BMW Team MTEK and BMW Team RLL prepared for the “BMW M Motorsport Super Weekend” at Sebring.

BMW Team MTEK and BMW Team RLL prepared for the “BMW M Motorsport Super Weekend” at Sebring.

12.03.2019: The sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season and the second round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA Series) share the same Sebring (USA)

The sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season and the second round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA Series) share the same Sebring (USA) event next weekend (14th to 16th March) with several BMW entries competing in three races.

 



On Friday 15th March, BMW Team MTEK will contest the WEC “1000 Miles of Sebring” with its pair of BMW M8 GTEs. The #81 BMW M8 GTE regular drivers, Nick Catsburg (NED) and Martin Tomczyk (GER), will be supported by Alexander Sims (GBR). Augusto Farfus (BRA) and António Félix da Costa (POR) share duties in the #82 sister car with BMW DTM driver Bruno Spengler (CAN), who will debut in WEC. It will be the first time that the Munich-based outfit will race in the USA, but after achieving over 2,300 kilometres of testing at the weekend the team is feeling prepared.

 

On Saturday, BMW Team RLL, which won the GTLM class in January’s IMSA season-opening prestigious 24-hour race of Daytona (USA), will contest the IMSA Sebring 12 Hours. After finishing the race second in 2018 on the BMW M8 GTE’s second outing, the team is aiming for the top-spot this year. The Daytona winning #25 BMW M8 GTE will be driven by Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Connor De Phillippi (USA) and Colton Herta (USA). Their team-mates Jesse Krohn (FIN) and John Edwards (USA) will share duties with BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng (AUT) in the #24 sister car.

 


In the 12-hour endurance race GTD class, Turner Motorsport will return to Sebring with its BMW M6 GT3. The team will also field a BMW M4 GT4 in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, with Bill Auberlen (USA) doing double-honours and driving in both. BimmerWorld Racing and Stephen Cameron Racing will also compete in this series with their BMW M4 GT4s.

 



Comments ahead of the “BMW M Motorsport Super Weekend” at Sebring.

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):



“It’s a big weekend for BMW M Motorsport and, in particular, the BMW M8 GTE. Since we launched it at the start of last year, both BMW Team RLL and BMW Team MTEK have had great podium results, including the victory at Daytona and a second-place finish at Sebring last year. To see four BMW M8 GTEs compete in two events across two days is a unique opportunity and we’re looking forward to taking on the challenge.



 The BMW M6 GT3 and the BMW M4 GT4s complete the big BMW array at Sebring. This weekend will be a great BMW family meeting at a venue that plays a very special role in BMW Motorsport history as we all remember the fantastic Sebring overall wins with the BMW 3.0 CSL in its debut season 1975 and with the BMW V12 LMR exactly 20 years ago in 1999.”

 



Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK):



“In terms of preparation, we are pretty happy. We had a very good test and covered over 2,300 kilometres with both cars. It was very productive in terms of getting to know the car on this track which is still a special track for us because we have never been here before. In general, we are happy to be back on track as it was a long break after Shanghai. Our BMW M8 GTE seems to work quite well here at Sebring.



We are also working well together with BMW Team RLL and trying to learn as much as we can in a short amount of time to get the car set up properly. Now we are looking forward to a good race. It’s always nice to be at a venue like Sebring with a lot of history and a very special track in terms of layout and bumps and quite a hard challenge, but the whole team is motivated and looking forward to it.”

 


Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL):



“Sebring is a whole different story (to other endurance races such as Daytona) but we have always had a pretty good car there regardless of which chassis we were running. We have won there before which, to me, is equally satisfying as winning Daytona given the difficulties of the circuit and the challenges the circuit presents the teams with. That’s not to diminish Daytona because anytime you win a 24-hour race, it’s something really special.



I think we have a good opportunity to do well in Sebring. It’s interesting that with the WEC race the previous day, we may be able to learn some things from those guys based on what happens in their race, and hopefully it’s a good one for them. I always look forward to Sebring because it’s always such a fabulous and historic event. For me personally, it has so much meaning. I think we have a good chance and of course we have a good line-up of drivers.”

 


- Ingo Lehbrink, photos BMW

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