BMW M4 GT3 at Sebring


The BMW Junior Team and the new BMW M4 GT3 in racing action.

FINAL EXAM.The BMW Junior Team and the new BMW M4 GT3 in racing action.

BMW M Motorsport and the BMW Junior Team ended two eventful weeks in North America with the 24 Hours of Sebring (USA). Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil Verhagen (USA) started with a visit to BMW Team RLL at Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta (USA). This was followed by a tour of the BMW Group plant in Spartanburg (USA), a trip to see Verhagen’s family at their home, and then the test race with the new BMW M4 GT3 at Sebring International Raceway, where Hesse and Verhagen competed alongside US drivers Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley and James Clay. The race in the Creventic 24H Series served as the final test for the new car at one of the toughest circuits in the world. BMW M Motorsport also used the weekend to hand over the new BMW M4 GT3 from the test crew at BMW Team RMG to the North American teams.

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BMW Junior Team

The BMW Junior Team: Dan Harper, Neil Verhagen and Max Hesse.

“We learned an awful lot in the collaboration with BMW Team RLL and the BMW works drivers. Plus, it was nice to be involved in the farewell race for the BMW M8 GTE and sample the atmosphere at Road Atlanta.”
Max Hesse, race driver BMW Junior Team


Mentor Jochen Neerpasch is highly satisfied with the team.

After a trip to the largest BMW Group plant in the world, in Spartanburg, Harper, Hesse and Verhagen visited the BMW Car Club of America Foundation with their mentor Jochen Neerpasch. It possesses a fascinating exhibition of vintage BMW vehicles and other BMW collectibles. For Neerpasch and the Juniors, the trip to the USA marked the end of two years together.

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“So far, the guys have exceeded the expectations we had of them at the start, which were pretty high anyway. They are already setting lap times like those of the top drivers.”
Jochen Neerpasch, former CEO of BMW M GmbH and mentor BMW Junior Team
Jochen Neerpasch BMW Junior Team

Jochen Neerpasch and Max Hesse.


A weekend with racing conditions.

Last weekend was all about the BMW M4 GT3 – not only for the BMW Junior Team, but also for BMW M Motorsport. The 24 Hours of Sebring was the final endurance test for the car, before it goes in search of victories and titles from January 2022. When it does so, it will be in the hands of private BMW M Motorsport teams, some of which are based in North America.

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BMW M4 GT3 in Sebring
“After I drove it, I can say that it is far better in every area than the BMW M6 GT3.”
Bill Auberlen, race driver
“A fantastic car. You can immediately feel the two years of development that have been invested in the BMW M4 GT3.”
Robby Foley, race driver
BMW M Motorsport

US race driver James Clay, Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley.


The BMW M4 GT3 will contest its first championship race in the hands of BMW M Motorsport teams in January 2022, at the 24 Hours of Dubai. This will be followed by the 24 Hours of Daytona at the end of the month. The detailed race programme for the BMW Junior Team will be announced later.

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BMW M4 GT3 at Sebring