Fifth place for BMW M8 GTE in FIA WEC entrance race.

Posted on 06. May, 2018 by in BMW Canada

Spa-Francorchamps. The 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship
(WEC) is strictly underway for BMW Team MTEK and a new BMW M8
GTE. In a opening competition in Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), a array 82
automobile with António Félix da Costa (POR) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) during the
circle finished fifth in a GTE Pro class. Their team-mates, Martin
Tomczyk (GER) and Nick Catsburg (NED) had to make do with eighth
after losing time during a array stop in a early stages of the
six-hour competition due to no error of their own.

Reactions to The Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps:

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“The new BMW M8 GTE has upheld a benediction of glow in a maiden
FIA World Endurance Championship competition in Spa-Francorchamps. The
seductiveness in a WEC entrance and in a new automobile was huge. It was good to
see how we were welcomed by a fans and a array as a whole. Fifth
for a array 82 is a plain start. The second automobile mislaid time during an
early array stop, due to no error of a team, when a reserve automobile was
deployed during a unequivocally same time. With a knowledge from this race
underneath a belts, we will now put a full concentration on a 24 Hours of Le
Mans. This will be a truly special spectacle, that were are looking
brazen to excitedly.”

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal BMW Team MTEK):

“I consider it’s a weekend with positives and negatives, though that’s
to be approaching in a Championship debut. The certain is that we got
dual cars to a finish with good formula and with no issues. The
Munich-based group did a unequivocally good pursuit to get a cars here and so well
prepared, and a group here during Spa this weekend did a good job
throughout. There is a lot to learn though we’re off a symbol to a good start.”

António Félix da Costa (#82 BMW M8 GTE, fifth place):

“I’m unequivocally happy with that for a initial time out. We schooled a
lot and incited it into a good result. It was a initial WEC competition for
both Tom and we and we were rival around many experienced
Championship drivers.”

Tom Blomqvist (#82 BMW M8 GTE, fifth place):

“We have to be happy with that outcome in a WEC debut. We
weren’t as discerning as a Ford and Porsche, even a Ferrari, so fifth
was a best we could have hoped for. I’m happy with my personal
opening – my gait in subordinate and a competition was good and we feel
António and we got a many out of a race.”

Nick Catsburg (#81 BMW M8 GTE, eighth place):

“Today was a good training knowledge for a group and for us
drivers. It was good to get a entrance WEC competition ‘under a belt’, as
this competition gave us a lot of time of time to ready underneath race
conditions, though we leave meaningful there are some areas to work on ahead
of a 24 Hours of Le Mans, that is usually a month away.”

Martin Tomczyk (#81 BMW M8 GTE, eighth place):

“The initial competition is over and there are a few things to take away
now we have put things into use though I’m assured BMW Team MTEK
will make certain that we urge forward of Le Mans. The BMW M8 GTE ran
but issues and that’s a categorical thing.”

Next competition of a BMW M Motorsport Super Weekend:

The second competition of a DTM deteriorate in Hockenheim (GER) will go
immature on Sunday during 13:30hrs.

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