This weekend, thousands of race fans will on a little town near LeMans France. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923.
The race is organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and runs on the Circuit de la Sarthe, a circuit containing a mix of closed public roads and motor racing circuit that are meant not only to test a car and driver’s ability to be quick, but also to last over a 24 hour period.
Absent for this year’s race are the current ALMS champions BMW Motorsport (List of entrants here).
The official reason for BMW’s absence is due to their recently launched efforts back in to DTM. BMW Motorsport Official Statement: “FIA’s new World Endurance Championship – a series in which BMW will unfortunately not be participating in given their effort to mount an entry back into DTM – hence no BMW entry to this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
Previously, BMW has had a strong showing at LeMans with multiple class wins and an outright win with the McLaren F1 GTR in 1995.
Even though BMW isn’t officially in the Le Mans race this year, it shouldn’t stop Motorsport fans from cheering for their second favorite team and supporting the race itself. The race will be aired on Speed network in the USA and can be followed along at http://www.lemans.org/en/
Have a great weekend from BMWBLOG.com