Chilton laments bad luck following FP2 stoppage

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Max Chilton has spoken of his dismay following a difficult Friday during practice for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Briton completed just five laps during the second free practice session, following a successful morning which saw him finish within one tenth of his teammate, and ahead of both Caterham drivers.

“For a day that started so positively this morning, it is disappointing to have suffered such a setback in the afternoon session,” he explained.

“This morning I was really pleased with the car balance and I could feel the benefit of the updates we have here. I was less than a tenth from Jules after FP1 and feeling that we had a nice rhythm going for FP2.

“Unfortunately that was short-lived as I’d completed just four laps before the engine cut to protect itself and I had to pull over on track. I have to pay credit to the guys for turning the car around so quickly to try to get me out again.”

Chilton finished the second session at the bottom of the table, 7.887 seconds behind leader Felipe Massa, but his FP1 pace suggests that he could challenge teammate Jules Bianchi during qualifying and the race in China.

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.