Schubert Motorsport celebrate their debut at the Norisring: Fourth round of the DTM 2022 on the streets of Nuremberg
A home race and a special highlight awaits Schubert Motorsport at the fourth stop of the DTM 2022. From 1 to 3 July, the prestigious racing series will visit the legendary Norisring for the standout fixture of the season. Schubert Motorsport will be competing on the historic circuit in Nuremberg for the first time in the team's over 20-year history. Despite this special premiere, the BMW M Motorsport team from Oschersleben enjoys something of a home advantage this coming weekend. Racing in Bavaria is one more good reason for BMW works drivers Sheldon van der Linde and Philipp Eng to continue their successful run with the BMW M4 GT3 at the Norisring.
Schubert Motorsport's debut season in the DTM went quite successful at the first three of of eight race weekends. In Imola, the outfit maintained first place in the overall standings with two flawless races in which both crew and drivers impressed with consistent performances. Sheldon van der Linde clinched eighth and fifth place in Italy despite success ballast from his double victory at the Lausitzring. The 23-year-old South African thus confidently maintained first place in the driver standings.
Philipp Eng in the sister car ensured a strong team result with sixth place in the second race, which enabled Schubert Motorsport to further extended their lead in the team standings. The 32-year-old Austrian once again proved his irrepressible fighting spirit and was able to rely on the perfect work of his team. The pit crew of the #25 BMW M4 GT3 delivered the fastest pit stop in the field of 28 competitors in both races.
Carrying the momentum from Imola, the team now heads to the historic Norisring. The street circuit in Nuremberg has always been a place for extraordinary spectacle. After the first races were held on the site in 1947, the circuit found its permanent place in the city and in German motorsport in 1972 with the layout that still exists today. The 2.3 km-long version consists of just four bends and has nothing in common with a permanent race track.
Lap times of only 48 seconds ensure an extremely close competition and an even harder fight for every millimetre of asphalt. Due to the special character of the circuit, qualifying will be split for the first time. Based on the ranking in the championship, the field will be divided into two groups before the weekend. Group A with the odd positions will hold its qualifying session on Saturday at 9:40 a.m., before Group B with the even positions in the standings will take their turn from 10:05 a.m. onwards. On Sunday, the 20-minute qualifying sessions will take place in reverse order of the groups.
In preparation for the team's debut at the Norisring, the Schubert Motorsport crew will have two practice sessions of 45 minutes each on Friday, as usual. The races over a distance of 55 minutes plus one lap will start at 13:30 on both days. German fans can follow the live action on ProSieben on TV as well as via streaming. In Austria, ServusTV will broadcast the DTM. In addition, there is an online service in DTM Grid, which provides access to live timing, highlights and more in addition to the broadcasts.
Team manager Marcel Schmidt: "For us, the Norisring is the big unknown on the calendar. We have never driven here before and are very excited to see what awaits us at this special venue. The character of this circuit is definitely a unique challenge. For us, the practice sessions on Friday will be crucial to set up the BMW M4 GT3 for this task. It is definitely an advantage for the setup work that Philipp and Sheldon know the circuit from the DTM as well as from other racing series. Based on how the season has gone so far, we are optimistic that we can have a good weekend. Until now, we have maximised every opportunity to turn our performance into results. Of course, we want to build on that at BMW's home race and, in the best case, defend our first place in the championship."