BMW shuffles DTM lineup

BMW shuffles DTM lineup


BMW shuffles DTM lineup


Martin Tomczyk will join Bruno Spengler in BMW’s leading DTM team Schnitzer for 2014 as part of a reshuffle.

Tomczyk, who won the 2011 title when at Audi, had driven for RMG since he switched to BMW, but will now replace GT-bound Dirk Werner alongside ’12 champion Spengler at Schnitzer.

BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said RMG had underperformed in 2013, when it did not win any races.

It will have an all-new driver lineup for 2014, with Tomczyk heading for Schnitzer and former teammate Andy Priaulx leaving the DTM for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan BMW TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team. Instead, RMG will run former sports car star Maxime Martin and MTEK convert Marco Wittmann.

“BMW Team RMG undoubtedly failed to fulfil its potential last year,” said Marquardt. “We are sure that Stefan Reinhold’s team will come back from the break reinvigorated and ready to get back to successful ways with Marco  Wittmann and Maxime Martin. After a really successful first year in the DTM, Marco is definitely ready to take the next step.”

BMW’s other new recruit Antonio Felix da Costa will be placed at MTEK, alongside ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock, who ended his maiden DTM season with a first victory in the 2013 finale at Hockenheim.

RBM is the only BMW squad unchanged for 2014, with Joey Hand and Augusto Farfus staying on.