BMW has confirmed it will field two EKRIS-prepared M4 GT4s under its BMW Team France banner in the GT4 European Series Southern Cup.
The effort, run by Julien Piguet’s Autovitesse team, will see the Frenchman team up with Frédéric Johais in the Pro-Am class, with Jean-Claude Lagniez and Grégoire Depauw set to pilot the second car in the Am category.
Piguet has carved his niche as a talented jack-of-all-trades thanks to his Driving Evolution structure, having dovetailed his commitments as driving instructor and stuntman with competitive outings at the wheel, as highlighted by his Group C Racing win at the 2016 Le Mans Classic.
A former karting ace, teammate Johais has also found his way in the event industry and taken part in dozens of F1 road shows around the world.
Johais now lives in Las Vegas where he is in charge of the Exotics Racing circuit, which offers track days with a difference courtesy of a unique fleet of supercars.
“We are thrilled to have the support of BMW in the 2017 GT4 European Series Southern Cup to enter two EKRIS M4 GT4s under the BMW Team France banner,” Piguet said.
“The car offers great handling and excellent balance, which suit both professional racers and gentleman drivers.
“I am also delighted to be embarking on this exciting journey with three long-time friends and I hope we can challenge for podiums at the front.”
Lagniez, meanwhile, has been racing since 1965 but the Frenchman has earned his stripes in the film industry as Roger Moore’s stand-in in the iconic James Bond saga.
Founded in 1985, his CinéCascade company has since established its credentials in major motion pictures such as Ronin, Amélie, The Bourne Identity, or The Intouchables.
Lagniez, who is turning 70 this year, also has one Le Mans 24 Hours class win to his name in 14 attempts at La Sarthe.
BMW Team France’s EKRIS M4 GT4s will take part in all of the GT4 European Series Southern Cup’s six rounds, with the iconic Easter Cups set to kick off the upcoming campaign at Nogaro on April 15-17.