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Old 06-16-2004, 12:52 PM
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Wow! A 1-2 finish!

Hopefully BMW Motorsport will use this great accomplishment as momentum to continue making attempts at the big endurance races.
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Wow! A 1-2 finish!

Hopefully BMW Motorsport will use this great accomplishment as momentum to continue making attempts at the big endurance races.
They are going to do the Spa 24 hour race on July 31/August 1 and they were supposed to do the Bathurst 24 hours in November, but it might have been cancelled. Just doing the Spa race will be very interesting.
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The Winning Interview

From the BMW Motorsport newsletter...

21.06.2004
24hrs Nürburgring
Dirk Müller in our winner interview
Together with Jörg Müller and Hans-Joachim Stuck, Dirk Müller has won the Nürburgring 24 Hour Race. Learn more in our winner exclusive winner interview.

Question: Dirk, in the meantime, some days have gone by since your victory at the Nordschleife. Have you already realised what you and your team have achieved at the legendary ‘Green Hell’?

Dirk Müller: I have to admit that it took some time. When we had crossed the line on Sunday, all the tautness was gone and we had an excessive celebration. But only in the following days, I realised step by step what a success we have achieved. The reaction of the fans who sent me loads of emails has been overwhelming.

Question: How do you rate this victory at the Nürburgring?

Müller: It was a victory in a single race, and it’s difficult to compare a race victory with a won championship. On the other hand, it has been my first win in a 24-hour race, therefore, it was something very special. Furthermore, it has been the toughest race in my career so far. It was the icing on the cake that we succeeded in making it a one-two.

Question: Usually, you are contesting the FIA ETCC. Has the 24-hour race been a nice change?

Müller: When it comes to ETCC racing, it’s all about using the car’s full potential from the very first lap. At a 24-hour race, however, you’ve got to opt for a more conservative style of driving. You’ve got to find a good rhythm and to come to terms with your team-mates. At the Nordschleife, this has worked perfectly. Never before have I experienced a team-work as good as in this race.

Question: You were the driver who had had to complete the final stint at the Nürburgring. Was it a special feeling to take the chequered flag after this endurance race?

Müller: Just to recall this moment gives me goose bumps once again. Most definitely this has been the greatest moment in my career so far. But I had to be extremely focused until I had crossed the line. When I had made it, the emotions were absolutely overwhelming.

Question: How big was the fear to make a mistake in the closing stages?

Müller: Of course you are afraid of making a mistake. That’s why you have to stay focused until the race is over. A retirement would have been really frustrating, particularly as we had been in the lead for more than 23 hours. But everything worked out - and we could celebrate.

Question: Have you been impressed by the flawless performance of the team?

Müller: You can’t praise the performance of the Schnitzer crew often enough. Our ETCC crew has delivered an incredible job. I’d like to also thank all the unsung heroes who have been contributing behind the curtains to our cars’ preparation.

Question: Late in July, BMW will contest another 24-hour race, at Spa-Francorchamps. What are your expectations concerning this event?

Müller: This will be a completely different race than the one at the Nürburgring where we had been among of the favourites. At Spa, however, the faster GT cars are regarded to be the favourites. Nevertheless, I think we should have a chance over the distance. And once again it has to be our goal to avoid any mistakes. Should we succeed in doing so, Spa should offer us the opportunity to score another great result.
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