Endurance specialists in our ranks.

Get to know our drivers for the 24-hour races for 2012.

The BMW Z4 GT3 enabled privateer BMW teams to compete for top results in the 2012 24-hour Nürburgring race. They were supported in this endeavour by BMW works drivers.

Jörg Müller

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Jörg Müller knows how it feels to finish on top at “The Green Hell”. In 2004 he drove the BMW M3 GTR to overall victory at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track, and he repeated this masterstroke in 2010 with the BMW M3 GT. He appeared for BMW Team Schubert in the 40th running of the 24-hour race.

Müller is not only a regular contender in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, but also at the 24h race in Le Mans. He has not only contested this race for BMW, instead amassing experience with other manufacturers, too. In 1998 he was second there for Porsche. In addition Müller raced in the 24-hour race in Daytona and competed in two 24-hour races in Spa-Francorchamps. In Belgium he won upon his debut there for BMW in 1996, and in 2000 drove the BMW V12 LMR with which BMW had won the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hours to two American Le Mans Series wins. In 2001 Müller won the GT class in this competitive endurance championship at the wheel of a BMW M3 GTR.

Early in his career Müller waltzed through various junior formulae with seeming ease. He won championships in Formula Ford, Formula Opel, Formula 3 and Formula 3000. As test and devlopment driver, he played a vital role in the preparation programme for BMW’s Formula 1 comeback in 2000. From 2002 he competed in the European Touring Car Championship, twice taking the title fight to the final round. In 2005 he moved on to the World Touring Car Championship, losing out to fellow BMW driver Andy Priaulx in the 2006 season by a single point. Between 2005 and 2009 Müller scored ten WTCC victories.

In 2012 he lined up for BMW Team RLL in the American Le Mans Series, winning the Road America race alongside Bill Auberlen.

Dirk Müller

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The Nürburgring-Nordschleife ranks among his absolute favourite tracks – Dirk Müller loves a challenge, and that’s what arguably the toughest track in the world delivers to the drivers who compete on it. In 2004 he was in the victorious Team BMW Motorsport. This season, he brought his experience to BMW Team Schubert.

In GT racing, Müller is regarded as one of the best in the world. This is reflected in his long list of successes in this discipline. He first took to the track in a sports car in 1997 and immediately caught the eye in the Porsche Carrera Cup, which he went on to win one year later. He also caused a sensation with excellent results at the endurance classics in Daytona (1998 and 1999) and Le Mans (1999).

He did not have to wait long for his first big title: Müller won the GT class in the 2000 American Le Mans Series, and became a BMW works driver the following year. He claimed one victory with the BMW M3 GTR in the ALMS before switching to touring car racing in 2002.

In his five seasons with Schnitzer Motorsport, Müller took 12 victories and narrowly missed out on the European Championship title in 2004 and the World Championship title one year later. He also remained successful on the endurance circuit and, alongside Jörg Müller and Hans-Joachim Stuck, was part of the team that won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2004.

In 2007 Müller returned to the endurance circuit and immediately won the FIA GT Championship with Ferrari. The following year he made a comeback in the ALMS, finishing runner-up and only narrowly missing out on his second overall victory. When BMW of North America was planning its ALMS comeback for 2009 with the racing version of the new BMW M3, Müller was the logical choice as driver. 2010 he won the Team and Manufacturer titles with BMW Team RLL, one year later he also secured the drivers' crown in the GT class.

Dirk Adorf

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Dirk Adorf loves to call the Nürburgring-Nordschleife "his" track. He has already started the classic race on 20 occasions. Many times Adorf has been in contention for victory, but it still remains elusive. In 2012 he lead another charge in a BMW Z4 GT3.

Adorf is a real fighter who does not know the meaning of ‘giving up’. Precisely this resilience is of huge importance in endurance racing. Nowhere was this more obvious than at the 2010 24-hour race on the Nordschleife. Adorf's consistently good lap times were a significant factor in no. 26 BMW M3 GT2 recovering from 182nd to finish in seventh following an early crash. The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is the ultimate school for developing this stamina. Feared by many, Adorf regards the circuit as his living room and has used the “Green Hell” as a training ground for 20 years. “I quite simply feel at home at the Ring. Nothing can surprise me there anymore,” says the German.

It goes without saying that Adorf is a regular at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. His greatest success to date at this classic came in 2007, when he finished third overall for the Land-Motorsport team. In 2009 he claimed pole position in a Ford GT, setting a new lap record in the process. Adorf is not only successful on the track, but also away from it. Having trained as a master mechanic he went on to study Technical Business Management at the European Academy in Cologne. He later formed a successful events agency and is also active as a commentator and presenter for various TV broadcasters.

Uwe Alzen

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Uwe Alzen finds his most loyal fans at the Nürburgring. The seasoned driver has generated this support thanks to strong consecutive performances in numerous starts at "The Green Hell". On two occasions, he has been at the top of the winners’ podium, most recently with BMW in 2010. 2012 he returned with BMW Team Schubert.

It is hard to imagine a 24-hour race at the Nürburgring without Alzen. Not only would his countless fans miss the Nordschleife expert, but also his rivals out on the track. Alzen is regarded as one of the absolute professionals at the Nordschleife, who repeatedly emerge successful from their tussles with what is probably the most demanding circuit in motor racing.

Alzen practically has a place reserved on the top step of the podium at his home circuit. Thirty four class victories and nine overall wins in the VLN Endurance Championship speak for themselves. However, Alzen would never have become a complete racing driver had he not dared to look beyond his own backyard.

In 1993 he won the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps and finished second overall at the classic in Le Mans in 1998 – by the side of Jörg Müller. He went on to win the GT3 class one year later. In addition, he also competed in the DTM for Opel and Mercedes, claiming a total of six victories. Alzen was triumphant on two occasions in the Porsche Carrera Cup (1992 and 2007) and won the Porsche Supercup in 1994.

When it comes to success, there is no compromise for Alzen. He can barely disguise his irrepressible ambition at the race track. In contrast, only one thing counts for him in the cockpit: utmost concentration. Combined with his talent and experience at marathon races, this makes him a true asset to the BMW Motorsport driving line-up.

Claudia Hürtgen, Dominik Schwager and Nico Bastian

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In addition to the four BMW works drivers, BMW Team Schubert was also employing Claudia Hürtgen, Dominik Schwager and Nico Bastian in the 24 Hour Nürburgring race. Hürtgen has been appearing for the team from Oschersleben since 2002. In 2011, she was part of the winning quartet in the 24h Dubai race.

Bastian celebrated a title win last year in the MINI Challenge and is making his 24-hour debut at the wheel of the BMW Z4 GT3. Schwager made his debut in the 24 Hour Nürburgring race in 2009 and has enjoyed numerous wins in many series in his career to date.