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BMW M Motorsport continues the WEC Super Season in Shanghai.

BMW Team MTEK continues its WEC campaign at the “6 Hours of Shanghai”.

Following a second-place finish in Japan last month, BMW Team MTEK will make its debut at the Shanghai International Circuit in China this weekend for the fifth round of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season, the “6 Hours of Shanghai”.
 
In the #82 BMW M8 GTE, the “Six Hours of Fuji” runners-up António Félix da Costa and Tom Blomqvist will return hoping for success in Shanghai, while Martin Tomcyzk and Nick Catsburg will aim to take their first podium in the #81 machine.  
 
BMW Team MTEK Team Principal Ernest Knoors feels that the team has a good chance in the “6 Hours of Shanghai” following a flawless performance and strong strategy in Fuji.

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Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK):

“After Japan, we can all be quite happy with where we were and how we performed. It would have been nice to have two cars at the sharp end at the chequered flag, but I think with the way the strategy played out, in changeable conditions, we were well positioned to have a good result with either car depending on how the weather went. I’m very happy with how the team performed – we had great pitstops, no penalties, and a strong performance from drivers, crew and engineers. We look forward to Shanghai with optimism – the fast sections should suit us even if we the tighter sections are a challenge – and hope to end the year on a high.”

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Nick Catsburg (#81 BMW M8 GTE):

“I’m really looking forward to returning to Shanghai – I’ve raced here on the smaller track in the FIA WTCC but it’s the first time on the longer configuration and in a GT car. It’s a track that I’ve always liked to drive on so I’m looking forward to it. After seeing our team-mates on the podium in Fuji, we know that the team is where we need to be and, hopefully, we can continue that into Shanghai. It would be nice for Martin and me to take a podium. Let’s see how it goes.”

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Tom Blomqvist (#82 BMW M8 GTE):

“Having had a podium last time out in Fuji, it would be a lie If I told you we weren’t expecting to fight for one in Shanghai too. That’s definitely the goal for us. For sure, we have to see how our car will perform around Shanghai, as each venue is a new proving ground for our BMW M8 GTE. I’ve done this race before in LMP2 and know how difficult the track can be so it’s going to be critical to nail the setup for the race. Having not driven since Fuji, I’m pretty excited to get back behind the wheel and I know António is just as hungry as I am for another good result. Hopefully we are able to reward the team for all their hard work throughout 2018.”

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