BMW Motorsport Juniors Jesse Krohn (FI) and Louis Delétraz (CH) were part of this weekend’s Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring (DE), where they appeared in the ADAC GT Masters at the wheel of the number 20 Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. This was their second outing together, having also contested both races at the Sachsenring (DE). The weekend’s programme at the EuroSpeedway also featured the DTM, the ADAC Formula 4, and the Porsche Carrera Cup, ensuring the crowds were treated to a fantastic show.
The qualifying sessions for the two ADAC GT Masters races took place on Friday. Krohn set an outstanding lap time in his group, putting him third on the grid. Delétraz finished 17th against strong opposition in his session.
Krohn made a good start to Saturday’s race and, for long periods, was in contention for a place on the podium until he dropped a few places towards the end of his stint. Delétraz attempted to make up ground again after the driver change. However, the BMW M6 GT3 was so badly damaged in a fierce battle that Delétraz was forced to return to the pit lane and retire.
On Sunday, the two BMW Motorsport Juniors again battled hard to work their way through the field from 17th on the grid. They achieved this superbly thanks to a flawless performance and the fact that a number of opponents were in trouble. The pair came home sixth to score valuable points towards the overall standings. The number 19 Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, which was making its first appearance and was driven by Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Niklas Mackschin (DE), failed to finish race one and came home 20th on Sunday.
The BMW Motorsport Juniors were coached by BMW works driver Jörg Müller (DE) throughout the entire weekend. He is acting as mentor to all the Juniors who take their place at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 over the course of the year. Former BMW Juniors and current BMW DTM drivers Timo Glock (DE), Martin Tomczyk (DE) and Marco Wittmann (DE) also visited their successors in the Schubert Motorsport garage. The ADAC GT Masters now takes a six-week summer break before the fourth race weekend at the Red Bull Ring (AT) from 22nd to 24th July.
Jörg Müller: “We worked hard with the guys on the set-up of the BMW M6 GT3 this weekend. I was involved in the development and, therefore, am able to pass on a bit of experience. The BMW M6 GT3 was very consistent in today’s race, which allowed Jesse and Louis to work their way through the field superbly. Given their starting position in the middle of the pack, that is a really good result.”
Jesse Krohn: “It is fantastic that we were able to score a few points. Unlike on Saturday, we were able to compete with the other cars today. The progress we have made is very encouraging. Jörg Müller gave us some valuable tips, which allowed us to optimise the set-up. The team also did a magnificent job. This is how we want things to continue.”
Louis Delétraz: “I had a fantastic opening lap on Sunday. I was able to stay clear of all the skirmishes and was always in the right place at the right time. I made up a lot of places that way. Jesse then did a great job in his stint and ensured that I picked up my first points in a GT race. I am delighted. Working with Jörg Müller helped me a lot. I am totally new to GT racing, and can benefit greatly from his experience.”