Official release: BMW privateer drivers currently lead and will be racing to secure titles in two classes at this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge season finale races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Monterey, Calif.
Toby Grahovec, driving the Classic BMW Motorsports No. 26 BMW M235i Racing, has a commanding lead of 195 points in TC class driver points standings after 10 rounds of competition. The final two rounds will decide the championship this weekend. Classic BMW Motorsports teammate Gino Carini stands 16th in driver points, sharing the distinction with Grahovec of being the very first M235i Racing drivers in Pirelli World Challenge competition. Three additional M235i Racing cars are entered this weekend and BMW now represents 20% of the TC class entries in only its first season of competition.
In the Sprint X GT class, Michael Mills and BMW of North America driver Kuno Wittmer have raced the No. 46 Mills Racing BMW Z4 GT3 to the class lead after four of six rounds of competition in PWC’s endurance series. This weekend’s final two rounds will decide the Sportsman driver title for Mills. Wittmer, who has responsibilities for BMW this weekend in Germany, will have BMW of North America driver John Edwards stand in for him. Wittmer holds a commanding lead in the Professional driver points standings.
“We are extremely pleased with the success we’ve had during BMW’s return season in Pirelli World Challenge,” said Victor Leleu, BMW NA Motorsport Manager. “We’ve doubled the number of BMWs competing in PWC in our first season back in many years and look to increasing our support of BMW customer racing teams in Pirelli World Challenge in the future. There’s a lot at stake this weekend with the TC and Sprint X GT titles within reach for Toby and Michael respectively and I look forward to celebrating with them on Sunday.”