BMW Announces Pull-Out of WEC

by Bimmerfest.com Member - Evanwritescars on May 24, 2019, 10:45 am

BMW has announced that after just one season of the World Endurance Championship that it will be pulling the plug on the class with the M8 GTE. That means that the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be the last race for the factory team.

"We will not compete in WEC going forward," BMW motorsport head Jens Marquardt said in a statement. "Therefore, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June will be another highlight for us in drawing to a close - just like in 2018, when we celebrated the successful world premiere of the BMW 8 Series Coupe there."

That doesn't mean the end of the racing M8, though. Just a realignment. BMW M will continue to race, though. In different series.

"But in light of us sharpening our focus as part of our strategy for the future, continuing our WEC involvement in the coming years does not fit with our direction. The global presence of BMW M Motorsport is safeguarded by customer racing and the DTM in Asia and Europe, as well as the IMSA series in North America, even without competing in a world championship," Marquardt said.

BMW didn't have a great run in the WEC. It has achieved only a pair of podium finishes and has yet to win a race this season. The team sits in last in the championship.

"We would like to thank BMW Team MTEK for its dedication over recent years and we wish WEC all the best and hope that it makes good progress, Marquardt said._a2_



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