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      03-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #30

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Originally Posted by mapezzul View Post
DTM is going to be in the US.... They have the Z4 GT3 in Europe so they will be in Endurance racing. ALMS is a different story and if PANOZ gets his way, the Delta Wing will be the focus of ALMS.
Yes DTM is coming to the US, what does that have to do with them pulling of of 24 hours le mans. The program is in place and they have traveled to the 24 hours the last few years. The Z4 GT3 is sold to private teams, it is not a full factory effort. The Delta wing will not be replacing sports car racing, Grand Touring class will always exist.
Originally Posted by mapezzul View Post
Is spending tens of millions to enter one race really worth it? Not like they have gone all that often. BMW will compete in the 24 hrs of the 'Ring.

Honestly I think BMW did not feel that there older car could still compete this year and didn't want to spend the money while transitioning to DTM.
They already have the program built. The cars were very quick last year. Just sad they won't attend.
Originally Posted by mapezzul View Post
As for not being able to race w/turbo that is all up to the ALMS rules and they may be changing- they continue to want smaller displacement and promote "Green". BMW has also established the GTS M3 and could always use that as a homologation special along with the CRT.
Whether IMSA or ACO allows turbos or not, they won't go racing with the next generation M3. It just isn't in their plans.

I wonder what small sports car teams like Fall-Line, Turner, etc. are going to do with the next generation M3. It will be interesting. Especially when the competition will still be running big displacement V8's.