The history of the DTM begins with the first race in Zolder on 11th March 1984. BMW celebrates victory as well as the top four places, with Harald Grohs crossing the finishing line first in a BMW 635 CSi. It is Volker Strycek of Team Gubin, however, who finishes fifth at the finale at the Nürburgring to secure the first title for BMW.
Harald Grohs ends the second season of the DTM third in the drivers’ standings, making him the best-placed BMW driver. He wins again at the wheel of the BMW 635 CSi in Zolder, while Winfried Vogt triumphs at Mainz-Finthen in a BMW 323i.
Both Kurt König and Volker Strycek finish in the top five of the drivers’ standings with the BMW 635 CSi. König also picks up the only BMW victory of the year – the Grenzland-Preis in Zolder.
The BMW M3 makes its DTM debut – and is immediately the car to beat. Harald Grohs, Marc Hessel, Olaf Manthey and Fabien Giroix claim five victories in total. The title, however, goes to former BMW Junior driver Eric van de Poele, despite finishing a lowly tenth at the finale at the Salzburgring due to a puncture.
Markus Oestreich, in a BMW M3, is in the title race right up until the end of the 1988 season. After the last of the 24 rounds, however, he has to settle for fourth place overall.
Roberto Ravaglia starts the season with two victories in Zolder – and goes on to finish on top after the finale in Hockenheim. BMW M Team Schnitzer and Team Principal Charly Lamm enjoy a virtually perfect debut season in the DTM. As well as Ravaglia (three victories), Steve Soper (two) and Johnny Cecotto also win in the BMW M3.
BMW, Audi and Mercedes produce a thrilling three-way battle for the title – just as they do in the 2012 season. BMW claims victory at eight of the 22 races. Despite this, Johnny Cecotto narrowly misses out on the fourth title, having to settle for runner-up.
Fourth-placed Johnny Cecotto is once again the best-placed BMW driver at the end of the year. The Venezuelan wins three races, while fellow BMW driver Steve Soper occupies the top step of the podium on four occasions. Joachim Winkelhock also joins the list of winners in Wunstorf.
BMW lines up with a works team in the DTM for the last time for a while: Johnny Cecotto again finishes fourth in the Drivers' Championship to end the season as the number one BMW driver. Roberto Ravaglia provides a magical moment at the season finale in Hockenheim on 11th October 1992: he claims two victories in the BMW M3's last works outing in the DTM.
BMW returns to the DTM after almost 20 years and lines up with three teams and six drivers. Among them is once again BMW Team Schnitzer, and it soon becomes apparent history is repeating itself. As in 1989, when Charly Lamm and his team made their debut in the DTM, the crew from Freilassing is the team to beat. Bruno Spengler wins four races, with Augusto Farfus adding a fifth triumph for BMW. Together, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG claim 12 podiums over the course of the comeback year. In a thrilling finale to the season in Hockenheim, Spengler overturns a three-point deficit to finish four points ahead of Mercedes driver Gary Paffett. The Canadian, who ends the season with 149 points to his name, becomes the fourth BMW champion in the history of the DTM, following in the footsteps of Volker Strycek, Eric van de Poele and Roberto Ravaglia. A further ten points courtesy of Dirk Werner sees BMW Team Schnitzer claim the title in the team competition. The icing on the cake is first place in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
BMW Motorsport has a successful second DTM season behind it since returning to the series last year. The BMW M3 DTM once again emphatically proved what it was capable of with five wins, twelve podiums, four pole positions and four fastest laps in 2013. No other DTM manufacturer enjoyed as many victories last season as BMW. After ten thrilling races, the Bavarian manufacturer repeated last year’s feat and emerged with the Manufacturers’ title to its name. In total, the eight BMW drivers scored 369 points. In the Team competition, BMW Team RBM ended the season in second place with 148 points. Augusto Farfus was the best-placed BMW representative in the Drivers’ Championship, finishing runner-up with 116 points. Marco Wittmann of BMW Team MTEK was recognised at the end of the season as the most successful DTM rookie.
BMW competed with the new BMW M4 DTM, which replaces the extremely successful BMW M3 DTM. The very first race in Hockenheim ended in victory. Marco Wittmann claimed his maiden win on the new car’s debut. This also marked BMW’s 60th victory in the DTM. A further three wins were to follow for Wittmann, in Budapest, Spielberg and at the Nürburgring. The BMW Team RMG driver dominated the season and was crowned the youngest German DTM champion of all time with two races still remaining. BMW Team RMG achieved the next success at the penultimate round in Zandvoort, winning the Team competition. The team’s second driver, Maxime Martin, claimed his maiden win in only his fifth DTM race in Moscow and was named Rookie of the Year come the end of the season. In Spielberg, BMW Motorsport occupied the top four positions for the first time since its comeback. Wittmann won the race, ahead of Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Martin Tomczyk. In total, the BMW M4 DTM was first across the finish line on five occasions in its first season.
BMW Motorsport once again lines up with eight BMW M4 DTMs in 2015. The squad of drivers remains virtually unchanged. DTM rookie Tom Blomqvist is the only newcomer. The 2015 season has extra racing action in store for DTM fans. For the first time since 2000, two races are held on each weekend – one on the Saturday and one on the Sunday. After a difficult season, all eight BMW drivers produce an impressive team performance in an exciting finale in Hockenheim. They win the Manufacturers Championship by seven points in the final race.
Marco Wittmann is the man to beat again in 2016. In his first year in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM, the 26-year-old wins three races and is crowned DTM champion for the second time after a thrilling finale at the Hockenheimring. Wittmann becomes the first BMW driver ever to win two Drivers‘ titles in the DTM - and in only his fourth year in the series. In total, BMW wins four races - all courtesy of BMW Team RMG - and claims 16 podium finishes. BMW Team RMG and BMW Team RBM finish second and third in the Team Championship. MartinTomczyk and António Félix da Costa call time on their DTM careers at the end of the season.