Marquardt to step down from BMW Motorsport

Marquardt is stepping down from BMW Motorsport
Jens Marquardt will resign from his role as director of BMW Motorsport with an official announcement expected later on Friday, Autosport can reveal.
This could lead to a major overhaul within BMW where all factory and customer racing programs could be carried over under the high-performance M division.
This reflects Renault's move to rename its Formula 1 team Alpine - and return to the Le Mans 24 Hours under the same brand - and Mercedes' decision to step up its AMG division.
BMW is currently entering the DTM, the IMSA SportsCar Championship and Formula E as a works entrant. However, the DTM program will be discontinued after 2020 as the series will be converted to a customer racing formula.
The German manufacturer is currently developing a new GT3 car based on the M4, which will be available to customers from 2022, but which could debut early in the DTM next year in its form before homologation.
BMW will continue to compete in Formula E, but there are rumors of its long-term involvement in this category.
Marquardt has headed the BMW racing department since 2011 when he replaced Mario Theissen. However, he will step aside to make way for Markus Flasch, who is currently managing director of the German brand's high-performance M sub-brand.
Marquardt, who previously worked as a team manager for Toyota in Formula 1, helped the brand to make a successful return to the DTM in 2012 with Bruno Spengler, before securing two more drivers' titles in 2014 and '16 with Marco Wittmann.
Marquardt is stepping down from BMW Motorsport
However, he has been criticized for incurring massive development costs for the M8 GTE challenger, which competed in the World Endurance Championship in just one season, before the brand withdrew from the series. However, the M8 remains in use in the GTLM class from IMSA.
An announcement regarding Marquardt's departure from BMW Motorsport is expected later on Friday.
This year there was a major change in the BMW Board of Management when development manager Klaus Fröhlich resigned from his position after he reached the age of 60 - the maximum limit for board members according to company guidelines.
Fröhlich was a major proponent of motorsport and all BMW works programs were right in his department.
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