Power: The competition is phenomenal

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It was an odd weekend in that Will Power didn’t lead a single on-track session at Barber Motorsports Park.

Tristan Vautier, Power’s Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, and Simona de Silvestro led the three practice sessions, with Vautier, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay tops in qualifying sessions, and Charlie Kimball head of the warm-up.

The competition level is so fierce in the series that eight tenths of a second covered the top 24 cars in the 26-car field in the three official practice sessions.

“It’s phenomenal; I wish more people would write more about it!” Power told MotorSports Talk in an interview. “The top 24 cars covered by eight tenths of a second. In practice it’s just crazy. It sounds cliché but the competition level here now, there is no better series in that respect, it’s unbelievable.”

Power described the ebbs and flows of position changes in practice given how tight the field is.

“One session you can be first, then you don’t gain enough in the next and you’re 16th,” he said. “Two tenths swings it either way. It really is great. Man, it’s just tough for the series because it’s such good racing, with such good drivers, teams and product that we need to get more people watching.”

See also: Power: We were golden with a yellow

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.