It was 25 years ago, when BMW Team RMG‘s Stefan Reinhold was watching the racing from the sidelines at the “Green Hell”, but this time around, as a DTM Team Principal, this will be a very emotional return for the German, as the team is based only 30 kilometres away from the Nürburgring. He has been involved in many events at the track in a professional capacity, having worked in his fair share of 12 & 24 hour events at the Ring, both as an engineer and team principal, as well having been there for F3 and F1.
He has always had a long association with the DTM itself , and remembers fond memories of his experiences, going with his father to the Ring, and continues the tradition today: “I followed the DTM races here as a fan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. My favourite car was always the BMW M3. Back then, the DTM still used to race on the Nordschleife. That was pretty spectacular. My father also took me to the vintage car races, when we used to camp at the Ring. That is something I remember fondly. Nowadays, I take my own son camping to watch the vintage car races.”
But the emphasis of team efforts goes beyond the garages itself, where the team work on the cars, as Reinhold explains in detail: “As at every DTM race, the entire team is once again staying together in a hotel. The reason for this is simple: we want to be ready for anything and to approach the event with the same focus and professionalism as always. It is always better to stay as close to the track as possible. This allows us to react quickly, just in case – for example – should we need to make changes to one or both of the cars at short notice.”
With Reinhold hoping that Martin Tomczyk makes it to the top step of the podium this weekend, which would help the team’s cause this season, it will be even more special for Team RMG, as there is a family reunion of sorts being arranged for the family and friends of all the team, but won’t forget his early beginnings: “The sheer number of familiar faces cheering us on at the circuit makes the race special for my team and me. However, I also know many of the people who have accompanied me on my career in motorsport – people I owe a lot to and who mean the world to me – will also be at the Nürburgring and will have their fingers crossed for us. As such, the race on Sunday will be very emotional for me.”
And on what he is looking for this weekend, one sentence sums it all up: “A win here at the Nürburgring would be a dream come true for me.”
So with Joey Hand getting used to the M3 DTM in his rookie season, and showing a continued increase in performance throughout the first half of the season, it could all go well for Team RMG this weekend, with “40Years of M” being part of the hopeful celebrations if all goes according to plan for Team RMG.