In its debut year in the DTM, BMW Team RMG lined up with Martin Tomczyk and the DTM’s first ever American driver, Joey Hand. It took just four races for Tomczyk to record the team’s first podium in Spielberg, with Hand scoring his first couple of points at the same race. A further two podiums were to follow for the 2011 champion – at the Norisring and the Nürburgring. However, luck then deserted BMW Team RMG, as Tomczyk suffered four retirements.
Despite this, Reinhold is able to take many positives from the first season. “We achieved a lot, formed a team from scratch, and successfully played our part in the season,” he said. “I also view the fact that the drivers felt so at home with us as a success. The collaboration with BMW Motorsport was even better than expected.”
As a result, the team from the Eifel region of Germany went into its second season with high expectations, which it was unfortunately unable to meet. Tomczyk and his new team-mate Andy Priaulx had to settle for 19th and 20th in the Drivers’ Championship, while BMW Team RMG was tenth in the Team competition.