Legendary BMW GT and touring car team boss Charly Lamm will step down from his role at Schnitzer Motorsport at the end of the year, it has been announced.
The 63-year-old helped guide the German squad to overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999 with the BMW V12 LMR, as well as multiple touring car titles including the DTM crown in 2012 with Bruno Spengler.
His position as team manager will be taken over by Herbert Schnitzer Jr, the son of team co-founder Herbert Schnitzer Sr, at the start of next year.
Schnitzer Motorsport was established in 1963 by brothers Herbert and Josef Schnitzer, while their half-brother Lamm joined a few years later.
In addition to its Le Mans and DTM successes, the outfit has also claimed five wins each at the Nürburgring and Spa 24-hour races, and the World Touring Car Championship title in 1987.
Schnitzer was a member of BMW’s DTM stable until the end of 2016 when it refocused to a sports car program with the BMW M6 GT3, mainly concentrating on the VLN series and ADAC GT Masters.
“This decision was anything but easy for me,” said Lamm. “For all the decades, I have always been concerned for the maximum success for the team Schnitzer and for BMW.
“At the same time, we were not just challenged by motorsport. This was also a time of sacrifice in terms of family and private life.
“Now is the time for me to realign my priorities as my time managing Schnitzer comes to an end.
“I am grateful to Herbert Schnitzer, BMW Motorsport and our great team for everything that I experienced on this journey.”