Bernd Schneider turns 50: Happy Birthday, Mister DTM!

Bernd Schneider’s sporting homeland is Mercedes-Benz and AMG: taking part in 226 touring car races at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz, he won 43 times and was on the podium 100 times in total. He has undoubtedly earned his nickname ”Mister DTM”. Bernd Schneider celebrates his 50th birthday on 20 July 2014.

He lists five DTM titles and one title each in the ITC and FIA GT World Championships on his curriculum vitae. This makes Bernd Schneider one of the most successful German racing drivers ever.

Bernd Schneider was born in St. Ingbert (Saarland) in 1964. His first major racing successes were achieved in go-kart racing (Junior World Champion 1980) and Formula 3. Bernd Schneider also raced in Formula 1, in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the FIA GT World Championship (winning the title in 1997). The stage for his greatest triumphs, however, was the DTM: Bernd Schneider joined the Mercedes-AMG team in 1992, winning the DTM Championship title for the team in 1995 after having come third in the overall rankings in 1992 and 1993. Following the rebirth of the DTM as the German Touring Car Masters in 2000, Bernd Schneider won in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2006, and was runner-up in 2002.

In his last but one DTM race on 5 October 2008 in Le Mans, Bernd Schneider really showed his class again: he beat the later DTM Champion Timo Scheider fairly and squarely in a straight duel in the most difficult of conditions and thus proved in a most impressive manner that he had lost nothing of his fighting spirit, even at 44. Bernd Schneider took part in his last DTM race on 26 October 2008 at the Hockenheimring.

Following on from his tremendous active racing career, which earned him the nickname ”Mister DTM”, Bernd Schneider has been participating in the AMG customer sports programme since 2010. He races from victory to victory behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3: in 2013 alone, he won all the important long-distance races in the series. In addition, Bernd Schneider shares his specialist knowledge with Mercedes-Benz customers as an instructor at the AMG Driving Academy; and he is furthermore active as a test driver and Brand Ambassador for AMG and Mercedes-Benz Classic.

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