BMW Team Schnitzer can call upon Martin Tomczyk’s vast wealth of experience and the youthful exuberance of António Félix da Costa when it takes to the track in the 2015 DTM season. Bruno Spengler has parted from the Freilassing-based team after three successful years, during which they won the Driver and Team titles in 2012.
“We enjoyed great success with Bruno,” said Lamm. “It was a great time. We will now do everything in our power to ensure we compete at the front of the DTM field with the new driving line-up in 2015.” The team has all the makings of a successful one. “In Martin and António, we have a very interesting and promising pair of drivers for 2015.”
For the first time since 2000, two races of equal value will be run on each DTM weekend. Tomczyk’s BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM and Félix da Costa’s Red Bull BMW M4 DTM will take their places in the Schnitzer garage at each of the 18 races, which are spread over nine weekends. Tomczyk ended the 2014 season as the second best-placed BMW driver – an achievement BMW Team Schnitzer is determined to build on this year.
|01||02.05.||Hockenheimring||M. Tomczyk: - / A. Félix da Costa: 13.|
|02||03.05.||Hockenheimring||M. Tomczyk: 4. / A. Félix da Costa: 20.|
|03||30.05.||Lausitzring||M. Tomczyk: 12. / A. Félix da Costa: 19.|
|04||31.05.||Lausitzring||M. Tomczyk: 11. / A. Félix da Costa: 14.|
|05||27.06.||Norisring||M. Tomczyk: 6. / A. Félix da Costa: 12.|
|06||28.06.||Norisring||M. Tomczyk: 11. / A. Félix da Costa: 12.|
|07||11.07.||Circuit Park Zandvoort||M. Tomczyk: - / A. Félix da Costa: 2.|
|08||12.07.||Circuit Park Zandvoort||M. Tomczyk: - / A. Félix da Costa: 1.|
|09||01.08.||Spielberg||M. Tomczyk: - / A. Félix da Costa: 13.|
|10||02.08.||Spielberg||M. Tomczyk: 13. / A. Félix da Costa: 11.|
|11||29.08.||Moscow Raceway||M. Tomczyk: 17. / A. Félix da Costa: 11.|
|12||30.08.||Moscow Raceway||M. Tomczyk: - / A. Félix da Costa: 22.|
|13||12.09.||Motorsport Arena Oschersleben||M. Tomczyk: 8. / A. Félix da Costa: 3.|
|14||13.09.||Motorsport Arena Oschersleben||M. Tomczyk: 20. / A. Félix da Costa: 4.|
|15||26.09.||Nürburgring||M. Tomczyk: - / A. Félix da Costa: 9.|
|16||27.09.||Nürburgring||M. Tomczyk: 9. / A. Félix da Costa: 15.|
|17||17.10.||Hockenheimring||M. Tomczyk: 15. / A. Félix da Costa: 11.|
|18||18.10.||Hockenheimring||M. Tomczyk: 10. / A. Félix da Costa: 7.|
Last season, the BMW M4 DTM proved to be a successful model. Making its debut in 2014, the car promptly racked up five victories. Last year, the Schnitzer drivers finished in the points on five occasions and made three appearances on the podium.
BMW Team Schnitzer will once again run two BMW M4 DTMs in the DTM in 2015. This time, however, there is just one tyre compound. A standard tyre is used for the qualifying sessions and races. In total, each car has four sets of slicks at its disposal.
The number of opportunities to use the Drag Reduction System (DRS) have also been increased: the system may now be used three times per lap, provided a driver is less than one second behind the car in front when he crosses the start/finish line. The driver may now lower the rear wing by 18 degrees, rather than the previous 16 degrees, thus increasing the top speed and guaranteeing even more overtaking manoeuvres.