The qualifying race for the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE) finished with two podium spots for BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert. Jens Klingmann (DE), Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Dominik Baumann (AT) finished second in the number 20 BMW Z4 GT3, directly ahead of their team-mates Dirk Werner (DE), Dirk Müller (DE), Lucas Luhr (DE) and Alexander Sims (GB). First place in the one-two-three-four for BMW Motorsport went to BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS. Maxime Martin (BE), Marco Wittmann (DE) and Uwe Alzen (DE) were victorious in the number 25 BMW Z4 GT3.
In qualifying on Sunday morning the two cars from BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert finished tenth and 11th. Thanks to finishing tenth, the number 19 car secured a place in the top 30 qualifying at the 24-hour race in June. The sister car narrowly missed out on this early qualifying. However, there are still more chances to obtain a place in the top 30. The next one being next weekend at the second race in the VLN Endurance Championship.
Stefan Wendl (team manager Schubert Motorsport): “We couldn't have expected such a result after qualifying. In qualifying one of our cars narrowly missed out on a top ten spot, which was due to the fact that we focussed our set-up strongly on the race. Overall BMW Motorsport did a fantastic job with the BMW Z4 GT3. The vehicle runs extremely reliably.
That is what's most important on the Nordschleife. We held on while our rivals had all manner of technical problems. We can be proud of that.”
Jens Klingmann (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 20): “We concentrated on a set-up that worked better in the race than in qualifying. In qualifying we saw that we had a lot of work to do. But we were consistent and reliable, which is what counts on the Nordschleife. We were also fortunate that our rivals had to battle with various problems.”
Dirk Werner (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 19): “It was an important test for us. Being able to drive so many laps with relatively little traffic on the track and to get into the swing of things was invaluable with regard to the 24-hour race. The car held up very well, but it's quite difficult to say what this result means. So many top cars had problems or didn't start with their best drivers. But the most important thing is that we qualified in the top ten and are therefore in the top 30 qualifying in June.”
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