The BMW M8 GTE is one of two GTE cars making their Le Mans debuts in 2018 (together with the Aston Martin Vantage GTE) with BMW Team MTEK too making their Le Mans, indeed their 24 Hour racing debuts too.
That’s a steep hill to climb, but, as long-time BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus the team has been working hard for quite some time in preparation for this ‘moment’.
“This is my 12th year with BMW and this programme is as big as anything that we have done in that time.
“Their (MTEK’s) preparation has been amazing, it started many, many months before the team even had the car (the team drilled with a full garage and pitlane set-up using an M6 GT3 for months before their first M8 arrived).
“Nothing is being left to chance.
“This is, without a doubt, going to be the hardest class to win here this year, the level of the teams, the cars and the drivers here in GTE Pro looks very special.
That’s a point reaffirmed by team-mate Martin Tomczyk:
“This should be a track that suits the new car very well, probably better than any other track that we go to go.
“This is a very special project for me, I have been a part of it from the very beginning and being here today is a very special moment for everyone involved. but, as always, in GTE there’s no way we’ll really know where we are until the race itself.
“The competition here is very high, but we know many of them very well and we are ready for whatever they have!”