BMW Driver Swap Shows How Different Two Motorsports Can Be

Despite having backed out of F1 years ago and not competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, BMW is definitely enjoying itself when it comes to motorsports.

The automaker currently holds the championship in both DTM and Dakar racing, so to celebrate, the automaker had two of its champions swap rides.


Martin Tomczyk, winner of the 2011 DTM title, got behind the wheel of Nasser Al-Attiyah’s Mini All4Racing Countryman on the sand dunes of Dubai. In exchange, the two-time Dakar Rally winner raced Tomczyk’s BMW M4 DTM around Oschersleben in Germany. Then they did it again at Hockenheim.

Besides being a whole lot of fun, the BMW driver swap allowed both champions to find out for themselves just how different it can be driving a car from another division at an unfamiliar track—and the unique sets of challenges they face.

And for us at Union Park BMW, it also assured us that BMW knows how to make a car that can rip through the sand, just as well as one that can slice through corners on a track!

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