Timo Scheider starts for Schnitzer-BMW in GT-Masters
Parallel to his Rallycross programme Timo Scheider drives the complete season in the ADAC GT-Masters – The Schnitzer team uses two BMW M6 GT3s
The two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider is the spearhead of the Schnitzer BMW team in the ADAC GT Masters. Juniors Mikkel Jensen and Dennis Marschall as well as the Swede Victor Bouveng are used as team mates in the two BMW M6 GT3s. The “League of Super Sports Cars” will contribute to the development of the world’s best sports cars from the 13th to the 15th century. April at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben.
“Timo Scheider, the BMW Juniors and Schnitzer: “This combination is ingenious,” says BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt: “The Schnitzer team is an institution in international GT racing and can look back on a long success story. Last year the team proved that they can also compete for the title in the top-class GT Masters”.
“Timo Scheider’s driving skills and personality make him a great asset to the racing series and a role model for our young drivers. Our current juniors now have the chance to compete with the best and learn from them. The use in the GT Masters is an important step on their way to the top. “I’m really looking forward to this exciting season.”
A mixture of experience and youth
With the driver quartet Schnitzer relies on a mixture of experience and promising talents. Scheider won the DTM in 2008 and 2009 and is contesting his first season in the GT Masters this year. The German shares the car with Jensen: “In my second year at BMW I am very much looking forward to working with a great team like Schnitzer for an entire season,” says Scheider.
“In Mikkel Jensen I have a young and motivated team mate at my side. I am sure that we can profit from each other and be successful. As a former BMW junior, promoting young talent is very important to me, which is one of the reasons why I had my own junior kart and Formula 4 team in the past. I would be happy to help Mikkel and the others with my experience.”
BMW-Junior Mikkel Jensen the team mate
Jensen has been a member of BMW’s junior programme since 2017 and won the Formula Masters in 2014: “It is an honour for me to be able to ride alongside Timo at Schnitzer,” said the Dane, “I am very much looking forward to learning from Timo and the team. I have already got to know everyone involved and I am impressed by the professionalism and experience. “I am also very much looking forward to returning to the GT Master’s environment.”
Marschall and Bouveng are piloting the second M6. Marschall contested his first season in the GT Masters in 2017 and clinched several junior podium places in an Audi R8 LMS: “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 help me as much as the fact that I already know almost all the race tracks and the racing series”.
“I am incredibly grateful to BMW for the fantastic programme that I have been able to complete this season. Being able to learn from Schnitzer and Timo is a great opportunity for me,” said the Scandinavian, “but team mate Bouveng already has a lot of experience in the M6 GT3 and when I was part of the junior programme in 2015, my goal was to establish myself in the GT3 class. “I am very much looking forward to the challenge in the GT Masters.”