BMW Motorsport has announced its full driver line-ups for its works FIA WEC and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship M8 GTE programs in 2018.
For its BMW Team RLL IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM program, as was previously announced, American Connor De Phillippi will race, along with John Edwards, Alexander Sims and former BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn.
Meanwhile, new BMW NA Brand Ambassador Bill Auberlen, Nick Catsburg, Philipp Eng and Augusto Farfus will also drive for the team in the four IMSA endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.
“In Connor De Phillippi, we have brought another absolute GT specialist into the team,” said BMW Motorsport head Jens Marquardt. “I am also pleased to see our former BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn promoted to the works program. At this point, I would like to once again express my respect for Bill Auberlen.
“No other driver has been as closely associated with BMW as he has. Four hundred races for one manufacturer – that is unique.”
And for its BMW Team MTEK FIA WEC effort, which will debut the M8 GTE in the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa next May, the regular drivers will be Catsburg, Farfus (who will also race full-time in DTM with BMW), Antonio Felix da Costa and Martin Tomczyk.
Over the course of the season, they will be supported at individual races by BMW works drivers Tom Blomqvist, Eng and Sims.
“The drivers in our WEC squad have been intensely involved in the development work on the BMW M8 GTE from the outset,” said Marquardt.
“The combination of GT experience and race talent means we are ideally positioned to achieve good results in our first season in uncharted territory.”