Schubert Motorsport all set for Nordschleife dress rehearsal: BMW M6 GT3 & BMW M2 CS Racing to contest qualifying for 24-hour race
The first small highlight of the 2021 season is on Schubert Motorsport’s programme with qualifying for the prestigious ADAC TOTAL 24-Hour race set to take place on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife this weekend (May 8th/9th) when the Oschersleben-based outfit plan to secure grid slots for both BMW M6 GT3 and BMW M2 CS Racing in the legendary endurance race in the Eifel (June 3rd-6th).
Just last weekend, Schubert Motorsport were back at the Nordschleife with the BMW M6 GT3 to contest the third round of the Nürburgring endurance series. That the team had been absent from the series for four years was in no way apparent. BMW works driver Jesse Krohn had an excellent showing, taking pole position for the 62nd running of the ADAC ACAS Cup and giving the team a major boost for next Sunday’s quali in the process.
Krohn will again share the drive in the SP9 class with his two BMW works driver colleagues, Jens Klingmann and Stef Dusseldorp. The goal for the three drivers and support crew in the BMW M6 GT3 will be to build on the outfit’s successful baptism of fire in the NLS. Knowledge recently gained about setup should deliver extra performance so that they can get ahead with the GT3 racing car in the qualifying race around the 25.37-km, 24-hour variant of the Nürburgring.
Schubert Motorsport also intend to send a BMW M2 CS Racing back out again to compete in the one‑make cup. Marcel Lenerz and Christopher Dreyspring will join company founder Torsten Schubert and his son Michael von Zabiensky at the wheel of the 360-bhp Cup car. Dreyspring has been involved with the team for quite some time now after lining up in the ADAC GT Masters for Schubert Motorsport back in 2018 and again in 2019 when he contested the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in the Schubert Competition BMW M2.
This event will serve to determine the grid for the 24-hour race, which will be based on the outcome of Sunday’s qualifying race. However, one of its main purposes is also to serve as a dress rehearsal for teams and drivers. Apart from the two practice sessions, drivers will have a chance to gain vital experience of racing at dusk during Q1 on Saturday evening. A second quali and the nail-biting qualifying session for the Top Thirty will take place on Sunday.
Team Principal André Schubert: “Last weekend in the NLS made us feel like we’d ‘arrived’ again on the Nordschleife. Securing pole position gave us an extra crucial boost of motivation and being in a position to build on that straightaway will be paramount over the next few days. We’ve found a good basic setup for the BMW M6 GT3 and have an excellent set of drivers. If we can translate our potential into results, then we’ll have a good chance of finishing ahead in the quali. And what’s more, Torsten and the other guys in the BMW M2 CS Racing will have an exciting time as they complete the prologue for the 24-hour race. So you can perhaps see now why we’re really looking forward to this weekend!”