BMW Motorsport 2018: full throttle with M8 GTE, M6 GT3 Evo, M4, DTM & co.

BMW Motorsport presented its programme for the season 2018, and several major Changes for DTM, GT-inserts, and long-distance. The Engagement at the Nürburgring Nordschleife will be reduced significantly as expected, finally, in some capacity for the use of the BMW M8 GTE need to be redeployed. In the Green hell of the Team ROWE is supported as an official factory team, Schubert and Schnitzer received no such support. The Team falcons may be supported with drivers.

The colors of BMW to keep Motorsport still high and a Chance at the 20. Overall victory in the 24-hour classics in the Eifel region, will be sent to the BMW M6 GT3 Evo at the Start. The Evolution of the previous long-haul flagship to Shine, especially with a lighter to ride, more confidence and be safer on the Limit move.

The focus of the long-range programme, but it is undisputed on the BMW M8 GTE, which will be in January at the 24 hours of Daytona his racing debut. Highlight of the year is to be the 24 hours of Le Mans, where the M8 drive to victory in the GTE class. The MTEK Team will occupy the M8, as a rule, with Nick Catsburg, Martin Tomczyk, Augusto Farfus and António Félix da Costa, in addition to routes in selected endurance races also grab Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng in the steering Wheel.

The latter is one, together with Joel Erikson to the new BMW drivers in the DTM, 2018. Maxime Martin and Tom, your Cockpit will lose Blomqvist in the BMW M4 DTM. Three of the six vehicles will continue to be used by the Team RMG, can you trust the driver, Marco Wittmann, Timo Glock and Augusto Farfus. The Team RBM is the home of Philipp Eng and Joel Erikson allowed to compete on the side of the experienced Bruno Spengler.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “The combination of GT-experience and racing Talent for our first season in this new Terrain, optimal conditions for good results. Everyone at BMW Motorsport is motivated after the intense months of developing and Testing high -, 2018, the first race.
Continuity and experience are in the DTM is of great importance. At the same time, we wanted to set for 2018, but also some new impulses. I would like to thank Maxime Martin for the great collaboration and all the successes in the past few years. He now takes on a new challenge away from BMW Motorsport. Tom Blomqvist is going to be for us in the future, in the formula E on-the-go. Philipp Eng and Joel Eriksson managed to strong performances in the past year, as well as a very good impression on the Young Driver Test to the DTM line-up. I am convinced that they will also come with the BMW M4 DTM. After Marcos victory at the season finale in 2017 in Hockenheim we go, in any case, with a lot of momentum in the preparations for the new season.”

Joel Eriksson: “When I came to BMW, it was always my goal to make it to the very top, so in the DTM. That to me is well managed, is great. I am looking forward very much to working with the Team RBM. Since I come from the formula 3 is, for me, the driving behavior of the BMW M4 DTM is not so unusual. I think I’ll settle in quickly.”

Philipp Eng: “I can’t even believe it right that I’m going to be in 2018, in fact, the DTM driver. The DTM has always accompanied me, because I was a long time in the framework of series on the go and also for BMW in the past two years, often on-site. My dream was always to drive a DTM car. This dream I had fulfilled me with my Test in the BMW M4 DTM. That I get now even a master cockpit is incredible. I made in 2006 in the formula BMW in my first steps in formula racing. Now I have made it into the Top programs from BMW Motorsport. This is sure to be a big challenge for me, but as the saying goes: You grow with your tasks.”

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