2016 Le Mans 24 Hours 81

That’s right, we will soon see BMW racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours! Munich has announced that it will be joining the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) from 2018, and the legendary race in France is of course the crown jewel of the WEC. BMW has not been seen at Le Mans since 2011, when it competed in the GTE class.

As part of its global motorsport strategy, BMW will enter the LMGTE category of the WEC, the series said. This means that BMW won’t be going against Porsche, Audi and Toyota in the premier LMP1 category; but will be competing against Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford, Corvette and Porsche in the category where the race cars look like road-going supercars.

“Starting with the 2018 season, we want to further expand our activities in GT racing and compete in the FIA WEC. This obviously also includes our return to Le Mans, which we are particularly looking forward to. The way the WEC has developed so well makes us confident that there is a big future for GT racing,” said BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt.

Further details about the programme will be announced at a future date, the company said. There’s no race like the 24 Heures du Mans, and this year’s edition left this writer and thousands others at Circuit de la Sarthe, plus millions watching on TV, shellshocked and breathless. Full account here.