After confirming its withdrawal from Formula One it was long unknown what the German manufacturer would do in 2010, but at the BMW Sports Trophy Award Ceremony in Munich, Germany their 2010 motorsport programme was confirmed today. Besides its ALMS programme with Rahal Letterman Racing the BMW M3 GT2 cars are also set to race at Le Mans and in the LMS.
BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen confirmed the presence of BMW in selected GT races, with the emphasis on the long distance classics like Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring. “I am pleased that we are able to offer our fans an attractive motorsport programme in the first year since our withdrawal from Formula One. In production car racing, BMW has enjoyed countless triumphs throughout the course of its long racing history – whether with close-to-production touring cars or imposing GT sports cars. We want to follow on from this success in 2010, in both the World Touring Car Championship and the ALMS.” says Theissen. “In addition, our programme will include works entries at 24-hour classics for the first time since 2005. Furthermore, we will also expand our customer racing programme, and will be offering a new car in the form of a BMW Z4 that complies with GT3 regulations. In general, we are well positioned to demonstrate the performance of our cars to our customers around the world in 2010.”
Schnitzer Motorsport, BMW’s long-term test and development team from Freilassing, Germany, will represent BMW Motorsport in the GT events in 2010. The team led by team boss Herbert Schnitzer and team manager Charly Lamm will focus on racing in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring while it is also planning to race at Le Mans and the Spa 24 Hours. BMW is still in talks with the ACO and SRO regarding the homologation of the car.
In preparation of the 24 hour races Schnitzer Motorsport is also planning starts in the VLN Championship at Nürburgring and the Le Mans Series.
Jörg Müller and Dirk Werner will be Schnitzer Motorsport’s regular BMW M3 GT2 drivers for 2010, with Andy Priaulx, Augusto Farfus and Dirk Müller also involved in the programme. The squad will be completed by Uwe Alzen and Dirk Adorf for the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.
In the American Le Mans Series the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team will again compete with two BMW M3 GT2 cars. Like this season the two cars will be driven by Dirk Müller, Tom Milner jr, Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand.
As a result of the GT programme Schnitzer Motorsport will not return to the FIA WTCC. Team RBM will run two BMW 320si WTCCs for Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus.