The 2014 GT Le Mans class champion, Kuno Wittmer, will make his return to the class with a three-race program at BMW Team RLL next season.
The Canadian will race the team’s new BMW M6 GTLM at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda, three of the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup rounds.
“This is incredible for me,” Wittmer said. “Since 2010 and my start in endurance, I was trying to progress my career as a professional driver. But when a program like that of BMW North America comes along, it crosses to a whole new level.”
Wittmer moves back into GTLM after a partial season in GT Daytona with TRG-AMR, where he shared the team’s Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 with GTD season runner-up Christina Nielsen.
Wittmer won’t be driving in next week’s two-day test at Daytona International Speedway; Bill Auberlen, John Edwards, Lucas Luhr and BMW DTM driver Bruno Spengler will drive the single M6 GTLM.
However Wittmer has had his first run in the new car at Sebring late last month, alongside Auberlen, Edwards and Dirk Werner. Wittmer will also participate in the new car’s test and development program.
“The dialog with the engineers and all the BMW Motorsport personnel is very positive,” he said. “They completely understand auto racing, and it’s amazing for a driver to work in such a great environment.
“To be part of a program that has been in existence for more than forty years, with victories in so many series in the world, brings me to a much more elevated level.”
Also of note, 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class champion Trent Hindman, who was named a BMW Motorsport Junior driver earlier this year, had his first run in the previous generation BMW Z4 GTLM at Sebring.
Full lineups for both full season BMW M6 GTLMs will be announced at a later date.