24h Le Mans
11/06/2019 - 19:01

The BMW drivers deciding on their strategy

It's the last race and final opportunity to put the BMW M8 GTE on the top step on the podium. Which strategy will the team adopt to help the Bavarian manufacturer leave its mark again 20 years after its last win (BMW V12 LMR driven by Dalmas-Martini-Winkelhock) in 1999?
The BMW drivers deciding on their strategy

BMW has announced it is ending the GTE programme of its M8. This 87th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is therefore the marque's last chance to show its car's potential. Given the situation, should the team take more risks? No, according to Nicky Catsburg (#81 BMW M8 GTE). "I would say the opposite, because for our last race, we want to make it to the finish. Especially since it's Le Mans. So, I don't think I'll take more risks, my goal is to take the car to the chequered flag. We can hope for a better pace than at Test Day, and to fight for a spot on the podium, for our final race in the World Endurance Championship."

Augusto Farfus (#82 BMW M8 GTE) does not fully agree with his Dutch teammate. "We're going to push. There would be no better way of leaving the championship, with a smile and a victory. We haven't won in the WEC yet, and we're going to give it all! I don't think we should aim for anything less than victory."

The M8 GTE programme only lasted the time of the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season. Farfus: "BMW's last success here I think was 1999. So, who knows? It has been 20 years. It would be a nice time to get the victory."

This is the last chance for the BMW M8 GTE, and no doubt the BMW MTEK team will have fully developed its racing strategy before the start of the 87th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday at 15:00 local time.

 

PHOTO: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), DOWNTOWN LE MANS, SCRUTINEERING 2019. The BMW drivers are looking for the best result for their M8 at this year's race.

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