BMW M Motorsport is gearing up for an exciting debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC), marking a significant milestone in its racing journey. The recently released official entry list for the upcoming season has confirmed the participation of BMW M Team WRT, indicating a strong presence in the championship with entries in both the Hypercar and LMGT3 classes.
The Belgian-based BMW M Team WRT is poised to make a substantial impact with a robust lineup of vehicles. The team will be fielding two BMW M Hybrid V8s, a cutting-edge vehicle in the realm of motorsport, alongside two BMW M4 GT3 cars. This diverse fleet underscores BMW's commitment to excellence in both technology and performance on the racing circuit.
In the driver's seat, the initial lineup boasts a mix of experienced and fresh talent. Dries Vanthoor from Belgium and Sheldon van der Linde from South Africa will take control of the two LMDh cars. Meanwhile, Augusto Farfus from Brazil and the iconic Valentino Rossi from Italy will be seen competing in the BMW M4 GT3 cars. Rossi, a renowned nine-time motorcycle world champion, is set to bring his legendary number 46 to the BMW M4 GT3, adding a layer of excitement for his fans and motorsport enthusiasts.
Rossi's transition from motorcycles to cars has been remarkable, as evidenced by his impressive debut on the legendary Le Mans circuit during the “Road to Le Mans” races last season, where he secured a win in one of the two races. His participation in the BMW M4 GT3 marks a new chapter in his diverse racing career.
The BMW M Team WRT's BMW M Hybrid V8 cars will don numbers 15 and 20, while the second BMW M4 GT3 car will sport number 31. The composition of the team highlights BMW's strategic approach to blending experience with innovation.
While Vanthoor and van der Linde will be supported by two additional BMW M works drivers each in the BMW M Hybrid V8 cars, the LMGT3 category's regulations necessitate the inclusion of amateur drivers, adding an element of unpredictability and diversity to the competition.
The announcement of additional drivers for the BMW M Team WRT in the 2024 FIA WEC season is eagerly anticipated, promising more excitement and competitive spirit to the championship. BMW M Motorsport's debut in the FIA WEC not only signifies an expansion of their racing portfolio but also demonstrates their commitment to pushing the boundaries in the world of endurance racing.