Valentino Rossi to Race in WEC for Team WRT BMW

November 27, 2023Speed Trap Magazine

The Nine time MotoGP champion, Valentino Rossi, is switching gears and trying his luck in the world of 4 wheel racing. Rossi has been confirmed as full time driver for the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship LMGT3 class driving the Team WRT #46 BMW M4 GT3.

Rossi offered his comments on the move. “I am very excited to compete in the FIA WEC.” He said. “It is the next step for me to participate in a world championship, not only in Europe but to race globally again. I am already familiar with the car after this season, but the format with three drivers from three different performance categories will be new for me. Overall, I believe we will be very well positioned.”

Andreas Roos; Head of BMW M Motorsport Shared His Thoughts

“With the confirmation of our team for the Hypercar and LMGT3 classes, as well as the initial drivers, our comeback in the FIA WEC takes another important step. BMW M Team WRT is among the best teams globally in both the prototype and GT3 segments. For sporting and logistical reasons, Vincent Vosse’s team was the logical choice to field both the BMW M Hybrid V8 and the BMW M4 GT3. The BMW M works drivers we have nominated possess the necessary driving skill and experience.

Sheldon van der Linde is already familiar with the BMW M Hybrid V8, and Dries Vanthoor made a strong impression during test drives. Additionally, he has previously competed at Le Mans in an LMP2 prototype. Valentino Rossi made a strong debut at Le Mans this season, winning immediately in the BMW M4 GT3. Overall, his first season as a BMW M works driver has been very impressive. I am convinced that he will play an important role and be a crowd favorite in the FIA WEC. Augusto Farfus, with his experience and driving skill, will be a crucial pillar for the LMGT3 programme.”