BMW Motorsport presents competition programme for 2018 deteriorate – Wide operation of projects in line with vital realignment.

Posted on 16. Dec, 2017 by in BMW Canada

Munich. BMW Motorsport has set a march for a 2018 season.
At a normal Season Review eventuality in Munich (GER), BMW
Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt (GER) presented a extensive
programme, as good as a drivers and teams involved.

Next year’s activities operation from a lapse to Le Mans (FRA) in
a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and a IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship (IWSC) with a new BMW M8 GTE, to a works
programme in a DTM and preparations for entering a FIA Formula E
Championship with a works group in Season 5.

The updated BMW M6 GT3 will also be in movement in GT classics at
a Nürburgring (GER) and in Bathurst (AUS), to name though a few. The
new BMW M4 GT4 will competition a initial deteriorate in a hands of private
BMW drivers around a world. 2018 will also see BMW Brand Ambassador
Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) embark his preparations for a 24 Hours of
Daytona (USA) a following year.

“As of 2018, a strategical realignment of motorsport underneath the
roof of a BMW Group will turn operational,” pronounced Klaus Fröhlich,
Member of a Board of BMW AG, Development. “Our idea is to be
successful and means of winning with BMW M and BMW i. Motorsport
will take on a duty of an creation and high-performance hub. I
am looking brazen to a entrance year. Alongside DTM we will tackle
sparkling new hurdles such as a 24 Hours of Le Mans with a new
BMW M8 GTE and a initial Formula E competition during a finish of a year.”

DTM: Philipp Eng and Joel Eriksson join a BMW squad.

In 2018, BMW Motorsport will go into a seventh deteriorate since
returning to a DTM in 2012 with 6 BMW M4 DTM cars and dual teams.
Like final year, BMW Team RMG and BMW Team RBM will both run three
cars. Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann (GER), Timo Glock (GER) and
Augusto Farfus (BRA) will continue to expostulate for Stefan Reinhold’s
(GER) RMG team. BMW Team RBM welcomes dual new faces into a fold.
2012 champion Bruno Spengler (CAN) is assimilated by BMW works driver
Philipp Eng (AUT) and former BMW Motorsport Junior Joel Eriksson
(SWE), who will both be creation their DTM debuts.

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “Continuity
and knowledge are unequivocally critical in a DTM. At a same time, we
also wanted to yield some new procedure in 2018. we would like to thank
Maxime Martin for a super team-work and all a success they have
achieved in new years. He has taken on a new plea outward of
BMW Motorsport. Tom Blomqvist creates a switch to Formula E. Philipp
Eng and Joel Eriksson have done it into a DTM patrol on a behind of
clever performances final year, and carrying done a unequivocally good impression
during a Young Driver Test. we am assured that they will also do well
in a BMW M4 DTM. After Marco’s feat during a 2017 deteriorate finale, we
lift copiousness of movement into a preparations for a new season.”

Joel Eriksson: “When we assimilated BMW, it was always my
idea to make it to a top, to make it to a DTM. It’s illusory that
we have achieved this. we am unequivocally looking brazen to operative with BMW
Team RBM. As I’ve come from Formula 3 a doing of a BMW M4 DTM
is not that unknown to me. we consider we will get used to it quickly.”

Philipp Eng: “I still can’t utterly trust that I
unequivocally will be a BMW DTM motorist in 2018. The DTM has always been with
me, since we was competing in a ancillary array for a prolonged time
and have mostly been on site for BMW over a past dual years. My dream
has always been to expostulate a DTM car. This dream came loyal with my test
in a BMW M4 DTM and it’s implausible that now we am being given a
unchanging drive. we initial gifted single-seater racing in Formula BMW
in 2006. Now we have done it to one of BMW Motorsport’s tip programmes.
No doubt it will be a large plea for me, though as they say: we grow
with your tasks.”

FIA WEC: Stage set for a new BMW M8 GTE.

