Munich. The story of BMW Motorsport’s graduation of talented
youngsters is inextricably related with a founder: Jochen
Neerpasch. The former BMW Motorsport Director launched a legendary
BMW Junior Team in 1977. Neerpasch and BMW Motorsport Director Jens
Marquardt met adult during an eventuality to symbol a 40th anniversary
of a talent graduation programme. In an interview, they plead the
past, benefaction and destiny of talent graduation during BMW Motorsport.
Mr. Marquardt, Mr. Neerpasch, to what border is 40 years of
BMW Motorsport’s talent graduation a special anniversary for we both?
Jochen Neerpasch: “It was good to accommodate adult with Eddie Cheever again
after so most time. we had not seen him for ages. It is illusory how
these people have grown outward motorsport. That was a lovely
knowledge for me.”
Jens Marquardt: “For me, it is considerable to see how we during BMW
Motorsport are handling to continue to pursue a simple concepts of
projects such as a Junior programme, that Mr. Neerpasch launched 40
years ago, and to build on those concepts. The approach that a former and
stream Juniors immediately got on so good usually goes to uncover that the
motorsport family has always shaped a good section during BMW.”
When a BMW Junior Team took to a lane in 1977, we were
still during propagandize Mr. Marquardt…
Marquardt: (laughs) “Yes, we was 10 during a time.”
When did we start to uncover an seductiveness in motorsport?
Marquardt: “It was about then. Although, to be ideally honest, I
was not massively meddlesome in BMW during a time. we always used to
cycle to propagandize with a friend, and we used to have races. We were
apparently Formula 1 drivers: he was Jacky Ickx, so we had to look
elsewhere and opted for Mario Andretti, simply given we unequivocally liked
a black Lotus with a bullion writing. we won a peculiar foe to propagandize on
my bike as Mario Andretti.” (laughs)
Speaking of school, Mr. Neerpasch: How did we come adult with
a thought of rising a propagandize for racing drivers, in a form of
a BMW Junior Team?
Neerpasch: “I used to foe myself, and had certain earthy issues.
If there was a change in a weather, we used to humour from headaches
and could not concentrate. Back then, there were no physiotherapists.
The drivers were totally on their own. That was a initial thing
that sprang to mind when we altered into government and became
obliged for engine racing: to give a drivers a earthy basement on
that to foster a communication between male and machine, and not
simply to place a importance on a technology, though also to sight the
drivers. Only a multiple of motorist and record can be
successful. That is given we started a Junior Team.”
The initial class, with Eddie Cheever, Marc Surer and Manfred
Winkelhock, was famous as “Wilde Reiter GmbH” given of their
pushing style. Were we always assured that we had finished a right
choice with those 3 drivers?
Neerpasch: “Oh yes. We had apparently watched them beforehand. All
3 were unequivocally successful in Formula 3, and we identified them as
outstanding, gifted youngsters. Also, we did not simply set them
lax on a racetrack. We gave them some technical training over the
winter, during tests and trials. We afterwards headed to St. Moritz for a
aptness camp, where they were given earthy training. They were well
prepared. However, we did not have any regulations per who
should be out in front. Instead, we usually sent them out in a same
cars opposite a some-more comparison drivers – during a time, they were Ronnie
Peterson, Hans-Joachim Stuck and David Hobbs. That was a benchmark
for them. The foe with any other and a seniors meant that
they schooled a lot some-more in a unequivocally brief time.”
Mr. Marquardt, a tighten team-work between BMW works drivers
and BMW Motorsport Juniors is still unequivocally critical today, isn’t it?
Marquardt: “Absolutely. Exactly a same beliefs request now as
practical behind then. The idea is to rise a Juniors technically,
physically and mentally. There is no improved approach to do this than by
regulating successful examples and purpose models. Fortunately, we have a lot
of them. We have Dirk Adorf, who looks after a Juniors unequivocally early on
in a programme, and Jörg Müller, who is obliged for a GT3
training. On tip of that, we also have Martin Tomczyk, Philipp Eng and
all a others, who are all usually too happy to expostulate alongside the
Juniors. They all have a lot of fun and know from knowledge that they
have also had people who have upheld them via their career.
They are usually too happy to give that behind to a Juniors. The drivers
are a unequivocally good team. That is something we am unequivocally unapproachable of.”
Generally speaking, how happy are we with a realignment of
a Junior Programme given 2014?
Marquardt: “After Formula BMW and a Formula BMW Talent Cup, we have
now formed a new programme some-more on a approach it used to be, in so much
as we now demeanour for drivers in other series, afterwards rise them
evenly in a BMW programme and with BMW products. The success
of a former Junior Jesse Krohn, who is now a permanent tie in
a GT motorist line-up, shows that we are on a right path, and we
will continue this way.”
Mr. Neerpasch, in your opinion, have a final placed on
immature racing drivers altered most over a final few decades?
Neerpasch: “I consider so, yes. You get concerned in motorsport during a much
progressing age nowadays. You are already pushing karts during a age of six
or seven. The credentials is also different. Everything is simulated
today. A racing motorist already knows a racetrack before he even
drives it for a initial time. An awful lot has altered in that regard.
In a past, we had to learn all from experience. Today, you
are already good prepared when we take to a track.”
Mr. Marquardt, how critical do we feel it is for a
manufacturer like BMW to foster a possess juniors?
Marquardt: “It is intensely important. Our programme is so diverse,
with commitments trimming from GT racing, DTM and a WEC to IWSC and
Formula E, that we apparently wish to use immature drivers that we have
grown ourselves in these projects. we trust that Mr. Neerpasch
identified unequivocally early on that it is usually as critical to deposit in the
drivers as in a technology. It is no use carrying a good automobile if the
motorist – and they mostly make a essential disproportion – can't perform
to a best of their ability, and is so incompetent to get 100% out of
a altogether package.”
With this in mind, how critical is a work that Mr.
Neerpasch carried out, not usually for a graduation of immature drivers,
though generally for BMW M and BMW Motorsport?
Marquardt: “I have good honour for what he achieved. In many ways,
Mr. Neerpasch is a good purpose indication for me, given he has shown the
approach into a destiny for BMW M and BMW Motorsport, as good as for the
graduation of juniors. The Art Car, that was recently in movement in
Macau, was also one of a ideas he helped to develop.”
Neerpasch (laughs): “I’m gradually starting to glow here …”
Mr. Neerpasch, what is your sense of a stream stand of
Juniors and a approach they are trained?
Neerpasch: “I have to contend that we was unequivocally tender – usually to see
their mentality, how committed and how good lerned they are. And I
found their opinion unequivocally impressive. we have been out of a business
for a prolonged time now, though we have to compensate we a large compliment, Mr.
Marquardt. Great stuff. It finished a unequivocally clever sense on me.”
Marquardt: “Thank we unequivocally much!”
Mr. Marquardt, can we tell us what is in store for a Junior
Programme subsequent year?
Marquardt: “Yes, we will fundamentally continue to work in accurately the
same approach as we have finished this year. We have motionless to hang with the
BMW Juniors we now have on house subsequent year. We will not be
holding on any new youngsters. Instead, we will feature a programme
with a Juniors. we am already looking brazen to it. Jesse Krohn will
have outgrown a Junior Programme subsequent year. we am certain that he can
demeanour brazen to some engaging roles in a works programme.”