BMW driver Glock in body for Italian GT swap after DTM exit - Motor Informed

BMW driver Glock in body for Italian GT swap after DTM exit

In keeping with paddock rumours, Glock is predicted to compete for touring automobile legend Roberto Ravaglia’s Ceccato staff within the eight-round Italian GT collection, driving the brand new BMW M4 GT3.

Glock already is aware of Ravaglia’s staff effectively, having competed for its predecessor ROAL Motorsport on the Spa 24 Hours in 2015 with Spengler and Alex Zanardi.

Glock’s anticipated transfer to Italy’s nationwide GT collection follows his worst season to this point within the DTM through which he struggled to adapt to the collection’ new GT3 vehicles, scoring a fraction of the factors of Rowe Racing teammate Sheldon van der Linde and ending up a distant 17th within the standings.

The German driver had been racing for BMW within the DTM since 2013, and scored 5 race wins and 15 podiums throughout his nine-year stint within the collection, clinching his greatest results of fifth within the championship within the final 12 months of Class One rules in 2020.

When it grew to become clear that Glock will not proceed within the DTM for a 10th season regardless of being retained in BMW’s books as a manufacturing unit driver, he was initially linked with a transfer to GT World Problem Europe with the Boutsen-Ginion.

Nonetheless, the outfit brought on a stir within the paddock final week when it rocked as much as the pre-season check at Paul Ricard with an Audi R8 LMS GT3, having raced BMW equipment for the previous seven years – ending any probabilities of Glock securing a berth in GTWCE.

Spengler dealing with unsure future

#25 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE, GTLM: Bruno Spengler

#25 BMW Group RLL BMW M8 GTE, GTLM: Bruno Spengler

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Bruno Spengler, 2012 DTM champion, had initially been aiming for a return to the collection in 2021 after spending the previous couple of years primarily racing within the IMSA SportsCar Championship on the opposite facet of the Atlantic, telling Autosport final 12 months that he would “do the whole lot” to safe a comeback.

Nonetheless, like Glock, Spengler wasn’t named in BMW’s works-supported DTM assault for this 12 months, whilst Walkenhorst Motorsport expanded to a second entry and Schubert Motorsport joined the collection to switch Glock’s former staff Rowe Racing.

It’s believed that BMW was initially planning on placing Spengler in the identical Boutsen-Ginion automobile that Glock had been concentrating on for 2022, earlier than the outfit made an sudden swap to the Audi fold, leaving each drivers and not using a seat.

With Schubert additionally asserting its line-up for ADAC GT Masters and the RLL-run BMW staff downscaling to a single BMW M4 GT3 in IMSA’s GTD Professional division after the second spherical at Sebring, it is unlikely Spengler could have a full racing programme in 2022.

BMW has but to unveil its plans for Intercontinental GT Problem, leaving one attainable possibility for Spengler, who stays on the marque’s books as a manufacturing unit driver.

One attainable different might be a check function for BMW’s under-development LMDh automobile, which can make its IMSA debut subsequent 12 months within the new GTP class together with different vehicles constructed to the identical regulation and WEC’s LMH guidelines.



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