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Birthday party for Hand – and the BMW Z4 GTE.
Next Tuesday the BMW Z4 GTE will be launched officially in Daytona
(US) as BMW Motorsport’s new contender in the American Le Mans Series
for the 2013 season. One of the drivers will be Joey Hand. In addition
to driving in the DTM for BMW Team RBM, the American will again race
for BMW Team RLL in the ALMS. On Sunday Hand is celebrating his 34th birthday.
Three questions for… Joey Hand.
Joey, what are you expecting from the new BMW Z4 GTE?
Joey Hand: “To be honest, I don’t know what to exactly expect,
because I’ve never driven a BMW Z4 in any configuration before this
season. But it definitely looks very fast. I’ve found through
experience cars that look fast usually are. I can‘t wait to drive it.”
In 2013 you’re also racing in both the DTM and the ALMS. How
will you manage this workload?
Hand: “Travelling has never yet been a problem for me. Furthermore,
I’ve got used to driving in many races in different cars in the space
of a year. As always, I love driving in the ALMS to an unbelievable
extent. I enjoy every minute on the racetrack and in the company of my
colleagues from BMW Team RLL. We’ve become a family over the years.
I’m still learning things in the ALMS that also help me in the DTM.
I’m looking forward to my second season there because I’m able to take
everything I learned in my debut season into my second year. That
means I’ll be much better at finding my feet right from the start this
How do you spend your birthday?
Hand: “Well, the new season is starting soon, so right now I enjoy my
time at home with my family. I spend my birthday with my wife and my
two kids. For me it is important to relax and gather new strength for
the weeks and months to come. Already on Monday I am travelling to
Daytona for the BMW Z4 GTE presentation. That will be the first
highlight of the 2013 season.“
DTM season 2013 kicks off on 9th April.
Round about one month before the first race of the season in
Hockenheim (DE) the DTM will present itself to its fans. The first
test day at the Hockenheimring on 9th April will be open for
spectators, who can watch the action on track from one of the stands.
On top of that journalists are offered the chance to meet the drivers
in a relaxed atmosphere.
Bad luck for Engstler at the Bathurst 12 Hours.
The Bathurst 12 Hour (AU) was held under an unlucky star for Engstler
Motorsport. An accident forced the team to retire its BMW Z4 GT3 after
just two hours. “It’s a shame we had to leave the race this early”,
team manager Kurt Treml said. “Anyway, the weekend in Bathurst was a
great experience for our team. We got along better and better with the
BMW Z4 GT3 over the course of the weekend and our drivers were able to
push harder with every lap of experience, and that is so important
here in Bathurst. The fans here were incredible. The whole event was a
big party. I don’t think this will be the last time we compete here.
We have a score to settle with Mount Panorama.” Winner of the Bathurst
12 Hours was the Mercedes of Erebus Motorsport. Team GWS Personnel
celebrated a class win with its BMW 335i.