The BMW M Motorsport ‘Dream Team’ is ready for Super GT x DTM Dream Race at Fuji

The BMW M Motorsport ‘Dream Team’ is ready for Super GT x DTM Dream Race at Fuji

18.11.2019: SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ The waiting is over : this weekend (22nd to 24th November), BMW M Motorsport will compete at the first joint race event between the DTM and the Japanese SUPER GT Championship in Japan.


SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’



The waiting is over : this weekend (22nd to 24th November), BMW M Motorsport will compete at the first joint race event between the DTM and the Japanese SUPER GT Championship in Japan.



Three BMW M4 DTMs will be in action at the ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ at Fuji (JPN). They will be driven by the BMW M Motorsport ‘Dream Team’, consisting of two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann (GER), BMW works driver and Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), and local favourite Kamui Kobayashi (JPN). The three BMW M4 DTMs will be run by BMW Team RBM.

 

Wittmann finished third overall in the 2019 DTM season, making him the best-placed BMW driver. The Sunday at Fuji is a special date for him, as he will celebrate his 30th birthday that day. Zanardi will be making his second appearance in the DTM at Fuji, following his thrilling guest start at Misano (ITA) in 2018.



As at Misano, his BMW M4 DTM will be equipped with a handbrake system, which allows him to drive without his artificial legs. Kobayashi will be driving a BMW M Motorsport race car for the first time at Fuji.

 

The ‘Dream Race’ at Fuji marks takes the collaboration between the DTM and SUPER GT series up a notch. The schedule for the event is similar to DTM race weekends. Two free practice sessions are scheduled for the Friday. Saturday and Sunday will each feature a qualifying session in the morning, followed by one race (55 minutes plus one lap) in the afternoon. As in the DTM, each driver must complete at least one mandatory pit stop in the race, during which all four wheels are changed.

 

The ‘Dream Race’ at Fuji is part of the ‘BMW Motorsport Mega Weekend’ at the end of 2019. At Kyalami, South Africa, BMW Team Schnitzer and Walkenhorst Motorsport will contest the final round of this season’s Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) with their BMW M6 GT3s. At the same time, Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship gets underway in Diriyah (KSA), with BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team looking for a good start to the new season.



BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng (AUT) is also in action at the weekend, at the 2019 FIA GTC World Finals in Monte Carlo (MON). The best Gran Turismo sim racers in the world will go head to head there. Eng is competing in the ProAm race and will support the BMW racers in the Grand Final of the Manufacturer Series during the World Final.

 



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