The 30 year-old is switching from GT racing to the DTM program. Last season, he successfully raced with BMW Team RLL in the American Le Mans Series, finishing third in the GT Drivers’ Championship.
Werner joins Andy Priaulx (GB), Augusto Farfus (BR), Bruno Spengler (CA), reigning DTM champion Martin Tomczyk (DE) and Joey Hand (US) in BMW’s DTM line-up.
“As the sixth driver, Dirk Werner is the ideal way to complete our line-up,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Dirk convinced us he was the right man during tests. The result of our efforts over the past few months is a line-up we believe will achieve great things in DTM. I am pleased that our line-up has such an international feel to it. Two drivers from North America, a South American, a Brit and two German drivers. Over the coming weeks we will be deciding exactly how the six drivers will be divided between our three teams.”
Werner, who won the GT class in the American GRAND-AM series in 2007 and 2009, said: “I really enjoyed the last two seasons as a BMW works driver and have continued to develop as a racing driver. To take the step into DTM with BMW is fantastic. The strength in depth makes this series a big challenge for any driver, but it is precisely this kind of competition that I love. I instantly felt at home in the BMW M3 DTM at the first test, and obviously can’t wait for the first race with this car. We have a lot of work ahead of us before then, however, and I am highly motivated to get started.”