BMW have successfully completed their latest test of the BMW M3 DTM car in preparation for its debut in 2012. Taking to the Hungaroring track in Hungary BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG focussed on tyre tests, general set-up work and long runs.
Triple WTCC champion Andy Priaulx was in action in the test session and he explained how crucial the testing is. “In this current phase every test is very important to us. The way the car and tyres interact is a particularly important factor in order to ensure we are competitive, and that was a key component of our test programme. With every test we have a better understanding of the car. We gained more important knowledge again here at the Hungaroring.”
Priaulx along with regular team-mate Augusto Farfus have already been confirmed by BMW as drivers for 2012, Farfus was happy with the test and the positive sessions he’s been involved in. “It is a good sign that the cars are so reliable at such an early point in our preparations. We had another two productive days and once again learned a lot about the car.” said the Brazilian.
Fresh from being crowned American Le Mans champion Dirk Muller spoke of just how busy he is at the moment. “I am having a few very exciting weeks at the moment. After the first joint test at the Lausitzring, we were able to secure the ALMS title last weekend, and now I have just completed the most recent DTM tests.
“Next week I return to the ALMS for the season finale in Road Atlanta. However, I am very happy to accept the stress. It was great to be involved in the BMW DTM test programme again. I am developing greater trust in the BMW M3 DTM with every kilometre I drive in it. I already feel very comfortable in the car.”
Dirk Werner had his first taste of the BMW M3 DTM in Hungary and was very impressed, despite the differences between it and his usual car the BMW M3GT. “The car felt very good from the first moment,” said Werner. “We made good progress over the course of the day. I am looking forward to the next opportunity to do some more testing. First, though, I head to Road Atlanta where we can hopefully also win the manufacturers title for BMW.”
A total of 361 laps were completed on the first day of the test with a further 392 on the second day. Both days passed without any major problems.