Bella Italia! Schubert Motorsport travels to the DTM round in Imola as championship leader
Schubert Motorsport is riding a wave of success ahead of the next event of the DTM 2022 in Imola. Approaching the third of eight stops this year, the BMW M Motorsport outfit from Oschersleben is in first place in the overall standings. From 17 to 19 June, BMW factory drivers Sheldon van der Linde and Philipp Eng will face the next big challenge on this year's calendar in their two BMW M4 GT3s. The legendary Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari is one of the great classics amongst the internationally renowned circuits.
The form curve of Schubert Motorsport is pointing steeply upwards ahead of the guest appearance in the Emilia-Romagna region. Sheldon van der Linde recently gave the squad and the new BMW M4 GT3 their big breakthrough in the DTM. The 23-year-old South African was untouchable for the competition at the Lausitzring. With a pole position and two maiden victories for Schubert Motorsport and the new GT3 car from BMW M Motorsport, he took the top spot in the driver standings. Ahead of the races in Italy, he is 15 points ahead of his closest rival.
Philipp Eng also comes to Imola on a positive note. The 32-year-old Austrian shook off his bad luck with a top result in the Lausitz on Sunday. His strong showing was rewarded with a fourth place, which ensured that Schubert Motorsport went home leading the team standings with a 28-point advantage. This weekend, the BMW works driver has the chance to convert the momentum into his first podium of the year and finally put the difficult start to the season behind him.
Entirely new territory in the DTM awaits the Schubert Motorsport crew and drivers at Imola. The Grand Prix circuit, which opened in 1952, is part of the calendar for the first time. After Monza, Mugello, Misano and the Adria International Raceway, it is the fifth DTM venue on Italian soil. The Formula 1 circuit, which is steeped in history, differs significantly from Portimão and the Lausitzring and presents the teams with completely new challenges.
On the 4.909 km circuit, there are 21 corners to be mastered, which are divided into twelve left-hand and nine right-hand turns. The classic layout is technically particularly demanding. Due to the small run-off zones and many gravel traps, there is no room for mistakes. With high temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius having been forecast, the weekend will pose a test for man and machine.
In order to find the right set-up for the BMW M4 GT3 and adjust to the circuit, the crew and drivers will have two 45-minute practice sessions on Friday, as usual. The 20-minute qualifying sessions will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10:05 am. Both races over a distance of 55 minutes and one lap will start at 13:30. As usual, fans in Germany can follow the action live on TV and via stream on ProSieben.
Team Manager Marcel Schmidt: "The short break was really good for us after the marathon in May. We had time to reflect and analyse our weekend at the Lausitzring in detail. It wasn't possible immediately afterwards, as we were competing in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring a few days later. The success with the BMW M4 GT3 and Sheldon's wins put us in a position early on that we would never have dreamed of in our debut year in the DTM. Of course we always want to win, but we all know that it can't always be like this. The start of the season has taught us above all how important consistency is. If we want to stay up there, we have to get the maximum out of the difficult weekends as well. It will be crucial in Imola to do a perfect job with both cars and not waste any points."