Team MTEK

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Germany BMW Team MTEK
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Founded2012
BaseGarching, Bavaria
Team principal(s)Netherlands Ernest Knoors
Current seriesWEC
Current driversBrazil Augusto Farfus
Portugal António Félix da Costa
United Kingdom Alexander Sims
Germany Martin Tomczyk
Netherlands Nicky Catsburg
Austria Philipp Eng

Team MTEK (commonly known as BMW Team MTEK) is a racing team currently competing in the World Endurance Championship. The team is located in Garching, Bavaria.[1][2]

History[edit]

Team MTEK was founded in 2012 by Ernest Knoors. After a stint with the BMW Sauber squad Knoors, joined Scuderia Ferrari. With Ferrari the Dutchman was responsible for the customer engines supplied to Scuderia Toro Rosso, Sauber and other teams. He returned to BMW in 2012 forming Team MTEK, a BMW supported DTM entry.[3] After BMW's return to DTM in 2012, Team MTEK joined in the 2013 season along with BMW factory supported entry's by Team RMG, Team RBM and Team Schnitzer.

2013 season[edit]

Marco Wittmann at Zandvoort in 2013

For its debut season the team started with two rookies to the series, Timo Glock and Marco Wittmann. Glock left Formula 1 in 2012 to join the DTM series in 2013. Wittmann was a former Formula 3 Euro Series race winner who converted to GT racing in 2012. In 2012 Wittmann ran the VLN championship in a BMW supported entry.

The teams first (double) podium came at the Red Bull Ring scoring a second (Wittmann) and third (Glock) finish. Glock also won the season finale at the Hockenheimring. Team MTEK finished seventh in the team championship, third out of four BMW teams.

2014 season[edit]

For 2014 the team retained Glock but replaced Wittmann by António Félix da Costa. BMW replaced the BMW M3 DTM with the BMW M4 DTM. The team struggled with the new car. Glock's best result was a third place at the Red Bull Ring. Félix da Costa struggled scoring points in his rookie season, he did so on two occasions. The team finished eleventh in the team standings.

2015 season[edit]

Bruno Spengler joined Team MTEK in 2015 coming over from Mercedes' HWA Team. The 2012 season champion scored six podium finishes ending fifth in the drivers' championship. Glock scored a sole win at Oschersleben. The team finished fourth in the team standings.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DTM Media Guide 2016. ITR GmbH. p. 62. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ DTM Media Guide 2016. ITR GmbH. p. 62. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Xclusief: Uitgebreid interview met Nederlandse DTM-teambaas Ernest Knoors". Racexpress.nl. Retrieved 19 July 2016.

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