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Canon EOS-1D X | Manual | 1/160sec | F/8.0 | ISO-320 | 2014:10:19 17:05:03


Hockenheim (DE), 19th October 2014. We take a look back at the milestones achieved since 1984 – from the maiden victory with the BMW 635 CSi in the very first DTM race to the countless triumphs since the DTM comeback of BMW in 2012. In the past three seasons, BMW secured six out of nine titles and won 50 per cent of all races. 


1984

The history of the DTM begins with the first race in Zolder (BE) on 11th March 1984. BMW celebrates victory as well as the top four places, with Harald Grohs (DE) crossing the finishing line first in a BMW 635 CSi. It is Volker Strycek (DE) from Team Gubin, however, who finishes fifth at the finale at the Nürburgring to secure the first title for BMW. 


1985

Harald Grohs ends the second season of the DTM third in the drivers’ standings, making him the best-placed BMW driver. He wins again at the wheel of the BMW 635 CSi in Zolder, while Winfried Vogt (DE) triumphs at Mainz-Finthen (DE) in a BMW 323i. 


1986

Both Kurt König (DE) and Volker Strycek finish in the top five of the drivers’ standings with the BMW 635 CSi. König also picks up the only BMW victory of the year – the Grenzland-Preis in Zolder. 


1987

The BMW M3 makes its DTM debut – and is immediately the car to beat. Harald Grohs, Marc Hessel (DE), Olaf Manthey (DE) and Fabien Giroix (FR) claim five victories in total. The title, however, goes to former BMW Junior driver Eric van de Poele (BE), despite finishing a lowly tenth at the finale at the Salzburgring (AT) due to a puncture. 


1988

Markus Oestreich (DE), in a BMW M3, is in the title race right up until the end of the 1988 season. After the last of the 24 rounds, however, he has to settle for fourth place overall. 

1989

Roberto Ravaglia (IT) starts the season with two victories in Zolder – and goes on to finish on top after the finale in Hockenheim. BMW M Team Schnitzer and Team Principal Charly Lamm (DE) enjoy a virtually perfect debut season in the DTM. As well as Ravaglia (three victories), Steve Soper (GB, two) and Johnny Cecotto (VE, one) also win in the BMW M3. 

1990

BMW, Audi and Mercedes produce a thrilling three-way battle for the title – just as they do in the 2012 season. BMW claims victory at eight of the 22 races. Despite this, Johnny Cecotto narrowly misses out on the fourth title, having to settle for runner-up. 


1991

Fourth-placed Johnny Cecotto is once again the best-placed BMW driver at the end of the year. The Venezuelan wins three races, while fellow BMW driver Steve Soper occupies the top step of the podium on four occasions. Joachim Winkelhock (DE) also joins the list of winners in Wunstorf (DE). 


1992

BMW competes with a works team in the DTM for the last time for a while: Johnny Cecotto again finishes fourth in the Drivers' Championship to end the season as the number one BMW driver. Roberto Ravaglia provides a magical moment at the season finale in Hockenheim on 11th October 1992: he claims two victories in the BMW M3's last works outing in the DTM. 


2012

BMW returns to the DTM after almost 20 years and competes with three teams and six drivers. Among them is once again BMW Team Schnitzer, and it soon becomes apparent history is repeating itself. As in 1989, when Charly Lamm and his team made their debut in the DTM, the crew from Freilassing is the team to beat. Bruno Spengler (CA) wins four races, with Augusto Farfus (BR) adding a fifth triumph for BMW. Together, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG claim 12 podiums over the course of the comeback year. In a thrilling finale to the season in Hockenheim, Spengler overturns a three-point deficit to finish four points ahead of Mercedes driver Gary Paffett (GB). The Canadian, who ends the season with 149 points to his name, becomes the fourth BMW champion in the history of the DTM, following in the footsteps of Volker Strycek, Eric van de Poele and Roberto Ravaglia. A further ten points, courtesy of Dirk Werner (DE), sees BMW Team Schnitzer claim the title in the team competition. The icing on the cake is first place in the Manufacturers’ Championship. 


2013

2013 sees BMW Motorsport expand its DTM commitment, with eight BMW M3 DTMs rather than six cars. BMW Team MTEK and its drivers Marco Wittmann (DE) and Timo Glock (DE) join the squad. The second season after BMW’s comeback ends with five race wins and the defence of the Manufacturers’ title. Augusto Farfus (BR) and Bruno Spengler (CA) finish second and third behind champion Mike Rockenfeller (DE) in the Drivers’ Championship. Wittmann receives the “Rookie of the Year” award. 


2014

BMW competes with the new BMW M4 DTM, which replaces the extremely successful BMW M3 DTM. The very first race in Hockenheim ends in victory. Marco Wittmann claims his maiden win on the new car’s debut. This also marks BMW’s 60th victory in the DTM. A further three wins are to follow for Wittmann, in Budapest, Spielberg and at the Nürburgring. The BMW Team RMG driver dominates the season and is crowned the youngest German DTM champion of all time with two races still remaining. BMW Team RMG achieves the next success at the penultimate round in Zandvoort (NL), winning the Team competition. The team’s second driver, Maxime Martin (BE), claims his maiden win in only his fifth DTM race in Moscow (RU) and is named Rookie of the Year come the end of the season. In Spielberg, BMW Motorsport occupies the top four positions for the first time since its comeback. Wittmann wins the race, ahead of Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Martin Tomczyk. In total, the BMW M4 DTM was first across the finish line on five occasions in its first season.


