Schubert Motorsport sweep through the field in ADAC GT Masters: Nick Yelloly and Jesse Krohn with impressive fightback at the Lausitzring
The fourth round of the 2021 ADAC GT Masters turned into a very thrilling affair for Schubert Motorsport when they least expected it. The weekend of September 10th/12th marked the staging of races seven and eight in the Super Sports Car League at the Lausitzring, and the Oschersleben-based team produced their best form against all the odds. Jesse Krohn and Nick Yelloly went on amazing charges up the field in both races in their BMW M6 GT3. They twice had to plough their way up through the field of 26 GT3 cars from the back after incidents that were not of their making. The two BMW works drivers managed to salvage vital points-scoring results in both races with fine displays of race pace and even better racecraft.
Schubert Motorsport secure vital points with spirited driving
Preparations on Friday at the 3.44km circuit in Brandenburg went very well. The BMW M6 GT3 bearing #10 took a very decent P2 in the second session after meticulous work on setup during FP1. British driver Yelloly was only 71 thousandths of a second down on best time and was able to repeat his strong performance without any problems on Saturday, qualifying in fifth place on the grid for Race 1 as rain began to fall.
Out of the blue, the first of the two 60-minute rounds was to become action-packed for the two BMW works drivers. Yelloly gained one position at the start but was made to spin by a fellow competitor in Turn 6. The person responsible was handed a drive-through penalty but Yelloly had to start his race all over again from last place. However, within a very short space of time, he had already worked his way up from last to ninth position.
During the round of pit stops, Schubert Motorsport’s pit wall strategists took the right course of action once again by bringing him in early to change drivers, enabling the BMW M6 GT3 to gain another position as a result. There then followed a fairly lengthy race stoppage caused by oil being deposited on the track by another car shortly after Krohn had taken over in eighth place, but on the restart, he rose to the challenge of the frenetic final sprint for the line in masterful style to take P7 following a race that appeared to have been lost.
Finnish driver Krohn was again able to put their car in a points-scoring position after qualifying in 15th place on Sunday. However, he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as Race 2 was just getting underway and was forced to take evasive action in Turn 2 in order to avoid hitting another driver who had spun while fighting for position in the pack. He dropped back down to 22nd position, which was the cue for Schubert Motorsport’s second frantic race to catch up to begin again at the Lausitzring, and Krohn had already muscled his way up into 17th place before it was time to switch drivers.
During the second stint, Yelloly produced a whole series of decisive manoeuvres right up until the last lap in a repeat of his outstanding performance from Saturday and secured eleventh place. Schubert Motorsport are in sixth place both in the drivers’ standings and in the team classification of the International German GT Championship thanks to finishing in the points for the sixth time this season and are still within striking distance of the leaders.
Nick Yelloly: “It was an exciting weekend, so to say. We came back very strongly on Saturday, even though we were last after the opening lap. Seventh place was an excellent result given the circumstances and was achieved on a racetrack that doesn’t suit our car all that well. The whole team were pleased. Jesse got unlucky during the first stint just like me and had to practically come to a standstill in the jockeying for position at the start. He made good progress after that, and we swapped drivers relatively early so as to have clean air. I then made sure we almost got into the Top Ten. We’re really pleased to have finished twice in the points from the back of the field, which makes me feel very optimistic about our chances in the last few remaining races. Our BMW should be way more competitive at the Sachsenring and at Hockenheim.”
Jesse Krohn: “Those two races were tough. We had better pace than expected, but unfortunately, didn’t get the results that we should have achieved. That we were well on the pace was amply demonstrated by the fact that we still managed to pick up points from the very back in both races. It was particularly unfortunate on Saturday, because we had a really good chance of a result in the Top Five, and then starting from the midfield on Sunday was again problematic. I had to take evasive action and got hit from behind, causing us to drop well back down the field as a result. Still, we showed our potential once again in the race by going on a charge and achieved the maximum possible despite all the bad luck. We are still in championship contention thanks to these points, and there are two more race weekends to come, during which we will give it our best shot.”
Team Principal André Schubert: “This Lausitzring weekend has definitely been the toughest for us so far this season, but to come away with two lots of solid points after so much bad luck means that we were extremely successful in point of fact. Nick and Jesse put in really great performances and turned around two races that were practically lost. Our engineers and mechanics did a terrific job of making our BMW M6 GT3 competitive at this racetrack. We had excellent pace from Friday onwards and were up there with the leaders even in Q1. Certainly, with a bit more luck, we could have achieved even better results, for sure, but you have to see the way the weekend turned out in a positive light. We would have been hung out to dry here but for our incredible performance as a team and our strong package.”