Published on April 7th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair0
BMW M8 GTE makes FIA WEC Debut
BMW M Motorsport will make its maiden FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) appearance this week (6th/7th April) as it enters The Prologue, the official pre-season test at Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France. BMW M Motorsport can count on the support of old and new partners.
The new BMW M8 GTE will be in action at a two-day event on the track near Le Castellet (FRA) and take part in a 30-hour test designed to prepare teams for the eight-round global endurance Super Season, featuring two 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA), concluding at La Sarthe in June 2019.
BMW M Motorsport is competing with two BMW M8 GTE cars in the FIA WEC under the BMW Team MTEK banner. The colour scheme for both cars is a nod to the long motor racing history of BMW – with the innovative BMW M Motorsport design, giving a brand-new interpretation to the classic BMW M colours of light blue, dark blue and red. A total of seven BMW works drivers will be present to drive the number 81 and number 82 BMW M8 GTE cars: Martin Tomczyk (GER), Nick Catsburg (NED), Philipp Eng (AUT), António Félix da Costa (POR), Augusto Farfus (BRA), Alexander Sims (GBR) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR). Blomqvist will be the official substitute for Farfus, when the Brazilian will be unavailable due to his DTM commitments. Each of the drivers bring with them valuable experience gained during the BMW M8 GTE’s extensive test programme.
Shell remains Premium Technology Partner of BMW M Motorsport in the WEC. The Official Partners Akrapovič, CATL and H&R are all expanding their existing collaboration with BMW M Motorsport as well. BMW M Performance Parts is also on board as Official Partner in various projects such as the WEC.
OSRAM previously provided BMW M Motorsport with innovating lighting technology at last year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race – and will do likewise at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Panasonic is a new addition to the list of Official Partners. The Official Suppliers for BMW M Motorsport in the WEC are tyre partner Michelin and the suppliers Puma and Oakley. DJI is the Official Media Partner.