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Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Aperture priority | 1/1600sec | F/8.0 | ISO-400 | 2014:08:23 11:26:01



Munich (DE), 1st September 2014. An intense week is underway for the BMW Motorsport Juniors. First up for Jake Hughes (GB), Jesse Krohn (FI), Alexander Mies (DE) and Moisés Soriano (ES) is a second workshop at the iZone Driver Performance Centre in Silverstone (GB). From Monday to Wednesday, they will undergo a three-part mental and simulator training course, under the guidance of renowned sports psychologist Prof. Dr. Dieter Hackfort (DE). The goal of the workshop is to delve deeper into what the Juniors learned during their first visit at the start of June.

From Silverstone, Hughes, Krohn and Mies head straight to Barcelona (ES) where, thanks to the experience they have already gained in the BMW M235i Racing at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE), they will have the opportunity to start at the Barcelona 24 Hours. Mies will alternate with Axel Burghardt (DE), Volker Piepmeyer (DE), Liesette Braams (NL) and Michael Bonk (DE) at the wheel of a BMW M235i Racing fielded by the Bonk Motorsport team. Mies is a familiar face to the team, having already made multiple appearances for the team in the VLN Endurance Championship.

Hughes and Krohn will share the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M235i Racing with the two regular VLN drivers Michael Schrey (DE) and Emin Akata (DE). The team will also run a BMW Z4 GT3 in the highest A6 class, with drivers Ralf Oeverhaus (DE), Stefan Aust (DE), Peter Posavac (DE) and Jens Richter (DE) at the wheel.

The Barcelona 24 Hours will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya, which hosts the Formula One circus every year. The race starts at 12:00 this Saturday. In total, about 70 participants have registered in the various classes, including numerous BMW customer racing teams. The variety of cars in action is similar to that on the Nordschleife, ranging from GT3 cars to production-based cars.






Jake Hughes:
“I am delighted to have the chance to drive in my first 24-hour race in Barcelona. Thank you very much to BMW Motorsport and Walkenhorst Motorsport for this opportunity. I know the circuit very well, having lined up there a few times in Formula Renault. This should prove particularly helpful in the night, as I have never driven in the night before. As such, it is good to get my first experience of driving in the dark on a relatively safe and well-known Grand Prix circuit, before hopefully being able to race during the night on the Nordschleife at some point. My goal for the weekend is to drive consistently and without making any mistakes, and to gain valuable experience for the future.”

Jesse Krohn: 
“I have also driven at the Circuit de Catalunya before – never in a race, but during Formula 3 tests. I have already had the opportunity to get to know our fellow drivers at Walkenhorst Motorsport. They are very nice, and very quick. They prove that regularly in the VLN. I am grateful for the opportunity to drive with them, and am really looking forward to the weekend.”

Alexander Mies:
“I am looking forward to lining up alongside ‘old acquaintances’ at the Barcelona 24 Hours. I have known the guys at Bonk Motorsport for four years and have contested many races with them. It is nice to be able to meet up with them somewhere other than the Nordschleife. I have never driven at the Circuit de Catalunya, but have already familiarised myself with the layout. I will use the practice sessions for the rest. When I look at how short the laps are compared to the Nordschleife, I cannot help but feel that it will be very tight with about 70 cars out there. As such, you must remain completely focussed at all times.”


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Canon EOS-1D Mark III | Manual | 1/60sec | F/6.3 | ISO-400 | 2014:03:11 16:08:38


Le Castellet (FR), 12th March 2014. With two intensive days of testing, BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi (IT) and ROAL Motorsport continued their preparations for the 2014 season. This week (11th and 12th March) they took part in the official test days for the Blancpain GT Series at “Circuit Paul Ricard” at Le Castellet (FR). The Blancpain GT Series consists of two championships, the Blancpain Sprint Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series.



Canon EOS-1D Mark III | Manual | 1/125sec | F/7.1 | ISO-100 | 2014:03:11 16:16:08

 

The official test days offered the first opportunity for Zanardi to share the track with his competitors in the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series. In this championship the BMW works driver, who had both his legs amputated, will contest his comeback season with a specially modified BMW Z4 GT3 entered by ROAL Motorsport.

 

Conditions were good in the South of France, with mostly sunny weather and mild temperatures. The ROAL Motorsport team worked on further optimising the modifications made to the car for Zanardi’s needs. Among others, they worked on the mapping of the special clutch and on the special brake pedal. In addition, the squad used the two days to intensively work on setting up the BMW Z4 GT3, evaluating set-up solutions for qualifying as well as setting the car up for long race distances. In doing so, Zanardi completed successful long-runs on both days.


