BMW has made a successful return to the 24-hour endurance race at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife, winning the event with its M3 GT2 race car.

The winning car, with Jörg Müller, Augusto Farfus, Uwe Alzen and Pedro Lamy at the wheel, crossed the finish line first after 154 laps of the 16 mile circuit. The quartet of drivers produced a flawless performance and fought their way onto the top step of the podium despite gearbox problems in the last three hours.

Some of the cars that BMW beat out include the Ferrari F430, Audi R8 LMS, BMW’s own Z4 GT3 and no less than 33 Porsche 911s including the 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

BMW’s motorsport chief, Mario Theissen, said: “That was a fantastic return for us at the 24-hour race here on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. This win reminds me of the triumph in Le Mans in 1999. I have never known excitement like I experienced today.”

[BMW]