BMW Motorsport celebrated the sensationally successful 2012 season with a glittering party in the hangar of the BMW Driving Academy in Maisach, during which it also presented its plans for the coming year.
BMW will line up with eight cars instead of six in next season’s DTM.
New to the outfit is BMW Team MTEK with Team Principal Ernest Knoors (NL). BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG will also represent the brand again. The six successful DTM drivers – champion Bruno Spengler (CA), Augusto Farfus (BR), Joey Hand (US), Andy Priaulx (GB), Martin Tomczyk (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE) – also return in 2013.
“All six of our drivers produced very good performances last season and contributed to BMW Motorsport winning the Manufacturers’ Championship,” said Jens Marquardt. “For that reason, it is a logical step to put our faith in our sextet again in 2013.”
“Marco spent the 2012 season preparing intensively for this opportunity,” Marquardt said. “He was a permanent part of the team throughout the entire year and was present in every meeting. He knows the processes just as well as the other drivers. Furthermore, his tests in the BMW M3 DTM showed he is more than capable of coping with the DTM. As such, he fully deserves a DTM seat in 2013.”
The driver to occupy the cockpit in the eighth DTM next season will be announced at a later date.