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THE 2023 BMW M WORKS DRIVERS.

A world-class squad.

The 2023 BMW M works drivers.A world-class squad.

World class meets continuity; they are absolute top athletes, are among the best in their field, look back on countless successes and represent the BMW M brand on the racetracks of the world. 21 BMW M works drivers are part of the BMW M Motorsport squad in 2023. Their experience and class are especially important to BMW M Motorsport in light of the many challenges ahead with the new BMW M Hybrid V8, the BMW M4 GT3, the new BMW M4 GT4 and the BMW M2 CS Racing.

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JAKE DENNIS.

Jake Dennis

Date of birth: 16 June 1995
Place of birth: Nuneaton (GBR)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2021
Major successes: 3rd place in Formula E drivers’ championship 2021, 2nd place at Bathurst 12 Hour 2019.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car:
the BMW M4 DTM.
Goals for my motorsport career: To have a successful and long career in motorsport driving multiple different classes over my time as a driver trying to win as many titles and big races s possible. Also to win the Le Mans 24hr at some point.
My life motto: Try not to say no to new experiences. Enjoy life to the maximum. It’s short.
Hobbies: Sim racing, seeing friends, training.

CONNOR DE PHILLIPPI.

Connor De Phillippi

Date of birth: 25 December 1992
Place of birth: San Clemente (USA)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2018
Major successes: Victory at 24h Daytona 2019, victory at 24h Nürburgring 2017, ADAC GT Masters Champion 2016
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: It’s a tie between the BMW Z4 GTLM and the BMW E92 M3 GT2 car.
Goals for my motorsport career: Keep pushing our programmes to the front of the motorsport world and win as many races as possible for BMW M Motorsport. And a real highlight is to have the opportunity to be a part of the LMDh programme.
My life motto: Effort equals results. (Roger Penske)
Hobbies: Cycling and golf. Golf is a recently acquired hobby that has added a nice balance of active recovery outside of my normal training.

JOHN EDWARDS.

John Edwards

Date of birth: 11 March 1991
Place of birth: Louisville (USA)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2013
Major successes: Victory at 24h Daytona 2020, GTLM drivers’ title in IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup 2020
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: BMW Z4 GTE, because that was the first BMW I raced and it had an amazing sound. Very cool!
Goals for my motorsport career: To win the IMSA driver’s championship and to win the 24h Nürburgring.
My life motto: Don’t suck.
Hobbies: I love to mountain bike for training, and I have a passion for flying airplanes.

PHILIPP ENG.

Philipp Eng

Date of birth: 28 February 1990
Place of birth: Salzburg (AUT)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2016
Major successes: Victory at 24h Daytona 2019, victory at 24h Spa-Francorchamps 2016 & 2018
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: BMW M4 GT3, BMW 3.0 CSL.
Goals for my motorsport career: Winning many more races and championships together with BMW M Motorsport.
My life motto: Keep it simple.
Hobbies: Restoring mopeds, sports, sim racing.

AUGUSTO FARFUS.

Augusto Farfus

Date of birth: 3 September 1983
Place of birth: Curitiba (BRA)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2007
Major successes: Victory at 24h Daytona 2019 & 2020, Intercontinental GT Champion 2020, victory at FIA GT World Cup Macau 2018, victory at 24h Nürburgring 2010.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: BMW V12 LMR. Looking forward to race the BMW M Hybrid V8 as well.
Goals for my motorsport career: Still missing a 24h Le Mans victory on my CV…
My life motto: Be humble, work hard and never lie.
Hobbies: Love to spend time with my family. Flying and building my remote-control planes helps me to disconnect from the world and relax.

DAN HARPER.

Dan Harper

Date of birth: 8 December 2000
Place of birth: Hillsborough (GBR)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2020
Major successes: 1 GT4 class win at 24h Nürburgring, 2 overall wins in Nürburgring Endurance Series.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: the BMW M4 GT3.
Goals for my motorsport career: To continue building a strong relationship with BMW M Motorsport and being successful together all over the world flying the BMW flag high.
My life motto: You only get out what you put in.
Hobbies: Football and badminton. I also like watching a movie on the sofa to relax.

