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Debut season with the BMW M6 GT3 draws to an end for Schubert Motorsport

Races 13 and 14 of the season brought Schubert Motorsport’s first ADAC GT Masters season with the BMW M6 GT3 to a close this weekend. BMW DTM driver Martin Tomczyk (DE) made his second appearance of the season alongside Jesse Krohn (FI) at the Hockenheimring (DE). The duo finished 12th on Saturday, narrowly missing out on the points. They then had to settle for 15th on Sunday, following a difficult qualifying session. 

The record at the end of the development season with BMW’s new GT car was a mixed one for Schubert Motorsport. The best race result was fifth place at the season-opener in Oschersleben. In total, Schubert Motorsport finished in the points on five occasions. 

Torsten Schubert (Team Principal Schubert Motorsport): “On the whole, this season did not pan out as we had hoped. We had a few good moments and were strong on certain tracks. When this was the case, however, we were often lacking that little slice of luck you need. Looking ahead to the coming season, we still have plenty of work ahead of us if we want to compete for the title with the BMW M6 GT3 in the future.” 

Jesse Krohn: “That was the first season from me and the BMW M6 GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters, and we learned an awful lot over the course of the year. It was not always easy, and unfortunately we did not make it onto the podium. Personally, however, I have improved considerably when it comes to GT sprint races. I feel that was very important, as I only knew the car from endurance racing before this year. I would like to say a big thank you to Schubert Motorsport for the hard work and good job they have done in this extremely high-class field. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s ADAC GT Masters.” 

Martin Tomczyk: “We would have liked to have scored some more points for Schubert Motorsport at the end of what has been a difficult season, but unfortunately we came up just short. Jesse and I showed what fighters we are in the race, and made up a few places. However, the overall package was not strong enough to match the pace being set at the front field. Sunday’s race was very eventful and a very exciting finale for the fans. Congratulations to the winners.”

Schubert Motorsport defies challenging weather to score points in both races

Schubert Motorsport defied some nasty weather conditions in Zandvoort (NL) to score points in both races on the sixth, and penultimate, race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters. The team from Oschersleben (DE) competed in Zandvoort with two BMW M6 GT3s: in addition to Jesse Krohn and Louis Delétraz in the number 20 car, Claudia Hürtgen and Jeroen den Boer took part in the number 19 BMW M6 GT3. Krohn/Delétraz finished the two races in ninth and eighth respectively. Hürtgen/den Boer crossed the line in 21st, and then in ninth, as well as recording a third-place finish and a victory in the Trophy standings. 

On Saturday, the weather around the circuit in the dunes was pleasant and sunny. Krohn qualified in seventh with the number 20 BMW M6 GT3. Den Boer also drove the number 19 car to 19th place in qualifying. Krohn and Delétraz finished ninth in the race, which was interrupted twice for safety car phases after accidents. Den Boer and Hürtgen had to make two extra stops due to tyre problems. They crossed the line in 21st place. 

However, the weather altered radically overnight: pouring rain on Sunday ensured that conditions would be tricky. The wet qualifying session in the morning ended with Delétraz in 14th. The Swiss driver had to contend with heavy traffic, as the whole field attempted to use a short period of light rain to record a good lap time. Hürtgen qualified in 19th. The weather improved again after that, and the race started in sunny and dry conditions. However, a short but heavy shower appeared after a quarter of an hour. Some drivers chose to make an extra stop to put on wet weather tyres, but the BMW M6 GT3s both decided to stay out. Delétraz and Hürtgen completed their stints on slick tyres, in the most challenging conditions. Once things had calmed down after the mandatory pit stops, Krohn was in eighth and den Boer was in 11th. The track continued to dry out as the race progressed and after an hour the BMW M6 GT3s crossed the line in eighth and ninth. 

The season finale for the ADAC GT Masters takes place from 30th September to 2nd October at the Hockenheimring (DE). 

Torsten Schubert (Team Principal): “We should be happy with the result, as Zandvoort is not an ideal circuit for us. That is why it was even more important to compete and stay in the top ten. The rain on Sunday turned the race into a lottery. It was difficult to make the right decision. Maybe we could have made another stop and switched to wet weather tyres - that might have helped us move up through the field. But all in all, we had some positive results. I was also pleased that Jeroen and Claudia were able to move up to ninth on Sunday. That was really good, as they have not been in the car for a while.” 

Louis Delétraz: “It was a good weekend. We did the maximum we could. Performance wise we continue to improve with every weekend. It was the first round of the season that we finished within the points in both races. Sunday’s race was a bit chaotic. I started on slicks, as it was sunny, but suddenly a big storm with heavy rain came. We decided to stay out. It was pretty tricky to drive with slicks on the wet, but we survived and I was able to hand the car over to Jesse in a good position. He then brought it home in eighth after we had finished ninth on Saturday, so overall we can be pretty happy with the weekend.”

Claudia Hürtgen: On Sunday it was not easy to drive in the rain on slicks. The conditions were difficult, but we didn’t make any mistakes. We made a good pit stop too, and finished in ninth. We had some bad luck on Saturday with the tyre problems, and that was hard to take. But overall it was important to get plenty of kilometres under our belts in both races, which allowed us to gather more valuable information for Schubert Motorsport in changeable conditions. From that point of view, we should be happy with the weekend.”