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“Things are going well. But I have to say that for sure it won’t be easy”, Zanardi said. “I was expecting the challenge to be hard, but now I know that this, in fact, will be the case because in the Blancpain Sprint Series I am going to face an opposition of very fast and young drivers. Nevertheless I think we can be there and that we can do well, but for sure we still have to make improvements. In terms of the race pace we are already very close to where we are supposed to be. We are fast on worn tyres, but we still have to find a way to balance the car better with new tyres, in order to put together one good flying lap in qualifying. After this test we will look at all the data we have collected, and I am sure we will be able to learn a lot from what we did in the past two days.”

 

“For Alex, it was the first test together with the other cars from the series”, added Roberto Ravaglia, Team Principal of ROAL Motorsport. “So far, it is still quite difficult to make a comparison as everybody is running with different conditions. You don’t know who is on new tyres, who runs with low fuel and so on. So it is not easy to judge how competitive we are. But Alex is doing good lap times and I have a good feeling. Between the outings, we also made changes to the car similar to those you do during a race weekend. This helps Alex to learn how the car reacts to these changes, for example when you change the springs and so on, so he gets used to the differences. Overall, I am quite satisfied with the work we have done with him in these two days.”



Canon EOS-1D Mark III | Manual | 1/125sec | F/7.1 | ISO-250 | 2014:03:11 10:13:07


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Canon EOS-1D Mark II N | Shutter priority | 1/60sec | F/8.0 | ISO-640 | 2014:03:11 16:06:43

 

Background:

Zanardi lost both legs in a serious crash while racing in 2001, but only two years later he successfully returned to motorsport with BMW. Among other things, he contested in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for several seasons, where he celebrated four race wins. Having won two gold medals on his handbike at the 2012 Paralympics in London (GB) and completed a test in the BMW M3 DTM in the same year, he is now set to contest a full season for BMW for the first time since 2009. Zanardi’s first race in the Blancpain Sprint Series is scheduled for the 21st April in Nogaro (FR).


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NIKON D800E | Shutter priority | 1/250sec | F/4.0 | ISO-100 | 2014:02:26 13:35:15


Vallelunga (IT), 27th February 2014. Alessandro Zanardi continued his preparation for his comeback season with BMW. The 47-year-old Italian completed a comprehensive test with his BMW Z4 GT3, which the BMW works driver will race in the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series with ROAL Motorsport. This week Zanardi and ROAL Motorsport spent several days testing at “Autodromo Vallelunga” near Rome (IT). 



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The team evaluated further modifications to the BMW Z4 GT3 that the team and BMW Motorsport have done based on the experiences of the first roll-out at the end of January in Adria (IT). Some of the special features of the car had been updated in order to perfectly meet the requirement of the racing driver who had both his legs amputated. In addition, Zanardi and ROAL Motorsport started to work on the car’s set-up. Conditions were mainly dry, with sun on the first day. In the afternoon of the second day it started to rain. For the third day the weather was better again. But in the morning, when the tarmac was still damp and slippery, Zanardi went off the track, which caused some damage to the car. The team decided not to continue with the test in order to repair the car at the work-shop. Overall, Zanardi is happy with this first proper test in his BMW Z4 GT3.


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“Honestly, it is very hard not to totally show my enthusiasm, and I don’t want to sound too overconfident, but after this test I have every reason to be confident”, Zanardi summed up. “Because not only the throttle mechanism, the brake pedal and the special clutch, but also all the other controls created for my personal needs are working so well we were able to focus on the set-up of the car. Just this fact is good news. But in addition, we are going home knowing that we showed considerable performance in terms of lap times. The BMW Z4 GT3 is literally sheer driving pleasure. We have been able to be fast on worn tyres, we have been able to really learn the car and we have been able to make changes to it which helped us to better understand what we should do for qualifying, and what to do for the race to have a consistent machine. So we are going home with a lot of information, and it is going to be tough to improve even further. But nevertheless, we are going to keep pushing because we are all highly motivated and excited about this opportunity and this project we are doing together. Therefore I am very, very happy and I can’t wait to get in the car again.”


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“We are pretty happy because the work done since the first outing with Alex at Adria was successful”, added Roberto Ravaglia, Team Principal of ROAL Motorsport. “We could improve many things and are already in a pretty good shape. All the special systems are working quite well. In addition, Alex was able to do a lot of laps here in Vallelunga to understand the car on a proper circuit and he started to work on the set-up. I have to say that I was actually surprised. Because in Adria, which is not a difficult circuit, he was already doing well, but here in Vallelunga he was even better, so I am confident that Alex could already be quite competitive in the first races.”


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Zanardi lost both legs in a serious crash while racing in 2001, but only two years later he successfully returned to motorsport with BMW. Among other things, he contested in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for several seasons, where he celebrated four race wins. Having won two gold medals on his handbike at the 2012 Paralympics in London (GB) and completed a test in the BMW M3 DTM in the same year, he is now set to contest a full season for BMW for the first time since 2009. Zanardi’s first race in the Blancpain Sprint Series is scheduled for the 21st April in Nogaro (FR).


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