After two convincing FIA Formula 3 European Championship seasons resulting in a rookie title last year and a second place in the drivers’ championship this year, Joel Eriksson now looks forward to making the next major step in his career. The BMW Motorsport Junior was signed by BMW as works driver and is going to contest his DTM debut season for BMW Team RBM, next year.
“When I joined BMW in the middle of 2016, it was always my goal to make it to the top, to make it to the DTM. It’s fantastic that I have achieved this,” beamed Eriksson. “I am really looking forward to working with BMW Team RBM. As I’ve come from Formula 3 the handling of the BMW M4 DTM is not that unfamiliar to me. I think I will get used to it quickly.”
In this year’s DTM Young Driver tests that were held at the Lausitzring after the end of the season, Eriksson demonstrated that the FIA Formula 3 European Championship represents the perfect place for young drivers that want to learn their trade for higher motor-racing categories. BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt also was thrilled by Eriksson’s performances in the tests, he revealed: “Joel Eriksson has made it into the DTM squad on the back of strong performances last year, and having made a very good impression at the Young Driver Test.”
The 19-year old Swede advanced to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in early 2016 as ADAC Formula 4 runner-up and succeeded in impressing right from the start. In his first season he secured the rookie title, came fifth in the championship and secured his debut win at the demanding circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. In his second season he was a title contender until the very end and was only beaten by McLaren Junior Lando Norris (Carlin). In the 30 races of the 2017 season he secured seven race wins, seven second places and he also added five second places to his tally.