BMW - On the finishing straight
On the finishing straight: BMW Motorsport gives fans in Wiesbaden a taste of things to come ahead of its DTM comeback.
Wiesbaden, 22nd April 2012. The countdown is on to BMW Motorsport’s first DTM race since 1992. On Sunday, the BMW DTM drivers appeared in front of the excited fans packed along Wilhelmstrasse in Wiesbaden, and treated them to a series of demos and pit stops with the BMW M3 DTM.
For the DTM and the manufacturers competing in the series, the presentation in the capital of the German state of Hessen successfully whet the appetite ahead of the much-anticipated 2012 DTM season, which begins this Sunday with the opening race at the Hockenheimring (DE). Interviews, autograph sessions and appearances on the specially erected track not far from the Kurhaus: the six BMW Motorsport drivers enjoyed a busy day, which was all about the DTM fans.
“The presentation here in Wiesbaden was the perfect warm-up for next week and our first race back in the DTM, which is what we have been working intensely towards for many months,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “The whole day was devoted to the fans. They were able to get up close and personal with our drivers, take a closer look at the BMW M3 DTM, and watch our crew at work during a pit stop. It really gave a taste of what fans in Hockenheim can expect next weekend. That is when we get down to the serious business. We will take a lot of momentum with us from Wiesbaden, as the response of the fans was nothing short of impressive.”
The drivers enjoyed the close contact with the crowds and cannot wait for their first outing next weekend. “The presentation in Wiesbaden was great fun again this year,” said Bruno Spengler (CA) from BMW Team Schnitzer. “You could sense how much the fans are looking forward to the new season. The same goes for us drivers. This week we will shift up a gear and take on the opposition under race conditions for the first time. The waiting is finally over. We can now focus entirely on Hockenheim.”
Augusto Farfus (BR) was also thrilled by the DTM presentation. The 28-year-old Brazilian from BMW Team RBM said: “I like events like this. They give the fans the opportunity to get really close to us drivers and the cars. I can’t remember the last time I signed that many autographs.”