BMW Motorsport news 2009-04-20

Golfing pro Martin Kaymer gets a taste of BMW Motorsport air. Munich, 20th April 2009. Martin Kaymer (DE), Germany's currently most successful professional golfer and enthusiastic BMW M3 owner, has replaced his regular terrain - the fairways and...

Golfing pro Martin Kaymer gets a taste of BMW Motorsport air.

Munich, 20th April 2009. Martin Kaymer (DE), Germany's currently most successful professional golfer and enthusiastic BMW M3 owner, has replaced his regular terrain - the fairways and greens - for the tarmac of the BMW testing facility in Aschheim, Germany. Kaymer, who travelled to Munich to attend the 2009 BMW International Open press conference held today in the BMW Welt, completed an extensive BMW Driver Training.

Guided by experienced instructors, the German familiarised himself with the BMW M3's handling on the training circuit to then test the power-slide potential of the new BMW Z4 Roadster. During brake testing and skilled avoidance manoeuvres, Kaymer experienced the handling of the BMW vehicles at the limit.

The highlight of the day was the surprise appearance of BMW works driver Jorg Muller (DE) who invited Kaymer to join him for a Taxi ride in the passenger seat of his BMW 320si WTCC race car. During this adventure, the racing driver impressed the 24-year-old professional golfer with his extremely precise work while taking his car to the very limit on a race track.

"Wow, this definitely was the coolest drive I have ever experienced," Kaymer beamed. "It was great that BMW gave me the chance to be part of this. I would have loved to complete some more laps."

Muller also was delighted with having the opportunity to meet the genial golfer from Dusseldorf, Germany, saying: "Getting to know professionals from other sports always represents a great experience. I'm sure that every sports fan in Germany is aware of Martin's extraordinarily quick rise up the golfing ladder. It was fun to have the chance of offering him some insights into my 'day job'. As I see it, motor racing and golf are closely related when it comes to precision and concentration."

Despite being a young gun in golfing terms, Martin Kaymer has already made golfing history: he was the first German ever to be awarded the "Sir Henry Cotton Award" for the best European Tour rookie. He was the first German to have shot a 59-stroke round in an official tournament. And he was the first German to have won the BMW International Open.

-credit: bmw

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