Countdown to the 2016 ADAC GT Masters: last week, the two BMW Motorsport Juniors, Jesse Krohn and Louis Delétraz, took the opportunity to test the new BMW M6 GT3 in Oschersleben.
Krohn and Delétraz will line up together in the BMW M6 GT3 Junior Car at four of this season’s race weekends. They do so for the first time at the second race weekend of the year, at the Sachsenring. DTM driver Martin Tomczyk will take his place alongside Krohn for the opening round in Oschersleben. The experienced German will be on hand to offer valuable advice, as well as sharing the driving duties. In doing so, Tomczyk can call on his own experience as a BMW Junior.
Three questions for… Martin Tomczyk.
Martin, you also took your first steps towards a career in motorsport through the BMW Junior programme. How important are promotional programmes like these to young racing drivers?
Martin Tomczyk: “Very important. Back then, the programme had only just been launched. I was there in the first year of the ADAC Formula BMW Junior Cup, and so witnessed its very beginnings. Over the following years, you could see how the programme was becoming increasingly established. The promotion of juniors is incredibly important. The drivers are getting younger and younger. We now have 18-year-olds driving in Formula One and the DTM. For this reason, you have to receive good encouragement and support from the word go, in order to adapt quickly to professional motorsport, even in the entry-level classes.
Jesse Krohn, the 2014 BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year, will contest the entire season in the ADAC GT Masters. You will join him for the first two races. This is a big step for such a young driver. How good is Krohn already?
Tomczyk: “Very good. He has proven that emphatically. The fact that, at just 25 years of age, he asserted himself in Daytona among the elite of the motorsport world, and that he is lining up in endurance races in America and all over the world, just goes to underline his undoubted ability. The BMW Motorsport Junior programme has naturally played an important role in his magnificent development.”
The car you are both sharing is the new BMW M6 GT3. How do you like the new GT car?
Tomczyk: “It goes without saying that I like it, because it looks absolutely fantastic. However, a racing car should not only look good, but also be quick. The BMW M6 GT3 has already proven that it is precisely that. You obviously have to bear in mind that this is a brand-new car, and is designed for a longer life cycle. As such, it is definitely more work at first to get the car to the level it should be at. However, we are on the right track, and the car showed in its first races in the USA that it has great potential and is really quick. We are now working hard to ensure that the BMW M6 GT3 is also successful on its debut in the ADAC GT Masters.”
Original article posted by BMW Motorsport Apr 11, 2016: http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/news/current-news/2016/4/adac-gt-masters-tomczyk.html