For the first time since the Hockenheim season finale in the second half of October, the work now starts towards next year’s campaign. Circuito de Jerez, based in Spain’s Andalucean region, will see the M4 DTM hit the track for the very first time since the final race of the 2014 season.
The 4.428km track, which hosted the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix until 1991, will see three days of testing action from BMW Motorsport, as this year’s champion, Marco Wittmann, will be back to work along with Augusto Farfus, Maxime Martin, Bruno Spengler, Timo Glock and António Félix da Costa.
With the absence of both Martin Tomczyk and Joey Hand at the test, several new faces will get the chance to drive the car that took Wittmann to the drivers’ title and Team RMG to the team title.
The Munich manufacturer missed out on the constructors’ championship to rivals Audi Sport at the final round of the season, but it seems to be the case that Jens Marquardt‘s outfit is looking for some new blood to go for the treble next year.
The line up of the DTM rookies, that will head to Spain could be in line for a seat with BMW Motorsport next year are as follows:
- FIA Formula 3 Europe’s Tom Blomqvist
- Indy Lights’ Jack Harvey
- Status GP GP3 driver Richie Stanaway
- 2014 GP3 Champion Alex Lynn
- WEC and Formula E driver Sam Bird
- BMW Motorsport works driver Lucas Luhr
- GP2 driver Robin Frijns
The fact that both Tomczyk and Hand will not be present at the coming week’s test may not be relevant on the final selection, as BMW Motorsport’s official line-up reveal is set to take place on Friday next week. However, we will just have to wait and see just who gets the nod for next year.