Schubert Motorsport ready for fresh challenge: Return to Zandvoort with BMW M6 GT3
Seaside or mountains? No worries! There’s no need to choose, you can have both! Schubert Motorsport are swapping Austria’s Alpine vistas for the dunes of the North Sea coast this weekend as the ADAC GT Masters beckons for the latest round in the Super Sports Car League (July 9th-11th). The third race meeting on this year’s calendar is next up at Zandvoort’s famous race track. After making a strong start to the season with two podium finishes, BMW works drivers Nick Yelloly and Jesse Krohn are planning to continue their run of successes with the BMW M6 GT3 in the Netherlands.
Fresh challenge in ADAC GT Masters at Zandvoort
Yelloly and Krohn brought their weekend at the Red Bull Ring to a satisfactory conclusion with third place on Sunday after being forced to retire with a problem while leading the pack in Race 1. In the weeks following the races in Austria, Oschersleben-based outfit Schubert Motorsport have tirelessly focused resources and energy on their impending return to Zandvoort, as they last raced there in the ADAC GT Masters during the 2018 season.
A lot has happened since that last outing. Circuit Park Zandvoort first opened in 1948 and underwent extensive remodelling last year for the return of Formula 1. With its two banked corners, the grand prix circuit will present the crew and drivers with a fresh challenge, so in order to be well prepared, the team have been testing on the 4.26-km layout where races five and six of the 2021 ADAC GT Masters will take place at the weekend.
With its fast turns, this track has always been a happy hunting ground for the BMW M6 GT3 in the past. Schubert Motorsport made it into the Top Ten in both races with the GT3 racing car from BMW M Motorsport in the 2016 season, and once again this time around, coming away with a good haul of points is a top priority. In the four races held so far, the squad has achieved three results in the Top Five, giving them third place in the team standings. Yelloly and Krohn also occupy third place in the drivers’ championship.
Focus on learning curve in ADAC GT4 Germany
Schubert Motorsport are likewise keen to top up their tally of points in the ADAC GT4 Germany. Their first season with the BMW M4 GT4 in this top-class GT4 series has gone well so far. The team along with drivers Marcel Lenerz and Michael von Zabiensky made great progress during the weekends at Oschersleben and Spielberg, achieving their best result to date with fifth place in Saturday’s round at the Red Bull Ring and have taken points in every race thanks to being on a steep learning curve.
Schubert Motorsport are aiming to have another strong showing at Zandvoort, and so, also sent the BMW M4 GT4 out on track for testing and for vital work on setup before this next race weekend in the Netherlands. As a result, GT4 rookies Lenerz and von Zabiensky have already had a chance to familiarise themselves with this roller-coaster of a circuit in the dunes. The two of them are in eighth position in the overall standings and could possibly make it into the Top Five if they continue to achieve consistent results.
Team Principal André Schubert: “We’ve made a good start to this new ADAC GT Masters season. Of course, not everything has been perfect and missing out on the win at the Red Bull Ring upset us for a while, but we’ve had quite a good showing overall and can hold our heads up high with third place in the overall standings. Our mechanics, engineers and drivers make a well-practised team and success to date has been down to how we’ve performed as a team. We intend to carry on as before and are confident that the BMW M6 GT3 will produce more first-class results at Zandvoort. We are also heading in the right direction in the ADAC GT4 Germany. We’re like a finely tuned machine and are improving with every session. We expect to continue our run of finishes in the points and feel very optimistic about our chances.”