Top Four for Marc VDS in Austria

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Marc VDS Racing Team, Spielberg, Austria, July 12th 2015: BMW Team Marc VDS took a fourth-place finish at the 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring. Andy Priaulx, Jesse Krohn and Henry Hassid move up to fourth place in the European Le Mans Series GTE standings with the #52 BMW Z4 GTE.

In sweltering heat, qualifying was tough for the Belgian squad. After an electronic issue severely limited running time on Saturday, Priaulx’s 15 minutes on Sunday morning were a step into the unknown. The Briton was able to qualify within a second of the leaders, in a creditable sixth place.

Hassid took the start, and was able to climb as high as fourth place, maintaining focus and consistency despite several safety car interventions in the first hour. His performance was all the more remarkable as this was his first visit to the track, and he had seen little of it on Saturday.

Priaulx’s race stint was serene compared to several competitors, with more safety car interventions interrupting his drive. He moved as high as second, before handing to Krohn.

The Finnish pilot took the final two hours of the race. He dropped behind several GTE cars, defenceless against the more powerful Ferraris on the straight. However, his pace was good and with bold strategy calls, the team were able to secure a fourth place finish.

The 4.4 litre V8 powered BMW Z4 GTE has now finished in fourth position in every four-hour round of the European Le Mans Series. Both team and drivers sit in fifth place in their respective championship standings.

Bas Leinders, Team Principal
“This is the best we could do here. We could see clearly that the Ferrari was extremely strong, and I’m proud of the team as they achieved the maximum possible. All three drivers drove very well, and I’m very pleased particularly to see that Henry was strong despite having had so few laps here. We’ll keep fighting.”

Jesse Krohn, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“I found the first few laps of the stint really tough, because I only got three timed laps in practice and one of those was under a full course yellow! I got faster throughout, even on worn tyres, because I was finding so much time. That’s work you normally do in practice! Then again, with the situation as it was, I don’t think any amount of practice could have got us a podium today. This was the absolute maximum we could achieve.”

Andy Priaulx, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“Today, we did what we could. We have no answer to the Ferrari with the current situation, but the team did a fantastic job. The pitstops were sensational, Henry and Jesse both drove superbly and the strategy really worked in our favour. The important thing is that we finished, and we’re still in with a good shout for the title. Two rounds to go, anything can happen.”


Original article published by Marc VDS Racing Team, 12th July 2015

Walkenhorst Motorsport triumphs in the heat

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BMW Sports Trophy, Germany, July 7th 2015: The Walkenhorst Motorsport powered by Dunlop team will never forget one of the hottest races in VLN history at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

With temperatures well above 30 degrees Celsius, BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn, Michela Cerruti and Felipe Férnandes Laser clinched victory in the BMW Z4 GT3. This was the first win in the VLN Endurance Championship for the team and its principal Henry Walkenhorst, and also marked the first success in the BMW Z4 GT3 for Krohn. The 2014 BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year has been involved in BMW Motorsport’s GT programme since the start of the current season. Cerruti becomes only the second female to have won a VLN race. “We can hardly believe our luck – it is a crazy feeling,” said Walkenhorst, who finished ninth in the team’s second car. “We have been racing in the VLN for many years, and have won our first race today. This is a moment we will remember for a long time.” The 46th Adenauer ADAC Worldpeace Trophy was generally a happy stomping ground for BMW privateers. In total, they claimed seven class wins.


Original article published by BMW Motorsport 7th July 2015

More points for Marc VDS at Imola

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Marc VDS Racing Team, Imola Italy May 17th 2015: BMW Team Marc VDS finished the second round of their European Le Mans Series GTE campaign with a closely fought fourth place for Henry Hassid, Jesse Krohn and Andy Priaulx at the 4 Hours of Imola.

After Priaulx qualified the car in fourth place in the 20 minute morning session, a technical infringement saw the #52 BMW Z4 GTE demoted to the back of the grid. Hassid took the start, picking-off the GTC cars ahead and making solid progress thereafter, dicing with the lead GTC car before the intervention of the first safety car. At the re-start, Hassid was able to pass the GTC class leader and make in-roads into GTE territory before pitting on the hour when sixth in class and P13 overall on the road.

