BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert took 6th and 10th at the third race weekend on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE). Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) quickly worked themselves up the field from 11th on the grid, but constantly became embroiled in two-car battles in what was an extraordinarily close race. They finished up in 6th as a result of this. Their sister car, with Alexander Sims (GB) and Dirk Werner (DE) behind the wheel, was still on track for a podium spot just before the finish, but then fell back into 10th due to a tyre failure.
The scheduled four-hour race had to be stopped after less than 60 minutes because of a serious accident that fortunately resulted in no serious injuries. The race was continued approximately three and a half hours later after the heavily damaged crash barriers were replaced in the Pflanzgarten section of the track. The total race time was reduced to three hours.
Stefan Wendl (Team Manager, Schubert Motorsport): “The race was chaotic and very difficult to plan out due to the interruption and the resulting reduced running time. The field was very close and we didn’t manage to break away from our opposition on the Nordschleife. That meant we were put under pressure again and again in slipstream duels on the Döttinger Höhe. Nevertheless, our number 19 car was still on track for a podium place shortly before the end of the race, but then unfortunately we had a tyre failure. It’s a shame.”
Alexander Sims (BMW Z4 GT3, Number 19): “It’s a shame that I could only drive one stint because the race was shortened, but it’s still really helped me prepare for the 24 Hour race. In contrast to the qualification races, I was able to learn a lot today about driving and overtaking on the Nordschleife.”
Claudia Hürtgen (BMW Z4 GT3, Number 20): “The race unfortunately had to be interrupted due to a serious accident – that made it pretty hectic. Nevertheless I think we managed to make the best out of the day. Once again, we didn’t have any technical problems, and we were able to gain some more important experience. The anticipation for the 24 Hour race in June is growing with every kilometre we drive.”
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