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Dennis Returns to BMW Factory Driver Roster

Reigning Formula E champion Jake Dennis regains factory driver status with BMW M Motorsport…

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BMW M Motorsport has announced that Jake Dennis has been re-added to its roster of factory drivers as part of his commitments in Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup and the Italian GT Championship.

The reigning ABB FIA Formula E world champion initially disappeared off the Munich marque’s list of works talent for the 2024 season, having previously enjoyed a relationship with the brand since 2021.

Despite that, he still signed on to race with Century Motorsport in Fanatec GT Europe, piloting a Bronze-Cup entered BMW M4 GT3 in the Endurance Cup events.

On Thursday, BMW announced that the 28-year-old has been reinstated as a factory driver ahead of an upcoming race outing in the Italian GT Championship.

There, Dennis will team up with fellow factory ace Jens Klingmann at BMW Italia Ceccato Racing for the second round at Imola.

The Brit replaces Klingmann’s full-season co-driver Max Hesse, who is racing at the Nürburgring 24 with BMW M Team RMG instead.

“I am very excited to continue my journey as a BMW M works driver,” Dennis said.

“We have had a great partnership since 2021. I am really looking forward to the races that are still to come this season. Hopefully, we can fight for victories and podium finishes.”

BMW has stated that Dennis will compete in “in selected races” for the remainder of the season, although that will notably not include the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa.

The Belgian endurance classic clashes with the Formula E round in Portland, with Dennis set to be replaced in Century’s lineup by IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTP ace Connor De Phillippi.

“I am very pleased to have Jake Dennis back in our works driver line-up,” said BMW M Motorsport director Andreas Roos.

“He is a great racing driver, versatile – exactly what we need for our very extensive racing programme.

“In GT cars, Jake Dennis is always a top-notch option, and as a Formula E World Champion, he has also gained a lot of experience in other areas of motorsport.”

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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