BMW has confirmed its line-up for its maiden season in the FIA World Endurance Championship and return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans next June after seven years away.

BMW has been developing its new M8 GTE ahead of its entry to the GTE-Pro class of the WEC next year, and made its line-up official on Friday night at its annual Sports Trophy event and dinner.

Formula E and recent DTM racer Antonio Felix da Costa will make his debut in the WEC next year with BMW, with Martin Tomcyzk being drafted across from the customer RLL Racing team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The pair will be joined by Nick Catsburg and Augusto Farfus across the two-car effort for the full 2018/19 'super season', starting with the 6 Hours of Spa next May.

BMW also confirmed that Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng will join its line-up for the longer endurance events at Sebring and Le Mans, although it is unclear what roles each will hold given the three-driver car requirement.

Sims will race full-time with RLL Racing in IMSA next year, while Blomqvist has been confirmed for the remainder of the Formula E season at the BMW-linked Andretti team, having stepped aside for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong earlier this month.

The new BMW M8 GTE will make its race debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona next month.


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