Rene Rast, Jean-Karl Vernay and Richie Stanaway will all test BMW's 2012 DTM car at Lausitz next week as the manufacturer continues to evaluate drivers for its lineup next year.
The young trio will join Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus – already confirmed for next year's championship – plus factory BMW GT drivers Jorg Muller and Dirk Werner at the test. All three BMW teams; Schnitzer, RBM and RMG will run a car each.
"We are delighted to be able to offer a selection of talented, young drivers like Rene Rast, Jean-Karl Vernay and Richie Stanaway, the opportunity to test our BMW M3 DTM," said BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt.
"They have already proven their ability in various racing series and we are now looking forward to seeing them in our DTM car. At the same time, the focus at the Lausitz test will once again be to gather important information and data on the BMW M3 DTM, as we continue to prepare for the 2012 season."
Rast, 24, has previously driven a DTM car, the German, who is on course to win back-to-back Porsche Supercup titles, having tested an Audi last winter. Since winning last year's Indy Lights title, Frenchman Vernay, 25, has been limited to a one-off Formula Renault 3.5 outing plus selected sports car and GT events.
Stanaway, 19, is the youngest of the trio and has had a successful year; the Kiwi having won the German F3 title in his maiden year in the category plus taking a GP3 win at Spa.