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BMW M3 to defend North Island Endurance Series title


Defending North Island Endurance Series champion, Mike Eady, will unleash his BMW M3 V8 on the competition when he commences battle in the 2011 championship this weekend.

The BMW Team will kick off the series with Mike Eady teaming up with John McIntyre, three-time New Zealand V8 Touring Car champion, on Saturday 14 May to compete in the season opening six hour race at Pukekohe Park Raceway. Mike will reunite with his 2010 co-driver, Kevin Bell, to compete in the four hour Taupo race later in the series.

“We have a pretty impressive package again this year, the M3 is not only incredibly fast but has amazing reliability which means the drivers can push the car 100% for the whole race distance,” said Mike Eady.

A number of improvements have been made to the BMW M3 in the off season, the most dramatic being a 150kg weight reduction. This was achieved by replacing the doors and boot with lightweight racing parts from BMW Motorsport, which will not only assist with speed but also enhance fuel consumption and reduce tyre wear.

“The original donor car was literally straight off the showroom floor and goes to show just how good the BMW package is,” said Mr Eady.

“Last year was the first time a new E92 BMW M3 had ever been raced in New Zealand, we weren’t sure how it would perform in comparison to the other cars. To win the series on our first attempt was great and this year we would like to retain our number one position.”

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