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.