When the heavens open, when pools of water are left lying over the track, and when others are easing their foot off the gas pedal, Maxime is burning up record lap times on the wet asphalt. The redhead recently let this talent explode in the 24 Hour Race at Spa Francorchamps, when he beat his opponents into the ground while driving in the dark and through the pouring rain with visibility stretching no further than the end of his bonnet.
This extraordinary performance won him a permanent place in the hearts of all motorsport fans – and a permanent seat in a BMW Motorsport car. Maxime has been promoted to BMW works driver in the 2013 season. The 26 year-old will take over from Marco Wittmann in his role as test and development driver in the DTM. At the same time, he will also drive the whole season in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for BMW Team RLL. The man from Belgium has thus managed to make the leap from competing in the BMW Sports Trophy to being part of the team of BMW works drivers.
That just goes to show what sort of status amateur drivers have at BMW Motorsport. It also shows the extremely high level of competition in the BMW Sports Trophy. “I am very happy – I think that’s a very good way to start my work as a BMW works driver,” said Maxime. “I now have the chance to get to know the DTM team and to gain some experience. Driving for BMW Team RLL in the ALMS is a particular challenge for me because I’ve never raced in North America before. I’m looking forward to it enormously. If you look at my development, you can see how closely BMW has observed and supported me in the context of the Sports Trophy.”
Maxime was born in Brussels and is regarded as a late starter in the world of motorsports. He began his career in the MINI Challenge in Belgium in 2005, and won second place in the overall rankings on his very first attempt. He then went on to win the MINI Challenge World Final in Misano in the same year. In 2006, at the age of 20, he then started driving in the Belgian Formula Renault. Since 2008, the son of racing legend Jean-Michel Martin has generally been involved in GT Sport – and with great success.
Maxime took second place in the Driver’s rankings in 2012 in the Blancpain Endurance Series. He also celebrated successes in the ADAC GT Masters. In addition, he came fourth each time in a BMW Z4 GT3 from Marc VDS Racing at both the Nürburgring and the Spa Francorchamps 24 Hour Races. In 2013, he will take part in all ten ALMS races in a BMW Z4 GTE next to Bill Auberlen. He will also be on-site for seven of the ten DTM racing weekends. Maxime celebrated his debut in North America at the end of January during the Daytona 24 Hours in a BMW M3 from Turner Motorsport.