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THE BMW MOTORSPORT JUNIOR PROGRAMME.

On the up.

THE BMW MOTORSPORT JUNIOR PROGRAMME.

On the up.

The BMW Motorsport Junior Programme.On the up.

The promotion of young racing drivers enjoys a long tradition at BMW. It stretches back to 1977 and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. From the first BMW Junior Team, through Formula BMW, to the new BMW Motorsport Junior Programme, which was launched in 2014: few other manufacturers have devoted so much time and effort to talented youngsters as BMW. What began in 1977 with the BMW Junior Team, consisting of Eddie Cheever, Marc Surer and Manfred Winkelhock, has since produced a host of stars. Among those to have come through the BMW Motorsport talent factory are Marco Wittmann, Timo Glock and Formula 1 world champions Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

“Our long-term goal is to field BMW works drivers who have come through our own junior programme in GT3 races.”
Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director
BMW Junior Programm
BMW Bank M4 DTM 2016
BMW Junior Programm
BMW Junior Programm

BMW MOTORSPORT JUNIOR PROGRAMME.

The BMW Motorsport Junior programme was restructured in time for the start of the 2014 season: The focus of the current training programme is on GT and touring car drivers. BMW Motorsport carefully prepares talented youngsters for increasingly high classes of car and racing. In their second and third seasons, the strongest participants are ideally ready to take on the opposition in a GT3 car. The training modules are accompanied by opportunities to familiarise themselves with the current BMW Motorsport race programme: from tests and races in the BMW M4 GT4 and the BMW M6 GT3 to “tasters” in the BMW M4 DTM.

BMW MOTORSPORT JUNIOR PROGRAMME HISTORY.

BMW TALENT FACTORY.

BMW Motorsport GmbH made a pioneering move in 1977, when it became the first automobile manufacturer to launch a programme promoting talented young racing drivers. The newly-formed BMW Junior Team immediately caused quite a stir, earning a reputation as ‘Wild Riders Ltd’. Join us as we look back at the history of BMW’s junior promotion.

1977: BMW Junior Team.

1977: BMW Junior Team.

In 1977, the BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé dominated the European touring car scene. In the same year, Jochen Neerpasch, managing director of the BMW Motorsport GmbH at that time, pioneered the "BMW Junior Team" development programme. Alongside Manfred Winkelhock, the first team included Marc Surer and Eddie Cheever. The BMW Junior Team became the epitome of developing young talent and laid the foundations for BMW’s intensive talent development programme.

1973-1982: Formel 2.

1973-1982: Formula 2.

The relaxation of the engine regulations in Formula 2 made the sport more appealing to an increased number of manufacturers as of 1973, including BMW. In the following years, the development of the BMW four-cylinder engine saw it become the benchmark. In 1973 Jean-Pierre Jarier secured the championship title. By 1982 drivers with BMW engines had won the European championship a further five times. All of the drivers eventually progressed to Formula 1, which usually incorporated Formula 2 races as part of its weekends.

1991-2001: Die „erste“ Formel BMW.

1991-2001: The "First" Formula BMW.

In 1991 BMW and the ADAC joined forces to develop talent. In the debut year of this collaboration, Christian Abt won the overall standings and the following year Alexander Grau lifted the trophy. The main objective of the competition was to create a level playing field for drivers and teams with a suitable budget, while sticking to all the safety regulations. Successful graduates of the driving school included former Formula 1 drivers Ralf Schumacher and Christian Klien. The final title holder in 2001 was Timo Glock.

2002-2010: Die „zweite“ Formel BMW.

2002-2010: "Second" Formula BMW.

For many years, Formula BMW was the leading entry-level class in single-seater racing in the world. The series was held in Germany, Great Britain, Asia and the USA, to name a few, and also appeared on the same bill as Formula One. The programme featured a varied training and coaching programme. The best-known graduates include such drivers as Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, and BMW DTM driver Marco Wittmann. From 2005 to 2008, a world final was also held at the end of the year.

2011-2013: Formel BMW Talent Cup.

2011-2013: Formula BMW Talent Cup.

The Formula BMW Talent Cup took place over three seasons. In this educational series, BMW Motorsport introduced talented junior drivers to the requirements of professional motorsport. Driver coaches and race engineers supervised participants in small groups and worked on everything; from the individual style of driving through to the complete set-up. In 2011 Stefan Wackerbauer was the very first overall winner, and in 2012 Marvin Dienst secured the top spot. Robin Hansson of Sweden triumphed in the third season, in 2013.

BMW Motorsport Around the World

BMW MOTORSPORT AROUND THE WORLD.

BMW MOTORSPORT AROUND THE WORLD.

The 2018 race schedule once again takes BMW Motorsport on a world tour in 2018. From the BMW M8 GTE in Le Mans to the BMW M235i Racing at the Nürburgring – the entire BMW Motorsport fleet is in action, taking on the challenges encountered at racetracks all over the world. With the exception of Antarctica, there is no continent on the planet, on which BMW racing cars are not in action. From America to Asia, Europe to Australia: BMW Power in use globally and throughout the entire season.

Customer racing.

CUSTOMER RACING.

All you need to know about BMW customer teams’ outings around the world.
BMW M4 GT4.

BMW M4 GT4.

The new BMW M4 GT4 is one of the training cars used in the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme. With this new car, which was developed from scratch based on the BMW M4 Coupé, BMW Motorsport is able to offer its customers the ideal racing car for the booming GT4 class from 2018 onwards.