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.