The successful team from the Eifel: BMW Team RMG

Once BMW Motorsport had confirmed its intention to return to the DTM, team pricipal Stefan Reinhold applied with his newly-founded company for one of the works team places. In spring 2011 he was given the go-ahead and set up base camp for his 25-strong BMW Team RMG right in the heart of his home, the Eifel Mountains.

BMW Team RMG’s preparations for the DTM adventure were short and intense. There was only a little over one year between being awarded the place as a works team and the first race of the 2012 season in Hockenheim. However, thanks to the commitment of his workforce and the expertise of his team members, who despite coming from all areas of motorsport were able to form an efficient unit within a seriously limited time frame, Reinhold and his crew immediately set about challenging for top results. However, the successes that BMW Team RMG were hoping for in the 2013 season failed to materialise.

The third DTM season started with a clean slate. The team was joined by two new drivers in Wittmann and Martin, while the outfit had also drawn conclusions from the 2013 season and implemented changes to both personnel and structures – with great success. The very first race of the season ended in triumph for Wittmann and BMW Team RMG, who both claimed their maiden win in the DTM. Three further victories were to follow for Wittmann, while Martin claimed his first DTM success in Moscow.

The team also had great plans for the following season. However, the early evidence was far from encouraging: Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin had to settle for finishes in the middle of the field at the first three rounds at the Hockenheimring, Lausitrzing and Norisring. This was an unusual and, above all, frustrating feeling for reigning champion Wittmann. However, at no point did it cross their minds to throw in the towel. Instead, the entire team worked hard to iron out any mistakes and were rewarded the very next race weekend in Zandvoort. Wittmann finally had cause for celebration again on Saturday, winning race one. He was joined on the podium by team-mate Martin, who came home third. The hard work paid off at the end of the season: with two wins, four podiums and 15 top-ten finishes, BMW Team RMG ended the year second in the Team competition.

Part two of Marco Wittmann’s success story with BMW Team RMG followed in 2016. After moving from Niederzissen to Andernach in the winter, success was not long coming. Wittmann and his new team-mate Timo Glock won both races at the second race weekend in Spielberg. Wittmann went on to take his place on the top step of the podium a further two times over the course of the season: in Moscow and at the team‘s home round at the Nürburgring. He claimed his second DTM Drivers title in a thrilling finale to the season. The team finished runner-up in the Team Championship again. This made Stefan Reinhold and his guys the most successful BMW crew for the third time in a row.

Wittmann will be competing with his successful team again in 2017, accompanied for the first time by two team-mates: Timo Glock and Augusto Farfus.