The Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS (GTWC) is the strongest GT racing series in the world. Eight manufacturers and some of the best teams and drivers in the world go head to head in GT3 race cars at iconic circuits throughout Europe. The highlight of the season is the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Up to eight BMW M4 GT3 will contest the races this year, with BMW M Team WRT and ROWE Racing each fielding two works-supported cars. The biggest star of the GTWC is nine-time motorcycle world champion and BMW M works driver Valentino Rossi. He races with his iconic start number 46 in all of this season’s races, both in the Sprint Cup and the Endurance Cup.
THE GTWC CALENDAR.
The Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS divides its race calendar into the Sprint Cup and the Endurance Cup. The Endurance Cup, which includes the 24h Spa-Francorchamps, comprises five long-distance races. The Sprint Cup is held on five weekends, each featuring two shorter races.
22/23 April 2023
Brands Hatch (GBR)
13/14 May 2023
Le Castellet (FRA)
3/4 June 2023
24h Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
1/2 July 2023
15/16 July 2023
29/30 July 2023
2/3 September 2023
16/17 September 2023
30 September/1 October 2023
14/15 October 2023
THE BMW M4 GT3.
The new GT3 icon.
With the BMW M4 GT3, a new icon has spearheaded the BMW M Motorsport range in GT racing since the start of the 2022 season. The new GT3 car succeeds the BMW M6 GT3 and offers BMW M Motorsport teams and drivers all over the world the opportunity to challenge for wins and titles in a GT3 model based on the latest generation of the BMW M4.
BMW M TEAM WRT.
The top Belgian team is a serial winner in the GTWC and has won numerous titles over the past three years. Since 2023, the team led by principal Vincent Vosse has competed with the BMW M4 GT3. They run four cars in both the Sprint Cup and the Endurance Cup: two in the Pro category, one in the Gold class and one in the Bronze.
The team from St. Ingbert, Germany, has enjoyed great success with BMW M Motorsport, including victories at the 24h Spa-Francorchamps and the 24h Nürburgring. As it did last season, ROWE Racing fields two works-assisted BMW M4 GT3 in the Endurance Cup. One car will again be driven by the BMW Junior Team.
The team from Melle, Germany, is another long-term and successful partner of BMW M Motorsport. The highlight of the partnership so far was overall victory at the 24h Spa-Francorchamps in 2018. This season, Walkenhorst Motorsport runs one car, which will contest all the races. A second car is planned for selected Endurance Cup races.
BMW M WORKS DRIVERS.
Philipp Eng (AUT), ROWE Racing
Maxime Martin (BEL), BMW M Team WRT
Augusto Farfus (BRA), BMW M Team WRT
Dan Harper (GBR), BMW Junior Team
Max Hesse (GER), BMW Junior Team
Sheldon van der Linde (ZAF), BMW M Team WRT
Dries Vanthoor (BEL), BMW M Team WRT
Neil Verhagen (USA), BMW Junior Team
Marco Wittmann (GER), ROWE Racing
Nick Yelloly (GBR), ROWE Racing