“Obviously it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a while now,” Robin Rrijns says once. The driver, born in Maastricht 32 years ago, is preparing to step up to the big league of Endurance racing with BMW and the M Hybrid V8, the German manufacturer’s hypercar. For Frijns, this is exciting, as he was part of the BMW family when he began his racing career. In 2010, he won the Formula BMW Europe title. In 2024, however, he will be facing a very different challenge. “As a driver you always want to be in the top class of motorsport. It’s a great feeling to know that BMW is pushing hard behind the project. It’s a privilege to be in the car knowing what efforts they are making to be there and be competitive.”
Robin Frijns, BMW M WRT Team
Robin Frijns has had the chance to drive the BMW M8 Hybrid V8 during a private test at Spa-Francorchamps. When asked if he is now getting to know the new car, Frijns admits that the transition from LMP2 to Hypercar is a challenge: “The car is a little different from the LMP2 car that I have been driving now for 3 years. The P2 car is smaller and also lighter than the Hypercars, because of the hybrid system we have. This was something I needed to get used to, especially in the dry. In the rain, I feel very good from the first lap onwards. in the rain, I give you 10 out of 10!“
Let’s not forget that Frijns has already enjoyed the joy of the 24 Hours of Le Mans victory. In 2021, he won in LMP2 with Team WRT, on his first outing at La Sarthe. He remembers that unforgettable event. “This memory is something that will stick with me for a long time. You will never forget your first time, especially winning Le Mans. We were leading from night onwards. But it was a big rollercoaster at the end, as we had problems with the air jack in the last 3 hours of the race. It was stressful. But we won and, I think, how much it was the closest in the LMP2 finish: only 0.7 seconds.“
As the 2024 FIA WEC season and the 92 Hours of Le Mans (12-16 June 2024) approach, Robin Frijns is feeling confident and keen to face these new challenges with the same passion and commitment he brings to the track. Watch this space – his story with BMW at Le Mans and in the WEC could be interesting!