BMW M Motorsport has announced the six drivers who will race the two BMW M8 GTE for BMW Team MTEK at the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Martin Tomczyk, Nick Catsburg and Phillip Eng will drive the #81 M8 GTE, a repeat of the trio in the car for the 2018 race.
Eng is a full season DTM driver for the marque this year and has already scored a victory this year in IMSA’s 24 Hours of Daytona in a BMW Team RLL M8 GTE together with Augusto Farfus, Colton Hereto and Connor de Phillippi.
António Félix da Costa, Augusto Farfus and Jesse Krohn will drive the sister #82 car. Krohn is making his Le Mans debut this year. The Finn, ‘BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year’ in 2014, is a regular driver for BMW Team RLL in the IMSA series in the USA.
“The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the biggest endurance race in the world, and obviously a real highlight on our calendar,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
“Perhaps even more so this year than ever before. After all, we are celebrating a number of special anniversaries. It is 20 years since we took overall victory with the BMW V12 LMR and 80 years since we lined up here with the BMW 328. We want to give the fans something special, so we are bringing both historic cars to Le Mans.
“From a sporting perspective, we are excellently positioned with the drivers we have in the cockpits of the two BMW M8 GTE. The four regular drivers, Martin, Nick, António and Augusto, have had podium finishes in the WEC. They are joined by Philipp and Jesse, another two drivers who also have plenty of experience in the BMW M8 GTE and know what it takes to be successful in GT racing.
“We are looking forward to Le Mans and are now entering the final phase of preparations.”