BMW is currently ambivalent on the calibration of its branch IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship affairs abutting year, with the Rolex 24 at Daytona so far the alone accepted chase for the brace of M8 GTEs according to BMW North America motorsports administrator Victor Leleu.
The German architect — in affiliation with Team RLL — has campaigned full-season branch entries in top-level IMSA antagonism back 2009 although could face a bargain 2021 agenda due to account cuts stemming from the advancing coronavirus pandemic.
“You accept to face an bread-and-butter absoluteness and accept this absoluteness in mind,” Leleu told Endurance-Info. “Daytona is already tomorrow and we are backward abaft in the planning.
“We are alive for 2021 and what I can say is that we will be at the 24 Hours of Daytona with two BMW M8 GTLMs.
“For the rest, we will see.”
While BMW Team RLL will be gluttonous its third after GTLM chic win in the Florida ability classic, Leleu said that “different scenarios” are currently at comedy for the butt of the season.
“BMW has a continued history in the U.S.,” he said. “The country represents the better bazaar in the apple for the M brand.
“I’ve apparent aggregate about the blow of the affairs [on added media outlets], but there is annihilation finalized.
“Different scenarios are on the table. The accommodation is not aloof about ‘do or don’t do.’”
Should BMW not accomplish for a full-season GTLM program, it could leave aloof Corvette Racing as the alone full-time aspirant in the class.
A scattering of teams, including Scuderia Corsa, however, accept been evaluating a abeyant move from GTD.
Lexus, meanwhile, has denied that it would access the GTLM ranks with its RC F GT3, admitting assorted rumors advertence that it was an advantage for 2021.
BMW Pushing for Future GT Convergence
Leleu fatigued that manufacturers like BMW accept to attending at the abiding sustainability of the class, with the affairs of GTLM actuality replaced by GT3-spec accouterment by as aboriginal as the 2022 division in the WeatherTech Championship.
“With six cars and three brands, the [class] was captivation up,” he said. “Two, it becomes added complicated.
“We will accept to attending at the aftermath.
“BMW has consistently been a adherent of GT convergence. The GT3 chic is a all-around belvedere with abounding brands accessible to accompany the arch GT category. In addition, answer a GTE and GTD affairs becomes complicated.”
He said accepting a Pro and Pro-Am chic for GTD would be the “easiest solution” affective forward.
“We can see that there are a lot of GT3s in the U.S.,” Leleu said. “To bisect the GTD chic in bisected is in my assessment a acceptable idea.
“This would additionally re-motivate teams that accept GT3s.
“The GTD filigree additionally tends to be bargain in IMSA, but additionally in GT Apple Challenge America. On the added hand, we are absolutely annoyed with the charge of our barter to GT4 in such a difficult period.”
When asked if LMDh could be in BMW’s vision, Leleu said the architect consistently had an “eye on everything” that’s happening.
“2021 will already be a year of alteration for BMW awaiting the accession of the M4 GT3,” he said. “We achievement that it will be an advantage to be the aboriginal cast to action a new GT3 [car].”
Laurent Mercier contributed to this report
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