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Pittard joins BMW Motorsport on the world stage in the Intercontinental GT Challenge!

Pittard joins BMW Motorsport on the world stage in the Intercontinental GT Challenge!

British Racing Driver David Pittard continues his rapid rise in international GT Endurance racing having been named as part of the BMW Motorsport supported squad taking part in the worldwide GT3 championship, the Intercontinental GT Challenge!

Taking place on 5 continents around the world, it brings together 5 of the greatest GT3 races in the world where alongside BMW, other manufactures such as Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Honda, Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborgini will contest to become the champion in the worldwide series.

The Series is made up of legendary events such as the Bathurst 12hrs, Mount Panorama Australia, the Spa 24hrs, Spa-Francorchamps Belgium, the Suzuka 10hours, Suzuka Japan, the Indionapolis 8hours, Indianaoplis USA and the Kyalami 9hours, Kyalami South Africa!

Having raced with Walkenhorst for the past 2years, predominantly at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the VLN series, David made his IGTC debut with the team at the Spa24hrs in 2019, and now steps up to a full season campaign with the experienced German squad.

“This is an amazing opportunity, and firstly I would like to thank BMW Motorsport and Walkenhorst Motorsport for considering me, as well as selecting me to drive for them in the 2020 IGTC. To be racing at some of the best motorsport events in the world, at some of the most iconic circuits in the world, for a great manufacture like BMW is an incredible opportunity for my career! The IGTC attracts the worlds biggest and best manufactures and drivers, so I know I will be competing against some of the best drivers on the planet and I can’t wait for that level of competition!

It will be another big step up, but I have proven in my career on multiple occasions that I can make these big steps up and perform competitively immediately. It will also be amazing to share the team with a full factory line up of BMW drivers where I am sure I will learn a huge amount and help me towards becoming a factory driver in the near future!”

This step continues the steep curve in David’s career towards his goal of becoming a Factory driver for BMW, putting him in the best place to win some of the greatest races in the world with one of the greatest motor manufactures in the world!

This weekend’s Bathurst season opener is followed by Europe’s round at the Total 24 Hours of Spa (July 23-26) before the Suzuka 10 Hours hosts Asia’s leg on August 21-23. The iconic Brickyard stages the inaugural Indianapolis 8 Hour six weeks later before the Kyalami 9 Hour closes out the campaign.

Jens Marquardt, BMW Group Motorsport Director: “The International GT Challenge is one of the most important GT race series in the world, so it is a logical step for us to also contest the 2020 season of this series with the BMW M6 GT3.

With Walkenhorst Motorsport, we are backing a race team with a wealth of experience which, with successes such as the 2018 victory at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and second place at the IGTC finale 2019 at Kyalami, has already demonstrated its prowess in international GT racing.

We are confident that Henry Walkenhorst’s team, along with our squad of strong BMW works drivers, will stay on the road to success in the 2020 IGTC. We’re looking forward to a fantastic season with five gripping races on five continents.”

Update – Walkenhorst Motorsport with field a single car for the Bathurst 12hrs after logistical issues prevented both cars from reaching Australia. Although David hasn’t been named to drive the single car for BMW, he will make the trip to Bathurst to support the team as part of his induction into the championship.

DPM