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Marc VDS Enters Baku World Challenge

Maxime Martin, Nicky Catsburg to drive BMW Z4 in Baku World Challenge…

Photo: Fabre/VIMAGES

Photo: Fabre/VIMAGES

Newly crowned Blancpain Endurance Series champions Marc VDS will take part in next month’s Baku World Challenge, it was announced Tuesday.

The Belgian squad has entered a BMW Z4 GT3 for the FIA GT Series season finale, which is open to invitational entries from other GT3-based championships.

Team regulars Nicky Catsburg and BMW factory driver Maxime Martin will share driving duties, as they aim to take home the $135,000 prize for the winning team.

“This race is going to be a great spectacle, and we’re very excited to be heading out to Asia again, which we haven’t done since GT1,” said team principal Bas Leinders. “Street races are exciting, but they’re also punishing and any mistake can be costly – it’s brilliant for the fans.

“BMW Motorsport’s  backing is obviously a fantastic thing to have and we’re proud to be working with them closely again after the success we achieved together at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.”

The street race in the Azerbaijan capital city was originally scheduled for next weekend but was postponed to Nov. 23-24 due to delays in circuit construction.

The rescheduled date plays into the hands of Martin, who would not have been able to compete in Baku due to his commitments with BMW Team RLL in the ALMS finale at Road Atlanta that same weekend.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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