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BimmerWorld Confirms 2016 CTSC Lineup

BimmerWorld announces continuation of BMW 328i program…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

BimmerWorld will continue in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, again with a two-car ST class lineup, of the venerable BMW 328i built on the F30 platform.

Tyler Cooke moves from the team’s No. 81 entry he shared with Andrei Hartanto last season to the Optima Batteries-backed No. 84 car, co-driving with BimmerWorld team owner/driver James Clay.

A new lineup is set for the No. 81 car, with team newcomers Jerry Kaufman and Kyle Tilley. Tilley serves as Kaufman’s driver coach.

“Tyler has grown with our team and turned into a formidable driver in the Continental field, and through Optima Batteries’ support, we’ll be able to drive together for the 2016 season,” Clay said.

“We also continue to find and develop new talent, and the addition of Jerry Kaufman and Kyle Tilley puts another strong BimmerWorld 328i turbo combination on track. We have an experienced and capable team, the support of a tremendous group of sponsors, and this group will make for a solid overall package.”

BimmerWorld was part of four entries in 2015, with the two BMWs also joined by two Porsche Caymans developed in partnership with BGB Motorsports to create the Next Level European team.

The BMWs tended to struggle in 2015; Cooke and Hartanto only ended 18th in the ST class points, with a best finish of fourth at Road America. Clay, who co-drove with Jason Briedis, failed to better fifth place and ended 22nd in points.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

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