Spectacular weekend for BMW M Motorsport with starts in a FIA WEC, DTM and a IMSA series.

Posted on 30. Apr, 2018 by in BMW Canada

Munich. FIA WEC, DTM and a IMSA series: Fans of BMW M
Motorsport can suffer movement galore this weekend. The new BMW M8 GTE
is set for a competition entrance in a FIA World Endurance Championship
(FIA WEC) during Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). This is also a dress
operation for a prominence of a season, a 24 Hours of Le Mans
(FRA) in June. Hockenheim (GER) traditionally hosts a opening
turn of a DTM, with a BMW teams backing adult for races one and two
of a 2018 deteriorate on Saturday and Sunday (5th and 6th May). In the
USA, BMW Team RLL is during a “Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course” (USA) with
a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“We are looking brazen to an sparkling and hopefully successful
mega competition weekend,” pronounced BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “We
get down to business in a FIA WEC for a initial time. This is the
apex of continuation racing. We are looking brazen to being a part
of it with a new BMW M8 GTE. At a same time, a teams and drivers
in a DTM will be battling for a initial points of a year. Since we
returned to a array in 2012, we have won 8 titles – and our
transparent thought is to supplement to this collection with a BMW M4 DTM this year.
In a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, BMW Team RLL is hungry
for a good outcome with a BMW M8 GTE during a home eventuality in Mid-Ohio.
The weekend is an comprehensive provide for BMW fans.”

FIA WEC: The “Super Season” gets underway during Spa-Francorchamps.

The 6-hour competition during Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) kicks off the
eight-race 2018/19 “Super Season” in a FIA World Endurance
Championship. The BMW M8 GTE will competition a 24 Hours of Le Mans
(FRA) twice in a “Super Season” with BMW Team MTEK obliged for
a dual cars. Martin Tomczyk (GER) and Nick Catsburg (NED) will
swap during a circle of a #81 automobile during Spa-Francorchamps. António
Félix da Costa (POR), like Tomczyk and Catsburg a unchanging BMW driver
in a WEC, will share a cockpit of a #82 BMW M8 GTE with Tom
Blomqvist (GBR), who stands in for Augusto Farfus (BRA) for this race.

Martin Tomczyk (GER, #81 BMW M8 GTE): “The initial race
during Spa-Francorchamps outlines a finish of a prolonged proviso of preparations for
me and a whole team. For me personally, a initial WEC competition is going
to be rather special. we am unequivocally looking brazen to a good track
during Spa-Francorchamps and wish we can make a good start with a BMW M8 GTE.”

Nick Catsburg (NED, #81 BMW M8 GTE): “When BMW said
they were building a GTE automobile and fasten a World Endurance
Championship, we was intensely excited. Our initial competition at
Spa-Francorchamps is now usually around a corner. It is a very
perfectionist lane for both a automobile and a driver, though we are good prepared.”

António Félix da Costa (POR, #82 BMW M8 GTE): “I am
unequivocally looking brazen to this plan removing going.
Spa-Francorchamps is a lane that we love. Going into continuation racing
is a start of something new in my career.”

Tom Blomqvist (GBR, #82 BMW M8 GTE): “I’m vehement to
be one of a initial drivers to be behind a circle of a BMW M8 GTE
as it creates a WEC debut. A lot is still new to us, and we contingency see
how we smoke-stack adult opposite a opposition. However, contrast went good and
we are prepared for a initial race.”

Media appointments during Spa-Francorchamps:

Thursday, 14:00: “Meet a BMW WEC drivers” (BMW
Thursday, 15:00: FIA WEC press conference, with
António Félix da Costa (PC room)
Friday, 9:30: Interview session
with BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt (BMW
Friday, 16:45-16:55: Media churned section with a BMW
WEC drivers (PC room)

DTM: Good movement brazen of a season-opener in Hockenheim.

This year’s DTM calendar facilities 10 events with a sum of 20
races in 6 opposite countries. Hockenheim (GER) is traditionally
a venue for a initial competition of a season. As good as a experienced
Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock (GER), Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Marco
Wittmann (GER), Philipp Eng (AUT) and Joel Eriksson (SWE) also line up
in their entrance seasons in a DTM. The BMW M4 DTM has been a subject
of endless modifications in suitability with changes to the
regulations – utterly aerodynamically. The automobile generates distant less
downforce than in 2017, putting an even larger importance on the
drivers this year. Wittmann was winning during a Hockenheimring at
a final turn of final season. Furthermore, Spengler clocked the
fastest time of a four-day exam during Hockenheim during a start of April.

