Intense fitness week in Italy for the BMW DTM drivers
In the numerous tests executed in the past weeks and months, it was all about the performance of the BMW M3 DTM. Last week, however, the fitness of the BMW motorsport drivers represented the top priority. From Tuesday to Sunday, Andy Priaulx, Augusto Farfus, Bruno Spengler, Martin Tomczyk Joey Hand and Dirk Werner as well as test and development driver Marco Wittmann worked on their physical fitness – in Viareggio, Italy, not far from Florence, and under the supervision of the Formula Medicine team.
“Our drivers have completed six really exhausting but informative days,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt who also had travelled to Italy on Tuesday to – inter alia – take part in a football match of the drivers. “If you want to be successful in DTM you need more than just a competitive car. The drivers also have to be competitive and have to be perfectly prepared for the start into the season. As I could witness on site, the fitness level of our drivers was extremely high, anyway – and this impression was confirmed by the numerous tests they had to complete in Italy. So, they could focus – supervised by the Formula Medicine team – on working on the fine tuning. They were provided with valuable hints that should help them to even increase the efficiency of their preparation programmes – for both the physical and the mental fitness. Therefore, I’m convinced that our drivers will be – just as the teams and our BMW M3 DTM – in perfect shape when the season will be kicked off at Hockenheim.”
The fitness week in Italy was started by numerous medical and sports-scientific tests, using the most sophisticated analysis and measuring systems allowing to precisely assess the individual fitness levels of the seven drivers. Based on the results of these tests, the experts created individual, tailor-made exercise programmes for each of the drivers and provided them – within the framework of varied exercises – with concrete examples for the optimum implementation of the fitness programme. Meanwhile, it was made sure that they also had a lot of fun, in Italy. Activities such as the football match on Tuesday, a joint kayak tour or an archery competition helped the drivers getting to know one another even better and allowed them to also demonstrate their sports talents aloof of the cockpit. In addition to the physical fitness, the Formula Medicine team also attended to the mental condition of the drivers to prepare them perfectly for the challenge represented by DTM.
“Getting us together here for nearly a week was a great idea of BMW-Motorsport,” said Joey Hand who is going to contest the 2012 DTM season for BMW Team RMG and will battle it out for points and race wins in the American Le Mans Series for BMW Team RLL at the same time. “We got along really well and got to know one another better. The Formula Medicine crew did a fantastic job. I learned a lot about new exercising methods and myself. I definitely will be back.”