BMW has announced one more crucial piece of information ahead of its long-awaited return to DTM competition: exactly who of its six drivers will be paired up with one another for the upcoming season?
The German carmaker is returning to the championship action with three teams representing it for top honours: two are the well-known Schnitzer and RBM outfits – both of which were factory BMW teams in the World Touring Car Championship – while the third is the lesser-known RMG operation.
DTM veteran and new BMW signing Bruno Spengler will partner Dirk Werner at Schnitzer, while former RBM WTCC team-mates Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus will reunite once again for Bart Mampaey’s famous team.
Lastly, defending DTM champion Martin Tomczyk will partner American driver Joey Hand at the RMG team.
BMW today issued a media release confirming the announcement, along with an appallingly photo-shopped image (above).
“In allocating our six DTM drivers to the three teams we have completed another stage of our planning for the 2012 season,” said BMW’s motorsport director Jens Marquardt.
“We now enter the crucial phase ahead of the start of the season in which the focus switches to performance. In order for us to be able to push ourselves to the limit and exploit the full potential of the car, it is essential that the cooperation between the driver, his race engineer, and the entire team is perfect.
“To find the ideal driver/team combinations, every one of our six drivers has driven for each of the teams. After many discussions with all those involved, we are confident we have found the optimal line-ups, which will allow us to get the best out of the individual strengths of the drivers and teams. The drivers and teams can now continue to grow together and prepare for the season, which begins in just three months.”
All of the drivers – with the exception of Joey Hand, who will be conducting an ALMS test session for BMW in the United States – will head to Portugal’s Estoril circuit for another three-day test, starting on February 7.
[Original image via BMW Media]