BMW returns to DTM in 2012 image

BMW has moved closer to returning to the DTM after an absence of two decades, but it will not join up until 2012 at the earliest. Great news for fans of the German touring car series.

Today, the executive board of BMW AG announced their decision from last week’s meeting that again they are looking to expand their future motor sport programs plus the possibility of changes in their current ones.

“Following the withdrawal from Formula One, the realignment of our motorsport programme is raising our presence in production car racing to a whole new level. BMW sports and touring cars have achieved success right around the world, and have significantly influenced the brand’s sporting profile right from the word go. For that reason, we see it as a consistent step to return to our roots after bidding farewell to Formula One, and to expand our commitment to this discipline,” said Dr. Klaus Draeger, board member in charge of development for BMW.

BMW last raced in the DTM in 1992
, and its return follows its withdrawal from F1 at the end of last year.