Maxime Martin (born 20 March 1986) is a Belgian professional racing driver and son of four-time Spa 24 Hours winner Jean-Michel Martin. He currently is an Aston Martin Racing driver for which he competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship between 2018 and 2020. Martin had been a BMW factory driver since 2013, racing full-time in the American Le Mans Series for BMW Team RLL that season, as well as acting as BMW's DTM test and reserve driver. In late 2013 at BMW Motorsport's yearly review, Martin was confirmed as a full-time BMW DTM driver for the 2014 season.

Career

Born in Uccle, Martin finished fourth in 2006 in the Formula Renault 1.6 Belgium series.[1] In 2007 he began racing in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy, finishing third overall with one victory. The following year he finished as runner-up, with six wins. He also won the French Renault Clio Cup title. In 2009 he raced mainly in the FIA GT3 European Championship for AutoGT Racing in a Morgan Aero 8, winning at Silverstone.

For 2010 Martin began racing in the new FIA GT1 World Championship for the Marc VDS Racing Team in a Ford GT. Along with teammate Bas Leinders he scored two podium finishes and ended the season 14th in the standings. In 2011, Martin teamed with Frédéric Makowiecki to win 4 races, including both rounds at Ordos. Between 2011 and 2013 Martin raced in the Blancpain Endurance Series mainly driving a BMW Z4 GT3 also for the Marc VDS Racing Team. His best result came in 2012, where he finished runner-up together with his teammates Bas Leinders and Markus Palttala. In 2013 Martin also competed in the American Le Mans Series with BMW Team RLL in the all new BMW Z4 GTE. He and his team mate Bill Auberlen won in only the second race and finished 6th in the Drivers' standings.

Martin racing in the 2014 DTM for BMW.

In 2014 Martin made his debut in the DTM championship for BMW. He won a race at the Moscow Raceway, the first victory for a Belgian in the DTM.[2][3] In 2015, he won another race, this time at the Nürburgring.[4] In 2016, he only managed to finish twice on the podium, and ended the year winless. 2017 was his most successful season yet in the DTM, ending the season with one victory and four podiums.

In 2016 Martin won the Spa 24 Hours together with Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng, driving a BMW M6 GT3.[5] By winning this race, he followed in the footsteps of his father Jean-Michel Martin, who won the race four times, and his uncle Philippe, who won twice alongside Jean-Michel.

Martin racing in the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone.

In late 2017 Martin announced he would leave BMW after 5 years as a factory driver. He later announced he would join Aston Martin Racing as a factory driver to race in the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship. In September 2020 Martin won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMGTE Pro class together with Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell for Aston Martin Racing. He took four more podiums during the season and finished runner-up in the Drivers' standings.

While Aston Martin Racing officially ended its factory involvement in the FIA WEC after the 2019-2020 season, Martin was retained as a factory driver to support the customer racing program. However, due to a lack of opportunities in 2021 he raced on Porsche cars on several occasions. In 2022 Martin will race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 from The Heart of Racing Team. This marks his return to a full time program in North America for the first time since 2013.

Racing record

Complete GT1 World Championship results

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Marc VDS Racing Team Ford GT1 ABU
QR

6
ABU
CR

13
SIL
QR

19
SIL
CR

8
BRN
QR

16
BRN
CR

Ret
PRI
QR

20
PRI
CR

4
SPA
QR

9
SPA
CR

Ret
NÜR
QR

Ret
NÜR
CR

11
ALG
QR

Ret
ALG
CR

5
NAV
QR

3
NAV
CR

5
INT
QR

11
INT
CR

5
SAN
QR

3
SAN
CR

Ret
14th 54
2011 Marc VDS Racing Team Ford GT1 ABU
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1
ABU
CR

8
ZOL
QR

5
ZOL
CR

8
ALG
QR

6
ALG
CR

Ret
SAC
QR

1
SAC
CR

Ret
SIL
QR

NC
SIL
CR

Ret
NAV
QR

3
NAV
CR

4
PRI
QR

5
PRI
CR

6
ORD
QR

1
ORD
CR

1
BEI
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Ret
BEI
CR

4
SAN
QR

15
SAN
CR

11
6th 98
2012 Valmon Racing Team Russia Aston Martin DBRS9 NOG
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16
NOG
CR

12
ZOL
QR

9
ZOL
CR

12
NAV
QR

14
NAV
QR

Ret
SVK
QR
SVK
CR
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
SVK
QR
SVK
CR
MOS
QR
MOS
CR
NUR
QR
NUR
CR
DON
QR
DON
CR
28th 0

Complete FIA GT Series results

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2013 Marc VDS Racing Team BMW Z4 GT3 Pro NOG
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NOG
CR
ZOL
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ZOL
CR
ZAN
QR
ZAN
CR
SVK
QR
SVK
CR
NAV
QR
NAV
CR
BAK
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5
BAK
CR

