Munich. BMW Motorsport used a normal Season Review
eventuality in Munich (DE) to announce poignant information about the
2017 motorist set-up and benefaction sum of a particular programmes
for several racing disciplines.
DTM – coherence in a cockpit.
BMW Motorsport will be represented by dual teams and 6 drivers in
a 2017 DTM season. The foe automobile will be a new BMW M4 DTM, that is
now completing a extensive exam and growth programme in
credentials for a 18 races. Six BMW works drivers with copiousness of DTM
knowledge will be behind a wheel. Reigning DTM champion Marco
Wittmann (DE) heads a selection. Tom Blomqvist (GB), Augusto Farfus
(BR), Timo Glock (DE), Maxime Martin (BE) and Bruno Spengler (CA) will
be battling for points and wins alongside him. The 6 BMW drivers
have racked adult a sum of 399 DTM starts, recording 32 wins and 34
stick positions. BMW Motorsport can exaggerate dual DTM champions in its
ranks: Spengler (2012) and Wittmann (2014 and 2016). The 3 BMW M4
DTMs of Wittmann, Glock and Farfus will be fielded by BMW Team RMG,
headed by Stefan Reinhold (DE). Bart Mampaey (BE) and his BMW Team RBM
will be obliged for a cars of Blomqvist, Martin and Spengler.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “Our driver
preference for 2017 once again includes some of a best a DTM has to
offer. Of course, everybody will be chasing champion Marco Wittmann.
But a 5 other drivers have all claimed wins and valid their
peculiarity in a DTM. This coherence in a cockpit will do us good.
Experience is intensely critical in a DTM.”
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – new faces from Europe.
In 2017, BMW Team RLL will again be represented by dual BMW M6 GTLMs
in a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC). Bill Auberlen
(US) and John Edwards (US) will be a unchanging drivers from a USA
subsequent season. They will be assimilated by dual new team-mates from Europe: in
2017, Auberlen will start alongside Alexander Sims (GB), whose fine
performances in this deteriorate enclosed altogether feat for a ROWE
Racing group with a BMW M6 GT3 during a 24-hour foe in
Spa-Francorchamps (BE). At a circle of a second BMW M6 GTLM, BMW
works motorist Martin Tomczyk (DE) will join Edwards for a GTLM class
races. The party will be upheld by DTM drivers Augusto Farfus and
Bruno Spengler, as good as Kuno Wittmer (CA) and Nick Catsburg (NL)
for a continuation races on a calendar. Auberlen, Sims, Farfus and
Spengler will also share pushing duties in a BMW M6 GTLM Art Car for
a 24 Hours of Daytona (US) on 28th/29th
Jan 2017, a automobile designed by US artist John Baldessari.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “We are
looking brazen to an sparkling second deteriorate with a BMW M6 GTLM in
North America. Of course, a idea is to record a initial win with
this car. Competing with a 19th BMW Art Car in Daytona
will be a genuine prominence to start a year off. I’d like to appreciate Dirk
Werner and Lucas Luhr for their tough work final deteriorate – and now it’s
time to acquire Alexander Sims and Martin Tomczyk. we am assured that
they will both settle in unequivocally fast during BMW Team RLL and will shortly be
successful. we wish Dirk all a best in his new sporting challenges.
We have been gay to have him on house given 2010. He impressed
us with his speed, his professionalism and his practical nature.”
GT and continuation races – a subsequent section in a success story.
In 2017, BMW Team Schnitzer will raise an already clever BMW set-up
in general GT and continuation racing. The group headed by Charly
Lamm (DE) will contest in races alongside ROWE Racing, winners of the
24-hour foe in Spa-Francorchamps, and Schubert Motorsport, and will
be doing their best to record a 20th altogether win for BMW
in a classical 24-hour foe during a Nürburgring (DE). BMW Team
Schnitzer is also scheduled to contest with a BMW M6 GT3 during a ADAC
GT Masters. The 3 teams will also paint BMW during many other GT
events – such as a VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring (VLN) or
a Blancpain GT Series. Among others, former BMW Motorsport Junior
Jesse Krohn (FI) will contest in a BMW M6 GT3 in a 24-hour foe at
a Nürburgring, alongside a works drivers active in a DTM.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “The BMW M6
GT3 done a successful all-round entrance in 2016. We are aiming for more
wins and titles subsequent deteriorate with a tip indication in patron racing. The
3 teams, ROWE Racing, Schubert Motorsport and BMW Team Schnitzer
all have a special purpose to play and will contest with this automobile in
several series. After winning in Spa in 2016, we now wish to continue
a long-running success story on a Nordschleife. As distant as teams
and drivers are concerned, we are ideally versed to do this.”
BMW patron racing – vital tests for a BMW M4 GT4.
With a BMW M6 GT3 spearheading a product operation for privateer
teams and drivers, BMW Motorsport will be removing a new challenger
prepared over a march of a 2017 season: a BMW M4 GT4. With this
car, business will be means to foe cost-effectively during a very
top turn during events around a universe from 2018. Numerous test
events are scheduled via a 2017 season, including a 24-hour
foe in Dubai (UA) in January. Drivers and teams around a universe will
continue to contest with a stream entry-level model, a BMW M235i
Racing, in such competitions as a BMW M235i Racing Cup classes in
Germany, Belgium and China. A sum of 170 examples of a BMW M235i
Racing have been built.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “Our
general business have distinguished many triumphs in a first
year with a BMW M6 GT3. We wish this will continue in 2017. The
extensive exam programme with a BMW M4 GT4 will go on in
parallel. We will also see a automobile in movement in a integrate of races. Our
highwayman teams will afterwards contest with a newest indication from our
product operation in 2018. we am quite gratified that a BMW M235i
Racing stays so popular. The widespread use of this foe automobile and the
certain feedback from a business uncover that this indication has been a
strike given a introduction in 2014.”
FIA Formula E Championship – a approach to Montréal.
The MS Amlin Andretti group upheld by BMW has started a FIA
Formula E Championship 2016/17 with dual stirring races in Hong Kong
(CN) and Marrakesh (MA). On a approach to a deteriorate culmination in Montréal,
BMW works motorist António Félix da Costa (PT) and Robin Frijns (NL)
will be competing in some of a many sparkling cities in a world,
including Buenos Aires (AR), Mexico City (MX), Paris (FR), Berlin (DE)
and New York (US). The exchanges between a group and a BMW
Motorsport engineers will gradually boost in power throughout
a year. Works impasse is designed from deteriorate 5 (2018/19)
onwards. BMW i also enjoys a distinguished position as “Official Vehicle
Partner” in Formula E, providing a Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “The first
Formula E races given a proclamation of a partnership with a MS
Amlin Andretti group has done us inspired for more. We are unequivocally looking
brazen to a deteriorate holding off from Feb 2017. Our primary aim
is to accumulate knowledge in a Formula E environment. Close
team-work with a Andretti Formula E group is intensely valuable.”
FIA World Endurance Championship – a countdown is on.
After a proclamation during a finish of Sep that BMW Motorsport
will contest in a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) from 2018,
some some-more sum have now been confirmed. BMW Team MTEK will spend
a entrance deteriorate on a extensive exam and credentials programme
for foe in a following year. The drivers in this proviso will
be Martin Tomczyk, Alexander Sims and António Félix da Costa.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “The
countdown to 2018 has started. We will prepared meticulously for our
entrance into a FIA WEC via a entrance season. BMW Team MTEK is
prepared to start and is intensely motivated.”