Schubert Motorsport defied some nasty weather conditions in Zandvoort (NL) to score points in both races on the sixth, and penultimate, race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters. The team from Oschersleben (DE) competed in Zandvoort with two BMW M6 GT3s: in addition to Jesse Krohn and Louis Delétraz in the number 20 car, Claudia Hürtgen and Jeroen den Boer took part in the number 19 BMW M6 GT3. Krohn/Delétraz finished the two races in ninth and eighth respectively. Hürtgen/den Boer crossed the line in 21st, and then in ninth, as well as recording a third-place finish and a victory in the Trophy standings.
On Saturday, the weather around the circuit in the dunes was pleasant and sunny. Krohn qualified in seventh with the number 20 BMW M6 GT3. Den Boer also drove the number 19 car to 19th place in qualifying. Krohn and Delétraz finished ninth in the race, which was interrupted twice for safety car phases after accidents. Den Boer and Hürtgen had to make two extra stops due to tyre problems. They crossed the line in 21st place.
However, the weather altered radically overnight: pouring rain on Sunday ensured that conditions would be tricky. The wet qualifying session in the morning ended with Delétraz in 14th. The Swiss driver had to contend with heavy traffic, as the whole field attempted to use a short period of light rain to record a good lap time. Hürtgen qualified in 19th. The weather improved again after that, and the race started in sunny and dry conditions. However, a short but heavy shower appeared after a quarter of an hour. Some drivers chose to make an extra stop to put on wet weather tyres, but the BMW M6 GT3s both decided to stay out. Delétraz and Hürtgen completed their stints on slick tyres, in the most challenging conditions. Once things had calmed down after the mandatory pit stops, Krohn was in eighth and den Boer was in 11th. The track continued to dry out as the race progressed and after an hour the BMW M6 GT3s crossed the line in eighth and ninth.
The season finale for the ADAC GT Masters takes place from 30th September to 2nd October at the Hockenheimring (DE).
Torsten Schubert (Team Principal): “We should be happy with the result, as Zandvoort is not an ideal circuit for us. That is why it was even more important to compete and stay in the top ten. The rain on Sunday turned the race into a lottery. It was difficult to make the right decision. Maybe we could have made another stop and switched to wet weather tyres - that might have helped us move up through the field. But all in all, we had some positive results. I was also pleased that Jeroen and Claudia were able to move up to ninth on Sunday. That was really good, as they have not been in the car for a while.”
Louis Delétraz: “It was a good weekend. We did the maximum we could. Performance wise we continue to improve with every weekend. It was the first round of the season that we finished within the points in both races. Sunday’s race was a bit chaotic. I started on slicks, as it was sunny, but suddenly a big storm with heavy rain came. We decided to stay out. It was pretty tricky to drive with slicks on the wet, but we survived and I was able to hand the car over to Jesse in a good position. He then brought it home in eighth after we had finished ninth on Saturday, so overall we can be pretty happy with the weekend.”
Claudia Hürtgen: On Sunday it was not easy to drive in the rain on slicks. The conditions were difficult, but we didn’t make any mistakes. We made a good pit stop too, and finished in ninth. We had some bad luck on Saturday with the tyre problems, and that was hard to take. But overall it was important to get plenty of kilometres under our belts in both races, which allowed us to gather more valuable information for Schubert Motorsport in changeable conditions. From that point of view, we should be happy with the weekend.”
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