Nick Yelloly has been added to BMW’s factory driver lineup, with the 28-year-old set to represent the German manufacturer in various GT3 races this year.
It comes on the heels of the former open-wheel ace taking part in BMW’s DTM Young Driver test in Jerez, with the DTM race seat ultimately going to Sheldon van der Linde.
Yelloly, however, will still be part of the BMW fold in a program that has yet to be fully defined, although he’s confirmed for the opening round of the China GT Championship with AAI Motorsports.
Yelloly has past experience of the BMW M6 GT3, having taken part in selected Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup events with Rowe Racing last year.
“It’s exciting to be part of the BMW factory program,” Yelloly said. “It’s something I’ve been working on for a long time now to make that happen.
“It’s great to be part of BMW and I’m looking forward to seeing the progress throughout the year racing in the BMW M6 GT3 and getting more seat time.”
The Taiwanese squad will field a total of four BMWs in China GT, with Yelloly set to share driving duties of the No. 90 BMW GT3 alongside team owner Junsan Chen.
Jody Fanin and Betty Chen are slated to be behind the wheel of the team’s No. 91 entry, with Ivan Lee and Kevin Chen in the No. 92 car.
AAI will also enter a BMW M4 GT4 for Oscar Lee and Yuanhow Yao in the championship, which kicks off at Sepang next month.