Could BMW pull out of the WTCC? BMW has confirmed that it withdraw from either sports car racing or the World touring Car Championship if it proceeds with its proposed ambitions to enter the DTM – the German touring car championship – in 2012.

AUTOSPORT has confirmed that the marque’s motorsport boss, Dr Mario Thiessen, has admitted that BMW cannot sustain three works programmes and will have to re-evaluate its priorities.

BMW had recently stepped up its involvement in GT racing with its commitment to three rounds of the inaugural Le Mans Intercontinental Cup this year, but like its WTCC factory entry, neither project is committed beyond the end of 2011.

Thiessen also denied that its recent development of a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine – to confirm with the new Super 2000 regulations stipulated in touring cars and rallying from next year – is a sign that it would continue its involvement in the WTCC.

The departure of BMW from the WTCC would leave a massive hole in the series that has already seen the withdrawal of LADA and the SEAT factory-run teams since the end of last season.

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