Former Hankook 24H DUBAI winner Schubert Motorsport returns to the event’s GT3 class in 2022 with a new livery and the brand-new BMW M4 GT3.
Schubert Motorsport has released images of the newly-liveried BMW M4 GT3 with which it will make its Hankook 24H DUBAI, GT3-class return next month.
The team’s newly acquired BMW M4 GT3 (pictured) features a striking black livery – a nod to the new M4’s carbon fibre bodywork – complete with copper and electric green accenting, plus two-tone ‘webbing’. Branding for the former ADAC GT Masters Teams’ champion adorns both flanks, the rear wing, and the bonnet between the enormous air intakes.
The new M4 GT3 replaces the BMW customer team’s now retired M6 GT3.
Nick Yelloly, who took class victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2020, is set to lead the line-up alongside former British GT class champion Jordan Witt, and NLS regular Marcel Lenerz. Gentleman driver Jens Liebhauser, an ‘Am’ class champion in both Ferrari Challenge Europe and the International GT Open, completes the line-up for the #30 M4 GT3.
All bar Witt are set to make their 24H SERIES debuts in Dubai. The UK driver, from Cheshire, competed at two of the last three editions of the Hankook 24H DUBAI. Witt finished 6th overall aboard the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo in 2020, and in 2019, the Brit was classified 10th in-class with the Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT4.
“This is such an awesome opportunity, I can’t thank everyone at Schubert enough and I obviously cannot wait to get behind the wheel of the BMW M4 GT3 for the first time,” Witt explains.
“The guys have put together a strong line-up with Nick, who is obviously a BMW works driver, Marcel and Jens and I really am looking forward to teaming with them. I’ve got a lot of experience in a variety of GT3 cars, including Lamborghini, Bentley and McLaren, so it’s an exciting prospect to be racing a new marque.
“Although the BMW M4 GT3 is new to me and it’ll be the first time working with Schubert,” Witt continues, “I’m very confident we have a fantastic package and will be able to hit the ground running. It’s an exciting new challenge, and there will be a lot to learn, but I really am very confident we can try to fight for the win.”
The sister BMW M2 CS Racing (#200) meanwhile will compete for TCX class honours. Team boss Torsten Schubert, who drove the team’s new M4 GT3 out of the BMW Welt facility in Munich, is set to be joined by Michael and Stefan von Zabiensky, and Christopher Dreyspring.
Schubert’s M4 is one of three BMWs competing in the GT3 category at the Dubai Autodrome, and one of the 28 entries already registered for the event on 13-14-15 January.
Schubert Motorsport is a former outright winner of the Hankook 24H DUBAI, the German team having taken victory with a BMW Z4 GT3 under the Need for Speed banner, driven by Augusto Farfus, Edward Sandström, Claudia Hürtgen, and Tommy Milner. Schubert is also a two-time winner of the event’s now disused D1 class, the team’s BMW 120D victorious at the inaugural edition in 2006 and two years later in 2008.
2022 though marks the first time the German team will compete for outright honours at the Dubai Autodrome since 2014. It will also mark the outfit’s first run since finishing 5th in the SPX class in 2017.
- Images – Schubert Motorsport, and CREVENTIC