Away match on legendary Belgian soil: Schubert Motorsport goes on the attack in the DTM at Spa-Francorchamps
Buckle up for the next rollercoaster ride with Schubert Motorsport. The BMW M Motorsport team from Oschersleben will be making an appearance in a very special place from 9 to 11 September for the next round of the 2022 DTM season. The world-famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps will take the team and their two BMW M4 GT3s to the Belgian Ardennes next weekend. The starting position could hardly be better for the sixth of eight stops on this year's calendar. With the title hunt intensifying, Schubert Motorsport is leading the championship with BMW factory drivers Sheldon van der Linde and Philipp Eng.
On their return from the summer break, Schubert Motorsport recently presented themselves in good shape. At the Nürburgring, Sheldon van de Linde celebrated his third victory of the season in Saturday's race, which was also the fourth of his DTM career. On Sunday, the 23-year-old continued his strong form with his second pole position and extended his lead in the championship with another points result. Ahead of the race weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, he leads the driver standings by 21 points.
In the team standings, Schubert Motorsport is equally well positioned with an identical cushion over second position. Philipp Eng contributed further important points to the account of Torsten Schubert's squad in the Eifel with a strong fightback to sixth place. The 32-year-old Austrian and his teammate can be optimistic about scoring the next big points for the championship at Spa-Francorchamps.
The two BMW factory drivers have enjoyed great success at the legendary Formula 1 circuit in the past. Phillip Eng won the prestigious Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race with BMW in 2018. He also managed a victory in the Porsche Supercup there on his way to winning the title in 2015. Sheldon van der Linde also has something to show in terms of statistics. He was third on the podium alongside Philipp Eng at the demanding circuit in the endurance classic four years ago.
For Schubert Motorsport, of course, the 7.004 m long Grand Prix circuit is not unfamiliar territory either. In 2011, the team finished second in the 24-hour race with the BMW Z4 GT3. Four years later, things went even better with the GT3 racer from BMW M Motorsport. In 2015, the team won the Saturday race in the ADAC GT Masters and was crowned champion in the team standings at the end of the season.
The omens for the return with the DTM are good, but for the crew and the two BMW M4 GT3s, there is the Ardennes weather to contend with as well as the race track. The weather forecast predicts rain and thundershowers for all three days of the event. As usual, there will be two 45-minute practice sessions on Friday. The races over a distance of 50 minutes plus one lap will start at 13:30 on both days. Fans can follow the live action on ProSieben on TV as well as in a stream. In Austria, ServusTV will broadcast the DTM. Furthermore, there is an online service, DTM Grid, which provides access to live timing, highlights and more in addition to the broadcasts.
Team Manager Marcel Schmidt: "The start into the second half of the season went almost according to plan. We have maintained our position at the top of the championship, but even more important for us was the team performance at the last race weekend. We were competitive in all conditions at the Nürburgring and remained faultless. The victory and the pole position were an important signal to all of us. These successes motivate the whole team immensely and create a positive energy. We know that under the right conditions we can achieve our goals and we have to approach Spa with this confidence as well."