The ADAC GT Masters closed out its 2021 season this past weekend at the Nürburgring in Germany, and it was also the last European race for the M6 GT3. The lone BMW entry in the championship was a Schubert Motorsport M6 GT3 with drivers Jesse Krohn and Nick Yelloly, and it turned out to be a disappointing season after a promising start. The Schubert M6 GT3 was on the podium three times in the first six rounds at Oschersleben, the Red Bull Ring, and Zandvoort, but never made it to the podium again. In fact, their best finish since the Zandvoort races in July was a seventh-place finish at the Lausitzring in September.
It was an especially difficult second half of the season for Schubert. They were disqualified from the second race at the Sachsenring for technical reasons, had a tire puncture in the first race and an accident in the second race at Hockenheim, and could only manage ninth and eighth place finishes in the last two rounds at the Nürburgring, in the final two European outings for the M6 GT3. The championship was won by Audi drivers Christopher Mies and Ricardo Feller.
Schubert Motorsport is looking forward to 2022 when they will campaign the new M4 GT3. “We will get the first car at the beginning of December,” said team manager and race engineer Marcel Schmidt. “We want to use the M4 GT3 for the first time at the 24 Hours of Dubai in January to gather experience and data. We are planning to compete in the ADAC GT Masters again in 2022 and are currently in talks. It looks like we will start with two cars. The first is to be a pro vehicle with two factory drivers to get the most out of the car. In the second M4 GT3 we would like to use junior drivers who can take the next step in our team and learn from the works drivers.”
Works driver Jesse Krohn is hoping to race the new car in the series next year. “For me, the car is a big step forward,” he said. “We took over the best of the M8 GTE from the WEC and IMSA. The M4 is a real all-rounder and should be strong on all tracks. I would be very happy to be able to drive it in the ADAC GT Masters in 2022. I firmly believe that he will win races and fight for the title.”—David Haueter
[Photo courtesy ADAC GT Masters].