COLTON HERTA.

Colton Herta

Date of birth: 30 March 2000
Place of birth: Valencia (USA)
BMW M Motorsport driver from: 2023
Major successes: GTWC Europe overall champion 2021, GTWC Europe Sprint Cup champion 2020, 2021 & 2022.

MAX HESSE.

Max Hesse

Date of birth: 23 July 2001
Place of birth: Wernau (GER)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2020
Major successes: 1 GT4 class win at 24h Nürburgring, 2 overall wins in Nürburgring Endurance Series.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: BMW M4 GT3.
Goals for my motorsport career: Taking part in all the big endurance races and hopefully win them all.
My life motto: Never stop working and always believe in yourself and your team.
Hobbies: I like to drive RC cars. I can relax best with my family and friends having a nice dinner for example.

ERIK JOHANSSON.

Erik Johansson

Date of birth: 16 October 1996
Place of birth: Växjö (SWE)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2019
Major successes: 2nd place in Italian GT Championship 2019, 1 win in ADAC GT Masters.

JENS KLINGMANN.

Jens Klingmann

Date of birth: 16 July 1990
Place of birth: Heidelberg (GER)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2014
Major successes: Champion Formel BMW Deutschland 2007, 3rd place at 24h Nürburgring 2020.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: BMW McLaren F1 GTR. It’s just handling great and when the V12 engine screams at you on high revs it’s pure goosebumps.
Goals for my motorsport career: Winning the prestigious 24h Nürburgring with BMW M Motorsport. On top of that I’m still chasing the Rolex24 at Daytona win as racing in the US is always a very special highlight to me.
My life motto: Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today is a gift. That’s why it’s called ‘present’.
Hobbies: I’m trying to enjoy life around Lake Constance where I live. This means good food with family and friends, a nice trip around the lake or also a demanding hike up a mountain top. I’m quite an active type of guy One day I’ll restore an old car myself with friends in a small garage somewhere.

JESSE KROHN.

Jesse Krohn

Date of birth: 3 September 1990
Place of birth: Nurmijärvi (FIN)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2014
Major successes: GT Champion in Asian Le Mans Series 2017/18, victory at 24h Daytona 2020, GTLM drivers’ title in IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup 2020.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: The BMW Z4 GTE. The sound of the naturally aspirated V8 engine is something I will always remember.
Goals for my motorsport career: I would like to win all the big races. I have won Daytona, I still want to win the 24h Nürburgring, the 24h Spa, 12h Bathurst, Petit Le Mans, 12h Sebring. And I want to be part of BMW M Motorsport’s top programmes in the future.
My life motto: Just enjoy everything you are doing and keep working hard for your goals. Normally, that will get you there.
Hobbies: Rock climbing has been a big part of my life. And then outdoor sports in general and hiking in the wilderness are some of my favourite things to do.

MAXIME MARTIN.

BMW M Werksfahrer Maxime Martin

Date of birth: 20 March 1986
Place of birth: Uccle (BEL)
BMW M Motorsport driver: 2013–2017, from 2023
Major successes: Victory at 24h Spa-Francorchamps 2016, class win at 24h Le Mans 2020, 2nd place 24h Nürburgring 2013 and 2015.

RENÉ RAST.

BMW M Werksfahrer René Rast

Date of birth: 26 October 1986
Place of birth: Minden (GER)
BMW M Motorsport driver from: 2023
Major successes: DTM champion 2017, 2019, 2020, victory at 24h Nürburgring 2014, victory at 24h Spa-Francorchamps 2012 and 2014, ADAC GT Masters champion 2014.

VALENTINO ROSSI.

Valentino Rossi

Date of birth: 16 February 1979
Place of birth: Urbino (ITA)
BMW M Motorsport driver from: 2023
Major successes: Nine-time motorbike world champion.

BRUNO SPENGLER.

Bruno Spengler

Date of birth: 23 August 1983
Place of birth: Schiltigheim (FRA)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2012
Major successes: DTM champion 2012, 2nd place at 24h Daytona 2015, 2nd place at 12h Sebring 2016, victory at 6h Road Atlanta 2020.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: BMW M3 DTM, BMW M8 GTE, BMW M4 GT3.
Goals for my motorsport career: Win a 24h race.
My life motto: Never give up.
Hobbies: Golf, tennis, cross country skiing and sim racing.

