WTCC » BMW cuts back for 2010.


WTCC stalwart has confirmed speculation that it is to downsize from six works cars to two next season, with RBM taking on factory responsibilities by running Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus.

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DTM_lover - Unregistered

December 07, 2009 1:18 PM

Can anyone tell me why BMW haven't chosen to enter DTM? It's a brilliant series, that (I think) really needs another manufacturer. Opel probably haven't the resources anymore to rejoin, but it would be great to see BMW in there against their nearest road car competition (apart from Jaguar)

ZeR0 Kun

December 07, 2009 2:06 PM

because DTM is not international enough by BMW standard... they did not want to compete in a series that focused on Germany only. the series itself is more like a sports-prototype than a normal road-going car with tubular chassis and custom-build v8 engine - which i can say the European version of NASCAR.

Insomniac - Unregistered

December 07, 2009 4:51 PM

Well, there are murmuring's of allowing Japanese GT500 car's and DTM cars racing together in either series, with the car's being balanced to level them. I think The Jap Gt series allows carbon monocoques? This could enough to entice BMW into the series, as well as other manufacturers. Anyway, just murmurings at the moment.

Paul Buckland - Unregistered

December 08, 2009 7:33 AM

The DTM has become such a hybrid series it is almost becoming like an in-bred branch of the family. It has become like closed wheel F1, too expensive with little real-world attraction to manufacturers, so there is no chance BMW re-entering it, especially as it bailed out of F1 for those reasons. If BMW is also getting fed up with WTCC and the increasing bias by the FIA to front-drive diesels then I can't blame it. It seems logical for the company to go to a series that is more relevant to its high end products and promoting its GT aspirations, while keeping it's eye in with its 'mass market' touring cars and awaiting future more equitable regulations.

ZeR0 Kun

December 08, 2009 3:48 PM
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couldn't agree more with Paul.

with BMW's current state, it would be better to race something that they can sell rather than spending millions on "R&D racing" like F1 or DTM. even with DTM's limitation on development, it is still "marketing tool" with competition between racers at its best, rather than competition to race and sell cars by the racers/teams/manufacturers.

series like GT or WTCC would be the best option for BMW to go racing for the time being...

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