Beitske Visser, Nico Menzel

GT4 European Series: Strong BMW line-up at season-opener in Zolder.

The GT4 European Series season started at the weekend with a total of ten BMW M4 GT4s at Circuit Zolder and with BMW Motorsport Juniors Beitske Visser and Nico Menzel in action.

The duo will be spending the whole season in the RN Vision STS team #110 BMW M4 GT4 and scored points in both races at the season-opener. The car crossed the line in seventh place on Saturday and again on Sunday. On Sunday, Visser and Menzel put in a great chasing performance after starting from 17th position. The best-placed BMW M4 GT4 in both races was the MDM Motorsport team #1 car. Simon Knap and 2017 BMW Sports Trophy winner, Max Koebolt , secured fifth place on Saturday and finished sixth on Sunday.

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Beitske Visser, Nico Menzel
3 questions for ... Beitske Visser and Nico Menzel.

What conclusions did you draw from the first race weekend in the GT4 European Series?

Beitske Visser: “I am quite happy with the season-opener. Recording two seventh-place finishes in a field of 40, on a circuit that perhaps is not ideally suited to the BMW M4 GT4 is a good result. And if all the framework and conditions being perfect, we might have even achieved more.”

Nico Menzel: “It was fair to middling, in my opinion. With such a strong field, qualifying is crucial. It did not go so well for us on Saturday and we had to make do with starting from eighth and 17th. It’s really difficult to make it to the front from there, although our race speed was great, especially on Sunday.”

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What is it like to be working together, and with the new RN Vision STS team?

Visser: “We are working together really well. I get on great with Nico. I think that once we have got to know one another even better over the next few race weekends, and the circuits are more suited to the BMW M4 GT4, we will soon be in the running for podium finishes.”

Menzel: “We all make a really good team. It is very nice to be working with the RN Vision STS people; everything is concentrated yet relaxed. Racing with Beitske is also an example of good teamwork, such as during my stint on Sunday - I was only able to move so far up because she had taken good care of the tyres and handed me a car in perfect working order. We work very well together.”

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Beitske Visser, Nico Menzel, BMW M4 GT4

Your season in the BMW Motorsport Junior programme started with the fitness camp at Formula Medicine. How did you find that?

Visser: “Physically, it was tough, but that is what a fitness camp is supposed to be. I find the mental aspect at Formula Medicine particularly impressive. I don’t think you can get such good mental training anywhere else in motorsport.”

Menzel: “Of course you have to be in great physical shape to be able to complete a fitness camp like that, but I think we all are. At Formula Medicine, I always learn a lot about myself. How do I react to stress situations, or to errors that I have made? Learning how to deal with situations like that gives the camps at Formula Medicine real added value.”

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