ROWE RACING and BMW M Motorsport extend successful partnership
GT World Challenge Europe with the 24 Hours of Spa and the ADAC 24h Nürburgring as focal points / Returnee Maxime Martin and Dries Vanthoor new to the driver squad for 2023
One of the most successful partnerships in endurance racing in recent years is entering the next round. ROWE RACING and BMW M Motorsport have extended their collaboration by several years and will be focussing on the GT World Challenge Europe with the 24 Hours of Spa (1st/2nd July) and the ADAC 24h Nürburgring (20th/21st May). A total of eleven BMW M works drivers will take the steering wheels of the team’s two BMW M4 GT3s in 2023.
Like last year, ROWE RACING will be contesting the GT World Challenge Europe with two cars. The #98 BMW M4 GT3 will have two‑time DTM champion Marco Wittmann of Germany, Austria’s Philipp Eng and Britain’s Nick Yelloly at the wheel. Like in 2022, the former BMW Junior Team comprising Britain’s Dan Harper, Germany’s Max Hesse and Neil Verhagen of the USA will be sharing the car with the new number 998.
Maxime Martin and Dries Vanthoor are joining the team at the Nürburgring‑Nordschleife this season. This season sees the two Belgians share the cockpit of the #98 with Marco Wittmann and current DTM champion Sheldon van der Linde of South Africa.
The #99 BMW M4 GT3 will take on the “Green Hell” with the same driver quartet as last year. Brazil’s Augusto Farfus (2010), Connor de Phillippi of the USA (2017) and Nick Yelloly (2020) have all won the endurance classic before and would love to help Philipp Eng join the elite list of winners at the Nürburgring as well.
Hans-Peter Naundorf (Team Principal ROWE RACING): “ROWE RACING and BMW M Motorsport have been a winning combination for seven years now. An important piece of the puzzle in this success is continuity, which is why it is great for both parties that we are able to continue this partnership. Many thanks to Andreas Roos and customer racing boss Björn Lellmann for the trust placed in us. We want to go on the attack in the GT World Challenge Europe this year, since with this series the SRO presents a huge starting field at the highest sporting level and spectacular races at some of the most well-known racetracks in Europe. All six of the drivers representing us in the GT World Challenge Europe are familiar with both the car and the team, and we have also scheduled extensive test drives for between the races. For the Nordschleife, returnee Maxime Martin and Dries Vanthoor provide us with two more outstanding drivers.”