BMW are dropping its factory team out of the GTE Pro category of the WEC, the manufacturer has announced.
The German based team have not scored a victory in this season of the WEC, however, have finished on the podium twice. BMW Motorsport Group Director Jens Marquardt announced that they will not be partaking in the 2019/2020 season.
“We will not compete in WEC going forward. Therefore, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June will be another highlight for us in drawing to a close, just like in 2018, when we celebrated the successful world premiere of the BMW 8 Series Coupe there.”BMW Motorsport Group Director Jens Marquardt
Marquardt has also said that in light of the companies view going forward, a factory based team racing in the World Endurance Championships does not a line with their objectives. He has also said:
“The global presence of BMW M Motorsport is safeguarded by customer racing and the DTM in Asia and Europe, as well as the IMSA series in North America, even without competing in a world championship.”
“We would like to thank BMW Team MTEK for its dedication over recent years and we wish WEC all the best and hope that it makes good progress.”
Coming into the teams swan song race at Le Mans, its line up looks strong with Nick Catsburg, Martin Tomczyk and Philipp Eng in the #81 M8 GTE, and Antonio Felix da Costa, Augusto Farfus and debutant Jesse Krohn in the #82 car.
Team boss, Ernest Knoors, shared his view on BMWs decision, having said:
“Of course, we have to respect the decision by BMW and we are grateful for the opportunities we have been given in the past years.”
“At the same time, I have to say that we would have liked to continue as a team. We feel at home in the WEC pit-lane and have acquired a lot of experience that we would like to put to good use.”
“Now, our full focus is on the Le Mans 24 Hours where we aim at showing a good performance within the possibilities we have with the BoP. At the same time, we will actively look for options for other projects.”
Header Photo by BMW Motorsport
Article By Anthony Reynolds