BMW Motorsport News – Issue 04/13.
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Whether in the DTM, the American Le Mans Series, or countless other championships: week after week BMW teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” now allows us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.
Marquardt, Spengler and Tomczyk attend the “Ball des Sports”.
DTM champion Bruno Spengler (CA) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) joined BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt (DE) as representatives of the BMW DTM teams at Saturday’s “Ball des Sports” in Wiesbaden (DE). As you would expect, they pulled up in a BMW M3 DTM Safety Car – a sure-fire way to turn heads on the red carpet. The DTM traditionally plays a key role in the most successful sport-related fund-raising event in Europe, which raises money for the “Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe”. The rather appropriate slogan for the 43rd staging of the gala evening was “Symphonie der Räder” (Symphony of Wheels). Besides the official proceedings, the 1,800 guests, including stars from the world of sport, entertainment and key political figures, were able to go head to head in a number of activities. Marquardt, Spengler and Tomczyk showed their skills in archery, hockey and curling. After the official part of the evening, the DTM invited the guests to the “DTM Race Club” after-show party.
Three questions for… Martin Tomczyk and Bruno Spengler.
What was your impression of the “Ball des Sports”?
Martin Tomczyk: “The ‘Ball des Sports’ is always a fantastic spectacle. I had great fun there again. That was my sixth time. On the one hand, it is obviously great to support the charity behind this event. On the other hand, I think it is great when so many sportsmen and women meet up and celebrate together.”
Bruno Spengler: “Yes, I really enjoyed myself too. The show on the stage was excellent. The programme at the ‘Ball des Sports’ is fantastic every year. I was then able to take a look around and met a lot of sportsmen and women, which is always great.”
You tried your hand at some other sports. How did the archery,
hockey and curling go?
Tomczyk: “Discovering more about other sports, and trying them out, is also an integral part of the ‘Ball des Sports’. It allows you to see just how demanding these sports are. Television makes most things look a lot easier than they are in real life. I accidentally tore my trousers while curling, so I don’t think you can fault the effort.”
Spengler: “I really liked the archery. I had already done a bit of curling, but I gave hockey a try for the first time. It was great. After that, I moved to the golf stand and hit a few balls there. Golf has always been my biggest hobby.”
Do you feel like part of a big sporting family on an evening
Tomczyk: “Yes, definitely, and that is a very good feeling. Sportsmen and women must be there for one another and stick together.”
Spengler: “Sport brings people together. Anyone who plays a sport, trains hard and is successful in competition deserves the greatest respect. You could feel the respect everyone had for each other that evening.”
Timo Glock makes first appearance as a BMW works driver.
On Tuesday, Timo Glock (DE) was in Munich (DE) for his first official appearance as a BMW works driver. He faced representatives of the media in the M1 Café at the BMW Museum. Glock, who started 91 Formula One Grands Prix, took the opportunity to check out the BMW Museum, where he was able to admire many legends from BMW’s racing history. He had previously been contemplating his own little bit of BMW history, and said: “As I was on my way to Munich today, I started to recall the years I spent together with BMW – including 2007, when Sebastian Vettel and I were test drivers for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. There is a nice photo of Sebastian and me, in which we both have a bit more hair – and I have less grey hair. Those are good memories. However, I am now looking forward to the future with BMW Motorsport and the challenge of the DTM.”
DTM weekends to be even more compact in 2013.
As of the new DTM season, race weekends are set to be even more intense affairs for the teams and drivers. There will now be just one 90-minute practice session on Saturday morning. Qualifying will generally get underway at 14:40hrs on Saturday, and will follow the same format as last year. The start of the race on Sunday has been moved forward by half an hour to 13:30hrs. “The new DTM format is obviously a challenge for the teams, but one we are happy to face,” said Charly Lamm, Team Principal of BMW Team Schnitzer. “We will definitely see a lot of action out on the track in the 90-minute practice. Every kilometre and every lap will count. One thing remains the same: a DTM race actually starts when the cars take to the track for the first time in practice. It will certainly be exciting for the fans too.”
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