Every ending is a new beginning – this is almost certainly what Martin Tomczyk was thinking last year when he announced his retirement from the DTM to try his luck on the GT racing scene. For the man from Rosenheim, who did battle for titles and race wins in the DTM for 16 years, this marked the end of a long chapter in his motorsport career. The absolute highlight of that career so far: winning the DTM in 2011. Tomczyk has enjoyed much success between his DTM debut in 2001 and his farewell in 2016, but he has also been through some difficult phases when things have not gone entirely to plan for Tomczyk. However, the Bavarian, who most recently drove for BMW Team Schnitzer, never even considered giving up. As well as his title win in 2011, he also claimed seven race wins and took his place on the podium on 28 occasions. However, Tomczyk is no newcomer to GT racing. Having finished sixth with Schubert Motorsport at the 24-hour classic at the Nürburgring in both 2013 and 2014, he drove the BMW M6 GT3 at the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps last year. He also supported BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn on two race weekends in the ADAC GT Masters. Tomczyk recharges his batteries ahead of the demanding races at his home in Rosenheim, where he lives with his wife Christina and their two children.