BMW Motorsport has announced that Martin Tomczyk and Alexander Sims will be joining BMW Team RLL for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Martin Tomczyk from Germany, is works BMW driver since 2012. He competed in the DTM championship since the early 2000s and took the driver's title in 2011 with Audi.
Briton Alexander Sims is a factory BMW GT driver and was part of the winning crew in this year's Spa 24 Hours. driving a BMW M6 GT3 from team ROWE Racing.
BMW Team RLL's regulars Bill Auberlen and John Edward have been retained for the 2017 campaign.
Martin Tomczyk and John Edwards will share a BMW M6 GTLM, the sister car will be driven by Alexander Sims and Bill Auberlen.
The four full-season drivers will be joined by Bruno Spengler, Augusto Farfus, Nick Catsburg and Kun Wittmer for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the other endurance races.
2017 will be the final year for the BMW M6 GTLM. The Munich based brand will be switching to an all new car in 2018 with a fully homologated GTE for both FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt:
We are looking forward to an exciting second season with the BMW M6 GTLM in North America. Of course, our goal is to record the first win with this car. Competing with the 19th BMW Art Car in Daytona will be a real highlight to start the year off. I’d like to thank Dirk Werner and Lucas Luhr for their hard work last season – and now it’s time to welcome Alexander Sims and Martin Tomczyk.
I am convinced that they will both settle in very quickly at BMW Team RLL and will soon be successful. I wish Dirk all the best in his new sporting challenges. We have been delighted to have him on board since 2010. He impressed us with his speed, his professionalism and his down-to-earth nature.