BMW Junior drivers get lengthy running at Oschersleben  

by Alex Goldschmidt

The Motorsport Arena Oschersleben may have seen a furious bout of activity in the wet thanks to the spectacle provided by the DTM this weekend past, but the drivers from BMW Motorsport’s Junior programme joined the most internationally recognized touring car series after the weekend for their first on-track commitment of the year.

Jake Hughes, Jesse Krohn, Alexander Mies and Moisés Soriano got behind the wheel of the Formula BMW FB02 at the 3.696km track that is based in the Magdeburger Börge region for the day, and racked up over 200 kilometers respectively over their eight outings after carrying out formation laps earlier on Tuesday.

Chief Instructor Dirk Adorf and the engineers from BMW were able to assess the progress that all four drivers made throughout the day, with Adorf himself saying that the drivers were the right choices: “All four candidates were at a very high standard right from the word go – even those who had never sat in a single-seater car before. You can tell that they all had some motorsport experience under their belts when they joined us. It will now be exciting to see how they fare on their first outing in the BMW M235i Racing.”

The four drivers were put through their paces on the Monday, as the usual briefings and fitness training and track walks form a big part of a driver’s life at the track, but they were also given an insight into the DTM itself.

The DTM teams had remained in Oschersleben, so as to continue the ongoing development of the race-winning M4 that they have brought in for the 2014 campaign, as well as giving the young hopefuls the chance to get an in-depth insight into the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Another reason was the likes of BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt would be able to take a look at how Hughes, Krohn, Mies and Soriano fared a lot more closely.

Adorf said that the drivers kept their focus where it needed to be: “That was a magnificent stage for the guys. I don’t think they realized that the same people were watching them as will ultimately decide the winner of our programme. That is a good thing though, as they were not put under any additional pressure in the cockpit.”

The three-day event, which started with the drivers having their seat fitting and introduction to the FB02 in Hamburg on Sunday, they will now head to the state-of-the-art simulator at Silverstone, which will also show any gains that can be made from mental strength issues that may arise from high-pressure situations.

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