DTM: Mission title defense for Sheldon van der Linde and Schubert Motorsport begins at Oschersleben.

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Oschersleben.
This weekend marks the end of the long wait for the start of
the new DTM season. Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (GER) will host
the first two races out of a total of 16. Sheldon van der Linde
(RSA) and Team Schubert Motorsport aim to defend their titles in the
driver and team championships. The Schubert team, based in
Oschersleben, will have their first home races in the DTM since the
circuit returns to the DTM calendar for the first time since 2015
after the series was taken over by the ADAC.

 

Action begins on Thursday with a test day, allowing drivers and teams
to adjust their cars to the track. Schubert Motorsport is naturally
familiar with their home circuit, especially from their time in the
ADAC GT Masters. Like van der Linde, his teammate René Rast (GER) will
also compete in a DTM race at Oschersleben for the first time, despite
all his experience – and it will also be his first race as a BMW M
works driver behind the wheel of the BMW M4 GT3. Only Marco Wittmann
(GER), who competes for the new Project 1 team, has previous DTM race
experience on the track.

The DTM races start at 13:30 CEST on both Saturday and Sunday and
will be broadcast live on ProSieben. As part of the race weekend’s
programme, the BMW M2 Cup also kicks off its season. All races will be
streamed on BMW M YouTube: https://youtube.com/live/VW1pf3UC3i4.
The new BMW M4 GT4 will make its premiere in the ADAC GT4 Germany.

 

Quotes ahead of the DTM season opener:

Andreas Roos (Head of BMW M Motorsport): “After
experiencing several highlights at race tracks around the world from
the perspective of BMW M Motorsport in the past weeks and months, we
are very excited to witness the start of the new DTM season, under the
leadership of the ADAC. With the DTM title wins for Sheldon van der
Linde and Team Schubert, the BMW M4 GT3 achieved its greatest
successes in the debut season of 2022. The vehicle has since proved
its capability to win and secure titles on different types of race
tracks and in all race formats. Consequently, we are optimistic about
playing a leading role in the upcoming season with our three
high-calibre BMW M works drivers who together won a total of six DTM
driver titles to date. At the same time, I look forward to seeing the
new BMW M4 GT4 and the BMW M2 CS Racing in action as part of the DTM’s
support programme.”

 

Sheldon van der Linde (#1 BMW M4 GT3, Schubert Motorsport):
“For us as the Schubert team, it is probably the biggest race
weekend of the season right from the start, as it takes place just
five minutes away from our headquarters. Consequently, many guests
will come to support us for this home game on Saturday and Sunday.
Naturally, my goal is to put on a good show for these fans and
hopefully achieve podium finishes. Whether that will be possible
remains to be seen, as we are still not a hundred percent sure about
our position with the new Pirelli tyres. We are aware that as the
defending champions, we are under special pressure, but we have done
everything in preparation to enter the season optimally prepared.”

René Rast (#33 BMW M4 GT3, Schubert Motorsport): “My
first races as a BMW M works driver in the BMW M4 GT3 – finally! I am
very excited and looking forward to starting my new career with BMW M
Motorsport at Oschersleben. However, the weekend is not only special
for me, but also for the Schubert team. It’s a great thing to compete
at our home race as the defending champions with the number one on
Sheldon’s car. I haven’t raced in Oschersleben for a long time, but I
generally have good memories of the track. I can’t wait to get started.”

 

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW M4 GT3, Project 1): “Finally,
it’s time to get back on track! After participating in several races
and racing series this year, I am now very excited to begin the DTM
season at Oschersleben with BMW M Motorsport, my new team Project 1,
my long-time partner Schaeffler, and the ‘Green Machine’. Oschersleben
returns to the racing calendar after a long time, but I still remember
my DTM races there and my early days in motorsport very well. It was
in the Formula BMW that I competed in my very first single-seater
races at the Motorsport Arena. For the upcoming weekend, I hope for a
good season start, although we are aware that as a new team, we need
to find our way at this extremely high level. We will definitely give
our best for good results.“

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