24h Nürburgring: BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert is ready for the “Green Hell”
The highlight of the endurance season for BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert is scheduled for this weekend: the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (DE). The squad from Oschersleben (DE) will tackle the endurance classic on the iconic Nordschleife with two BMW Z4 GT3 cars and a strong driver line-up. The race will start on Saturday at 4:00 pm local time; the chequered flag will be waved 24 hours later on Sunday afternoon. BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert will compete on the Nordschleife for the fourth time with works support from BMW Motorsport.
The #19 car in the yellow colour of main sponsor Kärcher will be driven by Dirk Werner (DE), Dirk Müller (DE), Alexander Sims (GB) and BMW DTM driver Marco Wittmann (DE). The cockpit of the #20 BMW Z4 GT3, in the red livery of main sponsor HUAWEI, will be shared by Dominik Baumann (AT), Claudia Hürtgen (DE), Jens Klingmann (DE) – all three regulars for Schubert Motorsport in the ADAC GT Masters – and BMW DTM driver Martin Tomczyk (DE). The quartet celebrated victory at the six-hour qualifying race in mid April.
Timo Frings (Teammanager):
“We are well prepared for the 24-hour race on the Nordschleife. The performance of our two BMW Z4 GT3 cars is outstanding, and for both cars we have a strong driver line-up. Overall, we are very well set-up with our package of cars, drivers and team. This was already proved during the six-hour qualifying race. But the very special fact about this race is that you can’t do any predictions. There are quite a few favourites this year, but in the end it is crucial to get everything together and to have the necessary bit of luck. We hope that Lady Luck will be on our side and that we can transfer our excellent preparation into the appropriate result.”
Dirk Müller (BMW Z4 GT3 #19):
“I can hardly wait to get started. As in previous years, there will be a large number of cars driving for the win. But the past has repeatedly shown that you need to get through the race without making any mistakes or getting even so much as a scratch on the car. Then you are in with a chance of being at the front at the end of the race. This is the target we have set ourselves. We are extremely well prepared – and the many BMW fans supporting us at the track give us that extra momentum.”
Marco Wittmann (BMW Z4 GT3 #19):
“I’m looking forward to racing in the BMW Z4 GT3. The 24-hour race is the highlight of the year in endurance racing. The proximity to fans, countless spectators and the unique Nordschleife make this event really special. That’s what makes it so appealing to drive there. Our aim is to win the 24-hour race. I hope that, together with my team-mates, I will be able to deliver a good performance and that we will be able to fight for the win.”
Jens Klingmann (BMW Z4 GT3 #20):
“The 24-hour race on the Nürburgring is one of my personal highlights every year. The four of us know each other very well. We drove together last year and are an established team. The objective is clear; to see BMW get the overall win again at this endurance classic. We are well prepared and will give it our all to achieve this goal.”
Martin Tomczyk (BMW Z4 GT3 #20):
“As a DTM driver, it is a nice change to race in the fantastic BMW Z4 GT3. And the approach is different; we aren’t in a sprint race, rather a 24-hour race, and I’m sharing the cockpit with three very strong team-mates. Our task is to get through the race without incident, while driving at the necessary speed. But you can never lose sight of the pitfalls of the Nordschleife. My aim is definitely to win the race, but you always need that little bit of luck at the Nürburgring. I hope that there won’t be any freak weather conditions.”