Home race on a special note for Schubert Motorsport: BMW M4 GT3 celebrates ADAC GT Masters debut at season opener
The ADAC GT Masters is starting the 2022 season and Schubert Motorsport is embarking on an exciting new mission. The season opener from 22 to 24 April at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben marks the team's tenth participation in the top-class GT3 series. Two brand new BMW M4 GT3s with two promising driver pairings provide exciting portents. Alongside BMW factory drivers Jesse Krohn and Nicky Catsburg, rookies Niklas Krütten and Ben Green will attack with the new BMW M Motorsport GT3 machine in the league of super sports cars.
Schubert Motorsport debuts the BMW M4 GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters
After months of intensive preparations for the season, things will get serious for Schubert Motorsport this weekend at Oschersleben. The 3.667-kilometre circuit is just a stone's throw from the racing team's headquarters in the Magdeburger Börde and expectations are once again high at the home race. Last year, the team lived up to its reputation as a local hero and took a podium after a strategic masterstroke. This year, the races on the team's doorstep provide a special highlight.
Sporting the colours of Schubert Motosport, the new BMW M4 GT3 will attack for the first time in the ADAC GT Masters - and thanks to the great efforts by the team and the perfect timing of BMW M Motorsport, it will do so in double time. After Krütten and Green's new race car was in action during the official tests at the beginning of April, the machine for Krohn and Catsburg was also completed in the week before the season opener.
At Oschersleben, the two driver pairings face their tough competition in the German GT Championship for the first time driving the BMW M4 GT3. In the first battle of the season, 23 GT3 cars from five manufacturers will go head to head. The established BMW professionals Krohn and Catsburg will pilot the number 20 entry of Schubert Motorsport. This year, the 31-year-old Finn and the 34-year-old Dutchman have the important task of developing the new car, using their experience to steer the setup work on the right track.
In the sister car with start number 10, their teammates are about to make their debut season in the ADAC GT Masters. Krütten is completing his first year in GT racing after successes in formula cars and prototypes. Alongside the 19-year-old from Trier, Green returns to the GT3 cockpit after a two-year absence. The 24-year-old Briton looks back on experience from his starts with the BMW M6 GT3 in the British GT Championship.
The season opener traditionally features two 60-minute races, including mandatory pit stops with driver changes. The races in Oschersleben as well as the six other stops of the ADAC GT Masters 2022 will again be broadcast live on the TV channel NITRO. Live streaming is available on rtlplus.de and adac.de/motorsport. The race will start on Saturday and Sunday at 13:00 local time.
Patrick Steinmetz brings a breath of fresh air to ADAC GT4 Germany
However, the home race at Oschersleben is not reserved for the ADAC GT Masters alone. The ADAC GT4 Germany is also taking part this weekend. Schubert Motorsport is entering its second season in the popular GT4 series and will once again be fielding a BMW M4 GT4. The crew claimed a podium in their debut season and can draw on extensive experience in their second attempt. With Patrick Steinmetz, a new young talent has been recruited for the cockpit of the 430 hp customer sports car.
The 20-year-old switched to motor racing last year and competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Series. He also completed a successful test in the BMW M4 GT4 from Schubert Motorsport in autumn. For his debut in the ADAC GT4 Germany, he will share the car with Michael von Zabiensky at Oschersleben. The son of team founder Torsten Schubert regularly competed in the GT4 racer last year. The 2022 calendar covers six events, all of which will be held as part of the ADAC GT Masters.
Team Manager Marcel Schmidt: "We have a very busy winter behind us and are facing an even more intense season. The ADAC GT Masters season opener is the first of many important moments for us this year. Our home race is always of special importance to us. At the same time, it is the first appearance of the BMW M4 GT3 in this prestigious series, into which we have put all our heart and soul in since many years. Our goal is to fight for top results with the new car as quickly as possible. We have gained valuable knowledge during the test and are very happy to be able to play these out in Oschersleben with our two driver pairings. The participation of Jesse and Nicky is extremely important for us on the first weekend of the season. We feel well prepared and are also excited to see our two rookies go racing for the first time. Continuing our programme in the ADAC GT4 Germany also makes us proud. It's going to be a great season and we're looking forward to finally getting started."