The town of Freilassing, in Upper Bavaria, has 16,000 inhabitants – and is the home of Schnitzer Motorsport. However, the team has enjoyed racing success all over the world. Since it was founded in 1963, Schnitzer has tasted victory and won championships in Europe, Asia and North America. Despite their activities taking them to all four corners of the world, the team’s roots remain firmly planted in Bavaria.Our History
The Schnitzer motorsport team was born back in 1963 when brothers Josef and Herbert Schnitzer bought a car that had been involved in an accident, with the intention to restore it and enter it in races. A few years later they were joined by their half-brothers Karl, known to everyone as “Charly”, and Dieter Lamm. From that moment on, the quartet led Schnitzer Motorsport to ever increasing levels of success. After the death of Josef Schnitzer in 1978, Herbert Schnitzer and the Lamm twins led the team extremely successfully for 36 years. Dieter Lamm died in 2014, following a serious illness. Since then, Herbert Schnitzer and Charly Lamm have been at the helm of BMW Team Schnitzer.
Team manager Karl “Charly” Lamm has been a cornerstone of the Schnitzer team since the early 1970s. He is the engine that drives the team with his enthusiasm and meticulous approach. Hand in hand with his half-brother Herbert Schnitzer and twin Dieter, he formed a team that shaped the touring and production car racing scene for decades. ‘If you don’t go forwards you go backwards’ is Lamm’s rule of thumb.
Although he had every reason to look back with immense pride on success including two DTM titles, a win in Le Mans, one title in the World Touring Car Championship and three in the European Touring Car Championship, as well as five wins at the 24-hour classics at the Nürburgring and in Spa, he still says: “Anyone who spends the entire time looking back, is not going anywhere.”
At DTM races, Lamm is the man on the pit wall with an overview of everything going on within the team. This is where all the threads meet. He is the embodiment of such essential attributes as know-how, intelligence and hard work, and exemplifies on a daily basis everything you need to be successful in motorsport.
Herbert Schnitzer has never been one for the limelight. He is the man in the background, putting everything in place to allow half-brother Charly Lamm and his team to go about their work at the racetrack without any concerns, and thus to perform to the very best of their ability. Herbert Schnitzer is the heart and soul of Schnitzer Motorsport, “the mother of the company”, as his driver Joachim Winkelhock once referred to him.
Herbert Schnitzer keeps an eye on the finances and negotiates with sponsors, industry representatives, engineers and those at the top of the sport. At the same time, his character adds to the warmth within the team, for which Schnitzer has become renowned. And he is not above reaching for his driving licence and taking his place behind the wheel of a racing car.
He and Charly Lamm are perfect partners in crime – and trust each other blindly.
The Schnitzer Motorsport crew is characterised by experience, professionalism and a passion for motor racing. Over the course of the years, every single one of them, from truck driver to mechanic and engineer, has played his or her role in what has become a close-knit community. Everyone knows and values each other in Freilassing. This internal solidarity is one of BMW Team Schnitzer’s greatest strengths, and is envied by many other teams.Open Galery
The management, drivers and mechanics who work on the car on race weekends are the face of Schnitzer Motorsport. However, the team also includes many more members of staff, whose everyday commitment to motor racing lays the foundations, allowing the crew at the circuit to shine.