Munich (DE), 5th February 2013. Having completed a sensational return
to the DTM last season, which culminated in the winning of all three
titles, BMW Motorsport has mainly stuck to its winning formula in
allocating its eight drivers to the four teams for 2013.
Therefore, BMW Team Schnitzer – 2012 Team champion – will continue to
line up with the proven combination of DTM champion Bruno Spengler
(CA) and Dirk Werner (DE). Augusto Farfus (BR) remains with Belgian
outfit BMW Team RBM for another season, while Martin Tomczyk (DE) will
once again do battle for BMW Team RMG.
The only change concerning the six successful drivers who were
instrumental in winning the manufacturers’ title for BMW last year
sees Andy Priaulx (GB) swap seats with Joey Hand (US). Three-time
World Touring Car Champion Priaulx will drive for BMW Team RMG in the
future, while Hand will race for BMW Team RBM. At the wheel of the two
BMW M3 DTMs run by the newly formed BMW Team MTEK will be Timo Glock
(DE), whose move from Formula One was confirmed recently, and Marco
Wittmann (DE), who has been promoted to a regular driver from his role
as test and development driver.
“With BMW Team MTEK, we will have even more strength in numbers in
the future, which can only be advantageous in such a close series as
the DTM. There are obviously some operational challenges when it comes
to integrating a new team into an existing structure. However, we are
confident we have done just that,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens
Marquardt. “Timo Glock and Marco Wittmann are also new to the DTM.
Together with BMW Team MTEK, we will give them the time they need to
gradually find their feet in this series. As far as our other three
teams are concerned, we saw no need to make dramatic changes to the
tried-and-tested structures. However, we did want to set a few new
courses for the 2013 season, in order to get the most out of the
strengths of our drivers and teams. This is the thinking behind Andy
Priaulx and Joey Hand swapping teams. The allocation of our drivers
for the 2013 season allows both the drivers and the teams to take the
overall package at BMW Motorsport to the next level by exchanging
experiences and ideas. Everyone in our team is highly motivated to
succeed as we face the new challenge of lining up in the DTM as
In announcing which of the four teams the eight drivers will race
for, BMW Motorsport is heralding the hottest phase of preparations for
the DTM season. More tests are scheduled for the coming weeks and
months. The eight regular DTM drivers and BMW Motorsport test and
development driver Maxime Martin (BE) will also travel to Viareggio
(IT) for a joint fitness week at the start of March.