BMW racing boss Jens Marquardt, in place since 2011, is stepping down and the future of the Bavarian firm in motorsport is open to question.
BMW has a long history of racing, from touring cars in the 1960s to Formula 1, F2 and endurance events.
The German manufacturer is currently entered in Formula E in association with Andretti Autosport and will give up the DTM in 2021, his only other involvement being the GT category in IMSA with Bobby Rahal's RLL team even though an M6 GT3 has recently won the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.
A former Toyota team manager in Formula 1, Marquardt took over from Mario Theissen after BMW's F1 program with Sauber stopped ten years ago and he presided over the brand's success in DTM, victorious upon entering the championship in 2012 with Bruno Spengler, the most Alsatian of the Canadians.
“After 25 years in motorsport, I decided to take on a new challenge within the BMW Group, commented the German manager. I will always have fond memories of these ten seasons at the helm of BMW Motorsport with an exceptional team. "
Markus Flasch, in charge of customer racing, will temporarily take over but one wonders what sporting ambitions will be displayed by BMW outside the FE in the years to come given the profound change underway in the automotive industry.
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