Great news. I hope it will be competitive. What about the team PTG? They've been BWM NA's Schnitzer Team equivalent over the years but has been racing Panoz last year (and this year I think) in ALMS since there wasn't a competitive BMW model. Will they go back to BMW?
Jorg Muller, Augusto Farfus, Andy Priaulx...at least that is what the article said...would be the drivers for tha Rahal/Letterman Team.I spoke with Ralf Kelleners about this car. Ralf drove for the Rahal Letterman team last year and when I asked him about driving the M3 next year he said it will likely be BMW factory drivers. It seems BMW is might be serious about motorsport racing once again. I would love to see this car in the 24 hour race on the Nordschleife!
That's quite a line-up. They are still shy maybe one driver--especially when you look at the 24 and 12 hour races. It will be interesting to see what develops. I will certainly be following the news.:cheers:Jorg Muller, Augusto Farfus, Andy Priaulx...at least that is what the article said...would be the drivers for tha Rahal/Letterman Team.
Not a bad bunch....ya think??:cool2:
Maybe Rahal's son???...he is supposed to be a fairly good driver.That's quite a line-up. They are still shy maybe one driver--especially when you look at the 24 and 12 hour races. It will be interesting to see what develops. I will certainly be following the news.:cheers:
That is understood....BMW said they would not campaign a factory car in 07 because there was no factory car to campaign....this is not the first time that BMW has sat out a year....I am sure you recall the season the Porsche guys cried foul when PTG showed up with an M3GTR with a kick *** V8...LOLThey now have an M3 on the showroom to sell. Some of you wondered why PTG is not racing the car. PTG had a long and very successful relationship with BMW, but when the new M3 was not going to be ready for the '07 season, they parted ways, and it was not amicable. BMW refused to put money out in '07 if they could not use it to sell cars on the showroom floor. The rumors about PTG running a Z4 were just that. BMW only has one racecar that the factory will back, and that's the M3. They continued in the ALMS with PTG in '06 to finish out their contract, but the cars were underpowered and overall had less than typical PTG results.
Now PTG is with Panoz because that's what they do - build and race cars for manufacturers. Never forget, racing is a business first! :M5rev:
I doubt that you will see a privateer team before a factory backed one.i dont see bmw talking the reigns from porsche not until the company as a whole decides to crack down on the motorsports division, with the refinment of this current m3 however, porsches run does seem quit bleek, having kept engine and styling ques pretty much inline. any idea as to when we could expect to see the bmw on track.