Bruno Spengler (CAN, #7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, 157
races, 15 wins, 18 stick positions, 1 title):
“I am really
vehement to finally start a new season. The screen raiser at
Hockenheim is always something special. It is usually good to accommodate the
fans again and to feel a singular atmosphere there after a long
winter break. My thought is to get a limit out of me and a car.”

Marco Wittmann (GER, #11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW
Team RMG, 74 races, 9 wins, 9 stick positions, 2 titles):

“The initial competition of a deteriorate will uncover where we unequivocally stand. We have
unequivocally finished a homework, and we am confident brazen of a opening
competition weekend. Each one of us is unequivocally looking brazen to a season
finally removing started again. You can unequivocally notice a changes
to a car. They will make it even some-more exciting.”

Augusto Farfus (BRA, #15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, 84
races, 4 wins, 6 stick positions):
“It will be like a new
start for everybody this year with a new manners and a modified
cars. That’s a flattering large challenge. Our exam during Hockenheim went
flattering good so we am unequivocally encouraged and conduct to Hockenheim with high
hopes of carrying a purify and good start to a season.”

74 races, 4 wins, 4 stick positions):
“After a long
winter, I, like everybody else, am gratified to finally get behind down to
business. The tests in Hockenheim went well, nonetheless we still have
unequivocally no thought accurately how good we are compared to a others. Our
times looked good, though we never know either somebody else might have
had a few kilos of fuel some-more on board. we am positively excited.”

Philipp Eng (AUT, #25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team
“I am unequivocally looking brazen to creation my DTM debut.
Being given this eventuality during a age of 28 is unequivocally cool. The tests
so distant have shown that we are right adult there. For me, a tests were
essentially about removing used to a car. It felt unequivocally good. Hopefully
we will be means to suffer myself a bit when it all gets going in Hockenheim.”

Joel Eriksson (SWE, #47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM):
“It is going to be unequivocally engaging and we am unequivocally most looking
brazen to my initial competition in a DTM. After a good Hockenheim exam I
am feeling utterly gentle and unequivocally good prepared.”

Media appointments in Hockenheim:

Saturday, 15:40: DTM Mixed Zone with a BMW
Sunday, 09:50: Interview eventuality with BMW Motorsport
Director Jens Marquardt
Sunday, 15:40: DTM Mixed Zone with the
BMW drivers

IMSA: Home tour for BMW Team RLL.

The fourth competition of a season, during a “Mid-Ohio Sports Car
Course” in Lexington (USA), is rather special for BMW Team RLL: The
team’s domicile in Hilliard (USA) are usually about an hour’s drive
from a circuit. Team Principal Bobby Rahal’s (USA) outfit has had to
wait a prolonged time to competition another home competition in a IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship: a final time a circuit hosted a series
was behind in 2012. As such, a group is rarely encouraged to behind adult its
second place during a 12 Hours of Sebring (USA) with another success
with a new BMW M8 GTE.

Jesse Krohn (FIN, #24 BMW M8 GTE): “Mid-Ohio is
another new lane for me this season. we wish we can be more
rival than we were during Long Beach. The group and BMW Motorsport is
doing a good pursuit building a car.”
John Edwards (USA, #24 BMW M8 GTE): “I haven’t raced
during Mid-Ohio given a Grand Am series, though it’s something of a home
competition for me and a team, so I’m blissful to be back. we lived in
Cincinnati and my relatives still live there. It’s a good track.”

Connor De Phillippi (USA, #25 BMW M8 GTE): “Mid-Ohio
is a large eventuality for us as a team. The BMW Team RLL domicile are not
distant away. It’s a new lane for me, so there will have to be a steep
training curve. However, I’m advantageous to have a unequivocally gifted team
around me to gaunt on for support.”

Alexander Sims (GBR, #25 BMW M8 GTE): “I am really
looking brazen to a plea of Mid-Ohio. It’s totally new to
me, so we don’t know what to design from a weekend. The important
thing is to find a good simple set-up as fast as possible.”

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