GT Masters: “PIXUM Team Schubert” picks up points on a difficult weekend at the Nürburgring
The team had one vehicle finish
“PIXUM Team Schubert” powered by Jochen Schweizer experienced a difficult sixth race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters at the Nürburgring (DE). In changeable weather conditions the team from Oschersleben (DE) had one vehicle finish in the points in each of the two races.
On Saturday Dominik Baumann (AT) and Claudia Hürtgen (DE) caught up well, despite 15 kilos of additional weight due to a Balance of Performance (BOP) adjustment and 10 kilos of extra weight due to success. The number 19 BMW Z4 GT3 started in 14th and crossed the finish line in ninth.
The ninth place on Saturday was ok, but overall we weren't ever really quick enough here.
Jens Klingmann (DE) and Max Sandritter (DE) started the race in 24th after an accident in the free practice session and also worked their way up the field. However they didn't pick up any points for 12th.
The second race on Sunday went much better for Klingmann and Sandritter. They finished fifth in extremely difficult weather conditions and made sure that “PIXUM Team Schubert” powered by Jochen Schweizer was narrowly able to retain its lead in the team standings with 168 points. Baumann and Hürtgen were unlucky in the race on Sunday and didn't pick up any points, finishing in 15th. In the drivers' standings they are in third place, 19 points off the top.
Stefan Wendl (Team Principal Schubert Motorsport): “After our new classification in the BOP we knew before the race that we would find it difficult here. Unfortunately this was confirmed. It proved that we weren't bluffing when we complained about the BOP, rather that we weren't able to compensate for the additional weight on this track. It was a fantastic achievement that Jens and Max managed to finish fifth in the second race despite this.
Overall the weather undoubtedly helped us a little bit too. Unfortunately, after starting well in the second race, Dominik was spun round by a rival and dropped way down the field. This meant that he and Claudia came away with nothing and lost their lead in the drivers' standings. But at least we were able to defend first place in the team standings.”
Dominik Baumann (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 19): “It's a shame that I was spun round right at the start of the race on Sunday. After that it was almost impossible to make it into the points since it is extremely difficult to overtake on this track. The ninth place on Saturday was ok, but overall we weren't ever really quick enough here. The car drove well, but the lap times just didn't follow suit.”
Jens Klingmann (BMW Z4 GT3, car number 20): “I'm very pleased with the fifth place in the race on Sunday. My sixth place in qualifying was really good when you think that the car was only ready at the last minute after our accident in the free practice session. No doubt the rain helped me. I was even hoping for more of it on Sunday, then I might have been able to make it onto the podium. But at least we made sure that we kept the lead in the team standings. That's a good basis for the next race weekend at the Sachsenring.”
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