From 2012, German car maker BMW will return in DTM with six M3s and three teams. The company has said that it will make its way back to the race series for the 2012 season after a lengthy 18-year absence.
Development of the car has been running at full speed in Munich for some months now, as has the central preparation for the logistics and assembly of the racecars.
The intention is to use the BMW M3 as the basic DTM vehicle, a car that has enjoyed unique successes in the field of touring and sports car racing in the past.
Eric van de Poele (BE) and Roberto Ravaglia (IT) celebrated two DTM titles with the racing version of BMW’s most sporty representative back in 1987 and 1989, while before that Volker Strycek (DE) won the DTM premiere in 1984 in the BMW 635 CSi.
Mario Theissen, BMW Motorsport Director, says: “In recent months we have worked very intensely on the DTM project. The agreement with the teams was of paramount importance.
We were pleased with the high level of interest and numerous applications and presentations received from a number of professional teams. The concepts presented by BMW Team RBM, BMW Team Schnitzer and Reinhold Motorsport GmbH ultimately convinced us.
This is an excellent team line-up for BMW. For us, it is important that all three teams have absolute equal rights. We are looking forward to cooperating over the coming years – and hope to enjoy great success together.”
We were pleased with the high level of interest and numerous applications received from a number of professional teams. The concepts presented by RBM, Schnitzer and Reinhold Motorsport ultimately convinced us.”
While RBM and Schnitzer have been partners of BMW for some time, newly-formed Reinhold Motorsport have apparently been eyeing an association with the German car maker ever since it announced its return to the series last year.