Schubert Motorsport to contest the ADAC GT Masters in Zandvoort with two BMW M6 GT3

At the penultimate race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters season in Zandvoort (NL), Schubert Motorsport will line up with two BMW M6 GT3s. The number 20 car will be driven by the two BMW Motorsport Juniors Jesse Krohn (FI) and Louis Delétraz (CH) as usual. In the sister car with number 19, which was in action at the Lausitzring (DE), Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Jeroen den Boer (NL) will take to the track. The guest start sees the Dutchman make a comeback in the ADAC GT Masters. He competed in a total of 34 races between 2011 and 2013 and celebrated two wins. These days, Boer is an engineer at BMW Motorsport. The two races at the "Circuit Park Zandvoort" will take place on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. CEST and on Sunday at 1:08 p.m. CEST (both live on Sport1). Timo Frings (Team Manager): "It's evident that the ADAC GT Masters season isn't going as we had hoped. But we will keep on fighting and will give it our all in the remaining races to get as many good individual results as possible. We are continuously developing the BMW M6 GT3 and hope to gain much more data to analyse through competing with a second car. We are also looking forward to Claudia Hürtgen returning to our team and Jeroen den Boer making a guest start. He supported us as an engineer at the recent event at the Nürburgring. That's what gave us the idea of fielding him as a driver at his home event in Zandvoort. After all, he has superb knowledge of the track and a great deal of experience, both with the BMW M6 GT3 and in the ADAC GT Masters."

Eventful race weekend for Schubert Motorsport at the Nürburgring

Round five of the 2016 ADAC GT Masters took the Schubert Motorsport team to the Nürburgring (DE). Jesse Krohn and Louis Delétraz were once again at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3. It proved to be an eventful weekend for the team from Oschersleben (DE). 

In Saturday’s opening race, a puncture caused start driver Krohn to come in for an unscheduled pit stop after 12 minutes. He rejoined the field in 27th. Krohn and Delétraz then launched an impressive fightback, which saw them climb back into 12th. However, Delétraz suffered another puncture in the closing stages and, after contact with another car, skidded off the track and was forced to retire. 

The BMW Motorsport Juniors produced another spirited fightback in Sunday’s race. Starting from 23rd, Delétraz immediately made up five positions at the start. Over the rest of the race, he and Krohn fought their way into 12th. Krohn had his sights set on a points finish, but was then forced off the track and was subsequently unable to gain any more positions. The duo ultimately came home 12th. 

The sixth race weekend of the 2016 ADAC GT Masters takes place in Zandvoort (NL) from 19th to 21st August. 

Torsten Schubert (Team Principal): “The two punctures on Saturday were unlucky, otherwise Jesse and Louis would have scored some good points. The grid position could have been better for Sunday’s race, but the two drivers produced another impressive fightback. Unfortunately, Jesse was forced off the track in the latter stages, otherwise we could have finished even higher up the field. All in all, we continued to work hard on the settings and are confident that we will be able to exhaust the potential of the new BMW M6 GT3 even better in the coming races.” 

Jesse Krohn: “It wasn’t the best weekend for us. On Saturday, we had nothing but bad luck. We had two punctures and at the end we had to retire. It was a really unlucky day but we came back on Sunday. Both the team and Louis did a really good job to bring the car in a good position to the pits and I was able gain more places.” 

Louis Delétraz: “I think we have been a bit unlucky this weekend. Performance wise we are getting better and better, both the car and us as drivers. In Saturday’s race, we had two punctures, but we were still running for the points until we unfortunately had to retire. In Sunday’s race, we got the maximum possible result. Without Jesse being pushed off track points would have been possible again. So we are getting there and will keep working hard.”

Schubert Motorsport returns to the Eifel Mountains with the BMW M6 GT3

Schubert Motorsport returns to the Eifel Mountains with the BMW M6 GT3 this weekend. The team from Oschersleben (DE) has already contested several races in the VLN Endurance Championship and the famous 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (DE), and now heads back to the circuit for round five of the 2016 ADAC GT Masters. Unlike at the endurance events, the shorter Grand Prix Circuit will be used instead of the Nordschleife. 

The two BMW Motorsport Juniors Jesse Krohn (FI) and Louis Delétraz (CH) will once again alternate at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3. Schubert Motorsport travels to the Eifel region looking to back up the performance it showed at the last race weekend in Spielberg. The team was challenging for a podium finish in Austria until they fell victim to collisions through no fault of their own in both races and were forced to retire on both occasions. 

Races nine and ten of the season start at 13:15 on Saturday and Sunday (both live on Sport1). 

Timo Frings (Team Manager): “We travel to the Nürburgring full of confidence. We have already won there this year – albeit on the Nordschleife – and were among the fastest cars in the 24-hour race. That gives us an extra boost, although we will face different challenges in the ADAC GT Masters to those we encounter on the endurance circuit. We are continuing to work on the BMW M6 GT3, and are heading in the right direction. It goes without saying that you also need a bit of luck to have a successful weekend, and we are hoping – unlike in Spielberg – that the results will reflect our performance. The weather is always a key factor in the Eifel region, but the forecast is good for the weekend.”

Schubert Motorsport to receive back-up from the DTM in Spielberg: António Félix da Costa will compete in the BMW M6 GT3

For the second time in the current ADAC GT Masters season, a BMW DTM driver will take the wheel of Schubert Motorsport's number 20 BMW M6 GT3. After Martin Tomczyk (DE) teamed up with Jesse Krohn (FI) at the season opener in Oschersleben (DE) and finished in fifth and eighth place, António Félix da Costa (PT) will compete alongside BMW Motorsport Junior Krohn at the Red Bull Ring (AT) this weekend. 

Félix da Costa is in his third DTM season in 2016 and celebrated his first win in the series in 2015. He also competes in the FIA Formula E Championship and has already made guest starts in the Brazilian Stock Cars. Now he is eager to prove his versatility as a racing driver in the BMW M6 GT3. 

