Schubert Motorsport celebrates 50 years of BMW M: Special livery for BMW M4 GT3 at the Nürburgring 24 Hours
Last weekend, Schubert Motorsport made its debut in the legendary DTM. At the end of the month, the team from Oschersleben has the next big highlight in the 2022 season coming up. From 26 to 29 May, the 50th edition of the prestigious ADAC TOTAL 24h Race at the Nürburgring will take place on the Nordschleife. The BMW M4 GT3 of the BMW M Motorsport Team Schubert Motorsport will enter the stage in a very special design on the occasion of this endurance classic. The car driven by BMW factory drivers Jesse Krohn, Jens Klingmann, Alexander Sims and their team-mate Niklas Krütten celebrates the 50th birthday of BMW M in the Eifel.
This coming weekend, Schubert Motorsport will be showing off the special design for the first time at the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers. The prologue for the 24-hour race will take place from 6 to 8 May in a new intensive format. Over three days, the drivers and crew of the number 20 BMW M4 GT3 will have a total of nine sessions at their disposal. Instead of the traditional six-hour race, two heats of three hours each are scheduled this time around on the 25.378 km 24h-layout of the Nürburgring.
On Friday, the race weekend kicks off with two 120-minute qualifying sessions, followed by a top-30 qualifying. The starting grid for the first race will be determined in a time-attack over two laps. On Saturday, a 45-minute warm-up and the first of the two races will be held. Sunday guarantees another exciting session with a second top-qualifying session after the warm-up. The time attack over two laps, this time for all participants, will decide the grid for race two in the afternoon.
For Schubert Motorsport, this schedule means plenty of track time to prepare for the toughest endurance race in the world and to get familiar with new GT3 machine from BMW M Motorsport better in the Green Hell. So far, the team has only competed with the BMW M4 GT3 at the opening round of the 2022 Nürburgring Endurance Series. Participation in the second round of the NLS was prevented by a sudden onset of winter. At the third event, the team's cars were not available due to racing commitments in the ADAC GT Masters and preparations for the DTM season opener.
However, the qualifying weekend is not just about setup work. For Krohn, Klingmann, Sims and Krütten, with over 30 GT3 cars entered in the SP9 and SPX classes, it is also an important final assessment for the 24-hour race in three weeks' time. At the NLS season opener, Schubert Motorsport had found a solid baseline for the upcoming challenges at the endurance classic with fifth place in qualifying and the race.
Team Manager Marcel Schmidt: "We are honoured to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BMW M with this special design at such an iconic race. BMW's great successes at the Nürburgring 24 Hours are a part of German motorsport history and definitely another incentive for us to achieve our big goal with the BMW M4 GT3 this year. We had a top run last year with the BMW M6 GT3, but it wasn't quite enough for the podium. We definitely want to make up for that this year. The qualifying weekend is very important to put us in position for this challenge. We are excited about the new format and what we can learn as we prepare for the 24-hour race."