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      11-24-2010, 09:05 AM   #1
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Theissen to Step Down as BMW Motorsport Boss. Jens Marquardt to Succeed.

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Change at the top of BMW Motorsport: Mario Theissen to hand over to Jens Marquardt on 1 July 2011.

* 24.11.2010
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Munich, 24 November 2010. After more than 12 uninterrupted years, a changeover at the head of BMW Motorsport is in the offing. On 30 June 2011, BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen will pass on the baton to his successor Jens Marquardt and retire from his post. 43-year-old Marquardt will join the company on 1 January 2011, going dual with Theissen for the first six months of the year to familiarise himself with his new task. This will ensure the seamless execution of the 2011 racing programme and preparations for the 2012 DTM project.

“We have planned and prepared this changeover very carefully,” explains Theissen. “With the realignment of BMW Motorsport and the decision in favour of the DTM project, the path to a successful future on the race track has been mapped out. Now is also the best time to entrust the leadership of BMW Motorsport to new hands. I have no doubt that in Jens Marquardt we have found the right man for this exciting task and I look forward to our time working together. On 1 July 2011 he will be perfectly equipped to take over the reins.”

Marquardt comments: “Heading up BMW Motorsport is a dream job for me and a tremendous show of confidence. The endurance events with the BMW M3, the broad-based customer sport programme, the promotion of junior racing talent, and above all the DTM project are all fascinating challenges. I know that Mario Theissen will support me in every way and I can hardly wait to get down to work.”

Theissen first joined BMW on 15 June 1977 as a development engineer. He took on various responsibilities in engine development before going on to run the BMW Innovation Centres in Munich and Palo Alto. Theissen has been in charge of BMW’s motor sport programme since 1 April 1999.

Marquardt was born on 20 May 1967. After a degree in aerospace technology, he turned to a career in engine development. From 1996 to 2000 he worked for Ilmor Engineering on the development of Formula One and CART engines. He joined Toyota Motorsport in 2000, initially working in the Formula One engine department, and then from 2008 as F1 Operations and Team Manager. His most recent post was as General Manager Business Development, Operations & Production.


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      11-24-2010, 09:12 AM   #2
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Sad to see Mario go. Thanks for posting this info!

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      11-24-2010, 10:40 AM   #3
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glad to see him go,F1 was a failure under him. Hope the new guy is better
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      11-24-2010, 11:20 AM   #4
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The F1 failure probably had little to do with Dr. T. Look around in F1... whenever a big manufacturer takes over a successful racing team, they simply disappear from the podium. No wonder. Multi-national-corporation thinking versus small and flexible, highly qualified and motivated, workgroups. The two do not go together. It didn't work for Renault, not for Toyota, Mercedes proved twice, that it does not work and BMW is just one of those manufacturers that flopped.

I hope, that a new head of BMW Motorsport will lead BMW back to its roots as far as the sport is concerned. I am sick and tired of reading of new yachting, golf, marathon and other sponsorings while they do close to zero for their privateer teams! And...

...I hope they will do things right the first time in the future! To see the chaos surrounding the M3 GTRs (e92) homologation (as a GTS car) thus requiring the car to run with wavers in every series and race it has competed in is ridiculous! The way they showed up in Le Mans only to be crushed was pathetic. Even the race victory at the 2010 24hours at the Nuerburgring was pure luck. They were running off the pace of the GT3 Porsches and Audis for 22 hours.

BMW has a history of being the company to beat when it comes to touring car racing and probably thousands of privateer teams all over the world prove, that they still are. Back them up! Give them the support and the products they need AND when running works teams... don't look like idiots doing so! Please!
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^ Very well said!
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