Munich, 10th November 2011. Bruno Spengler (CA), BMW’s recently-confirmed works driver, will test the BMW M3 DTM next week. The 28-year-old will represent the Bavarian motor manufacturer in the tests scheduled for Spain’s Monteblanco Circuit from 15th to 17th November. Spengler’s appointment for the 2012 DTM season was announced on 26th October. Alongside Spengler, Joey Hand (US) will be given the opportunity to test the BMW M3 DTM.
“We would like to thank Bruno’s current employer Mercedes most sincerely for releasing him early for the tests. We appreciate this sporting gesture, which goes to show how well we co-operate behind the scenes,” says BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Now we can look forward to his first laps with our BMW M3 DTM, and his initial impressions of the car.”
All three manufacturers currently committed to the DTM will take part in the tests, as has happened twice before: at the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz (DE), and at Budapest’s Hungaroring (HU). The Monteblanco Circuit is situated approximately 50 kilometres west of Seville in southern Spain’s Andalucia region, with its mild climate making it particularly suitable for November tests sessions.
BMW Motorsport will again be testing with three BMW M3 DTMs, with BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG overseeing one each. Augusto Farfus (BR) and Dirk Werner (DE) will also test.
Marquardt continued: “We are equally looking forward to the feedback from Joey Hand, who has enjoyed a superb ALMS season together with Dirk Müller. Dirk has already had various opportunities of testing the BMW M3 DTM. Joey’s test also proves how tightly our various motorsport campaigns mesh together. In Monteblanco we will continue with our hard work. We believe that southern Spain will provide the best conditions, which should enable us to complete our comprehensive test programme, to amass data and further develop our BMW M3 DTM in all areas.”
The newly-developed BMW M3 DTM was publicly unveiled at the BMW Welt in Munich (DE) as a Concept Car on 15th July. Fans were able to see the car in action on the track for the first time on 23rd October during a series of demonstration laps presented as part of the 2011 season finale in Hockenheim (DE). In addition to Spengler and Farfus, BMW has confirmed Andy Priaulx (GB) as DTM driver for 2012.