One of the most successful team managers in the modern era of endurance racing, Schnitzer Motorsport’s Karl ‘Charly’ Lamm is to step down at the end of the 2018 season.
Half-brother of the co-founders of the team: Herbert and the late Josef Schnitzer, Charly has been at the helm of the team for an astonishing array of success with BMW in both endurance and touring car racing with an overall Le Mans win (in 1999) on his cv as well as multiple wins in both the Nürburgring and Spa 24 Hour classics through the 1980s, 90s and into the noughties.
Add in not only European and World Touring Car titles but also National crowns in the UK, Italy, Japan and in Germany (with DTM, DRM and STW titles) as well as Asia Pacific continental success, and a GT racing Championship in the ALMS and Charly’s racing cv stands up with the very, very best of all.
“This was far from an easy decision for me to make,” said Lamm. “Over all the decades it has always been about getting maximum success for Team Schnitzer and for BMW. No motorsport challenge was too great for us. However, during all these fantastic moments, it was also a time of sacrifices as far as family and private life are concerned. Now it is time for me to realign my priorities. My time at the forefront of Schnitzer is coming to an end. I am extremely grateful to Herbert Schnitzer, BMW Motorsport and our outstanding team for everything that I was privileged to experience on this journey.”
The reins of Schnitzer Motorsport will be passed to Herbert Schnitzer junior, son of team founder Herbert Schnitzer senior on 1st January 2019. Until then, Lamm will support the transition with his many years of experience.
“Motorsport is developing and the same applies with this generation swap and a new strategic line-up for Schnitzer Motorsport,” said Schnitzer senior. “A new era is dawning in the team. I’m sure that we will continue to be successful for BMW on the racetrack going forward. Everyone in the team is giving it their all. Huge thanks go to Charly for everything that he has done for and with Schnitzer Motorsport in the past almost four decades.”
Schnitzer junior added: “I have great respect for my new task, but am really looking forward to it. Together with the team, I will give it my all to ensure we continue to celebrate great successes in the future. Charly Lamm’s footsteps are hard to follow in. Under his leadership, Schnitzer Motorsport made racing history more than once. We want to build on that.”