Each driver had a very different way of spending their free time.
As the DTM took a break from racing after the fourth round of the season in Spielberg (AT), the six BMW drivers took the opportunity to turn their attention to something other than the battle for fractions of a second out on the track.
Foot off the gas and relax: this was the approach taken by Martin Tomczyk (DE). Following his excellent second place in Spielberg (AT), the German first flew to Croatia where the reigning DTM champion spent time with friends on the beach, building up his strength for the races ahead. “It was really cheerful and a lot of fun,” said Tomczyk. However, the BMW Team RMG driver did not have much time to relax. He was back at the wheel of his BMW M Performance Parts M3 DTM for the test at the Lausitzring.
This was followed by many PR appointments: At the launch of the new BMW M6 Convertible and the BMW M6 Coupé in Malaga (ES), Tomczyk completed countless laps of the “Ascari Raceway” in temperatures reaching 34 degrees Celsius. “The taxi rides with the BMW M6 were great. That car is really well suited to the racetrack – and I think the journalists enjoyed it too.” Tomczyk then headed from sunny Spain to Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in Pulheim, near Cologne (DE). Once there, he met up with golfer Martin Kaymer (DE) and his fellow BMW driver Bruno Spengler (CA) ahead of the BMW International Open.
BMW Brand Ambassador Kaymer gave the two BMW DTM drivers a private golf clinic, during which he offered valuable tips on how to improve their game. Spengler then joined Germany’s number one golfer on the Championship Course for the Pro-Am tournament, which is traditionally held on the eve of the BMW International Open. “That was a great day for me,” said Spengler. “It was a dream to be able to play golf here with Martin Kaymer. I learned a lot from him, and it is very impressive what he does and how he plays.”
Spengler had previously spent a week in Viareggio, near Florence (IT) where, as in the BMW Motorsport fitness week held in the run-up to the season, he joined the Formula Medicine team to fine-tune his fitness. Like Tomczyk, the Canadian was also in action at the tests at the Lausitzring, where he had won his first DTM race driving the BMW Bank M3 DTM on 6th May 2012. His schedule continued to be packed full after his appearance on the golf course: from Cologne, Spengler also went to Malaga, where he thrilled representatives of the international press at the launch of the new BMW M6 models.
From Spain, Spengler travelled to the BMW plant in Dingolfing last Saturday. The morning was all about the BMW employees and their families. Twenty eight-year-old Spengler took over 30 passengers on a taxi ride in the BMW M3 DTM Safety Car before stopping in at the pressing plant, where production was halted for 20 minutes to allow all the employees to meet the DTM star. In the afternoon, Spengler was back in the driving seat on a specially erected circuit with tunnels, a roundabout and short uphill sections in Dingolfing town centre. Many residents were treated to a ride with Spengler.
Dirk Werner’s (DE) break was also dominated by sport. The 31-year-old swapped his racing overalls for a pair of running shoes. Werner worked hard on improving his stamina three times a week. The BMW Team Schnitzer driver did not go on holiday with his family. “However, the weather meant I was able to take my little boy Henry to the outdoor pool for the first time,” said Werner. He was also kept busy with many PR appointments, visited several newspapers in the build-up for the next race and joining the pre-event press conference in Nürnberg (DE) on Tuesday. “I have also been following the German team’s progress at the EURO very closely too. I hope national coach Joachim Löw’s team goes on to win the title,” he added.
Joey Hand (US) headed to warmer climes to relax. The Californian spent a lot of time with his family in Sacramento (US), a mere 10,000 kilometres away from Germany. “I really enjoyed finally being back together with my wife Natalie and two children Chase and Kaylee. It was great to be able to do completely normal things like shopping and going out for a Mexican meal,” he said.
Augusto Farfus (BR) took the same approach as Hand. The 28-year-old usually has little opportunity to return to his home in Brazil and used the break in racing to fly back to his family in Curitiba (BR). He had not seen his wife Liri and daughter Victoria since the race in Brands Hatch (GB) on 20th May. The timing of Farfus’s short trip back to his birthplace in Curitiba could hardly have been better: little Victoria celebrated her first birthday – together with daddy and the rest of the Farfus family.
A trip to Formula Medicine was also on the schedule for Andy Priaulx (GB), and like his fellow BMW Team RBM driver Farfus, he is also a real family man. He spends every free minute with his wife Joanne and two children Sebastian and Danniella at home on the Channel Island of Guernsey. A couple of weekends ago Priaulx was in Wales with his son Seb for a kart race. “He fought his way to ninth place from 18th on the grid before another driver forced him off the track,” said a proud Priaulx. “It was a shame, because he had driven like a superstar up to that point.”
Source: BMW Motorsport