BMW Team RLL Announces LMDh Plans for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
BMW Team RLL is expanding its footprint in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series with Saturday’s announcement that the team will represent BMW M Motorsport with a pair of LMDh entries in 2023.
As part of the announcement ahead of this weekend’s MOTUL Petite Le Mans, the team also confirmed that it will field two BMW M4 Gt3s in the IMSA’s GTD Pro class in 2022. The 2023 prototype will be appropriately called the BMW M LMDh, and BMW released artist renderings of the prototype.
BMW is one of five confirmed manufacturers for the LMDh class of prototypes, along with Cadillac, Acura, Audi and Porsche.
“For me personally and professionally this is a dream come true,” said Rahal. “Now to first run a brand-new car like the BMW M4 GT3 and after that make the next step with BMW Team RLL to race for overall wins in the LMDh class is a direction we definitely wanted to go. I’m so pleased, so proud, so thankful that we’ll be able to do it together with BMW M Motorsport.”
BMW Team RLL has raced in the GT category of the IMSA and its predecessor series the American Le Mans Series in BMWs since 2009.
“I’m delighted that our LMDh project has reached its next milestone with the announcement of BMW Team RLL as the team to race in the two prototypes,” said Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “As with chassis partner Dallara, in team principal Bobby Rahal and his crew we have outstanding expertise and decades of experience at the highest level on our side. The LMDh project continues to gain momentum and I am confident that next year we will once again take all necessary steps as planned to be as well prepared as possible for entering our first IMSA season with the LMDh prototypes in 2023. We are taking on this new challenge together at full speed.”
Head of BMW M Motorsport, Mike Krack added: “BMW Team RLL is the ideal partner for our LMDh project. BMW M Motorsport has been working very successfully with Bobby Rahal and his crew since 2009. During this time, we have all come to know the IMSA series very well and have celebrated major success together. From our perspective, racing in the top class and challenging for overall victories from 2023 is the logical next step.”
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