Tomczyk calls time on DTM career to make GT switch

Former DTM champion Martin Tomczyk will end his DTM career at the end of the 2016 campaign.

Tomczyk calls time on DTM career to make GT switch
Martin Tomczyk, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M4 DTM
Martin Tomczyk, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M4 DTM
Martin Tomczyk, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M4 DTM
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As he explained to Autobild Motorsport, his recent run of bad luck and poor performance on track played their part in making his decision to leave the series.

“When you are no longer able to match your own expectations and aims, it’s getting difficult for a driver,” Tomczyk said. “In the end I decided to retire from DTM after 16 years.”

Tomczyk, 34, entered DTM in 2001 as an Audi youngster and famously won the DTM drivers’ title in 2011 in a 2010-spec car before moving to BMW.

He has seven DTM race wins and 28 podium finishes to his name.

But his racing career will not be over after the 2016 season as Tomczyk will continue to work with BMW, with his focus shifting to GT racing.

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