Munich. BMW Motorsport have engaged Tom Kristensen (DK) and Pierluigi Martini (I) for the 24-hours-race of Le Mans 1998. The drivers will complete, at the debut of the two new sportscars BMW V12 in June 6/7th, the already definite crew with Hans-Joachim Stuck (D), Joachim Winkelhock (D), Steve Soper (GB) and Johnny Cecotto (YV) in the team "BMW Motorsport".
The 30-year-old Tom Kristensen, successful Formula 3000 and touring car driver, won the long distance classic 1997 at his first go with an open sportscar of "Joest Racing". Pierluigi Martini lines up his fourth time at Le Mans since 1984, 1996/97. The 36-year-old former Formula One driver brings along an experience of 119 Grand Prix.
With Hans-Joachim Stuck as 17-time Le Mans participant and two-time winner, BMW bets on one of the most experienced long distance pilots. Among the three works drivers of many years, Soper and Cecotto are skilled with three resp. two Le Mans starts. For Joe Winkelhock it's the first Marathon at Le Mans.
The new BMW sportscar - the "BMW 12 Le Mans" - will be dveloped and built by "BMW Motorsport Limited" in Didcot (GB), directed by Gabriele Rafanelli.