As we had predicted just two days ago when he confirmed he was leaving the Audi squad, newly-crowned DTM champion Martin Tomczyk has joined rival manufacturer BMW for the 2012 season.
The 29-year-old will be bringing the coveted #1 sticker to the Bavarian-based car-maker’s long-awaited return to DTM action, having sensationally claimed the 2011 title running an older-spec Audi A4 car.
Tomczyk becomes the second high-profile DTM driver to be snaffled up by BMW, with his signing coming just weeks after BMW confirmed it had secured the services of longstanding Mercedes stalwart Bruno Spengler.
“With Martin Tomczyk we are proud to have gained an absolute top-notch driver for our DTM involvement. Despite being fairly young in the touring car context, he is one of the most experienced DTM drivers around: he’s consistently fast, of impeccable character and an out-and-out winner,” BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said.
“In 2011 he was the first driver ever to win the DTM championship in an older spec car. We will do everything we can to consolidate this success with him in the future. Our target is to become competitive as quickly as possible, and from that point of view we see Martin as an extremely important asset.”
Tomczyk’s first outing in the new M3 DTM challenger will be in a fortnight’s time at Spain’s Monteblanco circuit.
Spengler and Tomczyk join former WTCC team-mates Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus in BMW’s six-car driver line-up. The identities of the two occupants who will be filling the remaining seats will be known in due course.
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