BMW confirm DTM commitment beyond 2019

BMW has confirmed its commitment to the DTM beyond 2019, stating that the new Class One regulations and the international expansion of the series are contributing factors to the decision.

“With the introduction of the new Class 1 regulation, the new turbo engine, a new manufacturer and important steps towards internationalisation, the DTM has embarked on a promising journey,” said BMW Group Motorsport director Jens Marquardt.

“Now it is important to keep going. We believe in the series and will fully support the DTM in further expanding its international presence.”

Mercedes left the DTM ahead of 2019, with an independent Aston Martin programme of R-Motorsport taking up the spot as the third entrant alongside Audi and BMW for 2019. Audi were late to commit to the 2019 season and has demanded more manufacturers for 2020 in order to remain in the German series.

BMW’s announcement inclded confirming an exit from the World Endurance Championship, which will also free up Augusto Farfus and Nicky Catsburg for the World Touring Car Cup finale.