The renowned “Ball des Sports” was held for the 44th time on Saturday – and, as in previous years, both BMW Motorsport and the DTM were well represented in Wiesbaden (DE). A total of 1,800 guests, including many big names from the worlds of politics, economics, sport and show business, enjoyed a spectacular programme at the event, which is held in aid of the Deutsche Sporthilfe foundation.
“The ‘Ball des Sports’ is always a great event,” said Marquardt. “It’s a pleasure for us and our drivers as professionals to help our colleagues from other disciplines who aren’t able to make a living from competing in their sports.” Following the spectacular gala evening, which was presented by Johannes B. Kerner, the guests slipped seamlessly into party mode at the official after-show party in the “DTM Race Club”.
Later on in the night, Marquardt and Glock were on hand to present a BMW Motorrad Maxi-Scooter C600 Sport, sporting an extensive range of additional features and worth almost 15,000 Euros, to the lucky tombola winner with the number 500 ticket. The BMW teams used the 60-hp special edition “Tomczyk” and “Spengler” models to get about the DTM paddock in 2013. “Of course we always enjoy doing something for a good cause,” said Glock. “I hope our winner will have a lot of fun with the Maxi-Scooter.”
Three questions for … Augusto Farfus
Augusto, how did you like the “Ball des Sports“? “I’m really impressed by the event. It’s great to meet so many people from different disciplines and help those who aren’t able to earn enough money in their own sports. I think that’s really important. I enjoyed playing handball again, as I used to play it in school. I wasn’t that successful playing baseball, because I did it for the first time ever. But I hope to come back here next year and try again.”
Do such events also help to shorten the waiting time until the first DTM race? ”The winter break is long, so it’s always nice to meet some of my DTM colleagues and talk about racing. That really helps to shorten the waiting time until Hockenheim.”
What are your plans for the upcoming weeks? ”First of all there are a couple of tests, where we plan to prepare the new BMW M4 DTM for the start of the season. Of course, our physical preparation also continues, especially with our fitness camp coming up. So there is a lot to do during the weeks to come.“