After heated preparations, BMW Team MTEK and group principal
Ernest Knoors (NED) will margin dual new BMW M8 GTE cars when BMW
Motorsport creates a entrance in a FIA World Endurance Championship
(FIA WEC). The unchanging drivers for a finish deteriorate will be Nick
Catsburg (NED), Augusto Farfus, António Félix da Costa (POR) and
Martin Tomczyk (GER). Over a march of a season, they will be
upheld during particular races by BMW works drivers Tom Blomqvist
(GBR), Philipp Eng and Alexander Sims (GBR).

Jens Marquardt says: “The drivers in a WEC squad
have been greatly concerned in a growth work on a BMW M8 GTE
from a outset. The multiple of GT knowledge and competition talent
means we are ideally positioned to grasp good formula in a first
deteriorate in uncharted territory. After a heated months spent
building a car, everybody during BMW Motorsport is intensely motivated
brazen of a initial races in 2018.”

IMSA: American-European teamwork.

The new BMW M8 GTE will also be in movement in a IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) in 2018. In a hands of BMW
Team RLL and group principal Bobby Rahal (USA), a new automobile will make
a competition entrance on a final weekend in January, during a 24 Hours of
Daytona. Americans Connor De Phillippi and John Edwards will contest
a whole deteriorate during a circle of a dual cars. De Phillippi is a
visitor to a BMW Motorsport family. The dual unchanging European
drivers are Alexander Sims and former BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse
Krohn (FIN). New BMW NA Brand Ambassador Bill Auberlen (USA), Nick
Catsburg, Philipp Eng and Augusto Farfus will also expostulate for a team
in continuation races.

Jens Marquardt says: “The joining in North America
stays a executive post of a BMW Motorsport racing programme in
2018. Our partnership with BMW Team RLL is entering a tenth year. To
symbol a anniversary, Bobby Rahal’s group will competition with dual new BMW M8
GTEs. In Connor De Phillippi, we have brought another comprehensive GT
dilettante into a team. we am also gratified to see a former BMW
Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn promoted to a works programme. At this
point, we would like to once again demonstrate my honour for Bill
Auberlen. No other motorist has been as closely compared with BMW as
he has. 400 races for one manufacturer – that is unique. It is good to
have him on house during a large races again in 2018.”

FIA Formula E Championship: Building for a future.

Season 4 of a FIA Formula E Championship is in full swing,
carrying begun dual weeks ago in Hong Kong (CHN). For BMW, the
partnership with a MSAD Andretti Formula E Team, and its
owners Michael Andretti (USA), will feature over a entrance season.
In Season 5 BMW will enter a array with a works team. António Félix
da Costa is a unchanging motorist for Season 4. As of competition 3 in
Marrakech (MAR) in January, Andretti has named BMW works motorist Tom
Blomqvist for a chair in a second car. He switches from a DTM to
a Formula E series. Alexander Sims will be a central reserve
motorist for a team.
 
Jens Marquardt says: “For us, Formula E is a ideal
height for a mobility of a future, and a ideal test
laboratory for a BMW iNEXT. In no other programme is a send of
record between engine racing and prolongation as heated as in
Formula E. In tighten partnership with a MSAD Andretti team,
a engineers and drivers are being integrated to benefit stronger
recognition and bargain as we nearby Season 5. We are gratified to
have dual of a drivers in movement as of a competition in Marrakech, in the
form of Tom Blomqvist and António Félix da Costa. We are confident
that Tom will be rival alongside António.”

Further GT races: The BMW M6 GT3 earnings with a Evo package.

The continuation classical during a Nürburgring (GER) will once again
be a prominence of a European GT array for BMW in 2018. BMW
Motorsport will contest with a updated BMW M6 GT3. ROWE Racing and
Falken Motorsports are set to run a BMW M6 GT3 with Evo package on
a Nordschleife. BMW Team Schnitzer and BMW Team SRM will both field
one BMW M6 GT3 during a 12h Bathurst (AUS) in February. Augusto Farfus,
Chaz Mostert (AUS) and Marco Wittmann will expostulate for BMW Team
Schnitzer. Team principal Steve Richards (NZL), Philipp Eng and Timo
Glock will be during a circle for BMW Team SRM. Timo Scheider (GER) will
also form partial of a BMW GT motorist choice again in 2018, contesting
races in a ADAC GT Masters.