The seventh and eighth races of the season get underway at 1:15 p.m. CET on Saturday and 12:15 p.m. CET on Sunday (both live on Sport1). 

Timo Frings (Team Manager): "It has been a very long break since the ADAC GT Masters races at the Lausitzring. Which means that we are looking forward to the races in Spielberg and the rest of the season even more than usual. We have used the past weeks to get to know the BMW M6 GT3 even better and hope to be able to convert this into good results at the Red Bull Ring. We are delighted that António Félix da Costa competing for us means that we will have a BMW DTM driver in the team for the second time this season. He has proved that he is an outstanding racing driver in the DTM and numerous other series. I have no doubt that he will enrich our team." 

António Félix da Costa: “I can hardly wait to finally go racing in this fantastic car. Over the course of my career, I have driven pretty much everything you can try out as a racing driver – but a GT car is something new for me. I am also looking forward to working with Jesse and the Schubert team. I don’t know the team yet, but I have actually raced against Jesse. This will be the first time I have shared a cockpit with him. I think I will have to adapt a bit and get used to the BMW M6 GT3 and the series. However, my outing in the ADAC GT Masters gives me the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

Schubert Motorsport denied reward for good performance and hard work

Retirements in both races, through no fault of their own: that is the summary of the fourth race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters, as experienced by Schubert Motorsport. The hard work of the team and strong performances from António Félix da Costa and Jesse Krohn in the BMW M6 GT3 went unrewarded at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg (AT). BMW DTM driver Félix da Costa made his GT debut as a guest driver for Schubert Motorsport.  

Krohn posted the second-fastest time in qualifying on Saturday. However, due to a disqualification the car was not able to start on the front row. They had to start the race from the back of the grid. Krohn and Félix da Costa mounted a great challenge and clawed back more than 20 places to move up to ninth. The BMW M6 GT3 was hit by another car and damaged so badly that Félix da Costa had to aim for the pits and retired from the race. 

On Sunday, the Portuguese driver claimed a great fourth place in his first GT qualifying session. He defended this position in the race until he was hit by a competitor, a collision that turned him off the track. Félix da Costa re-joined the field in seventh and moved up one place before handing the BMW M6 GT3 over to Krohn in sixth position. However, the not-at-fault collision had damaged the clutch. Shortly after taking over behind the wheel, Krohn had to park in the gravel trap due to clutch problems. 

The fifth race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters takes place from 5th to 7th August at the Nürburgring (DE). 

Torsten Schubert (Schubert Motorsport Team Principal): “It is a shame that we didn’t get the results we had hoped for this weekend. Jesse and António did really well to catch up on Saturday. We could have scored some points even though we started from the back. On Sunday, António performed very well in qualifying. The fact that this was his first weekend in the BMW M6 GT3 makes this performance all the more impressive. He was only eight hundredths of a second away from pole position. A place in the leading pack would have been possible in the race itself, and maybe even a podium finish. But sadly it was not to be and we were not rewarded for our hard work.” 

António Félix da Costa: “First of all I want to say that it was a really nice experience to drive the BMW M6 GT3 for the first time. I had a great feeling in the car and I want to thank the Schubert Motorsport team who really helped me to get up to speed fast. On Sunday, we had a great result within reach. Qualifying went really well and during the race we were hanging on to the group at the front and in the middle of the fight. Unfortunately, then the driver behind lost control of the car – obviously due to a defect – and hit me, damaging our BMW M6 GT3. I stayed on track as we were still running in seventh, which would have been good points, but I could feel that the clutch slowly started to fail. And after I handed the car to Jesse, the clutch did not work anymore. I feel very sorry for the whole team because they worked very hard and it would have been nice to give them a result. I think a podium would have been possible as Jesse would have been really strong in the second stint. So I am disappointed now but at the same time I had a lot of fun.” 

Jesse Krohn: “Unfortunately all we had this weekend was bad luck. There was nothing we could do. On Saturday we were hit when we were on course for points, on Sunday the clutch was damaged when our BMW M6 GT3 was hit again. It really is a shame. It was really good to share the cockpit with António. He is a really professional and quick driver. I really enjoyed to share the car with him.”

Schubert Motorsport fields two BMW M6 GT3s in the Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring – Krohn and Delétraz in the points in Sunday’s race

Just one week after the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (DE), Schubert Motorsport was back in action. The team from Oschersleben (DE) fielded two BMW M6 GT3s in the ADAC GT Masters for the first time this season in the Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring (DE). 

As at the Sachsenring (DE), BMW Motorsport Juniors Jesse Krohn (FI) and Louis Delétraz (CH) shared the cockpit of the number 20 car. They started Saturday’s race from an outstanding third place on the grid. Krohn was initially able to maintain his position among the front-runners, before eventually dropping a few places. Delétraz attempted to make up ground again after the driver change. However, the BMW M6 GT3 was so badly damaged in a fierce battle that Delétraz was forced to bring his car back to the pit lane and retire. 

On Sunday, the two BMW Motorsport Juniors again battled hard to work their way through the field from 17th on the grid. They achieved this superbly thanks to a flawless performance and the fact that a number of opponents had problems. The pair came home sixth to score valuable points towards the overall standings.

Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Niklas Mackschin (DE) were making their debuts in the BMW M6 GT3 in the number 19 car. They retired after a collision early on in Saturday’s opening race. The duo fared better on Sunday, finishing 20th and gaining valuable experience in the new car. 

The ADAC GT Masters now takes a six-week summer break before the fourth race weekend at the Red Bull Ring (AT) from 22nd to 24th July. 

