Schubert Motorsport ready for their next challenge with the BMW M4 GT3 at 50th ADAC TOTAL 24h Race at Nürburgring
Next stop: Nordschleife. For Schubert Motorsport, the big showdown of an already glorious month is coming up this weekend. The double victories in the DTM and the ADAC GT Masters will be followed by one of the highlights in the annual motorsport calendar for the team from Oschersleben, the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race at the Nürburgring from 26 to 29 May.
At the 50th edition of the endurance classic in the Eifel, Schubert Motorsport will enter the new BMW M4 GT3 in the SP9 class that will be contested by 33 entries. BMW works drivers Jesse Krohn (31, Finland), Alexander Sims (34, Great Britain) and Jens Klingmann (31, Heidelberg) will join rookie Niklas Krütten (19, Trier) behind the wheel of the number 20 GT3 car.
The BMW M4 GT3 will not be the only iron the team has in the fire for the tough endurance race with a total of 138 cars on the 25.37 km long 24-hour layout of the Nürburgring. In the Cup 5 category, Torsten Schubert (58, Oschersleben) will start together with his sons Michael von Zabiensky and Stefan von Zabiensky (21 and 30, Oschersleben) in the BMW M2 CS Racing. Takayuki Kinoshita (62, Japan) completes the quartet as the fourth driver.
The race weekend starts on Thursday with the first two qualifying sessions from 12:30 to 14:00 and 20:30 to 23:30 respectively. On Friday, the third qualifying session will take place from 14:10 to 15:10, followed by the top-qualifying session from 17:50 to 20:00. For Saturday, the warm-up is scheduled from 11:00 to 11:45. At 16:00, the 50th edition of the 24h race will get underway. Fans can experience the action live at the track again this year. In addition, the event will be broadcast on TV on the RTL channel NITRO as well as via livestream on the official YouTube channel of the 24h race.
Schubert Motorsport celebrates next premiere with the BMW M4 GT3
With Jesse Krohn, Alexander Sims and Jens Klingmann, Schubert Motorsport will be drawing on three factory drivers from the BMW M Motorsport squad who were already part of the line-up in 2021. The team's BMW M6 GT3 finished sixth and set the fastest lap in a dramatic race a year ago. The trio has a combined total to 23 starts in the world's toughest endurance race. Jens Klingmann and Alexander Sims have been on the podium in the past. The Briton celebrated victory in 2020.
Niklas Krütten completes the driver quartet as a promising young talent. The youngster is driving his first season in GT3 racing and will make his debut at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring this weekend. In the ADAC GT Masters, he achieved his first major success in the sports car sector last week together with Schubert Motorsport. At the Red Bull Ring, he and team-mate Ben Green won both races and he also claimed a pole position.
The BMW M4 GT3 proved to be a success for Schubert Motorsport this season after just a few races. The team has also already been victorious in the DTM with the new car. At the Lausitzring, Sheldon van der Linde also triumphed twice. At the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, a new challenge awaits the Schubert Motorsport crew and the BMW M4 GT3, which will feature a special design to celebrate 50 years of BMW M.
The run-up to the 16th participation in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring was busy for Schubert Motorsport in recent months. The organisation and crew had to coordinate the deployment of four BMW M4 GT3s in the DTM and ADAC GT Masters as well as preparations for the demanding endurance race. The season opener of the Nürburgring Endurance Series and the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers were the only opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new car on the Nordschleife.
Torsten Schubert and sons with reinforcement from Japan in the BMW M2 CS Racing
In the BMW M2 CS Racing with start number 880, Torsten Schubert will take on the chase twice around the clock together for the first time with his sons. Last year, he already competed together with Michael von Zabiensky driving the 365 hp customer sports car from BMW M Motorsport. This time, Stefan von Zabiensky is also taking part, for whom it is the first participation. Takayuki Kinoshita, on the other hand, has already competed seven times in the Eifel classic. In 2008, the 62-year-old celebrated victory in the SP8 class.
Torsten Schubert will be taking part for the ninth time and is continuing a long tradition. Between 2001 and 2009, he always raced in the Eifel with BMW cars. In 2006, he achieved his best result in the 24-hour race with fifth place overall in the first-generation BMW 120d. In 2021, he made his comeback after twelve years of abstinence and, together with Michael von Zabiensky, Christopher Dreyspring and Marcel Lenerz, achieved pole position and third place in the Cup 5 class.
Team Manager Marcel Schmidt: "We had an incredible week with the wins in the DTM and the ADAC GT Masters. The double header was a big challenge and with the 24-hour race on the horizon there was no time to rest, let alone celebrate. For the crew, it was straight from the Red Bull Ring to the Nürburgring. The anticipation and motivation are enormous despite the great stress. The 24-hour race is one of the highlights of the motorsport season and part of our DNA. Our preparations on the Nordschleife were tight this year, but the BMW M4 GT3 has already proven that it is competitive in the Eifel. The performance of the car gives us confidence. But our goal, as always, is to deliver a perfect weekend without any mistakes and to make the finish without any incidents. That is the top priority in this demanding race."