Hassid handed the car to Krohn, who began his stint with the GTE field firmly in sight after the pit-stops had cycled through. Immediately on the pace, the Finn set consistently faster laps than the class leader on his way to making up five places to run 14th overall. However, he was called in on Lap 57 to serve a drive-through penalty, incurred for Hassid not having paid sufficient respect to the track limits in his stint. The 2nd safety car emerged shortly afterward and Krohn came in for fuel and tyres.

Superlative work from the mechanics meant two places gained in the pit and Krohn took another on the re-start to sit fourth in class and P14 overall. Regularly the fastest GTE on the track, Jesse kept pushing and managed to make it up to second in class, at one point closing the gap to the leading Ferrari to 0.5s before tyres became an issue. With ageing rubber, due to a slightly early stop under safety car conditions, Krohn was caught by platinum driver Richard Lietz’s Porsche on fresher tyres and ended his stint in third.

Andy Priaulx took the final stint exiting the pits in fourth and showed good pace, despite the heavy traffic. Priaulx stayed in the leading pack, swapping places with the Ferraris despite having to carefully manage fuel and an intermittent temperature alarm. For much of the final hour just five seconds covered the first five GTE positions. Pushing for a podium finish right up until the end of the race, Priaulx harried but was unable to pass local expert Andrea Rizzoli and finished a solid fourth, just four tenths of a second from the third step.

Henry Hassid, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“Unfortunately I started last. I overtook three GTC cars easily at the start and progressed well. Then was very difficult to get past the GTC leader because the track is narrow and we are fighting for position. I used the safety car to get ahead of the GTC and join our class GTE. ”

Jesse Krohn, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“I’m happy with my drive, no mistakes, good speed in the car. I had to use a lower power engine mode but I was able to keep up with the leaders. It was hot in the car, at the end of the stint it was like a sauna. It was tough, but we did the best we could from where we started.”

Andy Priaulx, BMW Z4 GTE #52
“We should be happy with where we came from today; even after starting from the back and then taking a drive-through, I had a really good stint in a well-balanced racey car and we finished right on top of the leaders. The disappointing thing is that a podium or better was possible, that’s the disappointing thing but P4 is a good way to end after what we were looking at tis morning. ”

Original article published by Marc VDS Racing Team 18 May 2015

European Le Mans Series, 4 hours of Imola this weekend

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Jesse Krohn Official, Italy May 14th 2015: Today Jesse travelled to Italy for the round 2 of the European Le Mans Series at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari this weekend. He will drive with And Priaulx and Henry Hassid for the BMW Team Marc VDS.

Saturday 16th May will feature 2 x 90 minutes free practice sessions: the first beginning at 10:30 and the second at 15:00. The race day is on Sunday 17th May and begins with 2 x 20 minutes qualifying sessions: the first for LMGTE and GTC starts at 10:00 and the second for LMP2 and LMP3 competitors at 10:30. The 4 Hours of Imola will get underway at 14:00, the second of the five races for the 2015 European Le Mans Series. All the times are given in local time zone (UTC+2).

Follow LIVE timing of the sessions, watch the qualifying session and the race on the LIVE stream and get all the other information of the ELMS and 4 hours of Imola race from the official home page of ELMS.

Follow also Jesse´s real time updates on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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Jesse is now also on Youtube – check out the first simulator training clip!

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Jesse Krohn Official, Spain May 13th 2015: Jesse Krohn Official Youtube Channel was launched on 12th May 2015 when his simulator training session was shooted on a video.

Jesse has taken very seriously to prepare himself for the European Le Mans Series 4 hours of Imola race this weekend, on 16-17th May in Italy. He has driven over 200 hundreds laps in two days with his new Fanatec simulator and Project Cars game. Jesse feels now confident and well prepared for the race.

Check out one lap from Jesse´s training session yesterday on Youtube:

 Jesse Krohn on Youtube

BMW Motorsport Juniors get to know each other at welcome event

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BMW Motorsport Junior Programme, Germany Apr 30th 2015: The 2015 BMW Motorsport Juniors spent three days getting to know each other before their training begins in earnest.

From Monday to Wednesday, 2014 BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year, Jesse Krohn, and his four successors Victor Bouveng, Nick Cassidy, Louis Delétraz and Trent Hindman met up at a specially organised welcome event. Following a short introduction from their head instructor and mentor Dirk Adorf, the Juniors were welcomed to the BMW Family in Munich by BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.

