Eric van der Poele

Tourenwagen Classics: Van de Poele and Hessel appearing in the BMW M3.

When the Tourenwagen Classics season starts as part of the upcoming DTM event at Zolder this weekend, an historic BMW M3 from 1987 will be making an appearance with a very special driving duo.

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In front of his home fans, Eric van de Poele will drive the BMW M3 with which he became DTM champion in 1987. Then as now, another legendary BMW driver will be by his side: Marc Hessel. In 1987, van de Poele and Hessel were the DTM youngsters and team-mates involved in a thrilling battle for the title in the BMW Team Zakspeed. It was the Belgian driver who came out on top at the season finale at the Salzburgring. The historic BMW M3 will be appearing for Team 2.0 Automotive at Zolder. “My friend Marc got in touch a few weeks ago to ask if I fancied driving the former Zakspeed BMW M3 with him again. Of course, I thought this was a great idea,” says van de Poele. Hessel explains: “The extremely emotional time at BMW, when we fought one another for the DTM title, forged a strong bond between us. It's impossible not to reminisce about 1987. I am really looking forward to appearing together at the Tourenwagen Classics and I am sure that we will have a lot of fun.”

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