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BMW has confirmed it will compete in the 2012 DTM series in Germany
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18 October 2010

BMW has confirmed it will compete in the German DTM championship in 2012 for the first time in 18 years.

The announcement ends months of speculation and sees the manufacturer returning to the series it last raced in back in 1994.

BMW initially announced its intent to compete in the series back in April, but only committed subject to talks concerning the regulations of the series. The firm has confirmed that it plans to use the M3 as the basis for its new challenger.

Klaus Draeger, BMW's R&D chief, said: “The return of BMW to the DTM is a fundamental part of the restructuring of our motorsport activities. With its increased commitment to production car racing, BMW is returning to its roots.”

Mario Thiessen, BMW motorsport boss, added: “The entire team at BMW Motorsport is approaching this exciting project with absolute commitment.” Thiessen oversaw BMW’s involvement in F1 between 2000 and 2009, first as an engine supplier to the Williams team and then as an outright manufacturer.

BMW has won the DTM twice in the past with drivers Eric van de Poele and Roberto Ravaglia winning with E30 M3s in 1987 and 1989 respectively.

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18 October 2010

Now all we need is Opel and Volkswagen

18 October 2010

[quote mercman93]Volkswagen[/quote] Remember who owns AUDI...?

18 October 2010

I'd rather see Alfa Romeo and Volvo coming back to DTM

18 October 2010

I'd love to see a more production-based touring car formula that encompasses as many brands and types of car as possible. Not that i'm trying to be all nostalgic for Group A and Super Touring, but modern formulae have nothing whatsoever to do with the production models. DTM and Australian V8s are both spectacular series, but they are no more than high-tech NASCAR rather than real Touring Car formulae.

A modern Super Touring formula could incorporate all of the following:

Alfa 159, Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Chevrolet Cruze, Citroen C5, Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord, Hyundai Elantra, Lexus IS, Mazda 6, Mercedes C-class, Peugeot 508, Renault Laguna, Vauxhall/Opel Insignia, Saab 9-3, Seat Exeo, Skoda Octavia, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Avensis, Volkswagen Jetta, Volvo S40.

How good would that be?

18 October 2010

[quote miecio] I'd rather see Alfa Romeo and Volvo coming back to DTM[/quote]

Couple days ago S.Marchionne stated that Alfa will return to the racing track,so that will surely happen,with Giulietta or new Giulia.

18 October 2010

they already make a bmw z4 gt1, so a side step to dtm, is quite feasible.

18 October 2010

Yes!, why not have all of them back?, better than a one make series?,you betcha!.

24 August 2013

I always wanted to see BMW perform on races but I never got the chance. Good thing that they have decided to come back to the DTM, they have always been one of the car makesr who inspire me to improve my car. I have always wanted to buy myself a BMW, not only because it's a great car but also for the free online auto repair manuals that are always available and handy. Smile

18 April 2013

Bmw is just not the world or a brand its completing the world. Its accessories and all the stuff is just amazing.

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