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Source: BMW Group Munich. On the weekend BMW celebrates its comeback at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA). In the closely-contested GTE class, the BMW Team MTEK will compete with two new BMW M8 GTEs. Six BMW works drivers are deployed in the cockpit of the two vehicles. At the wheel of start number 81 Martin Tomczyk (GER), Nick Catsburg (NED) and Philipp Eng (AUT) take turns. Number 82 will be driven by António Félix da Costa (POR), Alexander Sims (GBR) and Augusto Farfus (BRA). The Le Mans race week began on Monday with the technical inspection in the city center.
On Friday M Motorsport Hospitality in Le Mans will host a special premiere: For the first time, the new BMW 8 Series Coupé will be presented to the public. From the racetrack to the road: Insights from the FIA World Endurance Championship project flowed directly into the series development. Quotes before the 24 Hours of Le Mans:
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “We have worked hard for the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the past few months. It is the largest endurance race in the world – and at the same time closely linked to BMW history in motorsport. With the new BMW M8 GTE, we are now celebrating our comeback on this legendary track. At the same time we are presenting the new BMW 8 Series Coupé in Le Mans. The world premiere of this unique event is something very special for us. For the first time, the race car went in front of his series counterpart on the track. Seeing both models side by side in Le Mans is a real highlight in 2018. “
Ernest Knoors (Team Principal BMW Team MTEK): “That’s what we all worked for almost two years. We are prepared, but not naive. I am very proud of the entire BMW Team MTEK and look forward to racing here in Le Mans. Before us is a long, busy week – the competition is strong. “
Nick Catsburg (# 81 BMW M8 GTE): “We are very excited to finally be in Le Mans. It’s going to be a fantastic week – and not just for the race. Here, the motorsport is celebrated in total. In the test, the car felt very good, and we made further progress. Now we all want to go back to the track and pick up where we left off. “
Philipp Eng (# 81 BMW M8 GTE): “For me it is a great honor to be part of the BMW M8 GTE program. I think we have two very good cars and six very strong drivers. The preparation was very intense. I am very glad that I was involved in the project since the first day. Now finally going on one of the most traditional tracks will be a great experience. “
Martin Tomczyk (# 81 BMW M8 GTE): “We are in Le Mans, ready for the biggest event in long-distance racing. I think we are well prepared for the race week. It’s a unique event with all the guests and local fans. “
António Félix da Costa (# 82 BMW M8 GTE): “After the test, we were all very happy with the car. Of course the race is a big challenge, but I have two great team-mates who have plenty of endurance experience. There’s a lot to learn, but I’m ready. “Alexander Sims (# 82 BMW M8 GTE):” I’ve covered many miles with the BMW M8 GTE as part of the IMSA series in the US, and I’m very proud to be able to contribute the knowledge and experience to the team here in Europe. I think we learned a lot during the test and go into the race week with a good understanding of the track. It will not be easy to keep up with the other GTE teams, but we have the right team behind us. “Augusto Farfus (# 82 BMW M8 GTE):” For BMW, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the biggest race of the year. It was a long test program with little sleep for the whole BMW M Motorsport family, and now it’s time to show what it was all about. It is a pity that I could not attend the test, but the last time I was at Le Mans I was in the pole position. So I am confident that I know the track well enough. “
BMW M Motorsport Press Events in Le Mans:
Friday, 10.30-11.30 am BMW vs. Aston Martin penalty shoot-out (start-finish straight)
Friday, 12.00-13.00Meet the Team (M Motorsport Team Hospitality in the paddock)
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