The transfer to BMW for the Spa and Nurburgring 24 Hours-winning squad has been an open secret since August on the dual bulletins of its cut up with Audi within the GT ranks and its new partnership with the Munich marque within the World Endurance Championship from 2024 with the M Hybrid LMDh prototype.
Staff boss Vincent Vosse was capable of lastly verify that WRT shall be working the brand new BMW M4 GT3 subsequent 12 months on the squad’s first day of testing with the automotive on the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Monday.
“I can verify that we’ll be working BMW GT3 vehicles subsequent 12 months,” Vosse informed Autosport.
“What I can’t say is what our programmes shall be.”
The check adopted final weekend’s closing spherical of the GT World Problem Europe in Barcelona, which seems to have been WRT’s ultimate race outing with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II after 13 seasons with the Volkswagen model.
The staff just isn’t representing Audi on this weekend’s Intercontinental GT Problem spherical at Indianapolis and an assault on the collection finale in Abu Dhabi, the Gulf 12 Hours, in December is unlikely, in line with Vosse.
Seven-time MotoGP world champion Rossi was among the many drivers to strive WRT’s first pair of M4 GT3s in Spain at the beginning of the week.
Vosse confirmed that the Italian was joined by Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer and Thomas Neubauer, each regulars with the staff within the GTWCE this 12 months, over the course of the day.
It is usually understood that Audi manufacturing facility drivers Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts, who sealed a 3rd consecutive GTWCE Dash Cup title collectively this 12 months, had been current on the check and are believed to have tried the vehicles.
WRT testing the BMW M4 GT3
Picture by: WRT
Vosse described WRT’s first day of working with the M4 as “trouble-free and nearly getting loads of info”.
He defined that the staff is shifting onto Valencia this week to proceed testing and that it has “fairly an enormous programme deliberate over the winter”.
Vosse wouldn’t be drawn on WRT’s GT3 programmes with the BMW subsequent 12 months, whereas including that it’ll not be “an enormous shock”.
That means renewed assaults on the endurance and dash legs of the GTWCE in 2023 with multi-car assaults in every.
Rossi appears prone to be a part of WRT’s 2023 marketing campaign in what shall be his second full season of automotive racing.
He reiterated a need to stay within the GTWCE on the completion of his maiden marketing campaign in Barcelona final weekend and Vosse has confirmed dialogue has already opened about 2023.
“We’re discussing, nothing is fastened, however I don’t see any motive to vary,” mentioned Vosse.
WRT has additionally outlined an intent for its prototype arm to proceed working a pair of ORECA-Gibson 07s within the WEC subsequent 12 months alongside a check programme with the M Hybrid V8.