Test drives with the new BMW M4 DTM in Vallelunga.

Test drives with the new BMW M4 DTM in Vallelunga.

19.03.2017: BMW Motorsport completed a three-day test programme in Vallelunga (ITA) last week, as part of the preparations for the DTM season with

BMW Motorsport completed a three-day test programme in Vallelunga (ITA) last week, as part of the preparations for the DTM season with the new BMW M4 DTM.

All three manufacturers represented in the DTM were there, each putting one car out on the circuit. BMW Team RBM drivers Maxime Martin (BEL) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) shared driving duties in the cockpit of the new BMW M4 DTM.

“It was great to be back behind the wheel after the long break,” said Martin. “The new regulations promise to make this an interesting season: our car is new, the tyres are different and there is a lot to familiarise ourselves with. The test went well. We still have work to do, but we can be satisfied with how it has gone so far.”

 Blomqvist commented: “After the winter break, it is fun to return to the racetrack and prepare for the season with the team. I was able to get well acquainted with the new BMW M4 DTM and the way the new tyres work during the test.

Overall, these were useful and productive days.” Bruno Spengler (CAN), who is joining the BMW Team RBM this season, was also in Vallelunga to get to know the team and support them during testing.

“It was good to spend three days with the team. I get on well with everyone. It was important to sit down with the engineers and start our analysis. The new regulations, the new car and the new tyres mean there is a lot to learn from a technical point of view. I am looking forward to the season with the BMW Team RBM.”

More tests are scheduled for 3rd to 6th April in Hockenheim (GER). All BMW teams and drivers as well as several BMW M4 DTM will be involved there, before the season starts at the same location on 6th May.

- Ingo Lehbrink, photo BMW

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19.03.2017 / MaP

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