May 11th, 2011
After one-two in Portimão: Need for Speed Team Schubert races updated BMW Z4 GT3 at the Nordschleife for the first time
Need for Speed Team Schubert contests this weekend’s 42nd Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with three entries. Two upgraded 2011-specification BMW Z4 GT3 cars will start the third race in this year’s VLN Endurance Championship in the “Green Hell”, as will the team’s BMW 320d.
Tommy Milner (US), Marko Hartung (DE) and Jörg Viebahn (DE) will alternate at the wheel of the BMW Z4 GT3 carrying number 16, while the sister entry (number 26) will be driven by John Mayes (US), Nils Tronrud (NO) and Anders Buchardt (NO). Team boss, Torsten Schubert (DE), is down to share the no. 555 BMW 320d with Edward Sandström (SE) and Fredrik Larsson (SE).
Need for Speed Team Schubert has entered three new BMW Z4 GT3s for the 39th ADAC 24-hour race, scheduled for 25/26 June at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
The driver line-ups for the Nürburgring 24 Hours are as follows:
Car number 4: Claudia Hürtgen (DE), Tom Coronel (NL), Marko Hartung (DE), Jörg Viebahn (DE).
Car number 76: Edward Sandström (SE), Tommy Milner (US), Fredrik Larsson (SE), Claudia Hürtgen (DE).
Car number 77: Anders Buchardt (NO), Nils Tronrud (NO), John Mayes (US), Stian Sørlie (NO).
Stefan Wendl, Team Manager: “Next weekend’s VLN round marks our first competitive outing with the upgraded BMW Z4 GT3 at the Nordschleife. While the competition has already contested two events this year under favourable conditions, we need to acclimatise ourselves to the new equipment under the special conditions dictated by the ‘Green Hell’. That the new version of the BMW Z4 GT3 provides a superb basis was proven by our victory in last weekend’s FIA GT3 European Championship round in Portimão.”
Michael Bellmann, Dunlop Motorsport Director: “We have developed a completely new tyre specification for the new BMW Z4 GT3. The package sees action this weekend at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife for the first time. As official development partner to BMW Motorsport, Dunlop was involved in the full upgrade programme of the vehicle from the start. We are pleased to have scored a one-two in the season-opening FIA GT3 European Championship round upon the car’s debut. That makes us confident for the race at the Nordschleife, although data collection is our primary objective.”
Jörg Viebahn: “The BMW Z4 GT3 was upgraded in many areas during the winter, meaning this weekend we effectively start with a clean sheet of paper, and need to re-establish a base set-up for the Nordschleife. Our aim is to find the best possible suspension, aerodynamic and fuel economy settings as soon as possible. Obviously we are very pleased the car immediately proved victorious on its debut in the European Championship. That proves the BMW Z4 GT3 has a lot of potential. However, the ‘Green Hell’ has its own rules. In addition, the opposing teams have not yet really shown their hands. Therefore we still have a lot of work ahead of us before the 24-hour race in June.”
Edward Sandström: “I am looking forward immensely to my first race on the Nordschleife this year. Personally I intend using this opportunity of reacquainting myself with the special demands of the ‘Green Hell’. The more driving practice you have on the Nordschleife, the better – particularly with regard to the 24-hour race. This circuit punishes even the smallest driver error.”
Team Manager: Stefan Wendl
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