Will Corvette Racing be the only full-time GTLM team in IMSA for 2021? That unfortunate scenario might happen if the rumors about BMW Motorsport’s future racing plans are true.
Autosport.com is reporting that BMW Motorsports, which already terminated their WEC GTE-Pro teams last year, may be looking to limit their participation in North America to just the four IMSA races that make up the Michelin Endurance Cup: The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Six Hours at Watkins Glen, and the 10-Hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Earlier this year, Porsche announced its withdraw of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship which would leave Corvette Racing’s two C8.Rs racing against Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and their two M8 GTEs. However, outgoing BMW Motorsports chief Jens Marquardt seemed to throw cold water on that idea suggesting there was no interest in a two-way battle against the factory Corvette team. Autosport reports that when asked about 2021, Marquardt responded, “I cannot not rule it out, but obviously it is something we are discussing at the moment with our colleagues in the US.”
Marquardt says that COVID has impacted their racing budgets as well, citing the reason Porsche gave when making their announcement. He adds, “And we need to see how the set-up is next year, is it just Corvette and us running there or are there other competitors, the overall package, and then make a decision on that. I know that Daytona is just around the corner, so we are already in November, end of January is right here.”
BWM has two wins for the year which came at two of the endurance races. They won the Rolex 24 in January (for the second consecutive year), and then picked up their second win at the rescheduled six-hour race at Road Atlanta in September.
Meanwhile, Corvette Racing and No.3 C8.R team of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor have already won the 2020’s GTLM Drivers and Team Championships, and Chevrolet will secure the sweep with the Manufacturer Championship at the start of this weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring.
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