BMW Motorsport Presents its Programme for the 2014 season: Focus on DTM, USCC, BMW Sports Trophy and the Nürburgring 24 Hours

Munich (DE), 7th December 2013. BMW Motor­sport used the 52nd BMW  Sports Trophy award cere­mony in Munich’s BMW Welt (DE) to present its  programme for the 2014 season. BMW Motor­sport Director Jens Marquardt  announced the plans for the DTM, the newly-created United SportsCar  Cham­pi­onship (USCC) in North America, the BMW Sports Trophy, and the  Formula BMW Talent Cup.

BMW fans all over the world can once again look forward to a season  packed with high­lights in 2014,” said Marquardt. “In the DTM, we are  now entering our third season since we made our come­back in 2012.  Armed with the new BMW M4 DTM, our goal is obvi­ously to both defend  the Manu­fac­turers’ title and to win the Drivers’ Cham­pi­onship again. I  am very excited about the new USCC, in which BMW Team RLL is looking  to back up the huge success it enjoyed in the BMW Z4 GTE’s debut year  in the 2013 ALMS. The BMW Sports Trophy will also remain a corner­stone  of our motor­sport commit­ment. As well as the BMW Z4 GT3, which  spear­heads our range, we are also offering our customers an afford­able  model for those starting out in motor­sport, in the form of the  brand-new BMW M235i Racing. Following second place at last year’s  Nürbur­gring 24 Hours, we are keen to launch another assault on the  podium this year and show just how strong the BMW Z4 GT3 is on the  endurance circuit. I am also looking forward to seeing the next crop  of juniors in action in the Formula BMW Talent Cup.”

An overview of the BMW Motor­sport programme for the 2014 season:

DTM: Martin and Félix da Costa join BMW driver line-up for 2014.

BMW Motor­sport will switch models from the BMW M3 DTM to the new BMW  M4 DTM for the 2014 DTM season. The eight new cars will continue to be  run by the four BMW teams, RBM, Schnitzer, MTEK and RMG. On the driver  side, BMW Motor­sport is once again putting its faith in Augusto Farfus  (BR), Bruno Spen­gler (CA), Marco Wittmann (DE), Timo Glock (DE), Joey  Hand (US) and Martin Tomczyk (DE). They will be joined by two rookies.  Maxime Martin (BE) is promoted from test and devel­op­ment driver to  occupy a regular seat. He enjoyed numerous successes with BMW Sports  Trophy Team Marc VDS in the BMW Z4 GT3 in recent years. The eighth DTM  seat has been awarded to António Félix da Costa (PT). The 22-year-old  Red Bull Junior finished third overall in the Formula Renault 3.5  Series in 2013 and has taken part in Formula One tests.

USCC: Priaulx bolsters BMW Team RLL in North America.

Motor­sport in North America enters a new era in 2014 with the United  SportsCar Cham­pi­onship (USCC). BMW Team RLL will line up for BMW  Motor­sport with two BMW Z4GTEs in the GT Le Mans class. After the new  car’s successful debut in the final season of the Amer­ican Le Mans  Series (ALMS) in 2013, Team Prin­cipal Bobby Rahal’s outfit will now be  in action in the USCC for BMW Motor­sport and BMW of North America. The  first high­light of the new season is on 25th/26th January 2014: the 24  Hours of Daytona (US). The same drivers as last year – Dirk Müller  (DE), Bill Auberlen (US), Joey Hand (US) and John Edwards (US) – will  be at the wheel of the two BMW Z4 GTEs. Maxime Martin’s place in BMW  Team RLL will be taken by Andy Priaulx (GB), who is reunited with old  acquain­tances: Priaulx and BMW Team RLL won the GT class at the 12  Hours of Sebring (US) together in 2011.

BMW Sports Trophy: BMW M235i Racing is the new entry-level model.

The BMW Sports Trophy enters its 53rd season in 2014 – and customer  racing remains hugely impor­tant to BMW. Priva­teer BMW drivers and  teams can once again compete within the BMW Sports Trophy, with the  prospect of winning attrac­tive prizes come the end of the season. BMW  Motor­sport is now adding a new car to its customer racing range, which  is spear­headed by the BMW Z4 GT3, in the form of the BMW M235i Racing.  At a price of 59,500 Euros (plus VAT), this car helps to make  motor­sport afford­able for those just starting out. Customer feed­back  has been very posi­tive so far: more than 30 advance orders have  already been placed with BMW Motorsport.

Nürbur­gring 24 Hours: works support for two proven teams.

BMW Motor­sport will turn to last year’s tried-and-tested teams for  the Nürbur­gring 24 Hours (DE) on 21st/22nd June 2014 and the new  qual­i­fi­ca­tion race on 6th April 2014. BMW Team Schu­bert and BMW Sports  Trophy Team Marc VDS will both line up with two works-assisted BMW Z4  GT3s. After finishing runner-up last year, BMW Motor­sport once again  has its sights set on overall victory. The driver line-up, which will  be based around Dirk Werner, will be announced at a later point.

Formula BMW Talent Cup: promo­tion of juniors continues in 2014.

The Formula BMW Talent Cup returns with its latest crop of talented  juniors in 2014. Under the guid­ance of chief instructor Dirk Adorf  (DE), numerous young­sters will be given the oppor­tu­nity to take their  first steps on the route to profes­sional motor racing – and to follow  in the foot­steps of successful Formula BMW grad­u­ates like Formula One  drivers Sebas­tian Vettel (DE), Nico Rosberg (DE) and Daniel Ricciardo  (AU), as well as current BMW DTM drivers Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock.