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."