Ret
NC‡ 0‡

As Martin was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup results

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2015 BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil BMW Z4 GT3 Pro NOG
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2
NOG
CR

1
BRH
QR
BRH
CR
ZOL
QR
ZOL
CR
MOS
QR
MOS
CR
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
MIS
QR
MIS
CR
ZAN
QR
ZAN
CR
14th 31
2016 Boutsen Ginion BMW M6 GT3 Pro-Am MIS
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25
MIS
CR

25
BRH
QR
BRH
CR
6th 21
Rowe Racing Pro NÜR
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9
NÜR
CR

8
HUN
QR
HUN
CR
CAT
QR
CAT
CR
26th 4

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2011 Belgium Kronos Racing
Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team
Belgium Vanina Ickx
Belgium Bas Leinders
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 328 7th 7th
2012 France OAK Racing Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
Belgium Bas Leinders
Morgan LMP2-Nissan LMP2 341 14th 7th
2013 France Thiriet by TDS Racing France Pierre Thiriet
France Ludovic Badey
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 310 DNF DNF
2018 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Alex Lynn
United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE
Pro
327 37th 13th
2019 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Alex Lynn
United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE
Pro
325 44th 12th
2020 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Alex Lynn
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE
Pro
346 20th 1st
2021 Chinese Taipei Hub Auto Racing Portugal Álvaro Parente
Belgium Dries Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR-19 GTE
Pro
227 DNF DNF

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results

(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 Pos Points
2014 BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM HOC
20
OSC
14
HUN
6
NOR
17
MSC
1
SPL
15
NÜR
7
LAU
14
ZAN
6
HOC
Ret
7th 47
2015 BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM HOC
1

7
HOC
2

14
LAU
1

7
LAU
2

8
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

10
ZAN
1

3
ZAN
2

17
SPL
1

14
SPL
2

19
MSC
1

18
MSC
2

4
OSC
1

11
OSC
2

9
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

13
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

6
7th 94
2016 BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM HOC
1

8
HOC
2

3
SPL
1

6
SPL
2

5
LAU
1

9
LAU
2

13
NOR
1

6
NOR
2

3
ZAN
1

10
ZAN
2

Ret
MSC
1

6
MSC
2

17
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

10
HUN
1

13
HUN
2

7
HOC
1

13
HOC
2

6
8th 90
2017 BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM HOC
1

11
HOC
2

Ret
LAU
1

4
LAU
2

8
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

3
NOR
1

2
NOR
2

1
MSC
1

16
MSC
2

Ret
ZAN
1

3
ZAN
2

6
NÜR
1

17
NÜR
2

11
SPL
1

6
SPL
2

11
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

6
8th 132

Complete British GT Championship results

(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
2018 Jetstream Motorsport AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 GT3 OUL
1

10
OUL
2

8
ROC
1

5
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

9
SIL
1

13
SPA
1

1
BRH
1

Ret
DON
1

11
7th 77.5

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

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

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2018–19 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage AMR Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 SPA
6
LMS
13
SIL
4
FUJ
9
SHA
4
SEB
8
SPA
1
LMS
14
8th 66
2019–20 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage AMR Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 SIL
3
FUJ
3
SHA
4
BHR
3
COA
4
SPA
3
LMS
1
BHR
4
2nd 160

Complete 24 Hours of Daytona results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013 United States Turner Motorsport United States Billy Johnson
Canada Paul Dalla Lana
United States Boris Said
United States Bill Auberlen
BMW M3 GT 631 28th 18th
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Michael Marsal
United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
United States Gunter Schaldach
- DNS DNS
2014 United States BMW Team RLL United States Joey Hand
United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
United States Bill Auberlen
BMW Z4 GTE GTLM 679 7th 2nd
2016 United States Turner Motorsport United States Michael Marsal
Finland Markus Palttala
Finland Jesse Krohn
BMW M6 GT3 GTD 701 19th 5th
2017 United States Turner Motorsport United States Justin Marks
Germany Jens Klingmann
Finland Jesse Krohn
BMW M6 GT3 GTD 628 25th 8th
2022 United States Heart of Racing Team United Kingdom Ross Gunn
Spain Alex Riberas
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 GTD Pro 103 DNF DNF

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results

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

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2022 Heart of Racing Team GTD Pro Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 DAY
13
SEB
11
PET
10th* 436*
GTD LBH
12
LGA
7
MDO
8
DET WGL
1
MOS
1
LIM
2
ELK
VIR
23rd* 528*

* Season still in progress.

References

  1. ^ "Maxime Martin". Driver Database. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Martin proud of first Belgian win". Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  3. ^ Leeuwen, Andrew van. "Moscow DTM: Maxime Martin converts pole to first series win". Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  4. ^ Adam, Mitchell. "DTM Nurburgring: BMW's Martin wins after clash with Wehrlein". Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  5. ^ "Maxime Martin wint spectaculaire 24 Uur van Spa met BMW - AutoWereld". www.autowereld.be (in Flemish). Retrieved 2016-08-04.

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