After commissioning on 1 July at the BMW Dingolfing plant, the BMW M8 GTE had its baptism on the track through three days of testing at the German Lausitzring circuit with drivers Martin Tomczyk and Maxime Martin alternating behind. of the steering wheel.
“The purpose of a test like this is obviously to get to know the car. In this sense, more emphasis is placed on the safety aspect than on the performance. However, the first impression of the BMW M8 GTE on the track is very positive, ”said Jens Marquardt, Director of BMW Motorsport.
This sports car from the Bavarian house will debut in 2018 in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) and in the IMSA Championship (IWSC) in North America. Before that, the BMW M8 GTE will undergo many more tests on circuits in Europe and North America to ensure it is prepared for its race debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January. The highlight of the season will once again be the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“The BMW M8 GTE is good to drive right from the start and it is easy for us drivers to figure out how it handles, which is important. We have many kilometers under our belt and we collect a lot of data, "said Tomczyk.
“We also took our first steps with regard to performance, which is by no means given in a first test. Obviously we will work more intensively on that in the coming tests and we will build on the foundation that we established here at Lausitzring ”, he concluded.[sam_pro id = 0_1 codes = ”true”]