Jörg Müller

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Jörg Müller
Jorg Muller 2007 Curitiba qualify.jpg
In 2007, as a WTCC driver
Nationality German
Born (1969-09-03) 3 September 1969 (age 47)
Kerkrade (Netherlands)
Related to Ewald Müller (father)
Super GT (GT300) career
Debut season 2014
Current team BMW Team Studie
Car no. 7
Former teams BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team Germany, BMW Team RLL, Schubert Motorsport, Marc VDS Racing Team
Starts 20
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 3rd in 2014
Previous series
1988
1989
1989
1990–94
1991
1991
1994
1995–96
1996
19972000
1998
1999–2001
2002–2004
2005–2009
2010-2011
2012
2013
German Formula Ford
German Formula Opel
European Formula Ford 1600
German F3
British F3
French F3
Formula One testing
German Supertouring
International F3000
Formula One testing
FIA GT
ALMS
ETCC
WTCC
ILMC
ALMS
ADAC GT Masters
Championship titles
1989
1989
1994
1996
2001
German Formula Opel
European Formula Ford 1600
German F3
International F3000
ALMS (GT)
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1997 - 1999, 2010
Teams Nissan Motorsport
Porsche AG
BMW Motorsport
Best finish 2nd (1998)
Class wins 0

Jörg Müller (born 3 September 1969) is a Dutch-born German BMW factory driver.

Racing career[edit]

Born in Kerkrade, Netherlands, Müller won the titles in 1989 German Formula Opel Lotus Challenge and in 1989 European Formula Ford 1600.

The 1994 German Formula Three Champion won a Supertouring car race for BMW in 1995 and the 1995-1996 Spa 24 Hours as well as the 1996 Formula 3000 Championship for team RSM Helmut Marko Lola-Zytek. He also won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in 1993.

From 1997 to 1998, Müller was a Formula One testdriver for Arrows and Sauber-Petronas, before joining the BMW-WilliamsF1 project to do tests for engines and Michelin tyres from 1999 to 2001. He never managed to race in Formula One though.

From 1997 to 2000 he was also busy in sportscar racing, with drives for Nissan (and Porsche in the FIA GT Championship, 1998). He was part of the team that was winning the 24 Hours of Daytona in a Porsche 911 GT1 and leading the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans for 18 hours in a BMW V12 LMR.

In 2000 (BMW V12 LMR) and 2001 (BMW M3 GTR V8), Müller was successful in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for BMW and Schnitzer Motorsport, having won the 2001 ALMS GT title.

Müller driving the BMW 320si WTCC car at Brands Hatch in 2008.

From the 2002 to 2005 season, Müller drove BMW 3series model E46 touring cars for the Schnitzer-operated works squad BMW Team Deutschland (also called BMW Team Germany) in the FIA European Touring Car Championship (now WTCC), and used the BMW 3 Series model E90 touring cars in seasons after 2005. From 2002, he and Dirk Müller participated in the ETCC and WTCC until the latter left for the ALMS after 2006.

The 2004 24 Hours Nürburgring was won by both Müllers (and Hans-Joachim Stuck) with the BMW M3 GTR V8 that had been raced successfully in the 2001 ALMS. In 2005, the Müllers finished 2nd behind their sister car.

In 2006 Müller finished second in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The following year, in Dirk Müller's absence, Augusto Farfus - joining fresh from Alfa Romeo - became Müller's new teammate for the 2007-09 seasons. Müller finished seventh in the 2007 championship, seventh again in 2008, and sixth in 2009.

Müller with the 2010 1000 km of Zhuhai GT2 winners' trophy.

For 2010 BMW reduced its WTCC squad down to two cars. Müller left the WTCC and became part of BMW's Le Mans Series team. This move brought immediate success in the form of an overall win for Müller at the 24 Hours Nürburgring in an M3 GT2. This victory was shared with Augusto Farfus, Pedro Lamy, and Uwe Alzen. In November Müller teamed up with Dirk Werner at the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the pair won the 1000km of Zhuhai for BMW Team Schnitzer.

