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bmw pulls out of btcc
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From the Electronic Telegraph
"BMW to concentrate on Le Mans"
By Michael Cotton
BMW will switch their sporting activities from touring cars to GT racing
next year, concentrating on Le Mans and the BPR Global Endurance GT
Steve Soper and J J Lehto will lead the Schnitzer BMW McLaren team in
1997, it was announced in Munich yesterday, with the second F1 GTR to
be driven by Peter Kox and Roberto Ravaglia.
BMW will withdraw from the British Touring Car Championship to
concentrate on the German Super Touring Championship, with cars for
Joachim Winkelhock, the British champion in 1993, and Johnny Cecotto.
The Munich concern have had a strong presence in the British
championship since 1991, when the two-litre formula began, and this year
finished second to Audi in the manufacturers' championship.
The combination of Soper and Lehto in a Schnitzer-prepared McLaren F1
GTR will be a real threat to the anticipated supremacy of the latest Porsche
Meanwhile, Ray Bellm, the new BPR Global Endurance champion, will
again lead the GTC Motorsport McLaren team with 1995 BPR champion
Thomas Bscher expected to switch camps to drive for GTC Motorsport.