World IMSA program with DTM drivers: What will become of Glock & Co. in 2021

19:20  19 january  2021
19:20  19 january  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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ITR chairman Gerhard Berger believes taking a break from competition in 2021 would 'not be a good solution” for the DTM , as the series Among the various options available, it could try and keep the Class One platform alive, switch to GT3 regulations or take a voluntary season-long hiatus in 2021 .

BMW's Eng darf sich über ein komplettes IMSA-Programm freuen, Glock fährt Daytona © Motorsport Images Eng can look forward to a complete IMSA program, Glock drives Daytona

Finally, there is some clarity at BMW about the future of the previous DTM works drivers: The Munich-based company announced its line-up for the 24 Hours of Daytona at the end of January and for the upcoming IMSA season in a press release. With Timo Glock, Marco Wittmann and Philipp Eng, there are three previous DTM drivers.

While the two BMW works drivers Glock and Wittmann will only be used in the 24-hour classic to reinforce the two driver trios, Eng, who already triumphed in Daytona in 2019, can look forward to a full season in the IMSA series .

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Former Formula 1 driver Timo Glock has renewed calls for the DTM to adopt a model similar to Co -author: Sven Haidinger. The DTM has been left in a crisis after both R-Motorsport Aston Martin and Audi announced that they would leave the series during the extended 2019/20 winter break.

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Since BMW will not contest all IMSA races this year, as it did last year, but only the four long-distance classics, the Austrian will be racing in Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta alongside Daytona.

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"I'm really looking forward to driving the four IMSA long-distance races with BMW Team RLL and very good teammates," Eng is quoted as saying. "I hope that we can repeat the Daytona victories from the past two years and that I get the chance to fight for the endurance title."

Eng shares the number 25 BMW M8 GTE of the Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan team with ex-DTM crowd-pleaser Bruno Spengler and the American Connor de Phillippi. Glock joins the trio in Daytona.

And breaking new ground. "I'm really excited to see what awaits me at Daytona, because both the track and the BMW M8 GTE are completely new territory for me," admits the ex-Formula 1 driver. "I will make intensive use of the test drives before the race weekend to get used to everything."

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Timo Glock says he can be happy being BMW's top driver in the 2020 DTM season, having successfully rebounded from the The highlight of Glock 's campaign came in the second race at the Lausitzring when he battled for victory with Lucas Auer, eventually finishing just over a second behind

Good news for Eng and Glock

In the car with the number 24, ex-DTM driver Augusto Farfus and the two Americans John Edwards and Jesse Krohn make up the regular line-up. They will be supported in Daytona by the two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann, who is delighted that "the new year will begin with a highlight". The M8 GTE is also new for the Fürth, but it was already at the start of the classic in Florida in 2016 in the M6 ​​GT3 from Turner Motorsport.

But what does the IMSA announcement mean for the previous DTM works drivers from BMW? Wittmann already had a contract for the 2021 season, while that was not the case with Glock and Eng, according to information from 'Motorsport-Total.com'.

The Austrian can look forward to a contract extension, but Glock's deployment in Daytona is also a clear indication that the most prominent driver in the BMW squad will remain a works driver in 2021.

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This has left the DTM with only a single manufacturer in BMW, and has led to calls from various quarters for the series to adopt an entirely different formula in 2021 “We have our hands full trying to get the maximum out of our current programs , with Formula E and SUPER GT as our key priorities

Auer's contract continues, van der Linde extended

How does it look for Lucas Auer, Sheldon van der Linde and Jonathan Aberdein, who will not be used in the IMSA series? The Austrian signed a two-year contract with Munich last year. It is still questionable where it will be used.

The possibilities are limited: BMW is unlikely to play a role in the DTM this season, which means that long-distance races with the BMW M6 GT3 and the further development of the new hopeful M4 GT3 are the only areas of activity, because the Formula E factory cockpits are also with Maximilian Günther and Jake Dennis occupied.

South African Sheldon van der Linde is confronted with a similar situation. The 21-year-old, whose two-year contract with BMW expired at the end of 2020, announced his contract extension with the Munich-based company shortly before Christmas - and indicated that it was again a contract for two years.

Unclear future for Aberdein

Most recently, the DTM winner from Assen was victorious for Walkenhorst in the nine-hour race of the Intercontinental GT Challenge in December in Kyalami . In addition to the M4 development, he hopes for further long-distance races in 2021 and is also a Formula E substitute.

It is completely unclear how things will go on with Jonathan Aberdein. Van der Linde's 22-year-old compatriot already looked like a confident Audi factory driver at the end of 2019, but in 2020 he suddenly switched to BMW because the Munich team waved DTM races. In BMW's plans for 2021, Aberdein does not seem to play a role at the moment.

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