Penultimate act in the Zandvoort dunes
The ADAC GT Masters is entering the business end of the season for BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert. The seventh race weekend, and thus the penultimate act in the race for the title, will take place in Zandvoort (NL), on a track nestled in the dunes on the Dutch coast. Dominik Baumann (AT) and Jens Klingmann (DE), at the wheel of the number 80 BMW Z4 GT3 powered by HUAWEI, are hoping for good results to keep any chance of winning the championship alive for the team from Oschersleben (DE).
In the Drivers’ Championship, Baumann and Klingmann have 130 points to their name and trail leaders Sebastian Asch/Luca Ludwig (both DE) by 31 points, second-placed Klaus Bachler (AT) by just eight points. In total, 100 points are still up for grabs in Zandvoort and at the season finale on 3rd and 4th October in Hockenheim (DE). The Team competition is even closer: BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, for whom Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Uwe Alzen (DE) will be hoping to contribute valuable points as well in the number 19 car, are just twelve points behind the leaders.
To ensure they are ideally prepared for the demanding circuit on the North Sea coast, at which Claudia Hürtgen finished runner-up in 2012 and claimed a fourth and fifth place alongside Dominik Baumann last year, the team has been testing at the track. The results were not as positive as hoped, but did provide valuable base data and a basis, on which to improve.
Saturday’s race gets underway at 13:30, with Sunday’s starting at the usual time of 13:15. Both races will be broadcast live by TV partner Sport1, who has extended its commitment to the ADAC GT Masters up to and including 2017.
Timo Frings (Team Manager): “Given what we experienced during the test, this weekend could be a challenge for us. However, we can very much rely on the driver factor. Zandvoort is a driver’s track, and we have four drivers who are capable of making all the difference there. The title race is still open, and our goal is to reduce the gap to the leaders. The priority is to look after our own results, then we will see how the opposition has got on.”
Uwe Alzen (BMW Z4 GT3 #19): “Our test in Zandvoort was difficult and showed that the layout of the track does not seem to suit the BMW Z4 GT3 as much as expected. The circuit and its location on the coast are very nice, but the track is not the youngest. It is unbelievable how bumpy the surface has become. It desperately needs some new asphalt.”
Dominik Baumann (BMW Z4 GT3 powered by HUAWEI #80): “The last race weekend at the Sachsenring was extremely good for us. We now want to continue in that vein in Zandvoort, with an eye on the championship. The circuit there is a good mixture of fast and slow corners. However, the weather often makes the conditions less than easy there. Rain can always be an issue.”