The impressive looking grid for the 2018 ADAC GT Masters is coming together at Oschersleben ahead of a two day official test (Monday/ Tuesday) with the Team Rosberg Lamborghini one of the early arrivals
Three Audis for BWT Mücke Motorsport
BWT Mücke Motorsport will field a trio of Audis in ADAC GT Masters in 2018.
Last year saw the Peter Mücke-owned team field a Mercedes-AMG GT3 plus two Audi R8 LMS. The Berlin-based outfit gained third place in the team classification and two race wins.
Stefan Mücke, the son of Team Principal Peter Mücke, will drive the outfit’s #26 BWT Audi R8 LMS.
Swiss driver Jeffrey Schmidt will race alongside him. He contested his debut season in the Super Sports Car League in 2017 and finished runner-up in the junior classification at his first attempt
DTM star Jamie Green will be the third racing driver to take the wheel of the #26 car standing in for Mücke when he is busy competing in the WEC.
Green drove for BWT Mücke Motorsport at the Sachsenring in 2017 and went straight into the Top Five.
Audi Sport driver Christopher Haase will spearhead the attack in the second Audi R8 LMS. He became the first ever ADAC GT Masters champion back in 2007. Ricardo Feller will be his team-mate. The Swiss will be contesting his second season in the ADAC GT Masters in 2018.
Audi Sport driver Markus Winkelhock will again fight for victories and pole positions in the team’s third Audi. His team-mate will be Mike David Ortmann. The Berlin-based driver achieved a podium in the Junior classification in the season finale in his debut year in the ADAC GT Masters. The 18-year-old’s goal in his second season is to become champion in the Junior classification for drivers under 25 by posting consistently good results.
Team Principal Peter Mücke: “We’ve gone for a well-proven combination of experienced drivers and young talents. Markus Winkelhock was one of the mainstays of our team during 2017. With Christopher Haase, we’ve signed another top driver who can certainly give us plenty of support for our second season in the ADAC GT Masters. The pairing of my son Stefan with Jeffrey Schmidt also has the potential to produce wins and podiums. I’m particularly pleased that we will have another two young talents with us again, namely, Mike David Ortmann and Ricardo Feller. BWT Mücke Motorsport have always been very keen to promote young motor racing talent. These two are fast and consistent. They can certainly learn a lot from their more experienced team-mates and make progress.”
Timo Scheider Anchors BMW Team Schnitzer Effort
Team Schnitzer have entered a pair of BMW M6 GT3s in ADAC GT Masters for the first time.
Two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider will be spearheading the team’s challenge in the ADAC GT Masters with his car shared with BMW Junior driver Mikkel Jensen.
The team’s second car will see another BMW Junior, Dennis Marschall team up with Swede Victor Bouveng.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “Timo Scheider plus the BMW Motorsport Juniors plus BMW Team Schnitzer, what a brilliant combination! BMW Team Schnitzer count as something of an institution in international GT sport. They can look back on a long and illustrious history. Last year, the team proved that it can also be a title contender in the highly competitive ADAC GT Masters.
“Timo Scheider’s driving skills and personality make him a great addition to the series, and he will be a magnificent role model for our young drivers. Our current juniors now have the opportunity to measure themselves against the best and to learn from them. Competing in the ADAC GT Masters is an important step on their way to the top. I’m really looking forward to following developments in what is sure to be a thrilling season.”
Timo Scheider: “As I enter my second year at BMW, I’m looking forward to working with a team of Schnitzer’s calibre for a full season.
“In Mikkel Jensen, I have a young and motivated team-mate at my side. I’m sure we can both benefit from what the other has to offer and be successful together. As a former BMW Junior myself, bringing on talented youngsters is very important to me, and that is one of the reasons why I have had my own junior kart and ADAC Formula 4 team in recent years. I will be delighted to assist Mikkel and the others with the benefit of my experience.”
Mikkel Jensen: “It’s an honour for me to be driving alongside Timo Scheider at BMW Team Schnitzer,” says the Dane. “I’m really looking forward to learning from Timo and the team. I have already met everyone involved, and I am impressed by the professionalism and experience. I am also looking forward to being back in the ADAC GT Masters environment.”
Dennis Marschall: “Even though I haven’t driven the BMW M6 GT3 yet, I already have some experience with GT3 cars,” says Marschall. “I think that will be a big help, plus the fact that I already know this series and almost all the tracks we will be competing on. I’m incredibly grateful to BMW Motorsport for the fantastic programme they have arranged for me this season. Being able to learn from Schnitzer and Timo Scheider is a great opportunity for me.”
Victor Bouveng: “When I was part of the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme in 2015, my objective was to establish myself in the GT3 class. It was an objective I achieved thanks to the support of BMW Motorsport. I’m really looking forward to the challenge in the ADAC GT Masters.”
IronForce by RING POLICE Reveal Porsche Livery
Lucas Luhr and Jan-Erik Slooten will team up for the IronForce by RING POLICE ADAC GT Masters effort in a Porsche 911 GT3 R with a striking livery (pictured at top of page).
Jan-Erik Slooten, who started the project, will share the car with former FIA GT1 World Champion, ALMS champion and two-time ADAC Zurich 24-hour race winner Lucas Luhr, and with TV and YouTube star JP Kraemer.
They decided to team up and pool their teams and skills. As CEO of Team RING POLICE, Slooten will provide his crew and motor racing experience, while as CEO of JP Performance, media pro Kraemer will provide access to a big fan base and sponsors with his high profile. The goal as Team IronForce is to put professionalism, closeness to the fans and fun back into motorsport. IronForce by RING POLICE have decided on the slogan “Make Motorsport great again” for their debut season in the ADAC GT Masters.
Jan-Erik Slooten: “I’m looking forward to the big ADAC GT Masters challenge and to next week’s round of testing in Oschersleben where we’ll meet this year’s competition for the first time. It will be great to see so many old friends and to get to know the other teams and drivers. It’s certainly going to be very special for me.”
IronForce by RING POLICE are one of four new teams in the ADAC GT Masters along with AutoArenA Motorsport, EFP by TECE and Team ISR.