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BMW Reveals WEC, 24H Le Mans Drivers

BMW announces WEC lineup of Tomczyk, Catsburg, da Costa, Farfus…

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BMW has confirmed that Martin Tomczyk, Nicky Catsburg, Antonio Felix da Costa and Augusto Farfus will drive the pair of BMW Team MTEK-run M8 GTEs in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The drivers will compete in the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ and both the 2018 and 2019 runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the new BMW M8 GTE.

It has been announced that they will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng at Le Mans, although one driver is expected to act as a reserve as three-driver lineups are mandatory in the French race.

Tomczyk comes to the program after a year with BMW Team RLL in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship while Castburg has primarily been competing in GT3 events for BMW.

Da Costa is one of Andretti’s FIA Formula E Championship drivers and Farfus has most experience in DTM, where he will remain a full-time BMW driver next season.

“The drivers in our WEC squad have been intensely involved in the development work on the BMW M8 GTE from the outset,” said BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt.

“The combination of GT experience and race talent means we are ideally positioned to achieve good results in our first season in uncharted territory.

“After the intense months spent developing the car, everyone at BMW Motorsport is extremely motivated ahead of the first races in 2018.”

The M8 GTE will make its WEC debut at Spa-Francorchamps in May before BMW returns to Le Mans in June. 

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Jason

    December 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    DIsapointed that only one of the IMSA drivers in Sims will be on the Le Mans driving team. Any of the other guys including Auberlen would be better than Eng.

    • gtgianlu

      December 16, 2017 at 6:56 am

      You probably don’t cover european races but Eng is very fast,has just been elected as DTM driver by BMW,has won Spa24h with Sims and Martin,and before was Carrera Cup Deutschland and Supercup champion.

    • KW

      December 16, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      False. Don’t under-estimate Philipp Eng, he is coming from the same education on the same level as René Rast.

  2. KW

    December 16, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    There were also rumours that Giancarlo Fisichella would part ways with Ferrari and join BMW for 2018; obviously this didn’t happen. So will we see him back with Risi next year?

    • David Chaste

      December 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Fisichella should go to a privateer P1 team. They might be willing to pay for the experience.

      His salary demands were probably at least twice what it costs to keep 2 of the BMW drivers on retainer.

      But Ferrari should give Risi more funding. It’s a joke that that their flagship car in their flagship market, in the highest level racing program doesn’t get the proper support.

      i can see why Fisichella wants out. With a full season they could have mounted a championship challenge.

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