Maxime Martin

The man from Belgium has that certain some­thing. He has an ability that not many racing drivers in the world possess. He is regarded as a “rain god.” Maxime has risen to being a BMW Works Driver in the 2013 season.

When the heavens open, when pools of water are left lying over the track, and when others are easing their foot off the gas pedal, Maxime is burning up record lap times on the wet asphalt. The redhead recently let this talent explode in the 24 Hour Race at Spa Fran­cor­champs, when he beat his oppo­nents into the ground while driving in the dark and through the pouring rain with visi­bility stretching no further than the end of his bonnet.

This extra­or­di­nary perfor­mance won him a perma­nent place in the hearts of all motor­sport fans – and a perma­nent seat in a BMW Motor­sport car. Maxime has been promoted to BMW works driver in the 2013 season. The 26 year-old will take over from Marco Wittmann in his role as test and devel­op­ment driver in the DTM. At the same time, he will also drive the whole season in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series (ALMS) for BMW Team RLL. The man from Belgium has thus managed to make the leap from competing in the BMW Sports Trophy to being part of the team of BMW works drivers.

That just goes to show what sort of status amateur drivers have at BMW Motor­sport. It also shows the extremely high level of compe­ti­tion in the BMW Sports Trophy. “I am very happy – I think that’s a very good way to start my work as a BMW works driver,” said Maxime. “I now have the chance to get to know the DTM team and to gain some expe­ri­ence. Driving for BMW Team RLL in the ALMS is a partic­ular chal­lenge for me because I’ve never raced in North America before. I’m looking forward to it enor­mously. If you look at my devel­op­ment, you can see how closely BMW has observed and supported me in the context of the Sports Trophy.”

Maxime was born in Brus­sels and is regarded as a late starter in the world of motor­sports. He began his career in the MINI Chal­lenge in Belgium in 2005, and won second place in the overall rank­ings on his very first attempt. He then went on to win the MINI Chal­lenge World Final in Misano in the same year. In 2006, at the age of 20, he then started driving in the Belgian Formula Renault. Since 2008, the son of racing legend Jean-Michel Martin has gener­ally been involved in GT Sport – and with great success.

Maxime took second place in the Driver’s rank­ings in 2012 in the Blanc­pain Endurance Series. He also cele­brated successes in the ADAC GT Masters. In addi­tion, he came fourth each time in a BMW Z4 GT3 from Marc VDS Racing at both the Nürbur­gring and the Spa Fran­cor­champs 24 Hour Races. In 2013, he will take part in all ten ALMS races in a BMW Z4 GTE next to Bill Auberlen.

Mile­stones in the career of Maxime
2012 2nd place Blanc­pain Endurance Series
2011 6th place FIA GT1 World Championship
14th place FIA GT1 World Championship,
1st place 1000 km of Spa
2009 3rd place 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
1st place French Renault Clio Cup,
2st place Eurocup Megane Trophy
2007 3rd place Eurocup Megane Trophy
2006 4th place Formula Renault 1.6
2005 1st place Mini Cooper World Cup