The dream comeback in the DTM, culminating in the drivers’, manufacturers’ and team titles, was the defining feature of BMW Motorsport’s 2012 season. However, BMW teams and drivers also claimed victories, podiums and titles in many other series around the world and at iconic racing events. We take a look back at the highlights of the past season.
DTM: BMW Motorsport crowns sensational comeback with three titles.
When, after an absence of almost 20 years, BMW Motorsport lined up at the first race of the DTM season … CONTINUED
Buttonwillow Raceway Park, CA, November 7, 2012: The Global Time Attack series pits drivers and cars against the clock to see who can run the fastest lap time in their respective class. The invite only event catered only to the fastest time attack teams in the country and the event saw a stacked field. The EAS Supercharged BMW M3 fit into the Limited RWD class, marking its first time within the series.
Buttonwillow Raceway Park is one of the premiere road racing and testing facilities … CONTINUED
The 40 Years of M event we attended this week at the Nurburgring presented not just one surprise (M6 Gran Coupe debut), but also the reveal of the limited edition BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition.
This limited edition E92 M3 coupe commemorates Bruno Spengler’s championship in the recently concluded DTM 2012 season. As you can see, the car mimics Bruno Spengler’s matte black BMW Bank M3 race car. It will be limited to 54 units.
Vitals on the car:
• BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition
The final race of the 2012 DTM race season took place on October 21, 2012 at the Hockenheim Ring. Early morning that day, four of ///M Flight members set off on a 1.5hr trip from Kaiserslautern to Hockenheim Ring. The trip was courtesy of Akrapovic.
Check out the trip report and photos inside.
2012 DTM Champion Bruno Spengler was busy kicking butt and becoming a champion during the recently concluded DTM season, but found time at the Dingolfing DTM race to mingle with fans and give joy rides in the DTM M3 Safety Car.
From the look on the fans’ faces, there was plenty of joy provided champion racer’s rides.
Follow this NASA World Challenge Car E92 M3 build by VS Motorsports.
Background on the car by VS Motorsports: Yes, this is a NASA World Challenge Car. We met our customer out at Mid-Ohio for Nationals and he was looking for a new shop to help him be faster and win! So he allowed us to take his car into our shop and fix any issues that might of not been looked at.
Parts that were installed on the car:
Dinan Power Pulley
Front Sway … CONTINUED
The BMW Team RLL describe the process and important of FOCUS in racing.
Here is a great video recapping BMW’s 2012 DTM season, culminating with this past weekend’s win by Bruno Spengler, which captured the DTM triple crown for BMW.
Four wins, three pole positions and finally the long-awaited title: Bruno Spengler (CA) made DTM history in 2012. In an interview, the freshly crowned champion and BMW Team Schnitzer driver speaks about his emotions, the final laps in Hockenheim (DE) and his plans for the coming weeks.
Bruno, how does it feel to be the DTM champion?
Bruno Spengler: “To be honest, I still really don’t know how or what I should feel. I am still at sixes and sevens and can hardly believe what has happened. … CONTINUED
A dream come true: A fourth win of the season at the wheel of the BMW Bank M3 DTM in the tenth and final DTM race of the year saw Bruno Spengler (CA) win the drivers’ title and cap an outstanding comeback season for BMW Motorsport. BMW also won the manufacturers’ title in Hockenheim (DE), while BMW Team Schnitzer ended the season at the top of the team standings after a dramatic finale. Augusto Farfus (BR), who started from pole position, came home in third … CONTINUED
Starting from pole position today at Hockenheim, Bruno Spengler has just won the last DTM race of the season, which gives BMW a triple championship in its first year back to the DTM race series after a 20 year absence! Congrats to Spengler and BMW!!
Below are this year’s final results for the Driver, Team, and Manufacturer titles, as well as an account of the race, via Autosport. (Image used for this story is a representative photo from a previous DTM race).
We’re reporting live from Hockenheim for the DTM Season Finale. Practice session and qualifying for tomorrow’s race has just ended and Augusto Farfus has taken pole for BMW!
First three positions for the race will be:
P1: Augusto Farfus – BMW
P2: Gary Paffet – Mercedes
P3: Bruno Spengler – BMW
Stay tuned to BIMMERPOST for more DTM coverage.
APEX Race Parts shares some media of a BMWCCA Club Racing E90 M3 race car sponsored by APEX, Akrapovic, Crevier BMW, Maxxis, StopTech, Sparco, and more.
The E90 M3 race car debuted at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in March earlier this year on its maiden run and finished 2nd. Since then it has continually set track records. Check out the build and feature videos inside.
Listen in as BMW Motorsports drivers describe how races are won and careers defined by mere tenths of seconds, and how they push to the limits to gain those crucial tenths of seconds.
The stage is set for a grand finale: BMW Motorsport travels to the tenth and final round of the 2012 DTM season full of confidence having already picked up four wins and ten podiums. Ahead of the race at the Hockenheimring (DE) [on Sunday at , the best-placed BMW driver is Bruno Spengler (CA), who is second in the drivers’ standings on 124 points, three behind overall leader Gary Paffett (GB, Mercedes). Also within touching distance of the top of the standings is BMW Team Schnitzer. … CONTINUED
Several BIMMERPOST members attended a 3-day HPDE together at the Mazda Laguna Seca raceway two weekends ago. The driving event was hosted by the Porsche Club and all members had a great time while seeing the good representation of BMW cars in attendance.
M3POST member radiantm3 shares his photos and videos from the event.
Valencia (ES), 30th September 2012. Brazilian debut in Valencia (ES): BMW Team RBM’s Augusto Farfus has won his first DTM race at the “Circuit de la Comunitat”. The 29-year-old, at the wheel of the Castrol EDGE BMW M3 DTM, crossed the finish line 8.406 seconds ahead of Adrien Tambay (FR, Audi) to become the first Brazilian in the history of the DTM to celebrate on the top step of the podium. He had previously claimed his first pole position in the series on Saturday.
Farfus was not … CONTINUED
Watch a 2012 BMW Motorsport DTM test drive at the Estoril Circuit in Portugal by Joey Hand, via his on-board helmet cam.