IMSA, Pikes Peak, and the Nürburgring are also in the mix.
BimmerWorld will enter three M4 GT4s in the SRO GT4 America series in 2021, and will also compete in selected IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Races, in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and in the Nürburgring 24.
BimmerWorld proprietor James Clay notes that the focus comes after an intense 2020. Reflecting on the year, he says, “2020 was absolutely wild with full race seasons in IMSA and SRO (with the exception of one race each) spanning from the end of June through November, which was extremely intense for our team. We managed to capture the SRO TC Championship and the inaugural Indy 8 Hour Intercontinental GT win, as well as a number of podiums and wins through the season, but after racing every weekend, it certainly led to some self-reflection with what I/we wanted to accomplish, and not just in customer racing, but with Pikes Peak, at the ‘Ring, OPTIMA Batteries events, and with our customers, competing alongside our friends and family of racers in Spec E46 across the country.”
The focus in 2021 will be on SRO GT4. Clay says, “James Walker Jr and Bill Auberlen are returning in the Red Line Oil M4. Joining them will be 2020 TC Champion James Clay and IMSA driver Nick Galante in the #36 OPTIMA Batteries/Racing to End Alzheimer’s M4, and Chandler Hull and Jon Miller in the 94 TAC Energy M4.”
While SRO will be the focus, there will be much more as well. BimmerWorld will run an M4 GT4 for Clay, Galante, and Mike Skeen in the Michelin Pilot Challenge series opener at Daytona, and will go on to compete in selected IMSA races over the course of the season. Clay will run the Bergsteiger E36 in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, will compete in the Nürburgring 24, and, looking beyond the current season, he says he will “be paving the way for the future with the G82 M4 GT3.”—Brian Morgan
[Photo of Auberlen/Walker M4 GT4 courtesy BMW Motorsport, photo of Bergsteiger E36 courtesy of BimmerWorld.]