Schubert Motorsport experiences rollercoaster ride on race weekend at the Sachsenring
Parallel to the DTM at the Red Bull Ring, Schubert Motorsport was in action in another top-class GT championship last weekend. The Sachsenring provided the penultimate stop of the season for the racing team from Oschersleben in the 2022 ADAC GT Masters. BMW factory driver Jesse Krohn, together with team-mate Ben Green behind the wheel of the BMW M4 GT3, claimed two valuable points finishes in the field of 19 competitors. In the ADAC GT4 Germany, Schubert Motorsport also recorded a respectable success. Youngster Patrick Steinmetz captured the fastest lap in the fiercely contested GT4 series for the first time in Sunday's race.
The finale in both racing series is scheduled for Torsten Schubert's outfit at the Hockenheimring from 21 to 23 October. In the ADAC GT Masters, Ben Green and Niklas Krütten, as the leaders in the standings, have a good chance of taking the title in the Junior classification for Schubert Motorsport with the BMW M4 GT3. In the overall standings, Ben Green is also in a good position to finish the season in the top five with now six of the seven events in the German GT Championship completed.
ADAC GT Masters
Jesse Krohn/Ben Green - BMW M4 GT3 #10
Qualifying 1: P13 - Race 1: P13
Qualifying 2: P12- Race 2: P8
In the first practice session on Friday, Jesse Krohn and Ben Green got off to a solid start into the weekend at the 3.671 km long Sachsenring with eighth place. The latter put the number 10 BMW M4 GT3 on the seventh row of the grid in the first qualifying session on Saturday morning. From there, the 24-year-old Briton drove a clean first stint in the race before coming in for a driver change on lap 20. In the second half of the 60-minute race, Jesse Krohn made up one position and finished 13th after 45 laps.
The 32-year-old Finn had put in his flying laps in cool conditions in qualifying on Sunday, just like his teammate the day before. With a gap of about six tenths of a second to pole position, he achieved a grid position on row six. He made up two places on the opening lap of the second race and went for a long first stint. After the pit stop on lap 25, Ben Green rejoined the action in ninth position. He made up another place before the chequered flag fell. Together with Saturday's result, the driver duo scored eleven championship points at the Sachsenring.
Jesse Krohn: "We were just too far away this weekend, although the team did a very good job with the setup. The car got faster with every session, but the competitiveness was not what we had expected. With such a tight field, it is difficult to be at the front under these conditions. We had hoped for more at the Sachsenring because the track had always suited us well in the past. On the other hand, it was great fun to work with Ben. He is very professional and shows maximum commitment. Many thanks to the whole team for their tireless efforts. We now move on to Hockenheim and want to finish the season with a strong result."
Ben Green: "It was a tough weekend at Sachsenring! I really enjoyed learning and driving the track but wished for better results. It was a pleasure to partner Jesse and I hope to get that opportunity again in the future. We can only push for better results in the next round."
ADAC GT4 Germany
Patrick Steinmetz/Michael von Zabiensky - BMW M4 GT4 #10
Qualifying 1: P28 - Race 1: P19
Qualifying 2: P19 - Race 2: DNF
For the GT4 youngsters from Schubert Motorsport, the trip to the iconic circuit in Hohenstein-Ernstthal was a rollercoaster ride. Rookie Patrick Steinmetz and Michael von Zabiensky took on the field in the top-class ADAC GT4 Germany for the fifth time this season in their BMW M4 GT4. The first practice session saw them make a promising start to the weekend with tenth place. Michael von Zabiensky secured 14th row on the grid of 29 cars in the first qualifying session. In the race, he and his teammate finished 19th.
On Sunday, the starting position was even better than the day before thanks to Patrick Steinmetz's qualifying. With his lap time, the 21-year-old achieved row ten on the grid. In the race, he worked his way up to tenth position by the time of the driver change and drove the fastest lap of all competitors. After the pit stop, Michael von Zabiensky fought determinedly for the points. However, in a battle with a rival, he slid off the track three laps from the finish.
Patrick Steinmetz: "There were a lot of positives over the weekend. We quickly found a good setup for both drivers on Friday and showed that with our positions in practice. The team did a fantastic job, but unfortunately we didn't turn the potential into results. The races both didn't go in our favour. On Saturday we were unlucky and the accident on Sunday was very unfortunate. The most important thing is that nothing happened to Michi. For me, the fastest lap in the second race was something I was very happy about. It's a good sign for Hockenheim."
Michael von Zabiensky: "The Sachsenring was completely new territory for both Patrick and me. The team gave us a great car from the first practice and we got on well. I wasn't happy with my lap in the first qualifying, but it went well in the race. Unfortunately, we were out of luck during the Full Course Yellow. On Sunday, Patrick drove a mega first stint. I later got onto the dirty line in a battle shortly before the end and lost the car. In the end it was my fault and I am very sorry for Patrick and the team that I threw away the result and damaged the car. I am very unhappy about this outcome."
Team Manager Marcel Schmidt: "The weekend at the Sachsenring was very instructive for the team. We had expected better results in the ADAC GT Masters, but in the end Jesse and Ben made the most of their opportunities. We have to remember that this is our first year with the BMW M4 GT3. With that in mind, it's normal that there's still room for improvement at some circuits. In the ADAC GT4 Germany, we were very pleased with the progress we made. The drivers are learning with every session and Patrick showed with the fastest lap that there is a lot of potential in the BMW M4 GT4 if everything is right with the setup and the drivers."