BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt hopes to be greeted by a “transparent and honest” environment when the new M8 GTE arrives at the Roar Before the 24 test at Daytona next January ahead of the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours.
IMSA had warned manufacturers ahead of this year’s event that it would be channeling additional resources towards rooting out any sandbagging aimed at minimizing Balance of Performance penalties. Marquardt insists that BMW showed its hand accordingly during the test, but suspects that some of its GTLM rivals did not follow suit.
Consequently, the RLL-run M6 was off the pace for the opening three rounds of the year before a BoP adjustment brought it back into the game at COTA in May. It has since claimed back-to-back wins at Watkins Glen and Mosport.
“Last year with the M6 GTLM, the performance deficit was on us,” Marquardt told RACER. “We had some issues with stable boost control and balance, but we worked very hard last year and over the winter on getting those areas stable.
“This year we arrived at the Roar and we put it all on the table, but believe that others didn’t. At the end of the day, we all need to be transparent and honest. If we have a properly-balanced field, we have good racing.
“If I outsmart the opposition, I may be the hero for one race. But, do the fans like that I sandbagged to have one good result? I don’t think so. I think they want good, transparent racing, and if one track favors one car one weekend, another track may favor a different car the next. That’s good racing.”