During the 2011 ILMC season, Müller repeated his victory in Zhuhai, finishing 1st in class in the 6 Hours of Zhuhai. He shared this victory with Augusto Farfus. Also, in the same year, Müller participated in that year's Nürburgring 24 Hour Race as defending champion in the BMW M3 GT, with exactly the same lineup from 2010 entered by BMW Team Schnitzer (Farfus, Alzen, Lamy)

With BMW's factory effort entirely on the DTM for the 2012 programme, and their indefinite suspension of Le Mans efforts, Müller returned to the American Le Mans Series sharing a BMW with Bill Auberlen. He claimed a win and three podiums, plus two 4th-place finishes, and finished 6th overall.

For 2013, Müller joined Schubert Motorsport for a season in the ADAC GT Masters. He finished 17th overall, claiming a podium at Nürburgring, and given an accident he had at Spa-Francorchamps. Because of this accident, however, he was unable to attend that year's running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Claudia Hürtgen took his place. Müller also made a guest appearance at that year's Suzuka 1000 km, helping GSR & Studie to a 2nd-place finish, but was later disqualified during the post-race inspection. That year, it was revealed BMW Motorsport had not retained Müller with a factory contract; but as he was unable to find a new employer, BMW subsequently provided the veteran with a new contract. This ensured Müller would continue his career as a works driver.

In 2014, Müller joined BMW Sports Trophy Team Studie for a full season of the Super GT Championship, racing a BMW Z4 GT3. While Müller and teammate Seiji Ara were unable to pull off a single victory in the season, despite several close battles for P1 on some occasions, their efforts were enough to land them in 3rd place in the overall standings. Augusto Farfus helped Müller and Ara secure a podium at the 1000 km race in Suzuka. Müller also made appearances with BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS at the Nürburgring 24 Hour Race and the Spa 24 Hours.

Müller's 2015 season started shortly at the turn of the year, driving for the MPB Racing Team's BMW M235i Racing in the Dubai 24 Hour as a BMW works driver. However, a braking problem with the car resulting in a repair lasting at least two hours cost the team any chance of a class victory. Nevertheless, the MPB Racing Team's BMW still set the fastest lap in class. In addition to his outings with BMW Sports Trophy Team Studie, he joined BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS again for another running at the 24 Hours Nürburgring. However, a pit fire with his car cost the team 7 minutes, and by the end of the race Müller finished in an impressive 4th place (the sister car finished 2nd), with fellow works drivers Augusto Farfus, Nicky Catsburg, and Dirk Adorf. On February 5, 2015, Müller was given the honour of driving the BMW M6 GT3 on first roll-out at the BMW factory in Dingolfing, in addition to providing crucial support in the development stage of the car. The BMW M6 GT3 being the successor to the Z4 GT3.

In 2016, Müller continued participating in what would be his third season in the Super GT Championship, alongside BMW Team Studie (renamed from BMW Sports Trophy Team Studie). As usual, he appears at the 24 Hours Nürburgring; rejoining Schubert Motorsport in a BMW M6 GT3. On May 14, Müller, alongside DTM champion Marco Wittmann and BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn, recorded the BMW M6 GT3's first ever win, finishing first overall in a VLN 4-hour race. During the 24-hour race with Wittmann, Krohn, and Augusto Farfus, Müller was leading the field until his M6 GT3 suffered from a broken powertrain. The car was subsequently sent to the Schubert garage for extensive repairs lasting over twelve hours and by the end of the race finished 120th overall.

Family[edit]

Müller is the son of former European Karting-champion Ewald Müller. He is not related to former team-mate Dirk Müller or to French driver Yvan Muller.

Müller currently resides in Monaco. He has a younger brother, Rainer, and an older sister, Marion.

