BMW M MOTORSPORT
Motorsport is in the genes of the BMW Group, and its roots can be traced all the way back to initial successes in the 1920s. One important milestone came in 1972, with the founding of BMW Motorsport GmbH – now BMW M GmbH. Since then, BMW Motorsport has enjoyed success and won titles with a diverse range of cars all over the world. 2022 was both the 50th anniversary and the dawn of a new era. With the BMW M Hybrid V8, BMW M Motorsport is striking out in a new direction and returning to the pinnacle of prototype racing. In 2023, the first hybrid race car from BMW M will contest its debut season and, in the hands of BMW M Team RLL, will start in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in North America. In 2024, BMW M Motorsport will be back in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the BMW M Hybrid V8. This also means a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where BMW Motorsport will challenge for overall victory for the first time since 1999. For decades, another important pillar alongside the works projects has been customer racing. BMW M Motorsport offers countless private drivers and teams around the world an extensive range of race cars. Leading the way there is the BMW M4 GT3, which has been run by both works and customer teams in the most prestigious international GT3 championships since 2022 and won races and titles in its debut season. In recent years, the BMW M4 GT4 has established itself in GT4 championships around the world. The new BMW M4 GT4 will make its race debut in 2023. Completing the range is the production-based BMW M2 CS. Like its two predecessors, the BMW M235i Racing and the BMW M240i Racing, it offers ambitious teams and drivers a route into motor racing.
GT PROGRAM TEAM STRUCTURE
The GT Program is managed by Elliot Hoffet and Kurt Mollekens with a Project Manager Maxime Bonnefoy. Sebastien Viger is a Technical Director. The Sporting Director is Pierre Dieudonné. Within the team WRT employs Race and Data Engineer as well as a team of experienced mechanics.
Before WRT, Elliot worked as a Data Engineer at Oreca on LMP2 car and Data Engineer at Tech1 Racing on Formule Renault 2.0 Eurocup.
Kurt is a former racing driver (1990-2011), whose main achievements include winning the 1992 Benelux F.Ford Championship, the 1996 Marlboro Masters of F3, and the Spa 24 Hours in 2000 (Peugeot 306) and 2009 (Corvette C6R). Simultaneously, he ran his own KTR team from 1995 to 2014, first in British F3, then FIA F3000, World Series by Nissan/Renault and FR2.0. In the latter category he ran drivers such as Stoffel Vandoorne and Alex Albon. Kurt knows WRT well, as he raced for the team in French GT in 2010, and shared an Audi R8 with team owner Yves Weerts in some European GT3 events in 2011.
Maxime started his motorsport career back in 2010 with several Experience as a mechanic and Tyre Man. He was working in Pescarolo Team, ART GP and AF Corse and after that he was working on single seater development in GP2 Motorsport. Maxime Bonnefoy joined WRT in 2018 and started as Data Engineer in the FIA WTCR. Then he moved on GT Program. In 2020 Maxime continues to work in GT program and he is now a GT Project Manager.
The Sporting Director Pierre Dieudonné is Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) – 20 years as pro racing driver (1970-1991) – over 25 years in motorsport managing roles and as sporting director (mainly with ORECA and WRT). Career highlights are FIA European Touring Car champion (1976 – BMW 3.0 CSL), Winner 24 Hours of Spa (1981 – Mazda RX-7), 4 class wins and 6 top-10 places at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (BMW 3.0 CSL, Ferrari 512BB and Group C Mazdas).