Torsten Schubert (Team Principal): “The weekend was not that easy for us, so we are very happy with the fightback on Sunday. It goes without saying that we benefitted a bit from the many skirmishes throughout the field. However, we were also rather unlucky with our second car. It had to stay in the garage for a relatively long time, which meant it was no longer able to really attack. In the end, we did a good job of making it through to the finish.” 

Louis Delétraz (number 20 BMW M6 GT3): “I had a fantastic opening lap on Sunday. I was able to stay clear of all the skirmishes and was always in the right place at the right time. I made up a lot of places that way. Jesse then did a great job in his stint and ensured that I picked up my first points in a GT race. I am delighted. Working with Jörg Müller helped me a lot. I am totally new to GT racing, and can benefit greatly from his experience.” 

Claudia Hürtgen (number 19 BMW M6 GT3): “That was my first race in the BMW M6 GT3. I had the opportunity to test the car at the start of the year. The weekend showed that we still have plenty of work ahead of us. We did improve a little from Saturday to Sunday, and made some important progress. However, we still have a few points we need to work on. They include qualifying in the top ten, otherwise you soon find yourself being swamped in the pack and hit from all sides.”

Schubert Motorsport to field two BMW M6 GT3s at the highlight of the ADAC GT Masters season at the Lausitzring

Schubert Motorsport will compete with two BMW M6 GT3s for the first time this year, to coincide with the highlight of the ADAC GT Masters season, the Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring (DE). Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Niklas Mackschin (DE) celebrate their return to the "league of supercars" and their debuts in the BMW M6 GT3. Hürtgen and Mackschin shared the cockpit of the Schubert Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 at the 2015 season finale in Hockenheim (DE). 

As usual, car number 20 will be driven by the BMW Motorsport Juniors. Like at the Sachsenring (DE), Jesse Krohn (FI) and Louis Delétraz (CH) will once again take the wheel at the EuroSpeedway. They will receive on-site coaching from BMW works driver Jörg Müller (DE). Müller was in action for the Schubert team at the 24 Hours Nürburgring (DE) last weekend, where both cars were forced out of the race for the top spots through no fault of their own. 

Races five and six of the ADAC GT Masters season will be held as part of the joint race weekend with the DTM and the Superbike*IDM. A great motorsport spectacle awaits the fans. The races get underway at 1:08 p.m. CEST on Saturday and Sunday. 

Timo Frings (Team Manager): "We have the most important race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters season ahead of us. Being able to celebrate a Motorsport Festival on the same weekend together with the DTM and the Superbike*IDM is as much of a highlight for us as a team as it is for the fans. We are delighted to be able to field two BMW M6 GT3s for the first time this season at this event. We didn't have much time to prepare for this new challenge after the 24-hour race, but all of our team members are as highly motivated as ever to celebrate the greatest possible successes on the racetrack. Unfortunately, this didn't work out at the Nürburgring, despite a strong performance. But fortunately, just a few days later, we have the opportunity to forget about the bad luck we experienced at the Nordschleife."

Strong performance at the 24 Nürburgring Hours was not rewarded with good results

Schubert Motorsport were impressive at the BMW M6 GT3's debut at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE), but an accident and a technical defect prevented the team from being rewarded with good results for its strong performance.

After an outstanding qualifying lap by Augusto Farfus (BR), the number 18 car started the 24-hour race from second on the grid. Despite the chaotic weather, the car was in the lead at one point, but engine damage forced Jörg Müller (DE) to stop the BMW M6 GT3 on the 17th lap. The team worked hard throughout the night to get the car back on the track. It managed this in the early hours, and Farfus, Müller and their team-mates Jesse Krohn (FI) and Marco Wittmann (DE) at least made it to the finish line on Sunday – albeit with a large deficit.

The number 100 BMW M6 GT3 driven by John Edwards (US), Jens Klingmann (DE), Lucas Luhr (DE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) made it through the night without any problems and battled for a place on the podium. But shortly after 9 a.m. CEST, Luhr was hit by another car through no fault of his own, crashed into the barriers and was forced to retire from the race. This meant that, despite good lap times, Schubert Motorsport was left without any tangible success.

Now its focus is on next weekend when the BMW Motorsport Juniors Krohn and Louis Delétraz (CH) will compete in the ADAC GT Masters at the Lausitzring (DE).

Quotes from the race:

Torsten Schubert (Team Principal): "It is a real shame that we weren't able to race for the win. We had the necessary speed to be up there at the front, but unfortunately, as in previous years, we didn't have that little bit of luck needed. There was nothing that we could do about the accident with car number 100 or the technical defect on car number 18. I feel really sorry for the guys in the team, who work hard year after year and don't reap the rewards they deserve. But that's motorsport. We will go on the attack again next year and try to achieve a top result with the BMW M6 GT3."

Lucas Luhr (Schubert Motorsport, number 100 BMW M6 GT3, DNF): “I am a positive person, so I will take the positives from this race. The brand-new BMW M6 GT3 proved its potential and showed that it is competitive on the Nordschleife. We can build on that, looking ahead. The collision was obviously unnecessary. It is a shame that we were unable to convert the strong performance we showed over the course of the race into a good result. The other car came from nowhere and ploughed into me. I had no chance, and it was a big impact.”

Augusto Farfus (Schubert Motorsport, number 18 BMW M6 GT3, 120th place): “It obviously hurt to be denied any chance of a good result relatively early in the race. We were leading at the time of the engine problem, and had very good speed. We still had that pace after the overnight repairs. I would like to pay a big compliment to the Schubert Motorsport team. They worked hard all night to get our car back out onto the track. For me, they are the real heroes.”

