Belgians Vanthoor and Weerts shaped a profitable duo at Audi workforce WRT within the GT World Problem Europe, taking three consecutive Dash Cup titles within the Audi R8 LMS in addition to an total title in 2021.
Together with the Vincent Vosse-led workforce, the pair have moved to BMW for 2023, defending the Bavarian brand’s colours in the GT World Challenge Europe and Intercontinental GT Challenge with the BMW M4 GT3.
Vanthoor and Weerts are the newest additions to a 20-strong works roster that features fellow newcomer Rene Rast and BMW returnee Maxime Martin.
“Now we have improved what was already a really sturdy squad of works drivers with Rene Rast, Maxime Martin, Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts,” stated Andreas Roos, head of BMW M Motorsport.
“On the workforce facet, we’re persevering with our collaborations, which have grown over a few years, together with with BMW M Group RLL, BMW M Group RMG and ROWE Racing.
“In fact, we additionally plan to proceed with our DTM champion workforce Schubert Motorsport, though we weren’t in a position to repair something but because of the present DTM state of affairs.
“We additionally welcome BMW M Group WRT as a brand new BMW M Motorsport workforce. We face some thrilling sporting challenges in 2023 and the years to return, for which we’d like the perfect groups and drivers.”
Race winner #32 Group WRT Audi R8 LMS evo II GT: Charles Weerts, Dries Vanthoor
Picture by: SRO
Vanthoor and Weerts are additionally anticipated to characterize BMW within the Nurburgring 24 Hours, a race which the youngest of the 2 Vanthoor brothers has already received twice.
BMW’s largest problem in 2023 is the debut of its new LMP2-based BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh automobile, which can enter competitors in subsequent month’s Daytona 24 Hours.
BMW M Group RLL will field two new hybrid prototypes in IMSA’s rebranded GTP class, pushed by Connor De Phillippi, Nick Yelloly, Philipp Eng and Augusto Farfus.
Sheldon van der Linde and Marco Wittmann join the ranks at the endurance rounds at Daytona and Sebring, with IndyCar star Colton Herta additionally making an look at Daytona.