First win of the season for Dominik Baumann and Jens Klingmann
BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert finally had a breakthrough at the third race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters in Spa-Francorchamps (BE). After a mediocre start to the season, Jens Klingmann (DE) and Dominik Baumann (AT) in the number 80 BMW Z4 GT3 powered by HUAWEI celebrated the first win of the year for the team from Oschersleben. In the rainy second race on Sunday the duo finished in fifth place, ahead of the number 19 sister driven by Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Uwe Alzen (DE), who finished in sixth on Saturday. This sees Spa continue to be good ground for the team, after the previous guest appearance on the roller coaster in the Belgian Ardennes two years ago, when Hürtgen and Baumann celebrated a race victory.
Jens Klingmann initially fell back into fourth place from second at the start on Saturday, but then fought his way to the top with strong overtaking manoeuvres in just two laps. There he drove the car into a comfortable lead of 8.8 seconds, and then Dominik Baumann brought it home commandingly after the driver change, despite having minor tyre issues, thereby securing his fifth race victory in the ADAC GT Masters. In the overall standings, the duo moved up from 13th to fifth place in Spa, and with 51 points are even on equal footing with fourth-placed Tomas Enge (CZ). Claudia Hürtgen is in eighth with 46 points.
Timo Frings (team manager): "The first win is a relief for everyone in the team, and confirmation of our efforts. Jens Klingmann and Dominik Baumann were very unlucky in the first four races of the season. However, I knew they were capable of being up there at the front. We are now extremely competitive in the dry again. But in heavy rain, like on Sunday, we still have some issues. However, we consistently picked up points this weekend. Three top five positions are very respectable. Spa really is good ground for us."
Claudia Hürtgen (BMW Z4 GT3 #19): "Overall, this weekend was a step in the right direction for us, particularly with regard to the performance in qualifying. We can build on that. However, I didn't really enjoy the race on Sunday. The weather put a spanner in the works, since unfortunately we were too weak in the rain."
Jens Klingmann (BMW Z4 GT3 powered by HUAWEI #80): "The first laps on Saturday were a lot of fun. The duels were hard but fair and the overtaking manoeuvres were fantastic. In GT racing you are allowed to make contact at times. The weekend was a real step forward, which saw us offload our baggage from the previous races. We're now better in the dry, but the position on Sunday in the rain doesn't reflect our performance. But we made the best of it."