BimmerWorld Racing 2022 Season Announcement
BimmerWorld Racing is proud to announce its return to the SRO Motorsports America Series with two new BMW M4 GT3s to compete Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS, and a BMW M4 GT4 to compete in Pirelli GT4 America for the 2022 season.
With the highly anticipated arrival of the BMW M4 GT3, team principal James Clay aimed to upgrade from GT4 to GT3 for 2022. In November 2021 Clay was selected as one of five drivers to drive the very first M4 GT3 on American soil which gave him a first glimpse of the incredible machine created by BMW Motorsport and some very precious seat time. “The M4 GT3 is a very well thought out and engineered car,” explained Clay. “It was intuitive to drive and well composed. I can’t wait for our team to dig in and really start learning the new machine!
Clay will race the #36 OPTIMA Batteries BMW M4 GT3 alongside a familiar BimmerWorld Racing face, Ari Balogh. Balogh previously raced with BimmerWorld in 2017 and is no stranger to sports car racing. “Ari was last with us in BimmerWorld-built ST cars, so the GT3 is obviously a different thing,” Clay continued. “Ari has been busy in GT4, GT3, LMP3, LMP2 and a range of other gear and series, so I know he is well prepared for his first season in GT3, and I’m delighted to have him back with us and as my co-pilot for the first time.
Bill Auberlen and Chandler Hull will return to SRO America with BimmerWorld Racing for their third and fourth seasons respectively in the #94 TACenergy/OZIUM BMW M4 GT3. “Bill obviously has a wealth of experience in BMW cars, including several previous generations of GT3s, and was involved with the US rollout of the M4 last year, which will be very helpful in developing the new car,” added Clay. “Chandler has also gained considerable experience already this year in the M4 GT3 at the Creventic 24 Hours in Dubai and the four Asian LeMans series races, so I think everyone is really well prepared to make this inaugural season a great season.” While Clay, Auberlen and Hull ended the 2021 season with a GT4 class win at the SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge Indianapolis 8-hour endurance race for the second year in a row, this will be the first year that Auberlen and Hull will share the same car for a whole season.
Devin Jones and James Walker, Jr. will drive the #82 Red Line Oil/Veristor BMW M4 GT4 in GT4 America SprintX. The 2022 season will be Jones’ first in SRO, but follows a long history with BimmerWorld Racing in IMSA, including an ST class championship in 2018 and co-driving alongside Clay in the #82 M4 GT4 for two seasons with multiple victories and podiums. This will be Walker, Jr.’s third season returning to the SRO GT4 America Series where he earned four wins with former teammate Bill Auberlen. “I love these two guys and I’m thrilled to have them in a car together for the season,” said Clay. “They have both been successful with BimmerWorld and the M4 GT4, and they are both important to the continuity and culture of our team.”
The BimmerWorld Racing team is supported by the following sponsors:
No. 36 – OPTIMA Batteries – The ultimate energy source. Unbeatable cranking power, light weight, superior cycling capability and extreme resistance to the most common causes of battery failure make the OPTIMA battery our choice for our own BMW. OPTIMA also offers the innovative OPTIMA Chargers Digital 400 and 1200 battery chargers for all automotive and marine batteries.
No. 82 – Red Line Synthetic Oil Corporation – Manufacturers of over 100 premium lubricants that are reputed to outperform any product on the market at any price. Using state-of-the-art technology, Red Line meets the technical challenges of today’s performance industry using knowledge gained from racing to create high performance products for track cars and road vehicles. .
N°94 – TACenergy is one of the largest independent wholesale fuel distributors of refined petroleum products in the United States. With an extensive supply network across the United States, as well as regional sales offices across the country, TACenergy can meet the fuel needs of nearly any customer.
BimmerWorld’s main technical partners include:
PFCs Brakes – Leading manufacturer of friction and braking components.
Lifeline Fire and Security System – Leading manufacturer of fire safety equipment and fire safety systems for the motorsport industry.
Diffsonline –Supplier of differentials to meet the demanding needs of customers, from street machines to professional racing teams.
Additional team sponsors include:
Airbnb – A US company that operates an online marketplace for accommodations, primarily homestays for vacation rentals and tourism activities.
Johnstone Supply – The nation’s premier cooperative wholesaler and a recognized national leader in the HVAC industry.
Ozium – Clinically proven air fresheners that eliminate, not mask, odors.
Bretzilla – The pioneer of fresh and soft pretzel bread.
Veristor – Leading provider of transformative enterprise technology solutions, helping customers accelerate the time to value of the software, infrastructure and systems they deploy.
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ON: BimmerWorld is recognized as a leader in BMW aftermarket and tuning expertise, with operations ranging from stock, aftermarket, performance and racing parts sales and development to level racing club at professional level. BimmerWorld Racing competes with the BMW Motorsport M4 GT3 and M4 GT4 in North America in the SRO and IMSA championships, where the Virginia-based outfit has become a frequent winner and championship contender.