Two new DTM drivers for BMW

There will be two new drivers at BMW when the DTM season starts on 5-6 May 2018.

The manufacturer decided to stick with Augusto Farfus, Marco Wittmann, Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler.

The two new faces are Joel Eriksson and Philipp Eng, who will get their DTM debut for the team, after doing some taxi rides and test drives for the team through 2017.

The now former DTM driver, Maxime Martin, chose to leave BMW to head for another programme, which he will announce in the near future. Tom Blomqvist will be focusing on racing in Formula E for the MS & AD Andretti Formula E team. However, he wasn’t a part of the team at the first two rounds in Hong Kong, two weeks ago.

Joel Eriksson arrives from the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, where he finished second in this year’s Championship, after taking 7 will throughout the 2017 season. He won the Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort in 2016. It will be a first to race with a roof over his head for the young Eriksson, but he has proven himself to be very fast in single seaters.

Joel Eriksson
Photo: JJ Media

Philipp Eng, nicknamed PENG, will be joining from the ADAC GT Mastes, where he was fighting for the Championship but ended fourth with only a few points to the second place. Eng is used to close battles and a bit of rubbin, with his background prior to the BMW GT programme. He raced in the Porsche Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland for several seasons, where you don’t gain any positions without a huge fight – just like the aggression needed in the one-hour long DTM races.

Farfus, Wittmann and Glock will be racing for BMW Team RMG, while Spengler, Eriksson and Eng will be teammates at BMW Team RBM. So basically an unchanged line-up, just with the additions of Eriksson and Eng.

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