SHELDON VAN DER LINDE.

Sheldon van der Linde

Date of birth: 13 May 1999
Place of birth: Johannesburg (RSA)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2019
Major successes: DTM Champion 2022, Victory at 9h Kyalami 2020, 3rd place at 24h Nürburgring 2020, 2nd place at 24h Nürburgring 2021.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: BMW M4 DTM Class 1.
Goals for my motorsport career: One of my goals was to be DTM champion and I have achieved that. Another goal is a 24h race win. Finished third and second but the win has still eluded me.
My life motto: Stay humble stay hungry.
Hobbies: I enjoy golf, cycling and sim racing away from the race track. All of which would be even better in the sun.

DRIES VANTHOOR.

Dries Vanthoor

Date of birth: 20 April 1998
Place of birth: Hasselt (BEL)
BMW M Motorsport driver from: 2023
Major successes: Victory at 24h Nürburgring 2019 & 2022, GTWC Europe Sprint Cup champion 2020, 2021 & 2022, GTWC Europe overall champion 2021, Victory at 24h Dubai 2022, Victory at Bathurst 12H 2018, class win at 24h Le Mans 2017.

NEIL VERHAGEN.

Neil Verhagen

Date of birth: 18 February 2001
Place of birth: Ridgefield (USA)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2020
Major successes: 1 GT4 class win at 24h Nürburgring, 2 overall wins in Nürburgring Endurance Series.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: BMW M4 GT3.
Goals for my motorsport career: To win all the big four endurance races! Nürburgring, Spa, Daytona, and Le Mans.
My life motto: Never stop pushing!
Hobbies: I like to spend my time on the water, between fishing, jet skis, or any water sports.

CHARLES WEERTS.

Charles Weerts

Date of birth: 1 March 2001
Place of birth: Verviers (BEL)
BMW M Motorsport driver from: 2023
Major successes: GTWC Europe overall champion 2021, GTWC Europe Sprint Cup champion 2020, 2021 & 2022.

MARCO WITTMANN.

Marco Wittmann

Date of birth: 24 November 1989
Place of birth: Fürth (GER)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2012
Major successes: DTM champion 2014 & 2016, 2nd place at 24h Nürburgring 2021, 3rd place at 24h Daytona 2021.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: BMW M4 DTM (Class1) and the classic M3 E30 DTM.
Goals for my motorsport career: Achieving more podiums, wins and titles together. Maybe a third title in DTM.
My life motto: Set your own goals and do it with passion and fun to achieve them.
Hobbies: During the off-season I spend my time with skiing.

NICK YELLOLY.

Nick Yelloly

Date of birth: 3 December 1990
Place of birth: Stafford (GBR)
BMW M Motorsport driver since: 2019
Major successes: Victory at 24h Nürburgring 2020, 2nd place at 8h Indianapolis 2020.
Favourite BMW M Motorsport race car: The new BMW M4 GT3.
Goals for my motorsport career: All the big 24-hour races have to be top of the list. I would love to win in Spa, Daytona and Le Mans one day.
My life motto: Try hard, keep trying and if you fail keep trying some more.
Hobbies: I like to ride my road bike and spend time outside and active in general. I also spend a lot of time with my girlfriend, my family, dog and the horses that my girlfriend has.

BMW Junior Team

THE BMW JUNIOR TEAM.

New standards in promoting talented youth.

Dan Harper, Max Hesse and Neil Verhagen are the three promising junior drivers with whom the BMW Junior Team made its comeback in 2020, more than 40 years after it was originally founded in 1977. Just like back then, the holistic, intensive training programme is setting new standards in promoting talented youngsters. Alongside racing at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and other international racetracks at the wheel of the BMW M4 GT3, the mental and fitness training at Formula Medicine, and training content within BMW M GmbH, the team philosophy is also an integral pillar of the unique concept. To strengthen this, the drivers live in a shared home.

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