Grahovec a key player in BMW’s renaissance in PWC

BMW has long been a staple in Pirelli World Challenge competition in both GT and Touring Car. Jeff McMillin won a GT championship in an M3 in 2000, and Bill Auberlen won a couple of Touring Car championships in a 325i in 2003-’04. But for a while the German marque almost disappeared completely from PWC competition. That would be hard to imagine looking at the GTS and Touring Car grids now – the brand has undergone a renaissance in PWC, and Toby Grahovec is largely responsible for that.

“I was begging BMW to bring the M235iR over to the U.S. since they announced it for Europe,” says Grahovec, whose day job is motorsports manager for Classic BMW in Plano, Texas.

“Then in 2016 I got them to bring it over. They did the BoP test at COTA; we got the cars 10 days before the first [TC] race. We finished second in the first and won the second race and had a good rest of the season. We ended up winning the championship by five points.”

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