Dennis Marschall joins BMW Motorsport Junior Programme
Dennis Marschall’s career has reached another milestone with his recruitment to the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme. The 20-year-old from Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen in Baden-Württemberg will now undergo an intensive course of training organised by BMW to prepare him for his future career in motor racing. This includes actual competitive events as well as the chance to familiarise himself with all the facets of the current BMW Motorsport racing programme.
Marschall attracted the attention of BMW Motorsport by virtue of his successes in recent seasons and was invited to train with the famous Formula Medicine in Italy. In the ensuing physical and mental training sessions, the ADAC GT Masters driver came out top of the class. At the Autodrome de Miramas in France, he then had the opportunity to complete his first test kilometres in a BMW M4 GT4. BMW Motorsport were sufficiently impressed with his potential to offer him a place in their Junior squad.
The BMW Motorsport Junior Programme has been in place since the 2014 season. However, BMW’s wider role in nurturing the next generation of motor racing stars has just entered its 40th year. There have been numerous standout achievements during these four decades, for example, the encouragement given to future Formula 1 world champions Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg as well as DTM stars Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock.
Three questions for Dennis Marschall
Congratulations on joining the BMW Motorsport Junior squad. What does it mean to you that BMW Motorsport have put their faith in your skills as a racing driver?
I am very proud to have the support of such a major and prestigious brand in motorsports. I will do my best to justify the confidence placed in me in every respect. My objective is obviously to become a BMW works driver one day and to chalk up further big successes with this illustrious manufacturer.
You’ve already had the opportunity to test the BMW M4 GT4. What are your initial impressions?
That’s correct. It was on the BMW test track in Miramas. I put in around 60 laps and it was mega fun. I had already heard a lot of good things about the car in the run-up, and the driveability really impressed me. I’ve never sat in a car for such a length of time, and it went well. I’m already looking forward to the next opportunity.
What associations does the BMW name have for you in motorsports?
The first word that comes to mind is tradition. BMW can look back on a long and successful history in motorsport, and the brand is immediately recognisable for race fans around the world. My first memories are from childhood when I supported Williams BMW in Formula 1. Of course, I also watched them notching up victories in the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and always dreamed of one day competing in this race myself. Now, thanks to the magnificent support from BMW, I am getting closer to fulfilling this dream.