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BMW Sets Bathurst 12H, IGTC Lineups

Chaz Mostert to rejoin BMW Team Schnitzer for Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour…

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Chaz Mostert will join Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk behind the wheel of Team Schnitzer’s BMW M6 GT3 for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, as part of an increased focus on the Intercontinental GT Challenge for the German manufacturer.

BMW confirmed the lineups for its supported IGTC entries on Friday, including the previously announced Walkenhorst Motorsport effort, which will take part in all five rounds in 2019.

Christian Krognes, who claimed victory with the Henry Walkenhorst-led team at this year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, will be joined by factory drivers Nicky Catsburg and Mikkel Jensen in the globe-trotting championship.

Farfus and fellow former DTM ace Tomczyk are also set for full-season campaigns, with the Brazilian coming off victory in last month’s FIA GT World Cup in Macau.

“Bathurst is one of the best circuits in the world,” said Farfus. “Last year, we had a good weekend there overall but were unable to top it off with a good result. However, we still learned a lot in 2018.

“So, I think we are well set for the race in February. We have certainly set ourselves some ambitious targets.”

Virgin Australia Supercars ace Mostert will return to Mount Panorama after claiming pole for the 2018 event and enjoyed a dominant run until a race-ending accident in the 10th hour.

Catsburg and newly promoted factory driver Jensen, meanwhile, are set for their Bathurst debuts.

“I am really looking forward to it,” Catsburg said. “I am familiar with the circuit from the simulator and I have watched all the races from recent years.

“Christian Krognes and Mikkel Jensen are great drivers and Walkenhorst Motorsport has just had a sensational year. Now we are preparing intensively for this great event.”

BMW announced last month it will support two cars for the full IGTC season, although it remains unclear if Schnitzer will contest every round or local teams will be utilized in particular cases.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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