After 16 hours: Schubert Motorsport is well-placed in the race at the Nordschleife

Mixed feelings at Schubert Motorsport after 16 hours of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (DE). Eight hours before the end of the race, the number 100 BMW M6 GT3 is in fifth place and is within touching distance of the podium positions. John Edwards (US), Jens Klingmann (DE), Lucas Luhr (DE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) made it through the night without any problems.

However, things didn't go quite as well for the number 18 car: Damage to the drivetrain forced Jörg Müller (DE) to retire the BMW M6 GT3 in the evening. The team’s mechanics worked hard overnight to repair the car. The plan is to send car number 18 driven by Müller, Augusto Farfus (BR), Jesse Krohn (FI) and Marco Wittmann (DE) back onto the track shortly. Müller was in the lead when the technical issues arose.

Both Schubert cars weathered the turbulent initial phase of the 24 Nürburgring Hours well. Severe storms meant that the race had to be suspended after just 50 minutes. Hail covered sections of the track, forcing the drivers to stop on the track. After a long break, the race was able to continue shortly after 8 p.m. CEST.

Quotes from the race:

Martin Tomczyk (number 100 BMW M6 GT3): "We drove double stints during the night. It was okay. We didn't risk too much and drove safely, but quickly. We were mostly between third and fifth place. I'm happy, it went quite well even though there was a lot going on on the track. But that is the Nürburgring."

Jörg Müller (number 18 BMW M6 GT3): “The first thing I noticed was the car vibrating. At first I thought it was a puncture. Then I suddenly lost all power and it started to smoke. Something broke in the drivetrain. It is a huge shame, as we were running really well.”

Schubert Motorsport secures front row grid position

Schubert Motorsport is ready for the highlight of the 2016 GT season: the team from Oschersleben’s (DE) two BMW M6 GT3s finished second and 13th in the top-30 qualifying for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (DE). 

Augusto Farfus (BR) was at the wheel of the number 18 car for the time trial. The BMW works driver clocked a time of 8:16.146 minutes, good enough to put him just 1.631 seconds behind the number 9 Mercedes, which secured pole position. When the race gets underway at 15:30 on Saturday, Farfus will share the driving duties with Jesse Krohn (FI), Jörg Müller (DE) and Marco Wittmann (DE). 

The number 100 car qualified 13th, with a time of 8:22.342 minutes. Jens Klingmann (DE), who was in the car for the all-important qualifying session, will share the cockpit of the BMW M6 GT3 with John Edwards (US), Lucas Luhr (DE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) at the 44th staging of this endurance classic. 

Augusto Farfus (BMW M6 GT3, number 18): “Conditions were far from easy today, but P2 is obviously a great result. The track was still damp in some areas, so you had to be extremely careful. It’s nice that the long phase of preparations is over and that the race is now almost there. We are ready, and there’s not much more we could have done. A big 24 hours await us, and the weather will surely be a challenging factor. However, we have a strong squad and will be fully focussed.” 

Jens Klingmann (BMW M6 GT3, number 100): “The basis of our preparation is really good, we are heading in the right direction. However, the weather conditions will be the tricky factor in this race. This will definitely be a major challenge on Saturday and Sunday. Only in the race itself will we see how strong the competition really is. That’s why we only focus on ourselves. The first goal is to make it through the race without any major incidents. This alone will be a difficult task.”

Schubert Motorsport celebrates historic one-two result with the BMW M6 GT3 at the Nordschleife

After one VLN race and four starts in the ADAC GT Masters, Schubert Motorsport recorded a first win with the new BMW M6 GT3 in its sixth race. The team from Oschersleben (DE) was even able to celebrate a one-two result at the third race in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring (DE). Jesse Krohn (FI), Jörg Müller (DE) and Marco Wittmann (DE) triumphed in car number 31 ahead of their team-mates John Edwards (US), Lucas Luhr (DE) und Martin Tomczyk (DE) in the number 39 BMW M6 GT3. 

This win did not just represent a perfect dress rehearsal for the upcoming 24-hour race at the Nordschleife for Schubert Motorsport. Team principal Torsten Schubert and everyone involved in this victory ensured that Schubert Motorsport made history for BMW Motorsport as the first team ever to record a win in the new BMW M6 GT3. 

Schubert Motorsport will compete at the 24-hour race with two BMW M6 GT3s and eight drivers. The six drivers who competed so successfully this weekend will be joined by Augusto Farfus (BR) and Jens Klingmann (DE). 

Torsten Schubert (Team Principal): “This win was just reward for the hard work put in by my team over the last few days. We gave our all to give the cars the best preparation for the 24-hour-race and everything went well today. I think it was good to test what speed we can reach in racing trim. Being the first team to win a race in the BMW M6 GT3 is a special honour for us.” 

Jesse Krohn (BMW M6 GT3, number 31): “I did not realise that this was the first ever win for the BMW M6 GT3. It is great to be a part of this triumph and it makes me very proud. I put in a great lap in qualifying, which was good enough for pole position. We took this performance into the race and were able to secure the win. We hit all our targets this weekend and prepared for the 24-hour race in the best possible way.” 

Martin Tomczyk (BMW M6 GT3, number 39): “It’s always a great feeling for a driver to be standing on the podium – even if that was not the priority for us in this preparatory race. We wanted to prepare as well as possible for the highlight of the season in two weeks. That includes seeing just what the car can do, so we have shown just what is possible with the BMW M6 GT3. We are looking forward to measuring our performance against the competition in the 24-hour race.”

