Martin Kaymer, currently Germany’s most successful professional golfer and enthusiastic BMW M3 owner, recently replaced his regular terrain – the fairways and greens – for the tarmac of the BMW testing facility in Aschheim, Germany. Kaymer, who travelled to Munich to attend the 2009 BMW International Open press conference held today in the BMW Welt, completed an extensive BMW Driver Trainingm course.
Guided by experienced instructors, the German familiarised himself with the BMW M3’s handling on the training circuit, then tested the power-slide potential of the new BMW Z4 Roadster. During brake testing and skilled avoidance manoeuvres, Kaymer experienced the handling of the BMW vehicles at the limit.
The highlight of the day was the surprise appearance of BMW works driver Jörg Müller (DE) who invited Kaymer to join him for a ride in the passenger seat of his BMW 320si WTCC race car. During this adventure, the racing driver impressed the 24-year-old professional golfer with his extremely precise work while taking his car to the very limit on a race track.
“Wow, this definitely was the coolest drive I have ever experienced,” Kaymer beamed. “It was great that BMW gave me the chance to be part of this. I would have loved to complete some more laps.”
Müller also was delighted with having the opportunity to meet the genial golfer from Düsseldorf, Germany, saying: “Getting to know professionals from other sports always represents a great experience. I’m sure that every sports fan in Germany is aware of Martin’s extraordinarily quick rise up the golfing ladder. It was fun to have the chance of offering him some insights into my ‘day job’. As I see it, motor racing and golf are closely related when it comes to precision and concentration.”
Martin Kaymer is hoping to write another chapter in the history books this year at the BMW International Open 2009. The young man from Düsseldorf became the first German to lift the trophy in the European Tour event’s 20th anniversary year. Now, the 24-year old is looking to notch up another record at this year’s tournament, which will take place from 25-28 June at Golfclub München Eichenried.