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Intercontinental GT Challenge: BMW M Team WRT competes with two BMW M4 GT3s at the Indianapolis 8 Hour.
27.09.2023 Press Release
Two wins in three races is the record with which BMW M Motorsport travels to round four of this season’s Intercontinental GT Challenge at Indianapolis (USA), where it will be looking to back up the strong results achieved so far. BMW M Team WRT will compete at the Indianapolis 8 Hour on 7th October with two BMW M4 GT3s and six BMW M works drivers.
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Munich. Two wins in three races is the record with which BMW M Motorsport travels to round four of this season’s Intercontinental GT Challenge at Indianapolis (USA), where it will be looking to back up the strong results achieved so far. BMW M Team WRT will compete at the Indianapolis 8 Hour on 7th October with two BMW M4 GT3s and six BMW M works drivers. BMW leads the manufacturer standings after the previous races at Bathurst (AUS), Kyalami (RSA) and Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). In the Drivers’ Championship, 24h Spa winner Philipp Eng (AUT) is the best-placed BMW M Motorsport driver in second place.
Eng has 43 points to his name, thanks largely to his victory at Spa-Francorchamps and second place at Kyalami in February, and trails the leader by 15 points. At Indianapolis, he will share the cockpit with Dries Vanthoor (BEL) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), who are currently sixth in the driver standings. Maxime Martin, Charles Weerts (both BEL) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) will be in action in the second BMW M4 GT3. These three drivers are also well-placed in the Drivers’ Championship. BMW tops the manufacturer standings with 100 points, courtesy of the one-two for BMW M Team WRT at Kyalami and ROWE Racing’s triumph at the 24h Spa.
The Indianapolis 8 Hour begins at 12:15 local time (18:15 CEST) on 7th October. BMW M Motorsport has enjoyed great success there in recent years. In 2020, Walkenhorst Motorsport claimed a one-two there with the BMW M6 GT3 en route to the title for Farfus and Nick Catsburg (NED). Last year, Turner Motorsport finished third to claim a podium with the BMW M4 GT3. BimmerWorld triumphed in the Pro-Am class, Samantha Tan Racing in the Silver class.
This season, the 8-hour race again forms a highlight for the North American BMW M Motorsport teams. BimmerWorld and ST Racing will each run one BMW M4 GT3. BimmerWorld is entering the Pro category of the Fanatec GT World Challenge America. Behind the wheel of car #94, Bill Auberlen, Chandler Hull, and Robby Foley (all USA) will take turns. In car #38 from ST Racing, Samantha Tan (CAN) and BMW M works driver Neil Verhagen (USA) will compete in the Pro-Am class. The third driver will be announced later.
Andreas Roos (Head of BMW M Motorsport): “The Intercontinental GT Challenge has been an extremely happy hunting ground for us so far this season. We lead the manufacturer standings after the victories at Kyalami and Spa-Francorchamps, and are also well-placed with our drivers. At the Indianapolis 8 Hour, we are looking to continue that run of success and back up the good results that BMW M Motorsport teams have achieved there in recent years. I am also pleased that our North American teams are represented strongly at their home event. I will have my fingers crossed for all of them!”