BMW M8 GTE creates FIA WEC entrance during The Prologue.

Posted on 06. Apr, 2018 by in BMW Canada

Munich. BMW M Motorsport will make a lass FIA World
Endurance Championship (WEC) coming this week
(6th/7th April) as it enters The Prologue, the
central pre-season exam during Circuit Paul Ricard in a South of
France. BMW M Motorsport can count on a support of aged and new partners.


The Event.

The new BMW M8 GTE will be in movement during a two-day eventuality on a track
nearby Le Castellet (FRA) and take partial in a 30-hour exam designed to
ready teams for a eight-round tellurian continuation Super Season,
featuring dual 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA), final during La Sarthe in
Jun 2019.


The Team.

BMW M Motorsport is competing with dual BMW M8 GTE cars in a FIA WEC
underneath a BMW Team MTEK banner. The colour intrigue for both cars is a
curtsy to a prolonged engine racing story of BMW – with a innovative BMW
M Motorsport design, giving a mint interpretation to a classic
BMW M colours of light blue, dim blue and red. A sum of 7 BMW
works drivers will be benefaction to expostulate a series 81 and series 82 BMW
M8 GTE cars: Martin Tomczyk (GER), Nick Catsburg (NED), Philipp Eng
(AUT), António Félix da Costa (POR), Augusto Farfus (BRA), Alexander
Sims (GBR) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR). Blomqvist will be a official
surrogate for Farfus, when a Brazilian will be taken due to
his DTM commitments. Each of a drivers move with them valuable
knowledge gained during a BMW M8 GTE’s endless exam programme.


The Partners.

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said: “A plan like this is
not probable yet clever partners. That is given we are delighted
that a appearance in a FIA WEC is upheld by a operation of
companies. This includes those that are expanding their long-term
involvement, as good as new partners.” As an example, Shell remains
Premium Technology Partner of BMW M Motorsport in a WEC. The
Official Partners Akrapovič, CATL and HR are all expanding their
existent partnership with BMW M Motorsport as well. BMW M
Performance Parts is also on house as Official Partner in various
projects such as a WEC. OSRAM formerly supposing BMW M Motorsport
with innovating lighting record during final year’s Nürburgring 24-hour
competition – and will do further during a 24 Hours of Le Mans. Panasonic is a
new further to a list of Official Partners. The Official Suppliers
for BMW M Motorsport in a WEC are tyre partner Michelin and the
suppliers Puma and Oakley. DJI is a Official Media Partner.


The Expectations.


Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“The countdown to a initial deteriorate in a FIA WEC and a lapse to
a 24 Hours of Le Mans is on. The Prologue in Le Castellet marks
another critical step. That is where a group and a drivers will
supplement a final gloss to preparations before a initial competition appearance
for a new BMW M8 GTE in Europe. The 30-hour exam is a really special
plea for drivers and cars alike. The initial confront with the
rest of a WEC margin is certain to be interesting.”


Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK): 

“It is always a good impulse when things finally get started: a car
gets a final clothing for a initial time, we have both cars in action
and a array is set-up completely. Naturally, we know a automobile and what
it is like operative during a track, yet a closer a tangible races get,
a some-more fun a pursuit is. After all, we live to take on a rivals and
try to do improved than a competitors. Paul Ricard is a good first
step, even yet this kind of voluntary is new to us given other
championships don’t have this kind of thing. Our concentration will still be
on contrast and on behaving procedures as tighten as probable to those
during competition movement so that a group is ideally prepared in all areas
for a initial competition during Spa-Francorchamps.”


Martin Tomczyk (no. 81 BMW M8 GTE):

“The voluntary is a initial central WEC eventuality this year, and it also
gives we a bit of a thrill, given it is something totally new for me
and a team. We will be on a lane with a rivals for a first
time – and with a several classes – and will be contrast for dual days
with everybody together. It is a good initial benchmark of where we are
and a possibility to get to know a WEC racing sourroundings a bit better.”


The Media Opportunities.

Media attendees are invited to a ‘Meet The Team’ event during 12:15hrs
on Friday 6th Apr in a media area during a finish of The
Panoramic Restaurant.

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