Double trouble for Schubert Motorsport: DTM and ADAC GT Masters enter the second round
Motorsports in May means twice the racing action for Schubert Motorsport this coming weekend. The drivers and crews of the team from Oschersleben will be racing from 20 to 22 May in the DTM at the Lausitzring and in the ADAC GT Masters at the Red Bull Ring. In both racing series, the second round of the 2022 calendar is up next after a successful start for the squad with the BMW M4 GT3.
In the DTM, BMW factory drivers Philipp Eng and Sheldon van der Linde achieved three points scoring results at the season opener in Portugal. Their BMW M Motorsport colleagues Jesse Krohn and Nicky Catsburg already got close to the podium at the first outing of the ADAC GT Masters in Oschersleben. This weekend, the quartet will set their sights on more top results with the new BMW M4 GT3 in the Lausitz and in Styria respectively.
Krohn and Catsburg will be supported in the ADAC GT Masters by rookies Niklas Krütten and Ben Green, who showed a steep learning curve on their debut. In addition to the two young talents in the German GT Championship, Schubert Motorsport will once again be sending two youngsters to race in the ADAC GT4 Germany at the Red Bull Ring. Patrick Steinmetz and Michael von Zabiensky will pilot the team's BMW M4 GT4 in races three and four of the renowned GT4 series.
Schubert Motorsport with home vibes in the DTM
Schubert Motorsport's debut in the DTM went promising in Portimão. The races at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve not only marked the debut in the prestigious racing series, but also the first outing for the BMW M4 GT3. The team and its drivers Sheldon van der Linde and Philipp Eng made an immediate impression in the field of 29 GT3 cars. The South African put in strong qualifying performances to finish seventh and eighth in the heats. His Austrian teammate impressed with a strong fightback to ninth place in the first race.
Next weekend, the team returns to a special venue. From the base in Magdeburger Börde, it is less than 300 kilometres to the Lausitzring for Schubert Motorsport. The races in Brandenburg thus mark the team's home race in the DTM. In the past, the circuit has been a good place for both the team and their drivers. In the ADAC GT Masters, Schubert Motorsport celebrated two victories, six podiums, one pole position and two fastest race laps at the Lausitzring competing with BMW M Motorsport cars.
Eng and van der Linde scored some of their biggest successes in the DTM at Lausitz. The 32-year-old and the 23-year-old each took a podium, a pole position and a fastest lap there as BMW works drivers. With the new BMW M4 GT3, a new challenge awaits the Schubert Motorsport crew and their pilots this weekend. The 4.60 km layout includes the ultra-fast banked turn one of the famous Lausitzring oval. For the engineers, this means a special challenge when setting up the GT3 machine.
Successful footsteps in the ADAC GT Masters at the Red Bull Ring
Some 650 kilometres further south, Schubert Motorsport is also on the grid with two BMW M4 GT3s. The second race weekend of the season in the ADAC GT Masters takes place in Styria. The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg is traditionally a good place for BMW's GT3 cars. With the BMW M6 GT3, Schubert Motorsport achieved a win, two podium finishes, a pole and a fastest lap in the last two years.
For the BMW M4 GT3, the task on the 4.13 km Grand Prix circuit in Austria is to follow in the big footsteps of its predecessor. Jesse Krohn and Nicky Catsburg created a solid foundation on the car's debut at Oschersleben. The Finn and the Dutchman finished fourth in Sunday's race and have the podium firmly in their sights. In the sister car, newcomers Niklas Krütten and Ben Green are also keen to confirm their form after scoring points in the season opener.
The league of super sports cars will once again be accompanied abroad by the ADAC GT4 Germany. In the field with the largest number of participants in the history of the series, Schubert Motorsport is once again sending the BMW M4 GT4 into the battle this year. Debutant Patrick Steinmetz and Michael von Zabiensky scored points at Oschersleben straight away. The omens for the duo's second appearance are good. Last year, Schubert Motorsport achieved a strong fifth place in Spielberg.
Team Manager Marcel Schmidt: "The next two weeks are extremely important for us. The double header in the DTM and the ADAC GT Masters is something that we at Schubert Motorsport have never experienced in this form before. It's an extreme challenge in terms of the logistics and coordination of the respective operations. The goal is to deliver two perfect weekends in Lausitz and Styria. Both championships demand absolute perfection and we cannot afford to compromise. We started planning for this very early and feel well prepared. Furthermore, the season opener in both racing series was promising, which makes us optimistic. We are looking forward to this special challenge."