BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Lausitzring, Germany, 08/06/2016, Superbike IDM / International German Championship
The BMW racing family is large – however, it is rare that the Motorrad racers and their colleagues in car racing have the opportunity to get together. But at the Lausitzring there was a special type of family get-together; a huge motorsport festival was held there last weekend, at which the Superbike IDM / Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft (IDM) and other series shared the track with the Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) and the ADAC GT Masters.
BMW is involved in all three series: The IDM is contested by the BMW S 1000 RR, the DTM by the BMW M4 DTM and the ADAC GT Masters by the BMW M6 GT3. So naturally the BMW colleagues from the various categories visited each other. Another guest in Lusatia was Markus Reiterberger, who took advantage of the weekend off in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) to return to his old hunting ground and visit the IDM, in which he won the title in 2013 and 2015. Reiterberger was also there to promote the WorldSBK race that will be held at the Lausitzring in September.
Everyone had a jam-packed weekend, but the BMW riders and drivers made the most of the few breaks in their respective schedules to get a taste of the other category.
Markus Reiterberger, for example, was taken on a tour of the pit by BMW DTM driver Martin Tomczyk. The two BMW Motorsport Juniors Jesse Krohn and Louis Déletraz, who compete in the ADAC GT Masters, were also there. The four of them talked shop, discussing the similarities and differences of their respective categories. And Reiterberger couldn't resist visiting his BMW colleagues from the DTM on the starting grid.
The two Bavarians, Reiterberger and Tomczyk, have known each other for a while, and took to the track together two years ago when Tomczyk chauffeured Reiterberger around the track in the safety car and then rode a few laps on Reiterberger's BMW S 1000 RR. They would have loved to do the same again this year, but, unfortunately, they didn't have the opportunity since the full racing programme meant that the track was always in use.
The current IDM front-runner Mathieu Gines, Reiterberger, Henning Putzke, Head of BMW Motorrad Deutschland, and Uwe Geyer, Head of BMW Motorrad Motorsport Marketing, were also guests in the large BMW Motorsport hospitality area, where they brought the visitors closer to the fascination of motorcycle racing.
BMW DTM driver Timo Glock used the little free time he had to watch his motorcycle colleagues at work. And he was more than impressed with what he saw. “I was standing at the pit wall and watching how the motorcycle riders went past and braked going into turn 1. You have to take your hat off to the guys. What they do there is unbelievable – without any protection around them. They are the real heroes out there.”
The car drivers would have loved to watch the second IDM race after their job was done in the late afternoon on Sunday. But they were thwarted by the weather. After it had been summery and sunny all weekend, a heavy storm broke out over the track just as the race started. The race had to be abandoned after four laps. There was water everywhere, and streams were running through the pit lane. Everyone took shelter under umbrellas and tents. A wet end to a fantastic weekend of racing in Lusatia.