Convinced by the BMW M2 Cup: Maxime Oosten

At the end of May, the BMW M2 Cup starts its second season as part of the DTM race weekends. Behind the scenes, preparations are already in full swing. Also fully focussed on the start of the season is Maxime Oosten. He is one of several young talents who will compete in the one-make trophy in 2022. He is already familiar with the championship from his first outings in 2021 and now wants to fully attack from the start.

“Interest in the cup has grown rapidly – and I can understand why,” explains the 18-year-old. “I took part in three race weekends in 2021 and felt right at home. The support given to each individual driver is enormous, and everyone takes good care of you off the racetrack as well. It’s all very friendly. Added to this is the high quality of the field. The races last year were really tough.”

Oosten knows what he’s talking about when he mentions challenging and exciting races. With two podium finishes and two more top 5 results, he fought at the front of the field in his appearances at the Nürburgring, in Assen and at the Norisring and left many of his competitors behind. “There is a very high level of competition in the German cup. It was exhausting for me to keep up, even though I was a front-runner in the BMW M2 Cup Benelux,” he continues.

With just a few months until the start of the new season, the BMW driver doesn’t want to leave anything to chance. “I wanted to take the opportunity and be a part of the series right from the start to use all the possibilities of preparation,” says the highly motivated Oosten. “The big advantage of the cup is that with the Speed Academy you can take advantage of offers such as performance diagnostics, training plans, simulator training and technical training as well as support with equipment.”

At the beginning of January, the young Dutchman and his teammates went through a performance diagnostics session. What’s next are a training camp on Langeoog and test days in Papenburg. These Experience Days enable signed up drivers, but also interested parties, to drive the BMW M2 CS Racing on the racetrack.

In the end, all these steps should make a dream come true: “Obviously, I want to become BMW M2 Cup champion! And then move up to the DTM eventually,” says Oosten, describing his big goal.

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