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1996 RSM Marko NÜR
2
PAU
1
PER
2
HOC
2
SIL
Ret
SPA
1
MAG
3
EST
2
MUG
2
HOC
Ret
1st 52

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1999 BMW Motorsport LMP BMW V12 LMR BMW S70 6.0 L V12 M SEB
ovr:1
cls:1
ATL MOS SON POR PET
ovr:3
cls:3
MON LSV 21st 52
2000 BMW Motorsport LMP BMW V12 LMR BMW S70 6.0 L V12 M SEB
ovr:3
cls:3
CHA
ovr:1
cls:1
SIL
ovr:1
cls:1
NÜR
ovr:2
cls:2
SON
ovr:3
cls:3
MOS
ovr:2
cls:2
TEX
ovr:4
cls:4
ROS
ovr:3
cls:3
PET
ovr:5
cls:5
MON
ovr:3
cls:3
LSV
ovr:26
cls:9
ADE 5th 221
2001 BMW Motorsport GT BMW M3 BMW 3.2L I6 M TEX
ovr:12
cls:5
PET
ovr:9
cls:2
1st 191
BMW M3 GTR BMW 4.0L V8 SEB
ovr:10
cls:3
DON
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
JAR
ovr:6
cls:2
SON
ovr:7
cls:1
POR
ovr:10
cls:3
MOS
ovr:10
cls:1
MID
ovr:14
cls:1
MON
ovr:9
cls:1
2009 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing GT2 BMW M3 GT2 BMW 4.0 L V8 D SEB STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME MOS PET
ovr:9
cls:2
MON 27th 26
2012 BMW Team RLL GT BMW M3 GT2 BMW 4.0 L V8 D SEB
ovr:22
cls:4
LNB
ovr:29
cls:10
MON
ovr:11
cls:3
LIM
ovr:14
cls:6
MOS
ovr:16
cls:7
MID
ovr:14
cls:3
AME
ovr:13
cls:1
BAL
ovr:12
cls:8
VIR
ovr:11
cls:4
PET
ovr:14
cls:3
6th 107

Complete European Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2002 BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i MAG
1

5
MAG
2

5
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

8
BRN
1

5
BRN
2

4
JAR
1

3
JAR
2

4
AND
1

4
AND
2

1
OSC
1

2
OSC
2

2
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

1
PER
1

4
PER
2

3
DON
1

5
DON
2

1
EST
1

4
EST
2

1
2nd 93
2003 BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i VAL
1

4
VAL
2

2
MAG
1

1
MAG
2

1
PER
1

6
PER
2

Ret
BRN
1

DSQ
BRN
2

16†
DON
1

4
DON
2

1
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

4
AND
1

4
AND
2

4
OSC
1

1
OSC
2

4
EST
1

4
EST
2

5
MNZ
1

11†
MNZ
2

1
2nd 106
2004 BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i MNZ
1

4
MNZ
2

1
VAL
1

6
VAL
2

5
MAG
1

2
MAG
2

4
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

1
BRN
1

7
BRN
2

4
DON
1

2
DON
2

Ret
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

1
IMO
1

7
IMO
2

Ret
OSC
1

4
OSC
2

Ret
DUB
1

6
DUB
2

12
4th 93

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2005 BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i ITA
1

29
ITA
2

4
FRA
1

1
FRA
2

1
GBR
1

9
GBR
2

7
SMR
1

27
SMR
2

12
MEX
1

DNS
MEX
2

DNS
BEL
1

3
BEL
2

16
GER
1

3
GER
2

3
TUR
1

Ret
TUR
2

12
ESP
1

5
ESP
2

1
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

DNS
5th 59
2006 BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320si ITA
1

