Frustrating weekend for Dennis Marschall on Most debut for ADAC GT Masters
Last weekend, BMW Team Schnitzer driver Dennis Marschall and his team-mate Victor Bouveng were competing at Most, approximately 90 kilometres northwest of Prague in the Czech Republic. Around 14,000 spectators came through the gates of Autodrom Most during the weekend to watch the racing action as the series made its debut at this particular venue.
For Marschall and his team, the weekend began to look promising after a problematic first practice session. In FP2, all the BMW teams looked to be in fine form, with Marschall and Bouveng posting the seventh-fastest time, just three tenths of a second off the best. But Saturday’s quali brought immense disappointment as a mechanical problem manifested itself at the start of the session and Marschall was forced to park his BMW M6 GT3 on the very first lap. The defect proved more serious than initially thought. The team worked hard on the car, but there was not enough time left until the start of the first race. Consequently, Marschall and his team-mate were obliged to sit it out.
The car was, however, ready in time for the second race on Sunday. Marschall’s co-driver Bouveng qualified in P21 as second-best of the BMW contingent. Early on, the BMW M6 GT3 was involved in a collision that caused serious damage to the radiator. Bouveng continued to drive the car and handed over to his team-mate at the customary midway pit stop, but after only a few laps, Marschall had to return to the garage.
Marschall’s next outing will be at the Red Bull Ring (8th – 10th June).
Dennis talking about …
… the wasted Saturday: “Our BMW M6 GT3 had really strong pace at Most, as the results of a few other cars have shown. Consequently, I knew that my result in qualifying on Saturday would be very important. Unfortunately, there was already a technical defect in the warm-up lap, which meant I was unable to drive a timed lap. We immediately started checking what the problem was, but it turned out that we couldn’t get the problem sorted in time for the race, so we decided to pull out. Hats off to the BMW Team Schnitzer mechanics for all their work anyway. They did a great job getting our M6 fixed for Sunday.”
… the retirement in Race 2: “Victor qualified 21st for the Sunday race. That made us the second-fastest BMW M6 in the field. Unfortunately, he got hit right at the start and the radiator was damaged. We were hoping to finish the race, but after the driver change, I only managed to put in four laps before we were unfortunately obliged to retire the car.”
… the next race at the Red Bull Ring: “After a break, the ADAC GT Masters continues on the second weekend of June at the Red Bull Ring. The track should suit our BMW M6 GT3 very well. There are a lot of fast corners, and the location is at a relatively high altitude, which should give us an advantage with our turbo engine. I’m looking forward to the race weekend there.”