BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt will after nearly ten years in the role take up an new position within the BMW organisation as of November 1 when he becomes the head of the German manufacturer’s pilot plant for overall prototype construction.
The realignment also necessitates BMW’s withdraw from works involvement in the DTM however they will remain involved in the ABB FIA Formula E world championship through their partnership with Andretti Autosport with BMWi Andretti for season seven which gets underway in January.
Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH will take over as interim Motorsport Director. Speaking about the announcement, Member of the Board of Management at BMW AG Development, Frank Weber said:
Jens Marquardt has been responsible for our involvement in motorsport since 2011. During this time, we have achieved great success: the DTM titles in 2012, 2014 and 2016, as well as various overall and class victories at endurance classics like Daytona, Spa and, most recently, the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. I would like to thank Jens Marquardt and his entire team very much for that. Head of the Pilot Plant for prototype construction is a fundamental role in the development process. With the agile working method and his motorsport experience, Jens Marquardt will provide new impetus there.
Speaking about his time as BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt commented saying:
I will always have emotional memories of the past ten years. I have experienced all the highs and lows of motorsport with an exceptional team. The overall victory at the Nürburgring 24-hour race was the icing on the cake at the end of this exciting time. I am very grateful to BMW Group and the whole motorsport family for all these memories. After 25 years in motorsport, I am very much looking forward to a new challenge.