As the ADAC GT Masters season draws ever closer, BMW Motorsport took the opportunity to test a couple of their junior drivers in the manufacturer’s BMW M6 GT3.
Motorsport Arena Oschersleben played host to rapid racers Jesse Krohn and Luis Delétraz who both tested the car on Monday and Tuesday this week. Their testing mileage was all in aid of Schubert Motorsport who will be running the car in the German GT series for 2016.
Krohn will be the first to get behind the wheel to race in anger when he pairs up with BMW DTM regular Martin Tomczyk at Oschersleben. The hope is that Tomczyk will pass on his wealth of experience in BMW machinery to Krohn to get him off on the right foot when the series moves on to the Sachsenring for round two where Tomczyk will give way to Delétraz and let the Junior team go into full flight.
Krohn said: “Thanks to my outings in North America and in the VLN, I already have a few kilometres under my belt in the BMW M6 GT3. That is certainly beneficial to me during the preparations for the start of the season in the ADAC GT Masters. The car is new and has a lot of potential. It is now up to us drivers and the team to take advantage of this potential and to find the right basic set-up for each racetrack. Martin Tomczyk’s experience will certainly help us in this regard.
“I am really looking forward to contesting the first race of the season alongside him in the BMW M6 GT3 Junior Car with this fantastic design. I will have to change my mindset from endurance racing to sprint races, but I am sure that we will have a lot of fun in such a high-class field.”
For Delétraz, this is a very different experience – moving from single seaters into GTs. He said: “A lot is still new to me, as I switch from single-seater cars, in which I have spent most of my time, to the BMW M6 GT3. I still have a lot to learn, but the guys at Schubert Motorsport are helping me a lot and I am improving with every lap. You can see that in the lap times. I love the design of the BMW M6 GT3 Junior Car and can hardly wait to finally line up for my first race with the car at the Sachsenring. Tests are extremely important to me. However, as a racing driver, you only get that real adrenalin kick when you are on the starting grid and it is time to get down to business.”