The BMW M2 Cup debut season finished a few weeks ago. How would you sum up the 2021 season? How does the one-make cup fit into BMW M Motorsport’s appearance?
From our point of view, the BMW M2 Cup’s debut season was a complete success. We experienced an exciting title fight from start to finish and a total of twelve fantastic races, in which young talents competed on a very high level against each other. Drivers, partners, and of course the BMW M2 CS Racing cars, were able to optimally present themselves on the big DTM stage. This was not only evident on the track, but also in the paddock, where the BMW M2 Cup was always an eye-catcher and a centre of attraction for fans.
The BMW M2 CS Racing goes into action in the one-make trophy. How satisfied are you with performance? What feedback have you received from drivers?
The BMW M2 CS Racing has not only proved to be a strong and reliable vehicle with the highest possible technical level in the BMW M2 Cup, but also in other one-make trophies in Germany, the Benelux states and Italy. Drivers’ feedback was consistently positive. The BMW M2 CS Racing possesses racing DNA that is typical for BMW M.
How important is young talent development for BMW M Motorsport – especially regarding the cup? What will ongoing support look like?
Talent development has always been close to BMW M Motorsport’s heart. In 1977, Jochen Neerpasch, who was Head of BMW Motorsport GmbH at the time, founded the first BMW Junior Team and raised talent development in motorsport to a completely new level. The present BMW Junior Team is already celebrating big successes in GT racing after two years of training. But apart from the works talent promotion, we feel it’s just as important to offer many other racing talents a platform with the BMW M2 Cup, where they can demonstrate their skills, learn a lot and pursue higher goals. These promotion prospects are exactly what the BMW M2 Cup has to offer. I can hardly wait to see our champion Louis Henkefend in the BMW M4 GT4 next season.