Title chase with experience and the wind in their back
To win titles always represented the BMW season goal. And since their comeback in 2012 they succeeded in doing so by securing eight of 18 tiles available. After 2014, the Munich based manufacturer once again clinched the drivers’ title in 2016 courtesy of Marco Wittmann. And Wittmann’s win in the final race of the 2017 season represented a conciliatory finale of a turbulent season. In 2018 BMW will be represented by the four proven drivers Marco Wittmann, Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler, with the DTM rookies Philipp Eng and Joel Eriksson making for a breath of fresh air. All the six are supposed to add another chapter to the illustrious BMW motor-sport history. The first DTM race in the history of the sport, on 11th March at Zolder, Belgium, ended with a BMW one-two-three-four. Harald Grohs took the chequered flag with his BMW 635 CSi as race winner and fellow BMW driver Volker Strycek finished third with another 635 CSi to clinch the first title in the history of the series at the end of the season. BMW were involved in every DTM season up to and including 1992 and always proved to be a factor in the battle for the title. Eric van de Poele (1987) and Roberto Ravaglia (1989) gave the Munich based brand the big trophies for the drivers’ champion. 20 years after their retirement from the series BMW made their DTM comeback in amazing style: Bruno Spengler won the drivers’ trophy right away, BMW Team Schnitzer prevailed in the battle for the team title – and BMW also clinched the manufacturers’ championship. And in 2014 and 2016, BMW celebrated another two drivers’ titles courtesy of Marco Wittmann. Some of the other biggest successes in the motor-sport history of BMW were the Formula One drivers’ title won in 1983 by Nelson Piquet win a Brabham-BMW, 19 overall wins in the Nürburgring 24h Race as well as the overall win in the 1999 Le Mans 24h Race. 2018 represents a special year for BMW: in addition to a works involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship, BMW also will enter a works team from season five in the revolutionary ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Furthermore, the brand traditionally also is a major force in customer racing. All over the world, the racing cars from Munich win races and titles.