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Profile: RBM Team - Racing Bart Mampaey

BMW Team UK -2004 ETCC - 2005/2006/2007 WTCC Champions

Our Group visit to RBM team workshops and JUMA BMW Dealership on 04 SPA trip

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When Andy Priaulx won the 2004 European Touring Car Championship for BMW Team Great Britain, fans and experts alike were amazed. The comparatively small RBM team under the guidance of team manager Bart Mampaey (BEL) had prevailed over far more experienced rivals and celebrated its biggest motor racing success thus far. Under its new name BMW Team UK, Priaulx and his crew have managed to substantiate the brilliant achievement of the previous year by winning the first World Touring Car Championship since 1987 in impressive style.

The RBM team, which is based in Mechelen, Belgium, made its FIA ETCC debut in 2002. At the time, Mampaey’s team was responsible for fielding the BMW 320i of Fredrik Ekblom (SWE), which was flying the flag of BMW Team Belgium. A year later Priaulx joined the team, which thenceforward battled for points and victories under the banner of BMW Team Great Britain – and with notable success: in his debut year, Priaulx already managed to claim three European Championship race wins. In 2004 the driver, who lives in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, went on to take the European Touring Car crown.

Within a short space of time, team manager Mampaey had led his racing team to the peak of international touring car racing. The Belgian’s success was no accident. His father Julian ran the Juma Racing Team in the 1970s and ’80s, among whose achievements were three wins with BMW in the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours. Mampaey junior was always there and learnt at an early stage how to run a racing team if you want to succeed. In 1998 he celebrated his first major victory with the RBM team in Spa. After further stints in the FIA GT Championship, the American Le Mans Series, Schnitzer Motorsport and Ravaglia Motorsport, Mampaey eventually sent his own FIA ETCC team out on to the race track in 2002.

But the successful team manager and his team have not only demonstrated their expertise in the ETCC and the World Touring Car Championship. RBM is responsible, among other things, for assembling the cars that are involved in the Belgian MINI Challenge.

The close bond and friendly relations between the team members constitute one of the strengths of RBM. Priaulx and Mampaey form a perfect duo. Both are meticulous at their work and only satisfied when all problems have been resolved and all challenges successfully mastered. This season once again, RBM has shown it is an approach that bears fruit.

Major successes:

1994–1997 BMW Compact Cup

1997 1st and 2nd place Group N Spa 24-Hour Race (BMW)

1998 1st place Spa 24-Hour Race (BMW Fina Bastos Team)

1999 4th place Spa 24-Hour Race (Nissan)

2002 6th place FIA ETCC (Fredrik Ekblom, BMW 320i) (BMW Team GB)

2003 3rd place FIA ETCC Team Championship (BMW 320i), (BMW Team GB)

3rd place Drivers’ Championship (Andy Priaulx)

2004 1st place Drivers’ Championship (Andy Priaulx)

3rd place FIA ETCC Team Championship (BMW 320i), (BMW Team GB)

2005 1st place FIA WTCC Drivers’ Championship (Andy Priaulx)

4th place FIA WTCC Team Championship (BMW 320i), ( BMW Team UK)

2006 1st place FIA WTCC Drivers’ Championship (Andy Priaulx)

1st place FIA WTCC Team Championship (BMW 320si), (BMW Team UK)

2007 1st place FIA WTCC Drivers’ Championship (Andy Priaulx)

1st place FIA WTCC Team Championship (BMW 320si), (BMW Team UK)

Team Principal / Manager: Bart Mampaey

Address: E. Walschaertstraat 2A, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium

Phone/Fax: (+32) 15 42 30 00 / (+32) 15 42 11 08

Email: bart.mampaey@juma.net.bmw.be

Team members: 9

Founded: 1994

Bart Mampaey explains the inner workings of the ETCC BMW 320i to our group