Difficult weekend at the Red Bull Ring
BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert experienced a difficult weekend in the ADAC GT Masters at the Red Bull Ring. Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Uwe Alzen (DE) in the number 19 BMW Z4 GT3 limited the damage by finishing in eighth and ninth places.
Dominik Baumann (AT) on the other hand experienced a disappointing home event. In the first race on Saturday, he didn't even get to take the wheel because his partner Jens Klingmann (DE) was forced to retire the number 80 BMW Z4 GT3 powered by HUAWEI after 12 laps due to problems with the brakes. On Sunday, the race came to an end for Baumann, who started from eighth place, after a collision at the first corner through no fault of his own.
Ahead of the third race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters from 19th to 21st June in Spa-Francorchamps, this week sees testing on the traditional Belgian race track. The team hopes to find solutions to its obvious disadvantage in top speed compared with some of their rivals.
Timo Frings (Team Manager): "At best, ten points for Claudia Hürtgen this weekend was damage limitation. Everyone can see where we stand at the moment. We just can't get near the front in qualifying. Our race pace is quite good, but it's difficult overtaking in our car at the moment. Before Spa, we will test again and hope we will be able to make some improvements."
Uwe Alzen (BMW Z4 GT3 No 19): "In my opinion, the balance of performance isn't right at all. In normal circumstances we can't get into the top three on the starting grid because we don't have enough top speed. It's a bad feeling when the other cars easily overtake you on the straights."
Dominik Baumann (BMW Z4 GT3 powered by HUAWEI No 80): "We knew that it was going to be a difficult weekend. But we had no idea that it would be that bad. When you only finish in 11th and eighth in qualifying, you are in the middle of the pack. That's where these types of crashes can happen, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I would like to drive a race to the end, but at the moment it is difficult for the whole team. I hope that we now have our two worst tracks behind us."