BMW and Schnitzer – these two names are inextricably linked in motorsport, and stand for many great successes: Touring car world champions, Le-Mans winners and, most recently, the triple title in the DTM in 2012. After a dry spell in recent years, veteran Bavarian Martin Tomczyk and the speedy man from Portugal António Félix da Costa are responsible for adding new successes to this track record
for the second season in a row.
In the 2015 season, Félix da Costa proved his skills as a new addition to BMW Team Schnitzer. In Zandvoort, he got the only pole position and the only win of the year after Freilassing, and is eager to build on that this year. Tomczyk on the other hand had a really terrible year, which he has moved on from with his positive attitude. And in his 16th DTM season overall, the man from Rosenheim has lost none of his fighting spirit. There will be plenty more opportunities to get good results. Like last year, the DTM will hold two races on each of the nine race weekends again. Schnitzer fans will have to get used to the car having a new colour: António Félix da Costa's BMW M4 DTM
has been given a new design.
|01||07.05.||Hockenheimring||M. Tomczyk: 12. / A. Félix da Costa: 7.|
|02||08.05.||Hockenheimring||M. Tomczyk: 9. / A. Félix da Costa: -|
|03||21.05.||Spielberg||M. Tomczyk: 5. / A. Félix da Costa: 22.|
|04||22.05.||Spielberg||M. Tomczyk: 19. / A. Félix da Costa: 21.|
|05||04.06.||Lausitzring||M. Tomczyk: - / A. Félix da Costa: 15.|
|06||05.06.||Lausitzring||M. Tomczyk: 18. / A. Félix da Costa: 14.|
|07||25.06.||Norisring||M. Tomczyk: 12. / A. Félix da Costa: 9.|
|08||26.06.||Norisring||M. Tomczyk: 10. / A. Félix da Costa: -|
|09||16.07.||Circuit Park Zandvoort||M. Tomczyk: 19. / A. Félix da Costa: 6.|
|10||17.07.||Circuit Park Zandvoort||M. Tomczyk: 11. / A. Félix da Costa: 19.|
|11||20.08.||Moscow Raceway||M. Tomczyk: 21. / A. Félix da Costa: 20.|
|12||21.08.||Moscow Raceway||M. Tomczyk: 22. / A. Félix da Costa: 19.|
|13||10.09.||Nürburgring||M. Tomczyk: 16. / A. Félix da Costa: 20.|
|14||11.09.||Nürburgring||M. Tomczyk: 12. / A. Félix da Costa: 19.|
|15||24.09.||Hungaroring||M. Tomczyk: 23. / A. Félix da Costa: 16.|
|16||25.09.||Hungaroring||M. Tomczyk: 9. / A. Félix da Costa: 3.|
|17||15.10.||Hockenheimring||M. Tomczyk: 20. / A. Félix da Costa: 4.|
|18||16.10.||Hockenheimring||M. Tomczyk: 10. / A. Félix da Costa: -|
The BMW M4 DTM starts the 2016 DTM season as the defending champion. With the successful model from Munich, BMW not only won the manufacturers' title for the third time in four seasons last year since returning to the DTM. They also achieved a historic top-seven shut out at the race in Zandvoort – a result that has never been seen before in the DTM.
BMW Team Schnitzer will field two BMW M4 DTM again in 2016, one of which will have a very special car number to celebrate the big BMW anniversary. "There are only two car numbers that I would swap my 77 for: The number 1 of the DTM champion and the number 100 for the BMW anniversary," said Martin Tomczyk: "It's a real honour for me to be able to celebrate BMW's 100th anniversary by having the number 100 on my car."
The regulations on the performance weights have been changed for the 2016 season. From now on, the weights will be distributed to all of a manufacturer's cars only after the qualifying session for the respective race. The regulation on the use of DRS have also changed. Drivers can still continue to activate the system for folding down the rear wing when they are less than a second behind the car in front, however, the maximum number of times they can activate the system is limited depending on the length of the track and race.