Stefan Reinhold ahead of his home race at the Nürburgring: “A win would be a dream come true for me.”
Munich, 17th August 2012. Twenty five years ago Stefan Reinhold (DE) was watching from the stands in the “Green Hell” – now he returns to the Nürburgring as a DTM team principal. BMW Team RMG is based just 30 kilometres from the track, in Niederzissen (DE). With this in mind, the sixth round of the 2012 DTM season promises to be an emotional one for Reinhold, as he revealed in an interview.
Mr. Reinhold, will the DTM event at the Nürburgring be a special race for you?
Stefan Reinhold: “I can hardly wait for it to get started at last. Sunday’s race is perhaps the most important of the whole year for my team. We want to achieve a great result for our fans and BMW. My team is extremely motivated and ready to do everything in its power to ensure we get the second half of the DTM season off to a good start.”
Are you expecting extra support for BMW Team RMG at your home race?
Reinhold: “Definitely – it will be like a massive family reunion for us. We have tried to get tickets for all the friends and relatives of our team members, who all want to be there to follow the action live. The sheer number of familiar faces cheering us on at the circuit makes the race special for my team and me. However, I also know many of the people who have accompanied me on my career in motorsport – people I owe a lot to and who mean the world to me – will also be at the Nürburgring and will have their fingers crossed for us. As such, the race on Sunday will be very emotional for me.”
Do you feel any additional pressure?
Reinhold: “No. I see the fact there will be a lot of people there supporting BMW Team RMG as a positive thing. If anything, the pressure comes from the current situation in the overall standings. Coming into the second half of the season, I have the feeling we still have a lot of room for improvement. We can achieve a lot – and in only our first year in the DTM. That really drives me on.”
Are you and your team staying in a hotel or at your own homes?
Reinhold: “As at every DTM race, the entire team is once again staying together in a hotel. The reason for this is simple: we want to be ready for anything and to approach the event with the same focus and professionalism as always. It is always better to stay as close to the track as possible. This allows us to react quickly, just in case – for example - should we need to make changes to one or both of the cars at short notice.”
What are your personal memories of the Nürburgring?
Reinhold: “There are so many that I don’t know where to begin. Firstly, the Nürburgring, with its Nordschleife, is second to none for anyone involved in motor racing – whether as a fan or from a professional point of view. I followed the DTM races here as a fan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. My favourite car was always the BMW M3. Back then, the DTM still used to race on the Nordschleife. That was pretty spectacular. My father also took me to the vintage car races, when we used to camp at the Ring. That is something I remember fondly. Nowadays, I take my own son camping to watch the vintage car races.”
You also have a lot of connections with the Nürburgring from a professional point of view …
Reinhold: “That is true. I have been involved in 12 24-hour races at the Ring as engineer and team principal, and also lined up here in Formula 3 and Formula One.”
What expectations do you have for BMW Team RMG going into the race on Sunday?
Reinhold: “Our goal is always to score as many points as possible. Our expectations have obviously grown with the good results in Spielberg and at the Norisring. All that has been missing from Martin Tomczyk’s season so far is the top step of the podium. I hope the race weekend at the Nürburgring also sees Joey Hand continue the upwards trend he has demonstrated in recent races. Everyone in the team is working unbelievably hard and doing everything in their power to ensure we are successful. A win here at the Nürburgring would be a dream come true for me.”