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BMW Team Brasil Confirms Expansion to BES, First Drivers

BMW Team Brasil Confirms BES expansion and announces first drivers…

Photo: BMW Team Brasil

Photo: BMW Team Brasil

BMW Team Brasil has confirmed it will expand into the Blancpain Endurance Series this season, already signing Caca Bueno, Sergio Jimenez and Valdeno Brito for the entire 12-round GT series.

After two years of competing in the Sprint Series, the team, which has the support of BMW Brasil, starts its third season in an SRO-organized series with the goal of fighting for overall victories and titles.

Bueno and Jimenez will continue their successful Sprint partnership in the No. 0 BMW Z4 GT3, with the announcement of the third driver for the Endurance races expected in the coming days.

“To race both championships is a natural development for the team. 2013 was a learning year and, in my view, with the conditions we had in 2014, we did a great job,” said Bueno.

“We already have more experience with the tracks. We know our opponents [better] and I’m pretty excited, especially with the long races, where our car should have better chance of fighting for victories.”

Brito is the only driver confirmed on the No. 77 car so far; the two-time GT Brasil champion made a good impression during his two guest appearances last year.

“The expectation is to get the best possible results. We will try to fight for the title in 2015,” said team principal Antonio Hermann.

However, the Brazilian team still feels SRO’s Balance of Performance disadvantages the BMW Z4.

Hermann and Washington Bezerra were in Germany last week to discus possible improvements with BMW Motorsport engineers.

“We discussed various aspects of [improvements to the] car and we will take the proposal to SRO. We are confident, the car is competitive but suffers in the BOP,” Hermann added.

Vincent Wouters (@VinceWouters) is a Belgium-based sports car racing reporter, providing coverage primarily of the Blancpain GT Series.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. StueyB83

    February 25, 2015 at 2:23 am

    It’s an old car. Long over due for a refresh sure, yet Marc VDS still finds pace in the package to trouble the Audi’s when it matters.

    I just don’t think BMW has matched the pace of Audi & Merc in developing it’s package to keep it at its sweet spot for longer and up the front consistently.

    • Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

      February 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      That is why the M6 GT3 is already rolling and it will be ready by next season.

      Marc DVS has rolled back it’s involvement in BES/BSS, so another BMW to run the Pro Class is important.

      As I said in the related story of Rowe entering the Pro Cup in BES, it’s about car sales, in this car race car sales. It’s important for BMW and Benz to get good teams lined up to show off it’s products.

      BMW lost Marc DVS as a full season entrant in BES and only has Pro Am teams left.

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