BMW Motorsport Will Fight on Four Fronts Next Year Including DTM and USCC

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BMW M235i RacingAndy PriaulxBMW Z4 GTLMBMW M4 DTMAlex ZanardiLucas Luhr
Every year, BMW’s Motorsport division enters various competitions across the globe, fighting for the win in each and every one. Next year, the Bavarian company will be dueling in no less than four such competitions, on 2 continents.
We are already looking forward to the 2015 season, in which BMW Motorsport will once again thrill fans around the world with another extensive programme,” said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director, in Maisach, on Friday.

The competitions BMW drivers will be fighting in include the DTM but others as well. In the German Touring Car championship, BMW will keep 8 cars running for 2015 as well. As we told you earlier, Joey Hand has been dropped but a new driver will take his place pretty soon in the lineup, an announcement in this regard being prepared as we speak.

The goal for 2015 in the DTM is to continue the impressive results showed so far. Marco Wittmann won the driver’s championship with his M4 while BMW Team RMG won the team’s titles. It’s time for BMW to also claim the manufacturer’s cup.

United SportsCar Championship (USCC)

Just like this year, BMW Team RLL will keep the flame alive for BMW in the USCC, in North America. The team will continue to be guided by Bobby Rahal and will compete with two BMW Z4 GTLM cars in the GT Le Mans category.

Drivers will include Bill Auberlen and John Edwards that raced this year as well but also Dirk Werner from Germany and Lucas Luhr, both of them new to the series. Actually, Werner also competed in the American Le Mans Series a while back, on the North American continent. This competition will begin on January 24/25 in Daytona. For this particular endurance race, the team will also get support from Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus from the DTM, as well as Jens Klingmann and Graham Rahal.

European Le Mans Series: Andy Priaulx Joins In

On the European side of things, BMW will be racing in the European Le Mans Series as well, apart from the DTM. This will be the first time the German manufacturer races in this venue and it will be using the Z4 GTE model to do so.

Between May and October, 5 races are scheduled for the BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS and we already have one pilot willing to take the wheel: Andy Priaulx.

The Nurburgring 24-Hour Race

The Z4 GT3 model will be racing in the 24-hour Nurburgring race as well this year, for another charge in the endurance race that takes place on BMW’s home turf this time. Amongst the racers this year you’ll find experienced drivers like Dirk and Jorg Muller but also younger athletes like Jesse Krohn and Marco Wittmann.

Alex Zanardi will also continue his collaboration with BMW aboard a specially modified BMW Z4 GT3 created for him. However, at the moment, his racing schedule is unknown and will be announced later.
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