BMW complete successful 3 day DTM test in Portimao

BMW Motorsport headed to Portimao in the south of Portugal to continue their development of the new BMW M4 DTM ahead of the 2017 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season.

With a number of changes for the 2017 season, including aerodynamics and a new softer compound tyre, the German marque enjoyed sunny weather on the three-day test.

Audi and Mercedes were also present for the test as they all took one car out on track.

Driving duties for BMW were undertaken by reigning champion Marco Wittmann and his new team-mate Augusto Farfus.

“We are very happy with the test. It was very interesting to take to the track with the new BMW M4 DTM for the first time.” said Wittmann. “Our findings will be very important for the development work ahead. 

“It is always fun to drive a car for the first time in the development phase, and to discover what effect any innovations may have on the track. I think the greater power and new tyres will make for more action and exciting races,” 

Farfus added, “It was an honour for me to be the first to drive the new BMW M4 DTM. The car feels good and has great potential, but we still have a lot of set-up work ahead of us between now and the start of the season. It was important to use these days to get to know both the new car and my new team.”

BMW Motorsport will continue its pre-season programme in Vallelunga, Italy 14-16 March.