Jens Marquardt says: “We will once again be
prominently represented during comparison GT classics with works-assisted
patron teams – essentially ROWE Racing – in 2018. After finishing
runner-up this year, we apparently have a measure to settle with the
Nürburgring-Nordschleife. We also wish to play a vital purpose in
Bathurst. With that in mind, we will strengthen a teams with BMW
works drivers and support them with engineers.”

Road to Daytona: New racing plan for Alessandro Zanardi.

For BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi, a 2018 season
will essentially be about scheming for one special race: in 2019, the
BMW works motorist will make a illusory lapse to North American
motorsport during a 24 Hours of Daytona, where he will expostulate a BMW M8
GTE. Details will be announced during a after date. Over a march of the
season, Zanardi and a BMW Motorsport engineers will work on a new
stop system, that will concede him to competition but his synthetic limbs.

Jens Marquardt says: “I am gay that we will be
operative with Alessandro Zanardi on this new plan in 2018. It was
his good enterprise to lapse to North America for another large race. We
are usually too happy to make that possible. The fans during Daytona can look
brazen to a genuine prominence with Alex and a BMW M8 GTE in 2019.”

Customer Racing: Private teams competition with a BMW M4 GT4.

The GT4 category is now experiencing a bang – and BMW
Motorsport is recognising this growth in 2018 with a new BMW M4
GT4. Following heated exam work, a patron racing automobile will make
a entrance in a hands of private BMW teams around a world. The BMW
M4 GT4 will be in movement in a horde of opposite general racing
series. The initial prominence will be a 24 Hours of Dubai (UAE) on the
second weekend in January. The updated BMW M6 GT3 will also do battle
for competition wins and titles in high-quality GT racing array all over the
world. The BMW M235i Racing stays an determined component of a BMW
Motorsport patron racing programme and will be in movement in a VLN
Endurance Championship during a Nürburgring, within a BMW M235i Racing
Cup, in a North American Pirelli World Challenge and in many other
series. BMW Motorsport will support patron teams around a world
with obvious drivers like Jens Klingmann (GER), Markus Palttala
(FIN) and Stef Dusseldorp (NED).

Jens Marquardt says: “Customer racing has been part
of a BMW Motorsport’s DNA for roughly 60 years. With a new BMW M4
GT4 and a Evo package for a BMW M6 GT3, we are assured that we
are means to offer a private teams illusory cars, with that they
can continue to successfully paint a BMW code as ambassadors
around a world. Furthermore, a tried-and-tested BMW M235i Racing
is a ideal entry-level model. The joining shown by a private
drivers and teams around a universe can't be overestimated.”

BMW Motorsport Junior programme: Focus on continuity.

BMW Motorsport will continue a prolonged tradition of promoting
gifted youngsters in 2018. Following a graduation of Joel Eriksson
to a DTM, Ricky Collard (GBR), Mikkel Jensen (DEN), Dennis Marschall
(GER), Nico Menzel (GER) and Beitske Visser (NED) will be partial of the
programme subsequent year. They will contest in races in a BMW M6 GT3 and
a BMW M4 GT4. Tests in a BMW M4 DTM and a BMW M8 GTE are also
planned. Fitness and mental training also sojourn pivotal elements of the
Juniors’ training.

Jens Marquardt says: “The graduation of talented
youngsters is a tradition stretching behind 40 years during BMW. we am
quite gratified that dual Juniors have done a step adult into our
works programme during a finish of a anniversary year in 2017, in the
form of Joel Eriksson and Jesse Krohn. That proves how successful our
programme is. We are looking brazen to stability to support and
accompany a gifted youngsters on their career paths.”

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