Magnussen to race for BMW in Macau

Jan Magnussen supports BMW in WTCC season finale in Macau. Munich, 13th October 2006. The BMW national teams enter the season finale of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in Macau with six cars. Jan Magnussen (DEN) will take to the ...

Jan Magnussen supports BMW in WTCC season finale in Macau.

Munich, 13th October 2006. The BMW national teams enter the season finale of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in Macau with six cars. Jan Magnussen (DEN) will take to the track at the wheel of another BMW 320si WTCC on 19th November and enforce the regular driver quintet at the "Guia Circuit". The 33-year-old is scheduled to be the team-mate of reigning Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx (GBR) in the BMW Team UK, which is headed by Team Principal Bart Mampaey (BEL).

"I'm really happy to be a part of the season highlight of the World Touring Car Championship with BMW," says Magnussen. "This series is amazingly exciting and the field could hardly be any closer together. I hope to be able to do my share in BMW's mission to defend both titles. Of course, it's also great to return to this challenging race track."

Prior to the WTCC's rounds 19 and 20, three drivers still have the chance to secure the title. Priaulx is currently ranked second in the drivers' classification having 59 points under his belt. He is trailing Alfa Romeo's Augusto Farfus (BRA) by a single point. Thanks to his victory in Valencia last weekend, Jorg Muller (GER) is also among the top title contenders. The 37-year-old is on equal points with Priaulx, holding third place. His team-mate Dirk Muller (GER) has 53 points to his tally and is the third string to BMW's bow in the WTCC title fight. Among the manufacturers, BMW (221 points) holds a 10-point lead over SEAT before the nail-biting showdown in Macau.

Like the two BMW Team Italy-Spain drivers, Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) and Duncan Huisman (NLD), it's Magnussen's goal to support the three title aspirants and to score valuable championship points for the Manufacturers' Championship at the 6.117-kilometre street circuit. He knows Macau from the early days of his successful racing career: 1994 he contested the legendary Formula 3 Grand Prix, crossing the line in third position.

Over the past years, Magnussen has established himself as an expert in touring cars and long-distance races. He celebrated countless wins in classic races such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Sebring 12 Hours and in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In the Danish Touring Car Championship (DTC) he won the title in 2003. This year, Magnussen again has the chance to win this series. Before the season ends this weekend, he is just six points behind his leading brand-mate Casper Elgaard (DEN). In the DTC, Magnussen drives a BMW 320si from Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing - the car that he is going to steer for BMW Team UK directed by RBM in Macau.

-credit: bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Dirk Müller , Jan Magnussen , Jorg Muller , Augusto Farfus