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    Rast joins BMW as manufacturing unit driver after Audi exit

    Though the precise particulars of his programme can be revealed at a later date, BMW mentioned he’ll drive quite a lot of vehicles from its steady subsequent yr.

    In 2023, the Munich-based producer will compete within the IMSA SportsCar Championship with the brand new BMW M Hybrid V8, earlier than increasing into the WEC for 2024, whereas having in depth presence in GT3 racing with the new-for-2022 M4.

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    Rast will change to BMW after a 12-year stint with Audi that made him some of the profitable drivers in DTM historical past with three titles, 24 wins and 21 pole positions.

    Outdoors of the DTM, Rast additionally made a reputation for himself in GT racing, profitable prestigious 24-hour races at Spa-Francorchamps (twice), the Nurburgring Nordschleife in addition to the ADAC GT Masters title.

    “After so many profitable years at Audi, I’m wanting ahead to a brand new problem,” mentioned Rast.

    “I adopted what has been occurring at BMW M Motorsport prior to now years and a very long time in the past, I took my first steps in motor racing in System BMW.

    “Returning to BMW now, nearly 20 years later, is a superb story and a logical step for me.”

    Rast had beforehand signed a contract with Audi by the top of the 2023 season, which might have seen him lead the event of its new LMDh contender due for each IMSA and the WEC.

    Nevertheless, this programme was unofficially canned at first of the yr and is seen as one of many chief causes behind Rast’s departure from Audi.

    Rast currently races for newly-announced BMW partner team WRT in LMP2

    Rast presently races for newly-announced BMW accomplice group WRT in LMP2

    Photograph by: JEP / Motorsport Photographs

    It’s extremely seemingly that Rast will be part of BMW’s LMDh programme, organising the prospect of a reunion with the WRT outfit he presently races for within the WEC’s LMP2 division. BMW has appointed WRT as its manufacturing unit group for the WEC.

    “I do know Rene Rast very nicely from my time at Audi and I’m delighted that we’ll work collectively now at BMW M Motorsport,” mentioned Andreas Roos, Head of BMW M Motorsport. 

    “Rene is a really versatile racing driver and a unbelievable addition to our squad of drivers. His success speaks for itself. He has instantly been quick in each automobile he has pushed to date. 

    “He additionally has a meticulous method to his job, which has at all times impressed me. I’m assured that he can be an important assist to us in lots of areas, whether or not or not it’s racing or growing our vehicles.”

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