Mixed feelings at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife
The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (DE) is in full swing – and BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert has eventful hours in the “Green Hell” behind it. Claudia Hürtgen (DE), Jens Klingmann (DE), Dominik Baumann (AT) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) go into the night running third in the number 20 BMW Z4 GT3 shortly after midnight. An incident-packed start phase saw Hürtgen involved in a collision, as a result of which she lost valuable time. However, the quartet has consistently worked its way up the field since then, and has established itself in the top five.
In stark contrast, the race is already run for their team-mates Dirk Werner (DE), Lucas Luhr (DE), Dirk Müller (DE) and Alexander Sims (GB). Suspension damage resulted in Sims crashing in the fourth hour of racing. A part of the chassis damaged the oil pump of the number 19 BMW Z4 GT3, causing irreparable damage to the engine.
Dominik Baumann (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 20): “I drove through dusk and into the night. That is actually one of the nicest moments of a 24-hour race. On the whole I am very happy with my stint. I was able to make up some time. The car is running superbly. I will take a short break now and be back in the car at about three o’clock.”
Claudia Hürtgen (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 20): “The incident with the other BMW Z4 GT3 was very frustrating and unnecessary at this early stage of the race. Fortunately I was then able to work my way back through the field until we were relatively close to the front-runners. As such, we were able to do a decent job of damage limitation. All in all, things are looking good now.”
Lucas Luhr (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 19): “We actually made a good start to the race, and managed to stay out of all the mayhem. It is obviously a great shame that we have had to retire so early in the race. Everyone in the team was really committed and had worked very hard. Personally, I had hoped my first big race for BMW would pan out differently, but at least I made a good start. The car was running superbly until the incident. We will now keep our fingers crossed for the remaining BMWs.”
Dirk Müller (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 19): “The retirement is hugely frustrating. I am extremely disappointed. I also feel sorry for young Alex Sims, who was in the car at the time. Thank heavens nothing happened. I’m back in action next week in a USCC race. But I obviously wanted to head off to America on the back of a good result. Hopefully the number 20 car can come up with a good result for our team.”