BMW will expand its DTM program in the 2013 season, increasing its contingent to eight cars. The car maker announced that Team MTEK will run its eighth entry in the series from next year, joining Team Schnitzer, Team RBM and Team RMG.
BMW returned to the DTM this season after an absence of 20 years, and the manufacturer has scored three wins and is fighting for the title. The announcement means BMW will field as many entries as rivals Mercedes and Audi.
"Our concept of running three teams on equal footing has proven to be ideal for our debut season," said BMW boss Jens Marquardt. "The very good results are confirming our decision to continue along the lines of equality across all the teams. Establishing the fourth team is another important step as we look to guarantee that BMW remains competitive over the coming years.
"Our competitors are already running eight cars this season. Greater strength across the board is definitely an advantage in a fiercely-competitive series like the DTM. The new BMW Team MTEK means we are able to bridge this gap.
"The location on the outskirts of Munich allows BMW Motorsport to cooperate effectively with Ernest Knoors' team. We are confident the synergies and efficiency gained will take the overall level of our DTM project to a new level."