BMW Motorsport confirm WEC return

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14455897_1167364806639812_1381767289_oBMW Motor­sport today con­firmed plans for its motor­sport activ­i­ties mov­ing for­ward, with the Ger­man mar­que com­mit­ting to the FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship from 2018 with an as as-yet-unnamed pro­gramme.

The brand-new WEC com­mit­ment will see BMW return to Le Mans for the first time since 2011, where Andy Pri­aulx, Dirk Müller and Joey Hand fin­ished third (pic­tured below). Bar­ring any oth­er changes in the mean­time, it will also take the num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ers in the top class of GTE rac­ing to four – with Aston Mar­tin, Ford, Fer­rari and new addi­tion BMW set to bat­tle it out for WEC and Le Mans hon­ours.

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Start­ing with the 2018 sea­son, we want to fur­ther expand our activ­i­ties in GT rac­ing and com­pete in the FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship, as well as the IMSA Weath­erTech Sports­Car Cham­pi­onship,” said BMW Motor­sport Direc­tor Jens Mar­quardt. “This obvi­ous­ly also includes our return to Le Mans, which we are par­tic­u­lar­ly look­ing for­ward to. The way the WEC has devel­oped so well makes us con­fi­dent that there is a big future for GT rac­ing.”

BMW’s motor­sport activ­i­ties have recent­ly been focused on its GTE pro­gramme in Weath­erTech Unit­ed Sports­Car Cham­pi­onship involv­ing the Z4 GTE and now the M6 GTE – nei­ther of which have raced at Le Mans. It also has a major involve­ment in DTM in Ger­many and For­mu­la E with the Andret­ti team.

Image © WEC-Mag­a­zin (Tobias Krause and Wal­ter Schruff)