BMW has confirmed that Dan Harper, Max Hesse and Neil Verhagen will continue in its Junior Team programme for 2022, teaming up with BMW M Team RMG for the Nürburgring 24. The trio will also be contesting the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup with ROWE Racing.
Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH and one of the mentors of the Junior Team, is delighted that Harper, Hesse and Verhagen will remain together for the 2022 season.
“The team BMW Junior Team has become a legendary one, even outside of BMW M Motorsport,” said van Meel. “I am very pleased that we have been able to add new chapters to this legend since 2020. Dan Harper, Max Hesse and Neil Verhagen have performed impressively for the past two years and lived up to the name ‘BMW Junior Team’.
“I am certain that they will cause quite a stir again this season at the wheel of the BMW M4 GT3. I find it particularly fascinating how the current success sees the project come full circle since the founding of the first BMW Junior Team in 1977, thanks to Jochen Neerpasch’s initiative. Even after so many decades, Mr Neerpasch remains a great asset and inspiration for BMW M Motorsport.”
Founder of the BMW Junior Team Jochen Neerpasch has high expectations for the three drivers who will continue in 2022.
“The BMW Junior Team has successfully completed its apprenticeship on the Nordschliefe for the past two years,” said Neerpasch. “The three lads are now preparing intensively for their biggest test at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. We have high expectations of them. As far as the drivers themselves are concerned, I see the BMW Junior Team on the podium. They will also be put to test in the GT World Challenge Europe.”
Harper, Hesse and Verhagen will first race together in 2022 at the opening round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series on March 26.