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WEC – FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP.

More than just Le Mans.

WEC – FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP.

More than just Le Mans.

WEC – FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP. More than just Le Mans.

Since its debut in 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has made positive developments as a series, broken new ground and gained a lot of fans. The highlight of this championship is the 24-hour race of Le Mans. In 1999, BMW celebrated overall victory with the open prototype BMW V12 LMR. In 2011 the BMW M3 GT finished third in the LM GTE class. In addition to the legend of Le Mans, the endurance series also includes iconic races such as the six-hour races in Silverstone and Fuji.

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BMW Motorsport Around the World

#MISSION8

From racetrack to road.

#MISSION8

From racetrack to road.

The BMW M8 GTE was the first BMW Motorsport race car to see action before its production counterpart. The GT sports car took part in its first race back in January, at the 24 Hours of Daytona. The BMW 8 Series Coupé’s big moment came at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which took place in June. It was here that the new BMW sports car for the luxury sector was unveiled – an event that also represented a highlight within MISSION8 for BMW and BMW Motorsport. BMW Motorsport accompanied the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the unveiling of the BMW 8 Series Coupé with a magazine special and a dedicated online offering.

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BMW M8 GTE.

THE BMW M8 GTE.

The GT flagship.

The BMW M8 GTE was the first BMW Motorsport race car to see action before its production counterpart. The GT sports car made its competitive debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2018. The production version, the BMW 8 Series Coupé, was launched during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The BMW M8 GTE is not only used in sprint races but also, primarily, endurance races all over the world. As such, the BMW Motorsport engineers focussed on achieving maximum efficiency and robust aerodynamics when developing the car.

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HIGHLIGHT LE MANS.

The 24-hour race of Le Mans has captivated motorsport fans around the world since 1923. The 13.62-kilometre track, named Circuit de la Sarthe after a nearby river, is a mix of public roads and a permanent racetrack. Fast straights, fluid combinations of turns and hard braking zones put the participants under extreme stress – while providing a spectacle for the more than 250,000 spectators that make the annual pilgrimage to the department of Sarthe.

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THE BMW SQUAD.

Marathon men.

Endurance races are the pinnacle of GT racing. Drivers who take on this challenge take on hero status. After intensive preparation, BMW Team MTEK of team principal Ernest Knoors will contest the 2018/2019 FIA WEC with two new BMW M8 GTE. The regular drivers for the entire season will be Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus, António Félix da Costa and Martin Tomczyk. The works drivers were involved in the development of the GTE powerhouse and have taken part in many tests.

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Ernest Knoors

BMW TEAM MTEK.

From the DTM to WEC.

MTEK, short for “Motorsport Track Engineering Knoors”. Dutchman Ernest Knoors assembled a team within a matter of months back in the winter of 2012/2013, bringing together specialists from various different racing series. MTEK joined BMW as the fourth DTM works team in the 2013 season. Timo Glock claimed the team’s maiden race win in its first season in the popular touring car series. Since leaving the DTM at the end of the 2016 season, the team has dedicated itself to the extensive test and development programme ahead of BMW entering the WEC.

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DRIVERS OF BMW TEAM MTEK.

The line-up for the WEC.

Nick Catsburg

NICK CATSBURG.

Martin Tomczyk

MARTIN TOMCZYK.

António Félix da Costa

ANTÓNIO FÉLIX DA COSTA.

Augusto Farfus

AUGUSTO FARFUS.

Nick Catsburg

NICK CATSBURG.

Place of birth: Amersfoort, Netherlands
Date of birth: 15 Februar 1988

Dutchman Nick Catsburg has increasingly made a name for himself on the GT scene in recent years. He began his career back in 2004, at the age of 16. Since 2011, he has driven BMW race cars in various international series and 24-hour races. Together with Marc VDS Racing, he won the Team title in the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series with the BMW Z4 GT3. The greatest success of his career so far also came in the same car in 2015, when he took victory at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps alongside Markus Palttala and Lucas Luhr. As well as the WEC, the Dutchman also lines up in selected races in the IMSA series – also in the BMW M8 GTE. In addition to the WEC, Catsburg also contest the Intercontinental GT Challenge with the BMW M6 GT3.

Martin Tomczyk

MARTIN TOMCZYK.

Place of birth: Rosenheim, Germany
Date of birth: 07 Dezember 1981

Every ending is a new beginning: This was Martin Tomczyk’s thinking when he announced his retirement from the DTM in 2016, paving the way for a career in GT racing. For the man from Rosenheim, the move away from the DTM brought to the end a long chapter in his motorsport career, after 16 years of battling for victories and titles in the touring car series. During his time in the DTM, he also gained experience in GT racing, taking part in both the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. In 2017, he moved to the USA, where he lined up at the wheel of the BMW M6 GTLM in the IMSA series. Since BMW joined the series, Tomczyk has been one of the regular drivers in the WEC. 2019 sees him also contest endurance races held as part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

António Félix da Costa

ANTÓNIO FÉLIX DA COSTA.

Place of birth: Lisbon, Portugal
Date of birth: 31 August 1991

Fuel in his blood and always full of energy: That is António Félix da Costa in a nutshell. As well as his outings in the WEC, the Portuguese driver also starts in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. He has been involved in the series for fully-electric race cars since its inaugural season, when he claimed one race win. Up until 2016, Félix da Costa was also racing in the DTM. Another big success for the Portuguese came in the form of victory at the iconic Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau in 2012, when he followed in the footsteps of such superstars as Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. He repeated his win at the Guia Circuit in 2016.

Augusto Farfus

AUGUSTO FARFUS.

Place of birth: Curitiba, Brazil
Date of birth: 03 September 1983

No matter which racing series he lines up in, Augusto Farfus is always one of the fastest in the field within no time at all. He won race after race in the World Touring Car Championship, has shown remarkable stamina on the endurance circuit, and has lived up to this reputation in the DTM too. The Brazilian ended his debut season as the top rookie. In 2013, Farfus was a contender for the title. However, the Brazilian has also tasted success on a number of occasions in endurance racing: In 2010, he won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring alongside Jörg Müller, Pedro Lamy and Uwe Alzen in a BMW M3 GT2. In 2019, he took victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona alongside Connor De Phillippi, Philipp Eng and Colton Herta in a BMW M8 GTE.

The combination of GT experience and race talent means we are ideally positioned to achieve good results in our first season in uncharted territory.
Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director
BMW Motorsport Around the World

BMW MOTORSPORT AROUND THE WORLD.

BMW MOTORSPORT AROUND THE WORLD.

The 2019 race schedule once again takes BMW Motorsport on a world tour. From the BMW M8 GTE in Le Mans to the BMW M240i Racing at the Nürburgring – the entire BMW Motorsport fleet is in action, taking on the challenges encountered at racetracks all over the world. With the exception of Antarctica, there is no continent on the planet, on which BMW racing cars are not in action. From America to Asia, Europe to Australia: BMW Power in use globally and throughout the entire season.

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BMW IN LE MANS.

The spirit of sportscars.

Between 1972 and 2000, BMW was a regular guest in Sarthe. The corporate group from Munich was represented by teams such as Schnitzer Motorsport, who are still in action for BMW Motorsport. In 1999, the brand celebrated the coveted overall victory with the BMW V12 LMR. 

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