events10 Jul 2018

The 86th edition of the world’s most prestigious endurance race was full of mixed emotions for BMW M Motorsport, who finished 12th after 332 hard-fought laps. Returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans after many years, there were plenty of positive signs, with both BMW M8 GTEs running in the top-three for long stretches of the race.

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director, said “Our drivers were involved in plenty of gripping duels with the competition and were even running in second place for some of the race. The BMW M8 GTE left a really strong impression.”

Following a strong start, the BMW M8 GTE #82 – driven by Augusto Farfus (BRA), Alexander Sims (GBR) and António Félix da Costa (POR) – had to retire from ninth following an accident in the early hours. However, BMW’s second car BMW M8 GTE #81 – driven by Martin Tomczyk (GER), Nick Catsburg (NED) and Philipp Eng (AUT) – was able to complete the race, despite several technical issues, and finished in 12th place.

“We showed that our car has the pace to fight for podiums and wins. This was only the second 24-hour race for the BMW M8 GTE and the second WEC race for BMW Team MTEK – we are still learning with the new car,” António Félix da Costa, BMW M8 GTE #82 driver said.

The Le Mans 24 Hours was the second round of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The season will resume on 19 August with the 6 Hours of Silverstone (GBR).

Find out about the BMW M8 GTE's concept production counterpart, the BMW 8 Series Coupé, here.

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