BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt has suggested that the Bavarian manufacturer is highly unlikely to field a customer team in the 2019 DTM season.
Late last year, BMW, along with fellow DTM manufacturer Audi indicated that they were looking to set up a privateer team in the DTM as part of an agreement with the DTM’s organising body the ITR.
The move which would have seen both Audi and BMW field prepare two cars for an independent team to run was a response to keep grid numbers above 16 cars as Mercedes withdrew from the series. Audi will continue with the plan to support a privateer team, confirming that they will support long-time sportscar and now WTCR partner WRT by supplying two RS5 DTM cars for the team to run in 2019.
Marquardt spoke to the media at the Sebring 12 hours, stating that although the manufacturer had been attempting to find a customer team, the lack of time left before the start of the season means that no privateer team would be ready before the mid-season. Whilst BMW were still looking for a customer team for 2020, he concluded that the number of BMWs on the 2019 grid would be six, and all factory run.
The 2019 DTM season will kick off at Hockenheim on May 3rd with 18 cars. Six from BMW’s factory effort, six from Audi’s factory team, two WRT customer run Audi’s and four HWA-run Aston Martin entries.
Cover image thanks to BMW Motorsport.