2018 FIA F3 World Cup runner-up Joel Eriksson will return to the Macau Grand Prix for the 2019 edition of the Asian event, forming part of BMW’s quest for a repeat victory in the prestigious FIA GT World Cup.
Eriksson has competed on the famous streets of Macau in each of the last three years, racing in the Formula 3 category in which he has notched up one pole position (2017) and one second place finish (2018). The Swede also led the race in 2017 when he was taken out by a rival driver.
For his 2019 Macau return in November, DTM regular Eriksson has been drafted into BMW’s line-up in the similarly important FIA GT World Cup event, which marks one of the absolute highlights of the international GT racing calendar.
21-year-old Eriksson will drive a BMW M6 GT3 for FIST-Team AAI, having previously represented the Asian team in the China GT championship earlier this season.
”I am absolutely thrilled to be going back to Macau again this year, this time representing BMW Motorsport in the FIA GT World Cup,” says Joel Eriksson. “I have fallen in love with the Guia Circuit during my visits in Formula 3 and I simply can’t wait to take it on in the BMW M6 GT3.”
BMW will enter this year’s FIA GT World Cup – run to GT3-spec rules – as defending champions, with Augusto Farfus (BRA) having sealed an emotional first victory for the Bavarian marque in 2018 as legendary Team Schnitzer boss Charly Lamm bowed out of the sport.
Farfus is set to return to the event once again (with Team Schnitzer) in 2019, completing the BMW assault alongside rookie Eriksson.
”It’s hard to know what to expect, but we won the race last year with Augusto and I thoroughly enjoy working with all the guys at FIST-Team AAI,” Joel Eriksson continues. ”I’ve only ever driven an F3 car at Macau so a certain level of adaptation will be required, but I’m honoured that BMW have decided to put their trust in me for one of the most important races of the season.”
The FIA GT World Cup pitches the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers against each other in an epic end-of-season, winner-takes-it-all standalone scrap, played out between the walls and barriers of the ultra-demanding Guia street track. The event will run for the fifth time as part of the Macau Grand Prix on November 14-17.
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