BMW Team Schnitzer, Timo Scheider and two BMW Motorsport Juniors in the ADAC GT Masters.
Strong together: BMW Motorsport heads into the coming ADAC GT Masters season with a strong mixture of experience and talented youngsters. BMW Motorsport Juniors Mikkel Jensen and Dennis Marschall are given the opportunity to prove themselves at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 in which they will race alongside and learn from a two-time DTM champion. BMW works driver Timo Scheider is set for his debut in the ADAC GT Masters, where he and the two Juniors will drive for BMW Team Schnitzer. Team principal Charly Lamm’s experienced crew will field two BMW M6 GT3 in the top-class GT series.
„ Timo Scheider, the BMW Motorsport Juniors and BMW Team Schnitzer: this combination is ingenious. It combines success, tradition, experience and promising youngsters – everything that makes BMW Motorsport so special. “
Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director
BMW Motorsport’s motto for the coming ADAC GT Masters season is “Tradition, Present and Future.” The squad charged with attaining success with the BMW M6 GT3 in the strongest GT race series in the world features an attractive mix of success, tradition, experience and promising young drivers. Scheider, who has been a BMW works driver since 2017, was crowned DTM champion in 2008 and 2009 and is one of the biggest names in the ADAC GT Masters field. BMW Team Schnitzer can look back on a success story with BMW Motorsport that spans several decades. Among the chapters of this remarkable story are victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999, the DTM title wins in 1989 and 2012, and five overall victories in the 24-hour classics at the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps.
The talented young drivers are two current BMW Motorsport Juniors and one graduate of the youth development programme. Mikkel Jensen will share the cockpit with Scheider on the seven race weekends that make up the ADAC GT Masters. Dennis Marschall and Victor Bouveng, who was part of the BMW Motorsport Junior programme in 2015, will be in action in the second BMW M6 GT3.
“BMW Team Schnitzer is an institution in international GT racing, and can look back on a long success story,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “The team showed last year that it can challenge for the title in the top-class ADAC GT Masters. Timo Scheider’s ability and personality make him a big plus for the series and a great example for our young drivers. Finally, Scheider has been a part of the BMW talent promotion himself in the past. Our current Juniors, who have already demonstrated their talent, will now be given the opportunity to test themselves against the best, and to learn from them. Helping young drivers find their way to the top classes of motorsport is a tradition spanning several decades at BMW Motorsport, and is one of the central pillars of our programme. The outings in the ADAC GT Masters is a big step on their way to the top. I am really looking forward to following what is sure to be a very exciting season.”
“We are really looking forward to competing in the ADAC GT Masters with the BMW M6 GT3 again in 2018,” said Lamm. “BMW Motorsport has modified the car and we hope that the Evo package will make it at least as competitive as last season, when we were still fighting for the title right down to the season finale at Hockenheim. Our squad of drivers is a mixture of experience and talented youngsters. Having Timo Scheider in the team again is great for us and the entire series. Then we have our young drivers, who will bring a breath of fresh air and are determined to do well in their new roles. We will do our best to give them as much support as possible and cannot wait for the season to get underway.”
As well as BMW Team Schnitzer, the MRS Racing team will also field one BMW M6 GT3 in the 2018 ADAC GT Masters. The season begins on 14th/15th April with two races at Oschersleben. The schedule consists of 14 races in total. The season finale will take place at Hockenheim on 22nd/23rd September.
“Now in my second year at BMW, I am really looking forward to working with such a fantastic team as Schnitzer for a full season,” said Scheider. “In BMW Motorsport Junior Mikkel Jensen, I have a young and motivated team-mate at my side. I am sure we will benefit from each other and can be successful. As a former BMW Junior, the promotion of talented youngsters is very close to my heart. After all, that is why I also had my own junior karting and Formula 4 team in the past. I am happy to use my experience to help Mikkel and the others.”
“I am really looking forward to learning from Timo and the team. I have already met everyone involved and am impressed by the level of professionalism and experience. I am very much looking forward to returning to the ADAC GT Masters environment. The last time I was involved was 2014, when I won the title in the ADAC Formula Masters.”
“Although I have not yet driven the BMW M6 GT3, I do already have some experience of GT3 cars. I think that will help me, as will the fact that I already know almost all the circuits and the series as a whole. I am incredibly grateful to BMW Motorsport for the fantastic programme I am on this season. To learn from Schnitzer and Timo Scheider is a fantastic opportunity for me.”
“When I was part of the BMW Motorsport Junior programme in 2015, my goal was to establish myself in the GT3 class. I have achieved that goal, thanks to BMW Motorsport. I have now come full circle and am meeting people I know from my time as a BMW Motorsport Junior. I am really looking forward to the challenge in the ADAC GT Masters.”