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Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad.

All the talk, understandably perhaps, has been of Ferrari and Porsche. The fact that two of motorsport’s true heavyweights are going to go head to head at the Le Mans 24 Hours is tantalising. The two factories haven’t clashed for overall victory since 1970, but they are still first and third on the all-time wins list.

But there is no guarantee they will have things all their own way. Not only is Toyota already established in the Hypercar class and Cadillac (also due to arrive in 2023) winning in the IMSA SportsCar championship, but BMW is coming back.

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