Munich — BMW M Motorsport and Walkenhorst Motorsport are embarking on their subsequent main undertaking. The crew, that received the Intercontinental GT Problem drivers’ title with Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Nick Catsburg (NED) final season, will contest the Fanatec GT World Problem Europe powered by AWS with two BMW M6 GT3s and top-class drivers in 2021. The endurance specialists will enter the Endurance Cup, consisting of 5 races on a few of the most well-known racetracks in Europe. The spotlight of the season is the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), which Walkenhorst Motorsport received in 2018. The official check drives are scheduled to be happening on the ‘Circuit Paul Ricard‘ at Le Castellet (FRA) this week.
On the wheel of the 2 BMW M6 GT3s this season might be BMW works drivers Timo Glock (GER), Martin Tomczyk (GER), Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) and Marco Wittmann (GER). The 2 remaining spots might be crammed by Walkenhorst Motorsport drivers David Pittard (GBR) and Thomas Neubauer (FRA).
“After a profitable IGTC season in 2020, we’re all extremely motivated to construct on these successes,” stated Niclas Königbauer, Walkenhorst Motorsport Workforce Supervisor. “We’re in the midst of intensive preparations and can do our greatest to carry residence becoming outcomes for the BMW M6 GT3’s farewell season. I am delighted with our new driver line-up, and know that with this we have now laid an essential basis for attaining our targets. We could have a powerful bundle, and as a crew we’re actually wanting ahead to the challenges of the 2021 season.”
After the official check drives, it’s on to the essential section of preparations for the season opener at Monza (ITA) on 18th April. Aside from the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the 6 Hours of Le Castellet, every of the Endurance Cup races will final three hours. The opposite venues are the Nürburgring (GER) and Barcelona (ESP).
As the primary ever main GT race sequence on this planet, the Fanatec GT World Problem Europe powered by AWS is heading in a completely new course this season, by integrating sim racing into the championship as a core factor. Within the run-up to every of the 5 endurance races there might be a Fanatec Esports GT Professional Collection race on the simulation platform Assetto Corsa Competizione, through which a driver nominated by every of the groups will do battle for factors for the actual general standings. A most of 15 factors in complete might be awarded within the sim races, which might show essential within the last reckoning.
Sheldon van der Linde (#34 BMW M6 GT3): “I am very excited to be again onboard for a full endurance season with Walkenhorst Motorsport. My final race with the crew at Kyalami turned out to be a large success and one in every of my largest highlights of my GT profession thus far. We hope to construct on that this season and produce worth to the crew with a mixture of expertise and youth in our line-up. The purpose for us needs to be to win extra races and see the place that takes us by the top of the 12 months.”
Marco Wittmann (#34 BMW M6 GT3): “I am delighted to be collaborating with Walkenhorst Motorsport. The GT World Problem Europe is a brand new expertise for me, however my purpose is to get pleasure from a profitable season with my driver colleagues and the crew – hopefully with spectators as soon as once more, as quickly because the pandemic state of affairs permits.”
David Pittard (#34 BMW M6 GT3): “I am actually excited for my subsequent problem as I proceed my growth with BMW M Motorsport and Walkenhorst Motorsport within the GT World Problem Europe in 2021. I’m once more supplied with an awesome bundle to be taught and develop my expertise by working with BMW works drivers. I consider the pairing with Sheldon van der Linde and Marco Wittmann might be extraordinarily aggressive; these guys have been the quickest BMW DTM drivers in earlier years and I consider we are able to problem for sturdy positions within the championship and the Spa 24 Hours.”
Timo Glock (#35 BMW M6 GT3): “I am actually wanting ahead to returning to endurance racing and to the joint problem with Walkenhorst Motorsport. I am tremendous blissful that I lastly get to drive in a automobile with Martin Tomczyk. That is by no means occurred earlier than. I am excited to see what we are able to obtain along with Thomas Neubauer and the BMW M6 GT3.”
Martin Tomczyk (#35 BMW M6 GT3): “The GT World Problem Europe might be a brand new problem for me as properly. Nevertheless, my expertise of SRO race sequence has all the time been that they’re extremely skilled. I’ve usually stated to Timo Glock that we should always drive in a automobile as team-mates someday – now it’s lastly taking place. With Thomas Neubauer we have now a brand new driver on board, and I’m actually wanting ahead to attending to know him. Usually talking, I am unable to wait till we are able to get again to racing.”
Thomas Neubauer (#35 BMW M6 GT3): “I’m very blissful to be becoming a member of Walkenhorst Motorsport and BMW M Motorsport for this upcoming 2021 season. I really feel actually fortunate to be a part of such an essential programme and I’m actually grateful for this superb alternative. I might be as much as the duty and can do every little thing to make the crew and the BMW model shine on the rostrum.”
Overview of the Driver Line-Ups:
#34 BMW M6 GT3:
Sheldon van der Linde
#35 BMW M6 GT3:
Overview of the Endurance Cup Races:
Sixteenth-18th April Monza (ITA)
Twenty eighth-Thirtieth Could Le Castellet (FRA)
twenty ninth July-1st August Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
Third-Fifth September Nürburgring (GER)
Eighth-Tenth October Barcelona (ESP)