First ADAC GT Masters outing for Dennis Marschall as a BMW Team Schnitzer driver
The ADAC GT Masters got underway at Oschersleben on the weekend of 13th – 15th April, and BMW Motorsport Junior Dennis Marschall from Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen in Baden-Württemberg was there in the line-up. He and his BMW Team Schnitzer team-mate Victor Bouveng were hoping for great things at the race venue outside Magdeburg. Although the 21-year-old did not make it into the points, he at least made it through to the chequered flag in both races and clocked up valuable kilometres in the BMW M6 GT3.
Dennis talking about …
… his new employer, BMW Team Schnitzer: “It’s incredible fun working with a team as professional as Schnitzer. We talk a great deal about the individual sessions and analyse every little detail so as to carry on making progress with the BMW M6 GT3. I’m already good friends with my team-mate Victor. We are on the same wavelength, and I may well visit him sometime in his home country of Sweden.”
… the BMW M6 GT3: “After putting in quite a few test kilometres plus one whole race weekend, I’ve now grown much more accustomed to the car. Probably the biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is to the turbo engine from the naturally aspirated engines that I’ve been used to so far. The power distribution is different and the boost is enormous. With new tyres and a lot of grip, I’ve since got that aspect well under control. I need a little more driving time to get used to tyres that are starting to degrade or to wet-weather sessions. All in all, the BMW M6 GT3 is a muscular car, and I have to adapt my driving style to it in certain situations.”
… the first race: “In qualifying on Saturday, everything was extremely tight. I had only three laps to set a fast time, two of which were affected by traffic. I think I might otherwise have shaved off another two or three tenths of a second. That would then have quite likely put me into the Top Ten instead of 17th place. By contrast, my start to the race was good, the pace was right and I was able to put the others under pressure. At a certain point, though, I realised that I wasn’t going to make any progress towards the front, so I settled in to P14. After the pit stop, Victor had some strong drivers such as Kévin Estre and Markus Winkelhock breathing down his neck, so we ultimately finished in 15th.”
… the second race: “Victor qualified 24th for Sunday’s race. We were the best BMW in a difficult qualifying session for the M6. The field was unbelievably well matched, because normally a nine-tenths gap to pole position would place you considerably higher than 24th on the grid. We were never going to accomplish much in the race itself from there. Victor got hit at the start, after which the car was difficult to drive. We found out later that the suspension was damaged in this incident, and that’s what caused our problems. Anyway, we made the best of the situation and eventually finished in 20th place.”
… the next race weekend in the Czech city of Most: “I’m glad that it all gets going again in less than two weeks. We were in Most for testing, and the track should be quite good for our car. Making forecasts is always difficult, of course, because the real pecking order becomes apparent only on the race weekend itself. The track is very narrow at the start and later on becomes wider and flows better. This last part is especially enjoyable to drive on.”