“PIXUM Team Schubert” powered by Jochen Schweizer is completing its final preparations for the second round of the ADAC GT Masters. Races three and four of the season will take place this weekend (10th and 11th May) in Zandvoort, Netherlands. The circuit, which is nestled in the dunes on the North Sea coast, last hosted the ADAC GT Masters in 2012. Team Manager Stefan Wendl’s outfit will once again compete with two BMW Z4 GT3s in Zandvoort. The number 19 car will be driven by Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Dominik Baumann (AT). Driving duties in the number 20 BMW Z4 GT3 will be shared by Jens Klingmann (DE) and Max Sandritter (DE).
When the team’s home circuit of Oschersleben (DE) hosted the opening round of the season a fortnight ago, Hürtgen and Baumann finished third in Sunday’s race to claim their first podium of the year. The same duo had ended Saturday’s opening race in sixth place after an impressive fightback. Klingmann and Sandritter were unlucky at the season-opener: they had to settle for 20th in race one, after Sandritter was hit by another competitor. Klingmann was then involved in a pile-up as the result of a chain reaction at the start of the second race. Fortunately he was uninjured, but the BMW Z4 GT3 suffered some serious damage. He and Sandritter are now looking to get their ADAC GT Masters season off and running again in Zandvoort. The races on Saturday and Sunday at the circuit in the dunes on the North Sea coast of the Netherlands both begin at 12:00 local time.
Stefan Wendl (Team Manager Schubert Motorsport): “Firstly I must say a big thank you to our crew of mechanics, who have managed to return the number 20 BMW Z4 GT3 to perfect condition following its crash. All the damage has been repaired, and the crash will not affect this weekend in Zandvoort at all. That was our most important job between the first two rounds of the season. All in all, we are very optimistic looking ahead to Zandvoort. As we have shown in the past, the characteristics of the circuit suit our car. We got the maximum out of the car in Oschersleben, and had not expected to pick up so many points prior to the race. Therefore, we should now also be able to put in a good performance in Zandvoort with the BMW Z4 GT3.”
Claudia Hürtgen (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 19): “We would obviously like to continue in Zandvoort where we left off in Oschersleben. I think Zandvoort is a good circuit for the BMW Z4 GT3. We have been strong there in the past. Sure, everyone will be starting from scratch again there, but we showed in Oschersleben that we can compete at the front of the field, and that should be our goal for Zandvoort too.”
Jens Klingmann (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 20): “I can still feel the effects of the crash a little, but all in all I was actually rather lucky that it was nothing more serious. We go into the race weekend with high expectations. As far as speed is concerned, we are definitely right up there. We were quick in Oschersleben too, but were unfortunately unable to show that due to the crashes. Because of that, I have a good feeling about Zandvoort. The circuit is far more suited to the BMW Z4 GT3, particularly as aerodynamics play a larger role there. I hope everything runs smoothly this time and that we end up on the podium.”
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