We have known for a number of weeks that Walkenhorst Motorsport and Schubert Motorsport will each run two BMW M4 GT3s in the 2022 DTM. It is now time to unveil the designs of the four cars. Each one bears the colours and logos of long-term BMW M Motorsport partners who have remained true to the DTM in its GT3 era and play a valuable role in supporting the BMW M Motorsport teams and drivers in this prestigious series.
“The face of the DTM may have changed after the end of the Class 1 era, but it has not lost any of its appeal when it comes to race action, the impressive number of competitors signed up for this season, and the high-class field of teams and drivers,” said Timo Resch, Vice President Customer, Brand and Sales at BMW M GmbH. “I am thrilled that, as we do, our long-term BMW M Motorsport partners continue to recognise the huge potential of the DTM platform and have decided to support the BMW M Motorsport teams – Walkenhorst Motorsport and Schubert Motorsport – in 2022. I really like all the BMW M4 GT3 designs. They will be real eye-catchers in a large field. Thank you to all the partners for their support!”
Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann (GER) will once again be at the wheel of the ‘Green Machine’ for Walkenhorst Motorsport. The striking green in the livery has been the trademark of Schaeffler and Wittmann since the 2019 DTM season. The BMW M4 GT3 now follows in the footsteps of the BMW M4 DTM and the BMW M6 GT3 as the ‘Green Machine’. His team-mate at Walkenhorst Motorsport, Esteban Muth (BEL), will drive a BMW M4 GT3 adorned with the logos of BMW M Motorsport partners CATL and iQOO.
“Schaeffler is looking forward to the continuation of a long and successful partnership with BMW M Motorsport and, it goes without saying, to seeing our Schaeffler brand ambassador Marco Wittmann back on the grid for Walkenhorst Motorsport in the ‘Green Machine’, said Sören Zinner, Director Sponsoring at Schaeffler. “Nowadays, it is hard to imagine Schaeffler without the partnership with Marco. We are certainly expecting an exciting DTM season in the new BMW M4 GT3 with Schaeffler technology.”
As he did in the Class 1 era of the DTM, Sheldon van der Linde again competes in Shell colours for Schubert Motorsport. As Premium Technology Partner, Shell was heavily involved in the development of the BMW M4 GT3. The car driven by van der Linde’s team-mate Philipp Eng (AUT) features the RoboMarkets livery, which will also be familiar from the BMW M4 DTM in the Class 1 era. PUMA is Official Supplier of BMW M Motorsport race wear.
“Shell is proud to continue our long-standing Premium Technology Partnership with BMW M Motorsport in DTM, enabling us to deepen our R&D collaboration with high-performance at its core”, said Marc Bittner, Shell’s General Manager European OEMs. “Shell has been working alongside BMW M Motorsport engineers in DTM to formulate a Shell Helix Ultra race lubricant for use in the new BMW M4 GT3, delivering long-lasting and improved engine performance and efficiency. The learnings taken from this extreme testbed help to develop new products and technologies, for the benefit of everyday motorists on the road. Shell welcomes back Sheldon van der Linde to once again race in our colours of Shell for Schubert Motorsport, and we wish the team all the best for the new season.”
The 2022 DTM season gets underway on 30th April with the opening race at Portimão (POR). Prior to this, official tests will take place at Hockenheim (GER) and Portimão.