Dress rehearsal for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring

Schubert Motorsport will travel to the Nürburgring (DE) with two BMW M6 GT3s this weekend. The plan is to use the third race of the VLN Endurance Championship to put the finishing touches to the cars ahead of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring on 28th/29th May. The number 39 BMW M6 GT3 will be particularly eye-catching, as it will be racing in a special design for the first time to commemorate the 100th anniversary celebrations of the BMW Group and the BMW brand. 

The BMW works drivers John Edwards (US), Lucas Luhr (DE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) will share driving duties in the number 39 BMW M6 GT3 during the four-hour race on Saturday. Meanwhile, BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn (FI), BMW works driver Jörg Müller (DE) and BMW DTM driver Marco Wittmann (DE) will be at the wheel of the number 31 car. 

Timo Frings (Team Manager): “We will use our last test before the highlight of the endurance racing season to sort out the final set-up details for the cars, and ensure that we prepare for the 24-hour race as best we can. The results themselves are not a priority for us. It is much more important to complete the race without any problems and gather as much information as possible for the race in two weeks, which will hopefully take place under similar conditions. We are also looking forward to seeing the car in action for the first time in the new design for the birthday celebrations. We are very proud to be competing with this special BMW M6 GT3.”

Difficult weekend for Schubert Motorsport at the Sachsenring

The second race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters season did not end with the desired success for Schubert Motorsport. At the Sachsenring (DE), where it celebrated a one-two result in the race on Saturday last year, the team from Oschersleben (DE) was unlucky this year. Initially, Jesse Krohn (FI) secured an outstanding fifth place in the BMW M6 GT3 in qualifying on Saturday. But due to a disqualification Krohn had to start the race from the back of the grid. Despite a strong, fighting performance, it was only enough for 22nd place. 

On Sunday, one day after contesting the first GT race of his career, Louis Delétraz (CH) took part in his first qualifying session in the ADAC GT Masters. He kept up well with the best GT racers in the starting field for a long time. But he got stuck in traffic in the final minutes of the session and was unable to improve his lap time. He ended up qualifying in 22nd on the grid. From this position, the two BMW Motorsport Juniors Krohn and Delétraz drove a strong race and were in 13th place, in part thanks to an outstanding pit stop from the Schubert team. Points were within reach. But then about 15 minutes before the end of the race, the bonnet that had suffered light damage earlier on came off and Krohn was forced to end the race early. 

The third race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters will be held at the Lausitzring from 3rd-5th June. The eagerly awaited joint event with the DTM will be held at the EuroSpeedway. Krohn and Delétraz will share the cockpit of the BMW M6 GT3 again there. 

Torsten Schubert (team boss Schubert Motorsport): "It wasn't the weekend we were hoping for. It was a shame we lost the fantastic fifth place on the grid that Jesse achieved, since starting from the back of the grid meant we had no chance of picking up any points. Louis drove very well in qualifying on Sunday, especially considering that he had to compete with the best GT drivers in the world on his debut. There wasn't a huge difference in time. He did a good job overall and improved from session to session. We would have been able to make it into the points with a bit of luck in the second race, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be this time. Now we need to keep working hard to be able to be fighting at the front again at the Lausitzring." 

Jesse Krohn: "In this extremely strong championship it is crucial to be right near the front in qualifying. We didn't manage this for various reasons. So when you start from right at the back it is really difficult. Louis did a good job at his first GT race weekend. Naturally, he needs to get used to the new style of driving first, but he's making great progress with each lap that he completes. It's fun working with him." 

Louis Delétraz: "It was a very special weekend for me. How many people get the opportunity to contest their first GT race in a BMW M6 GT3? That makes me very proud. Unfortunately, we didn't get the good results we were hoping for, but I learnt a lot anyway, and really enjoyed the races. The dimensions and the weight of the BMW M6 GT3 in particular are completely new to me as a Formula driver. You only really notice it in the race when it gets close in the first turn and you have light collisions with one or two of your rivals. But no doubt I will get used to that quickly, and I hope to be able to finish further up the field at the Lausitzring. I'm already looking forward to it."

BMW Motorsport Junior Delétraz celebrates race debut for Schubert Motorsport

 

After the successful start in the ADAC GT Masters, Schubert Motorsport heads to the Sachsenring full of anticipation for the second race weekend and is looking forward to a first: The two BMW Motorsport Juniors Jesse Krohn (FI) and Louis Delétraz (CH) will share the new BMW M6 GT3 for the first time as they set off in search of points, after BMW DTM driver Martin Tomczyk (DE) drove alongside Krohn in Oschersleben. It will be Delétraz's race debut for the team from Oschersleben. 

The Sachsenring has been a good hunting ground for Schubert Motorsport in the past. The team celebrated an impressive one-two victory in the Saturday race there in 2015. And the two positions in the points at the 2016 season-opener on the team’s doorstep in Oschersleben also made for happy faces and plenty of confidence for the appearance at the demanding roller-coaster ride that is the Sachsenring. The 3.671-kilometre track has hosted the ADAC GT Masters ever since it was founded ten years ago. 

The two races get underway on Saturday and Sunday at 13:15 CET and will be broadcast live on Sport1. 

Timo Frings (Team Manager): “We are really looking forward to having both of our BMW Motorsport Juniors Jesse Krohn and Louis Delétraz in racing action for us in the BMW M6 GT3 together for the first time. Our one-two victory last year means we have good memories of the Sachsenring, and we were pleased with the start to the new season in Oschersleben. We drove straight into the points with our new car in both races and want to build on this performance. It is also our goal to continue to develop the BMW M6 GT3 throughout the season. So we are hoping for a weekend without incident so that we can collect as much data as possible.” 

