Rowe joins BMW GT line-up for 2016 Spa and Nurburgring 24 Hours

The Rowe Racing squad is switching from Mercedes to BMW to become one of its works-supported teams for the Nurburgring and Spa 24-hour enduros in 2016

Rowe joins BMW GT line-up for 2016 Spa and Nurburgring 24 Hours

The German team replaces Marc VDS Racing, which closed its car racing arm's doors at the end of this season, in BMW's roster and will field examples of the new M6 GT3 at both the Nurburgring and the Blancpain Endurance Series blue-riband round at Spa.

Rowe will also contest the full Blancpain GT Series, which is made up of the five BES events and the five rounds of the sister Blancpain Sprint Series.

Team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf said: "We are delighted with the partnership with BMW.

"The opportunity to be able to run the new BMW M6 GT3 at the highest level of motorsport is both challenging and motivating at the same time."

Team Schubert will again represent BMW at the Nurburgring.

BMW's driver line-up for the big enduros will include DTM drivers Martin Tomczyk, Augusto Farfus, Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin, as well as Dirk Werner and Lucas Luhr from the German manufacturer's Rahal squad in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

They will be joined by BMW regulars Richard Westbrook, Jorg Muller, Jens Klingmann, Alexander Sims and Nicky Catsburg, while Porsche Supercup champion Philipp Eng will also be part of the line-up.

BMW has also confirmed its participation in the GT Le Mans class of the IMSA series with a pair of upgraded GT3 cars, which have been allowed into the series to compete against the new-rules GTE machinery.

The full-time driver line-up for the Rahal team's eighth season with BMW in North America is unchanged for 2016: Bill Auberlen will partner Dirk Werner and John Edwards will share with Lucas Luhr.

Farfus, Spengler and Graham Rahal, son of team boss Bobby Rahal, will join the line-up at the season-opening Daytona 24 Hours in January.

Kuno Wittmer, who won the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship GTLM crown with Dodge, will race with Rahal at Daytona, the Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans IMSA rounds.

Wittmann and Martin will also race at Daytona with the Turner Motorsports squad, which will field a pair of M6 GT3s in the GT Daytona class.

Factory driver Jens Klingmann will contest the full season with the team, while BMW junior Jesse Krohn will join the squad for the long-distance races.

There is no mention in the announcement of BMW's 2016 racing programmes of long-time BMW driver Andy Priaulx, who is tipped to be joining Ford's assault on the World Endurance Championship for next season.

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