28
ITA
2

25†
FRA
1

2
FRA
2

2
GBR
1

Ret
GBR
2

Ret
GER
1

7
GER
2

1
BRA
1

9
BRA
2

7
MEX
1

19
MEX
2

15
CZE
1

1
CZE
2

4
TUR
1

Ret
TUR
2

8
ESP
1

6
ESP
2

1
MAC
1

6
MAC
2

1
2nd 72
2007 BMW Team Germany BMW 320si BRA
1

1
BRA
2

3
NED
1

10
NED
2

3
ESP
1

8
ESP
2

2
FRA
1

11
FRA
2

10
CZE
1

2
CZE
2

1
POR
1

8
POR
2

2
SWE
1

15
SWE
2

10
GER
1

4
GER
2

Ret
GBR
1

14
GBR
2

7
ITA
1

16
ITA
2

14
MAC
1

13
MAC
2

20†
7th 66
2008 BMW Team Germany BMW 320si BRA
1

3
BRA
2

4
MEX
1

14
MEX
2

12
ESP
1

5
ESP
2

4
FRA
1

9
FRA
2

13
CZE
1

5
CZE
2

7
POR
1

9
POR
2

7
GBR
1

1
GBR
2

4
GER
1

26
GER
2

9
EUR
1

8
EUR
2

2
ITA
1

9
ITA
2

10
JPN
1

2
JPN
2

Ret
MAC
1

10
MAC
2

Ret
7th 60
2009 BMW Team Germany BMW 320si BRA
1

NC
BRA
2

5
MEX
1

5
MEX
2

13
MAR
1

8
MAR
2

4
FRA
1

3
FRA
2

18
ESP
1

6
ESP
2

2
CZE
1

2
CZE
2

7
POR
1

11
POR
2

8
GBR
1

6
GBR
2

2
GER
1

Ret
GER
2

4
ITA
1

NC
ITA
2

15
JPN
1

2
JPN
2

16
MAC
1

7
MAC
2

2
6th 76

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Super GT results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2013 GSR & Studie with Team Ukyo BMW Z4 GT3 GT300 OKA FUJ SEP SUG SUZ
DSQ
FUJ FUJ AUT MOT NC 0
2014 BMW Sports Trophy Team Studie BMW Z4 GT3 GT300 OKA
2
FUJ
4
AUT
15
SUG
8
SUZ
7
FUJ
3
BUR
2
MOT
7
3rd 62
2015 BMW Sports Trophy Team Studie BMW Z4 GT3 GT300 OKA
Ret
FUJ
6
CHA
3
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
2
SUG
19
AUT
3
MOT
9
7th 47
2016 BMW Sports Trophy Team Studie BMW M6 GT300 OKA
3
FUJ
24
SUG
10
FUJ
SUZ
CHA
MOT
MOT
9th* 12*

* Season still in progress.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1997 Japan Nissan Motorsport
United Kingdom TWR
United Kingdom Martin Brundle
South Africa Wayne Taylor
Nissan R390 GT1 GT1 139 DNF DNF
1998 Germany Porsche AG Germany Uwe Alzen
France Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT1-98 GT1 350 2nd 2nd
1999 Germany Team BMW Motorsport Denmark Tom Kristensen
Finland JJ Lehto
BMW V12 LMR LMP 304 DNF DNF
2010 Germany BMW Motorsport Brazil Augusto Farfus
Germany Uwe Alzen
BMW M3 GT2 GT2 320 19th 6th
2011 Germany BMW Motorsport Brazil Augusto Farfus
Germany Dirk Werner
BMW M3 GT2 GTE
Pro
276 DNF DNF

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Laurent Aïello
Monaco Formula Three Support
Race Winner

1991
Succeeded by
Marco Werner
Preceded by
Rickard Rydell
Macau Grand Prix Winner
1993
Succeeded by
Sascha Maassen
Preceded by
Jos Verstappen
German Formula Three champion
1994
Succeeded by
Norberto Fontana
Preceded by
Vincenzo Sospiri
International Formula 3000 Champion
1996
Succeeded by
Ricardo Zonta
Preceded by
Dirk Müller
American Le Mans Series GT Champion
2001
Succeeded by
Lucas Luhr
Sascha Maassen