Jesse Krohn: “I know the Sachsenring from testing and I think it’s a great and very special track. It will be interesting to see how the BMW M6 GT3 will do on this circuit layout. I think the fast corners could suit our car. After having had a great weekend with Martin Tomczyk in Oschersleben, this time I’m looking forward to joining forces with fellow BMW Motorsport Junior Louis Delétraz. As always, we’ll give all we can to achieve the best possible results.” 

Louis Delétraz: “I am really looking forward to the trip to the Sachsenring. I’m about to contest my first ever GT race and no doubt still have a lot to learn. However, I’m certain it will be an incredible experience. I can hardly wait to get started. I don’t find it a problem switching between the BMW M6 GT3 and a Formula car. The adjustment is mainly in my head, and I learned to deal with that very well in the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme last year. We’ll see how the BMW M6 GT3 works on this very special track at the Sachsenring, and will hopefully finish in the points again in the race. If it turns out that we can do even better, naturally we will give it our all to make the most of the opportunity. But the competition in the ADAC GT Masters is of a very high calibre.”

Schubert Motorsport twice in the points at the ADAC GT Masters season-opener

Schubert Motorsport finished the first two races of the ADAC GT Masters season on home soil in Oschersleben (DE) in P5 and P8. BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn (FI) and BMW DTM driver Martin Tomczyk (DE) were able to score points in the first two races for the BMW M6 GT3 in this series. 

On Saturday Krohn secured P9 in qualifying. Thanks to a perfect race and a great pit stop by Team Schubert the car was able to finish fifth. Sunday’s race started after back luck for Tomczyk in qualifying. On a drying track he was third only a few minutes before the end of the session. Unfortunately he was not able to improve his lap time, as we was held up by another car. Nevertheless Tomczyk and Krohn drove a great race to catch up from 18th on the grid to finish eighth. Both drivers scored 14 points in the Drivers' standings. 

The second race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters season takes place from 29th April to 1st May at the Sachsenring (DE). This will be the first opportunity for the BMW Motorsport Juniors Krohn and Louis Delétraz (CH) to share the cockpit of the BMW M6 GT3. 

Torsten Schubert (Team Principal, Schubert Motorsport): “I'm very pleased with finishing eighth after starting from 18th on Sunday. I think we really got the best possible result after our bad luck in qualifying. My guys did a great pit stop, just like they did on Saturday, and this allowed us to make up a few positions. Overall, it's not a bad result to be fifth and eighth on the first race weekend with the BMW M6 GT3. We will carry on fine-tuning the vehicle, with the aim of having better finishes than this and winning races once again.” 

Jesse Krohn: “It was important to finish in the points twice on the first race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters season. On Sunday I was able to pull off good overtaking manoeuvres – that was a lot of fun! In general, we've still got to work on our pace, especially in qualifying. With a starting grid of this size, it's very difficult to do the perfect lap in qualifying. If we can do that then we can also make it back onto the podium. Driving with Martin Tomczyk was great for me. He has so much experience and I can really learn a lot from him.” 

Martin Tomczyk: “Overall, that was a good start for the BMW M6 GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters. It allowed us to gather some really useful race experience with the new car. Now the team can evaluate the data and come to some important conclusions. It was unfortunate that I had some bad luck in qualifying on Sunday, as a better result would otherwise have been possible. I also really enjoyed working with Jesse Krohn, as he is a really good driver. I can look back on this as a successful guest appearance in the ADAC GT Masters, a race series with a top-quality field.“

Prominent support for Schubert Motorsport at the ADAC GT Masters season-opener on home soil

 

Next weekend the time for testing will be over as the new ADAC GT Masters season gets underway in Oschersleben (DE). Schubert Motorsport is at home at the Motorsport Arena and will celebrate a debut at the season-opener: the BMW M6 GT3 Junior car is going to race for the very first time. 

BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn (FI) will be at the wheel of the brand-new GT car, that has been developed by BMW Motorsport, for the whole season. For the first race weekend he will be supported by BMW DTM driver Martin Tomczyk (DE). The 2011 DTM champion has been well-known by Team Schubert since 2013 when he started racing for the squad at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Now this is his first time racing in the ADAC GT Masters. He has tested the BMW M6 GT3 and so knows the car pretty well. 

Schubert Motorsport has positive experiences with BMW DTM drivers starting for the team in the ADAC GT Masters. At the 2015 season finale Bruno Spengler helped Schubert Motorsport win the Team Competition. 

The two races in Oschersleben begin at 1.15 p.m. CET on Saturday and Sunday. 

Timo Frings (Team Manager): ”Fielding the BMW M6 GT3 this season is a new project and a new challenge for us. After testing we feel well prepared for the season and are confident of achieving good results. But we won’t see before Saturday where we really are compared to our competitors. We’re very happy to work with Martin Tomczyk. He’s a great guy and an excellent racer. I think it’s good for the whole team to have him with us in Oschersleben.“ 

Martin Tomczyk: “I'm really looking forward to being able to support the BMW Motorsport Juniors at the season opener of the ADAC GT Masters in Oschersleben. I have personal experience from when I contested the BMW Formula ADAC Junior Cup at the age of 16 of just how important BMW has always been in developing young talent. That was when I laid the foundations for my career. Now I am happy to use my experience to support the next generation of BMW Juniors, and I'm particularly pleased I get to do this while at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters. This is one of the most fiercely contested GT series and offers superb motorsport. On top of that, I will compete with the Schubert team, which I know really well from my outings at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. It will be fantastic to drive for them at their home event in Oschersleben.” 

