BMW M4 GT3, BMW M Team WRT

BMW M Team WRT presents BMW M4 GT3 drivers for the FIA WEC and GT World Challenge Europe.


During a media event at Spa, BMW M Team WRT introduced the BMW M4 GT3 drivers for the 2024 season in the LMGT3 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) and the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS (GTWC). BMW M works driver Maxime Martin will participate in both the FIA WEC and GTWC alongside Valentino Rossi. In the LMGT3 class, the line-up is completed by three drivers: Sean Gelael, Ahmad Al-Harthy, and Darren Leung. In the GTWC, Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts will contest the entire season, joined by Sheldon van der Linde, Raffaele Marciello and Jens Klingmann in the Endurance Cup.

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BMW M4 GT3, BMW M Team WRT

The FIA WEC regulations stipulate that each LMGT3 car must have drivers from all FIA categories. Specifically, this means that in addition to a driver with Platinum or Gold status, a Silver and a Bronze-rated driver must form the crew of a car. In the BMW M Team WRT #31 BMW M4 GT3, BMW M factory driver Augusto Farfus shares the cockpit with Silver driver Sean Gelael, BMW M Ambassador for Indonesia, and Bronze driver Darren Leung. In the #46 BMW M4 GT3, alongside Silver-rated Valentino Rossi, Maxime Martin and Ahmad Al-Harthy will be in action.
 
In the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts, as an established duo, are aiming for the title. They participate in both the Sprint Cup and the Endurance Cup. For the endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, they will be supported by Sheldon van der Linde. Valentino Rossi, Maxime Martin, and Raffaele Marciello compete in the Endurance Cup, with Rossi and Martin also participating in selected Sprint Cup events. Klingmann will compete in the Bronze class of the Endurance Cup together with Al-Harthy and Sam de Haan.

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I congratulate Vincent Vosse and his colleagues for securing excellent amateur drivers for the LMGT3 class.
Andreas Roos, Head of BMW M Motorsport
Vincent Vosse

Vincent Vosse (Team Principal, BMW M Team WRT):

“In GT racing, we had a positive start to our collaboration with BMW M Motorsport last year. We took up the challenges, we won races, long-distance and sprint ones, and we collected some memorable moments like those lived in Misano. But we want more! We want to improve, to win more races, to be champions again. I think we have what it takes, including stellar line-ups, and we’ll go for it. Now is the time, to show we know what to do, with the determination and the passion we have always had.”

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Valentino Rossi, Maxime Martin

Maxime Martin:

“I am very excited to return to the FIA WEC for a full season in a completely new class. With Valentino and Ahmad, we have a very strong crew. The competition will undoubtedly be exciting and high-class. I can’t wait to get started again. In the GTWC, I want to give my all to continue the success from last season together with Valentino and our new teammate Raffaele Marciello.”

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Valentino Rossi:

“I am very happy with my 2024 programme and I can’t wait to start. In the Fanatec GT World Challenge, I’ll race the Endurance Cup together with Maxime and Lello, two fantastic drivers and I think we can be very strong. Additionally, I will be doing two races of the Sprint Cup with Maxime, Misano and Brands Hatch, two tracks where we did very well last year. The WEC will be new for me; I’ll be with Maxime and Ahmad, and I’m eager to race in the main event at Le Mans, and at places like Austin and São Paulo, a brand new experience for me and hopefully we will be competitive.”

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Ahmad Al-Harthy

Ahmad Al-Harthy:

“I am extremely delighted to be part of an amazing team such as WRT, at such an exciting time for the WEC. I look forward to working closely with my teammates and achieving great results with them. I have worked with Maxime in the past and he’ll definitely help me improve my driving, and sharing the seat with a legend such as Vale. Who would have said that a kid from Oman watching MotoGP on TV would end up racing with such an iconic sportsman? I’m pleased to be working with the entire WRT family.”

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Sean Gelael

Sean Gelael:

“It’s my third year with Team WRT and it is an honour to be part of this great family and also the BMW M family. I am super-excited. I have been LMP2 vice-champion twice in the WEC; I hope I can get over the hump and there is one clear goal this year, to get the championship and Le Mans. There are no better team and teammates to go for it.”

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Darren Leung

Darren Leung:

“I am very honoured and extremely humbled to be chosen to represent BMW M Motorsport and WRT in the 2024 FIA WEC. I am looking forward to working with two very talented and experienced teammates, Augusto and Sean. I’m excited to have them with me for my first season in the FIA WEC. I have been flat-out preparing and will be until the final round, not letting a single day go to waste. Let’s have it!”

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