manage to fight back to finish 13th overall and sixth in the Superbike class (IDM SBK). He also set the fastest lap in the process.
All was well with Gines’ world again in race two. He took control at the head of the field early on in the race, clocked another fastest lap – as he has done in every race so far this season – and went on to claim his second victory of the season after 18 laps. He now leads the championship with 80 points from four races.
Gines’ Van Zon-Rehema-BMW team-mate Jan Bühn also had cause for celebration. The young rookie claimed his first podium finish in the Superstock class (STK IDM) in only his third race on the 1000cc bike. Bühn finished third in the opening race. He then came home fourth in race two.
The next race weekend takes place from 3rd to 5th June at the Lausitzring, where the IDM shares the bill with the DTM and ADAC GT Masters. This event provides a great opportunity for the BMW S 1000 RR riders to meet their BMW colleagues in the BMW M4 DTM and BMW M6 GT3.
5th Jan Bühn / Van Zon-Remeha-BMW (3rd STK class)
6th Marco Nekvasil / Van Zon-Remeha-BMW (4th STK class)
10th Bastien Mackels / Wilbers-BMW-Racing (5th SBK class)
12th Lucy Glöckner (7th STK class)
13th Mathieu Gines / Van Zon-Remeha-BMW (+ fastest race lap) (6th SBK class)
16th Dominik Vincon / BMW Stilgenbauer (10th STK class)
18th Marc Neumann (12th STK class)
20th Simon Tirsgaard / TeamXpedit (13th STK class)
23rd Philipp Gengelbach (15th STK class)
25th Arnaud Friedrich / penz13.com (17th STK class)
27th Colin Rossi / Wilbers-BMW-Racing (18th STK class)
DNF Pepijn Bijsterbosch / Van Zon-Remeha-BMW
DNF Björn Stuppi / Team Bergau
1st Mathieu Gines (+ fastest race lap) (1st SBK class)
7th Jan Bühn (4th STK class)
9thMarco Nekvasil (5th STK class)
10thPepijn Bijsterbosch (6th STK class)
12thLucy Glöckner (7thSTK class)
14th Dominik Vincon (9th STK class)
16th Simon Tirsgaard (11th STK class)
19th Arnaud Friedrich (13th STK class)
21st Marc Neumann (15th STK class)
23rd Philipp Gengelbach (16th STK class)
27th Colin Rossi (18th STK class)
29th Björn Stuppi (19th STK class)
DNF Bastien Mackels