Rowe Racing, based in the German town of St. Ingbert, has been partnered with BMW Motorsport since 2016, and most recently raced in the DTM series in 2021 with the M6 GT3. The team will start a new chapter in 2022 with the M4 GT3 and will contest the classic 24-hour races at the Nürburgring in Germany and Spa in Belgium, as well as additional races in the Nürburgring Endurance Series (which is required to run the 24-hour events) and the GT World Challenge Europe series.
In GT World Challenge Europe, Rowe will contest the five long endurance cup races of the series at Imola in Italy, Circuit du Paul Ricard in France, the Hockenheimring in Germany, and in Barcelona, Spain, along with the Spa 24-hour race in Belgium. Rowe will enter a pair of M4 GT3s, with the #99 car piloted by works drivers Augusto Farfus, Nick Yelloly, and Nick Catsburg, and the #50 car driven by BMW Junior drivers Dan Harper, Max Hesse, and Neil Verhagen.
The season opener for Rowe will take place at the Imola circuit on April 3. “We are very happy to be able to start the 2022 GT World Challenge Europe season with such a strong driver line-up,” said Team Principal Hans-Peter Naundorf. “It’s going to be an exciting year with three very experienced BMW works drivers in one car and the three guys from the BMW Junior Team in the other car. Nick Catsburg and Nick Yelloly have long been among our team’s guarantors of success and have demonstrated their class several times. Personally, I’m really happy that, in our seventh BMW year, we’re now able to work with Augusto Farfus for the first time. His successes and his BMW history speak for themselves. We are very proud that BMW M Motorsport has given us the confidence to support the next step of the BMW Junior Team this year. They have steadily improved on the world’s toughest racetracks and have hardly made any mistakes.”
You can find out more information about the GT World Challenge Europe championship on the series website.—David Haueter
[Photos courtesy Rowe Racing.]