Andy Priaulx says he is fired up about the challenge of making his DTM debut with BMW this year.
The three-time WTCC champion has joined the German manufacturer's assault on the DTM in its return to the series following an absence of nearly 20 years.
Priaulx is one of the six drivers running a BMW this year.
The Briton will not only be reunited with his BMW Team RBM, but he will continue to be backed by Crowne Plaza Hotels for the sixth year.
"New challenges are always exciting, but at the same time it is nice to have some familiar faces around," said Priaulx.
"Augusto will be my teammate. Like me, he has been part of the BMW family for many years, and drove alongside me in RBM in 2010. Then add to that Crowne Plaza, who have been long, loyal supporters of me and BMW. It is a bit like going up a class at school, but still having all your best mates with you.
"From the moment I got into the car, I knew it was something special. Driving it brings a smile to my face and I can't wait now for the competition to begin."