Dirk Müller

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Dirk Müller is a real GT specialist, and he’s got a run of success in the disci­pline to match.  He first sat behind the wheel of a sports car on a race­track in 1997 and got himself noticed in the Porsche Carrera Cup – a series he won a year later. He caused quite a sensa­tion by finishing high up in the classic endurance races in Daytona (1998 and 1999) and Le Mans (1999). He didn’t have to wait long for his first big title: Müller won the GT class of the Amer­ican Le Mans Series in 2000 and became a BMW works driver the following year.

He then success­fully contested the ALMS with a BMW M3 GTR before making the change to touring cars in 2002. Müller won a total of 12 victo­ries in his five seasons for Schnitzer Motor­sport and only missed the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship title (2004) and the top place in the World Touring Car Cham­pi­onship (2005) by a whisker. He also kept up his winning form in endurance racing and formed part of the victo­rious team with Jörg Müller and Hans-Joachim Stuck in the Nürbur­gring 24 Hours in 2004.

Müller returned to GT racing full time in 2007 and won the FIA GT Cham­pi­onship title with Ferrari right away. He also consol­i­dated his past success in the ALMS the following year and narrowly missed a second overall win. When BMW of North America was plan­ning an ALMS come­back with a racing version of the BMW M3 in 2009, their choice of Müller for driver was almost a complete no-brainer. He repaid BMW for the trust it placed in him by coming up with some top perfor­mances: he won his second ALMS GT driver title in 2011, this time in a BMW M3 GT.