BMW announce 2019 Le Mans driver line-up

With the 2019 24-Hours of Le Mans just over a month away, BMW have announced their driver line-up for this year’s race.

The 81 car will be driven by Martin Tomczyk, Nicky Catsburg and Phillip Eng in an unchanged line-up from last year’s race, where they finished 33rd overall and 11th in the GTE Pro class.

Eng is driving a BMW in the DTM this season and won the IMSA 24-Hours of Daytona earlier in the year – so has some experience with longer endurance races.

Eng led BMW to victory in the 2019 Daytona 24-Hours. (Photo credit: BMW blog)

The sister car will be driven by António Félix da Costa, Augusto Farfus and Jesse Krohn – who will be making his debut at the historic race this year.

Da Costa and Farfus teamed up with Brit Alexander Sims for last year’s race and finished 51st overall and 16th in class.

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said: “The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the biggest endurance race in the world, and obviously a real highlight on our calendar.

“From a sporting perspective, we are excellently positioned with the drivers we have in the cockpits of the two BMW M8 GTE. The four regular drivers, Martin, Nick, António and Augusto, have had podium finishes in the WEC. They are joined by Philipp and Jesse, another two drivers who also have plenty of experience in the BMW M8 GTE and know what it takes to be successful in GT racing.

“We are looking forward to Le Mans and are now entering the final phase of preparations.”

The two cars will take to the track for the annual test day on the 2nd June before the race on the 15th-16th June.

Header image from BMW Blog

By Jordan Hollands.

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