Get to know Maxime Martin.

Nowadays, successful motorsport careers tend to start on the kart track as a child. Particularly when talent lies in the family. Maxime Martin is the perfect example that there are other ways to make it on the motorsport scene – and in the DTM.

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Although his father Jean-Michel Martin is a legendary racing driver in Belgium, Maxime was not always a fan of horsepower. Only at the age of 18 did he catch the motorsport bug. He launched his career in a MINI Cooper in 2005, winning the World Cup in his very first season.

In 2009 he claimed his first class victory at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. From that point on, Maxime repeatedly impressed as a privateer at endurance races – particularly in wet conditions – and was rewarded for his perseverance with a contract as a BMW works driver. He finished runner-up at the 2013 Nürburgring 24 Hours, and also drove for BMW Team RLL in the ALMS in the same year.

At the same time, he also followed in the footsteps of Marco Wittmann as test and development driver in the DTM. One year later, he was promoted to a regular seat. Maxime Martin enjoyed great success alongside Marco Wittmann at BMW Team RMG in 2014 and 2015. He finished seventh overall and was named “Rookie of the Year” in his debut season. His maiden victory at the Moscow Raceway was also the first ever by a Belgian driver in the DTM – a feat that even compatriot Eric van de Poele, 1987 DTM champion with BMW, did not achieve. Having claimed win number two at BMW Team RMG’s home race at the Nürburgring in 2015, Martin returned home: in 2016 the Belgian driver lined up for a Belgian team, in the form of BMW Team RBM. The new pairing soon tasted success. Martin finished on the podium in race two of the season, and ended the year eighth in the Drivers‘ Championship.

Maxime Martin: Facts & Figures
Date of birth 20th March 1986
Place of birth Uccle (Belgium)
2016 8th place DTM
1st place 24 Hours Spa-Francorchamps
2015 7th place DTM
2nd place 24 Hours Nürburgring
2014 7th place DTM, Rookie of the Year
2013 6th place ALMS
2nd place 24 Hours Nürburgring
3rd place Blancpain Endurance Series
2012 2nd place Blancpain Endurance Series
2011 6th place FIA GT1 World Championship
2010 14th place FIA GT1 World Championship,
1st place 1000 km of Spa
2009 3rd place 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
2008 1st place French Renault Clio Cup,
2st place Eurocup Megane Trophy
2007 3rd place Eurocup Megane Trophy
2006 4th place Formula Renault 1.6
2005 1st place Mini Cooper World Cup