[Car Home Race] From December 6th to 8th, the three manufacturers participating in the 2012 DTM German Touring Car Masters: Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, will hold the last joint test of the year at the Monteblanco circuit in southern Spain. At that time, Martin Tomzick, the 2011 DTM Drivers Championship who has just joined the BMW team, will sit in the cockpit of the BMW M3 DTM for the first time.
“I really look forward to the feeling of sitting in the BMW M3 DTM for the first time,” Tom Zick said. “It’s exciting to join a new team and drive a new car. For me, the next test will be the first step for me to understand the team. I also need to be familiar with my new car. At the same time, I also I want to start giving my feedback in the R&D work. We are all doing our best to ensure that BMW can successfully return to DTM.”
In this test, BMW’s three contracted drivers Andy Prio, Bruno Spengler and Tom Zick will drive cars from the three BMW teams Schnitzer, RBM and RMG respectively. Augusto Faves, another BMW DTM project contract driver who participated in the Monteblanco test two weeks ago, was confirmed that he would not participate in this round of testing.
This gave two other DTM rookies the opportunity to test the BMW M3 DTM on the track: Romain Grosjean and Marco Wittmann. The former is the Shinco GP2 champion, F1 test driver and former Grand Prix driver. Since F3 is usually held together with DTM, Grosjean's experience of winning the European F3 series championship in 2007 also made him familiar with the DTM environment. Witman's racing journey started with Formula BMW, and he has competed in the European F3 series in the past few years. Two weeks ago, Whitman's performance in the famous F3 Macau Grand Prix was impressive. Starting from pole position, he finally won the third place.
“We are looking forward to Tom Zick driving a BMW DTM car for the first time,” said Jens Markovat, head of BMW Motorsport. “Our current lineup is very strong, with four top drivers. This will make our testing more efficient to ensure that we advance our project. The last test before the end of this year is still very important to us. Our team has already done so. Be prepared. The purpose of this test is to verify the standard components and accumulate as much mileage as possible to ensure the stability of the car. So we can concentrate on letting the car reach its potential and prepare for the beginning of the season next year.”
“Grosjean and Wittmann can also get the opportunity to test the BMW DTM car. They have proven their abilities many times in different races. We look forward to seeing their performance in the BMW M3 DTM.” Marcovat added .