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Tomczyk Departs BMW after Decade with Manufacturer

Martin Tomczyk to take on “new challenge” in 2022 after decade-long stint with BMW…

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Martin Tomczyk will depart BMW at the end of this year after a ten-year stint with the German manufacturer that included GTE, GT3 and DTM drives.

Tomczyk, 40, said that he is moving on to a “new challenge” for the 2022 season.

The German driver joined BMW at the end of 2011 after winning that year’s DTM title with Audi.

He spent five seasons with the Munich brand in the same championship, finishing sixth in the 2014 standings driving for BMW Team Schnitzer.

Tomzcyk was then reassigned to GT racing, starting with a 2017 campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship aboard an M6 GTLM.

That was followed by a season in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the newly-introduced BMW M8 GTE run by the MTEK factory squad.

After that, Tomczyk largely focused on GT3 racing with the BMW M6 GT3, including an IGTC program with Schnitzer in 2019 followed by a Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup term with Walkenhorst Motorsport this year.

Tomczyk also represented BMW at the Nürburgring 24 and claimed successive podiums last year and this year, including a most recent second place for ROWE Racing.

“It goes without saying that it is a shame that my time with BMW M Motorsport is coming to an end after ten years,” said Tomczyk.

“As a Bavarian, driving for a Bavarian manufacturer has always been a real honor.

“I had a great time, I drove fantastic race cars in some of the biggest races in the world and celebrated a few successes. Many thanks to everyone who joined me on this journey! Now I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”

BMW M Motorsport director Mike Krack added: “Martin Tomczyk was a terrific ambassador for BMW M Motorsport on and off the racetrack, and for that I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to him.

“Be it in the DTM, endurance racing, the IMSA series or FIA WEC, Martin represented BMW M Motorsport in the highest categories and grew to become one of the faces of the brand.

“Although we are heading in different directions now, we all enjoy looking back on our time together. I wish him all the best for the future!”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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