BMW Motorsport Junior Dennis Marschall to drive for BMW Team Schnitzer in the ADAC GT Masters
New challenge for BMW Motorsport Junior Dennis Marschall: The 21-year-old from Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen will be contesting the 2018 ADAC GT Masters as a member of the BMW Team Schnitzer squad. He and his Swedish team-mate Victor Bouveng will be driving a BMW M6 GT3 and competing for the Junior class title in the Super Sports Car League.
Marschall is about to embark on his second ADAC GT Masters campaign. Last year, he finished sixth in the Junior classification and made three podium appearances in this separate category for drivers under 25 years of age. In 2017, the 21-year-old student of Economics was signed up for the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme and promptly won the GT4 European Series Southern Cup in Barcelona on his first competitive outing in the new BMW M4 GT4.
Impressed by this result, BMW Motorsport offered Marschall the chance to prove himself in the ADAC GT Masters as a member of the highly respected BMW Team Schnitzer outfit. The team, which was founded in 1963 by the brothers Josef and Herbert Schnitzer, gave a good account of itself during its debut season in the Super Sports Car League in 2017. With a tally of one race win and three pole positions, they were in contention for the drivers’ championship right up until the final weekend.
The 2018 ADAC GT Masters calendar once again consists of seven weekends, each with two races, contested on tracks in Germany and neighbouring countries. The first event is at Oschersleben (13th 15th April). The season finale at the Hockenheimring (21st – 23rd September) counts as a home fixture for Marschall. The free-to-air channel SPORT1 will be showing all 14 races live on TV.
Three questions for Dennis Marschall
Congratulations on securing this fabulous cockpit at BMW Team Schnitzer!
Thank you. I was really happy when I learned that I would be competing for BMW Team Schnitzer in the ADAC GT Masters this season. Over the winter break, I got the go-ahead to tackle another GT3 season as part of the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme. Contesting the ADAC GT Masters as a member of this team is the best possible package for me. In only their first season in this series, BMW Team Schnitzer were already in contention for the 2017 championship. That just goes to show how professional and committed they are.
How will you approach your second season in the ADAC GT Masters?
I already know the tracks, their characteristics and the general procedures from my rookie year. Of course, the new BMW M6 GT3 is new to me. So far, I’ve had only a short rollout, but that was enough for me to get a positive initial impression. The real yardstick will be the tests on 26th and 27th March in Oschersleben and of course the season opener a few weeks later.
What targets have you set yourself for the season?
At the start, it will be all about familiarising myself with the BMW M6 GT3 and getting up to speed as quickly as possible. My team-mate Victor already has more experience with the car, but I know the ADAC GT Masters circuits better. I think we will complement each other well and make progress together. The field is more competitive than ever before, but I’m obviously hoping to improve my results. I’m aiming for the occasional podium finish in the general classification and to win the championship title in the Junior classification.