Jesse Krohn: “Thanks to my outings in North America and in the VLN, I already have a few kilometres under my belt in the BMW M6 GT3. That is certainly beneficial to me during the preparations for the start of the season in the ADAC GT Masters. The car is new and has a lot of potential. It is now up to us drivers and the team to take advantage of this potential and to find the right basic set-up for each racetrack. Martin Tomczyk’s experience will certainly help us in this regard. I am really looking forward to contesting the first race of the season alongside him in the BMW M6 GT3 Junior Car with this fantastic design. I will have to change my mindset from endurance racing to sprint races, but I am sure we will have a lot of fun in such a high-class field.”

Schubert Motorsport celebrates race debut with the BMW M6 GT3 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife

The 2016 endurance racing season has begun at the Nürburgring Nordschleife (DE), where the BMW M6 GT3 successfully completed its first race kilometres in the “Green Hell”. Schubert Motorsport used the season opener in the VLN Endurance Championship as a test under race conditions, to gain important experience with the new car ahead of the 24-hour race in May. 

The squad from Oschersleben (DE) competed with Augusto Farfus (BR), Jesse Krohn (FI) and Jörg Müller (DE) in the number 31 BMW M6 GT3, as well as John Edwards (US), Jens Klingmann (DE) and Lucas Luhr (DE) in the number 32 car. They were concentrating on testing, to find any of the car’s weak points and fixing small problems as they arose. The number 31 car finished outside the top-10, while number 32 retired after an accident on the last lap. 

Torsten Schubert (Schubert Motorsport Team Principal): ”Due to circumstances beyond our control we could not test on Friday, so it was clear from the start that we had to use the race for test purposes. That changed our attitude to the race: it wasn't about results but about completing as many test kilometres as possible. It was a great shame that our number 32 car had an accident on the last lap.“ 

Lucas Luhr (Schubert Motorsport): ”I had problems with the power steering and had to make an extra pit stop, which cost us a lot of time. However, overall I am very pleased with the BMW M6 GT3. Teething problems can occur with any new car, and it is more important that I feel fine behind the wheel. The BMW M6 GT3 drives particularly well through the fast corners and has a lot of potential.“

2016 ADAC GT Masters: Schubert Motorsport to enter the BMW M6 GT3 driven by the BMW Motorsport

The 2016 season of the ADAC GT Masters sees Schubert Motorsport enter a BMW M6 GT3 with a very special driver line-up: The most successful BMW Motorsport Juniors of the past two years, Jesse Krohn (FI) and Louis Delétraz (CH), take the wheel of the car featuring a dedicated livery for the ADAC GT Masters season. 

Krohn, the “2014 BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year” will contest all of the ADAC GT Masters races in 2016. Last year he competed in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) in the BMW Z4 GTE, and celebrated class victory alongside his team-mates. Krohn also regularly competed at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE) in the BMW Z4 GT3 in the second half of the VLN endurance championship season. He celebrated one victory and started from pole position at the finale. 

Krohn will receive support from his successor Delétraz, who was crowned best driver in the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme last year, at selected races in the ADAC GT Masters. After success in Formula racing, Delétraz completed his first 24-hour race for BMW Motorsport in Zolder (BE) in 2015, and gained experience in the BMW M235i Racing during the course of the year. He will take part in a total of four race weekends in the ADAC GT Masters. Both Juniors tested the BMW M6 GT3 for the first time together at the Lausitzring (DE) last Wednesday. 

Established BMW works drivers will support the BMW M6 GT3 Juniors' car at three race weekends in the ADAC GT Masters. Among them is Martin Tomczyk (DE), who will contest his 16th season in the DTM this year. He will compete alongside Krohn at the opening race in Oschersleben (DE). 

Timo Frings (Team Manager): “The BMW Juniors have a long tradition. As such, it is great for us as a team to be entrusted with the continuation of this programme by BMW. After the successful 2015 season, in which we won the Team title and finished second and third in the Drivers’ Championship, we obviously want to back these results up in the ADAC GT Masters. We already know Jesse from last year, when he helped us out. I am pleased that we will be working with him again. Louis is one of the most talented youngsters in single-seater racing. I firmly believe he will adapt quickly to the GT3 car.” 

Jesse Krohn: “It is great that BMW Motorsport is offering me the opportunity to gain further experience in GT racing by competing in several series in 2016, and I am really looking forward to the season in the ADAC GT Masters. It is a very competitive championship and the races are always closely fought. It will be special to team up with Louis, as he is my successor as BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year. I have already raced the new BMW M6 GT3 in the US and have to say it is a very impressive race car. It is a fantastic car and I am convinced we will be competitive with it in the ADAC GT Masters from the word go. Schubert Motorsport is a very experienced team and knows the ADAC GT Masters very well. This makes me confident that we are well prepared for the season. We want to be involved in the fight for the top positions, and, from a personal point of view, I want to make the next major step in my development as a race driver this season.” 

Louis Déletraz: “I am already really looking forward to driving in the ADAC GT Masters with the BMW Motorsport Junior programme. It will be my first complete season of GT racing and in a GT3 car. I am excited, as it will all be new to me – not just the car, but also the format, with longer races than I am used to from single-seater racing. I am sure it will be a fantastic season, with the support of BMW Motorsport. I have already done some testing with the BMW M6 GT3. It is a fantastic racing car. The feeling in the cockpit is magnificent. The support of experienced BMW drivers is very important to me, as they can teach me a lot that will help me continue to develop. My priority for this season is to learn a lot. However, my goal is also to be quick and to achieve the best possible results together with my team-mates.”

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