Runner-up: Dennis Marschall impresses Deutsche Post Speed Academy’s expert panel of judges
In a strong finish to the season for Dennis Marschall, the official BMW Motorsport Junior was voted Deutsche Post Speed Academy runner-up by a high-calibre panel of judges. The 21-year-old from Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen thus reprised his top result of the previous year. Marschall has been a member of Germany’s most successful motorsport sponsorship scheme since 2016. It is a programme that has previously produced some big names in the sport such as Formula 1 star Nico Hülkenberg and DTM regulars Timo Glock, Marco Wittmann and René Rast.
In his rookie season in the ADAC GT Masters, Marschall frequently caught the eye among a star-studded field. On three occasions, he made it onto the Junior podium. Marschall also impressed with a maiden victory in the GT4 European Series Southern Cup in Barcelona at the wheel of a BMW M4 GT4, the same car in which he later drove his first laps on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife in the context of the VLN endurance championship.
Away from the track too, the BMW Motorsport Junior gave a good account of himself in the various workshops run by the Deutsche Post Speed Academy. This prompted the expert panel of judges, including BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, DTM star Timo Glock, two-time Le Mans winner Manuel Reuter and RTL reporter Kai Ebel, to rank him as one of the Top Two rising talents in Germany. The award comes with funding of €57,500 which Marschall can invest in his future career in motorsport.
Three questions for Dennis Marschall
Congratulations on coming second in the Deutsche Post Speed Academy. What does this award mean for you?
It really means a lot to me. I am grateful that such an experienced panel of judges has once again ranked me among the top junior motor racing drivers in Germany. The Deutsche Post Speed Academy is one of the best funding programmes in the whole of Europe, and it has great importance both in terms of public perception and for me personally, that my achievements have been rated so highly.
How has your inclusion in Deutsche Post Speed Academy sponsorship scheme helped you?
First and foremost, working with such experienced coaches as Timo Glock, Manuel Reuter and Christian Menzel. That has taken me much further and helped me in my development as a racing driver. Of course, the workshops are another important element, because they have taught me how to conduct myself with confidence in interviews and in discussions with sponsors, which is also an important part of being a racing driver.
Where do you intend to apply everything you have learned on the track in the 2018 season?
I’ve gained a lot of experience in GT3 and GT4 racing in the last season, and both have been great fun. At the moment, talks on the new season are in progress, and I can very well imagine a future in both classes with BMW Motorsport. I should soon be able to tell you precisely which racing series and which car I will be competing in.