“Our new BMW Motorsport Junior programme proved to be very successful in its debut season in 2014. In Jesse Krohn, we helped to develop an outstanding young driver, who we are now continuing to support on the GT racing scene, and for whom we have high hopes,” said Marquardt. “In Victor Bouveng, Nick Cassidy, Louis Delétraz and Trent Hindman we are once again supporting four talented young drivers this year, as we offer them the optimal preparation for a successful career in GT racing. Each of these four drivers has already gained initial experience in motorsport, and a number have already achieved notable success. However, all four Juniors are hungry for more. They want to become even stronger, to improve both on and off the track, and to find out more about working at the very highest level of motor racing. We are giving them the opportunity to do just that in 2015.”

Following the welcome, the Juniors learned more about the production of BMW vehicles on a tour of the factory, and were given an impression of the sheer size of the group that they now represent. “The tour of the factory was very impressive,” said Hindman, who finished 11th in the BMW Sports Trophy Drivers’ Competition in 2014. “I now know why BMW makes the best cars in the world.” Bouveng, who has already raced in BMW Motorsport colours in the BMW M235i Racing media car at the qualifying race for the Nürburgring 24 Hours, was also impressed: “It was great to see how big the BMW production halls are, and to see the robots at work. It is a fantastic industry.”

From the visit to the BMW plant on Monday, the Juniors headed to Innsbruck, where another highlight awaited them on Tuesday. BMW Outdoor Ambassador Stefan Glowacz, one of the best extreme climbers in the world, gave the young drivers a climbing course lasting several hours, which offered an insight into what makes the sport so fascinating. Each of the juniors put their skills to the test on climbing routes of varying degrees of difficulty. While climbing, they were constantly secured to one of their new colleagues. As well as all the participants enjoying the challenge, team building also played a central role in this workshop.

“When climbing, you are always dependent on your partner belaying you. This partner has your life in their hands. Therefore, you have to trust each other 100 per cent and be in tune with each other while climbing. This makes the sport perfectly suited to team building,” said Glowacz. “I found it inspiring to see how the racing drivers, professionals in their own discipline, handled themselves on unfamiliar ground. Even though this was the first time in a climbing hall for some of them, you could still see that they are quick to get into a new sport and willing to broaden their horizons.”

Jesse Krohn is no newcomer when it comes to climbing. He is a keen climber in his spare time and has reached an impressive standard. “Jesse is really an outstanding climber,” said Glowacz, having first belayed for Krohn and then climbed parallel with him on a more challenging route. “That was a very special day for me, and one that I will not forget for a long time,” said Krohn. “I am a big fan of climbing, and Stefan is one of my heroes. Furthermore, the Austrian national team was also practicing in the hall. It was fantastic to meet the climbers, who I normally marvel at on television or the Internet.”

Delétraz and Cassidy also enjoyed the welcome event. “I think it was very important for us all to get to know one another at an event like this,” said Delétraz, who had taken part in the Formula BMW Talent Cup in 2012. “After all, we are all part of the same family now.” Cassidy added: “We all want to be as much a part of the BMW brand as possible. This event was an excellent way to start. We will be sharing a car on the Nordschleife, so it is very important to get on well and trust one another.”

On day three of the welcome event, the Juniors were given comprehensive media training to prepare them for their roles as representatives of the BMW brand away from the race track. “For those of us in charge of the programme, it was extremely important for our Juniors to really get to know one another at the very start of their time together,” said Dirk Adorf. “For some of them, this was the first time they have worked as part of a team. Teamwork is one of the core elements of our training programme. With that in mind, this event was an ideal way to start.”

Over the course of the year’s training, the 2015 BMW Motorsport Juniors will compete in races in the BMW M235i Racing, as well as completing tests in the Formula BMW FB02. They will also undergo fitness, mental and simulator training. Krohn will race in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) at the wheel of a BMW Z4 GTE in his second year. He will also drive a BMW Z4 GT3 in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring from the third race of the season onwards.




Original article published by BMW Motorsport 30 Apr 2015

ADAC GT Masters season start with Schubert Motorsport

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Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Germany – April 26, 2015: Schubert Motorsport starts the ADAC GT Masters season with two top-five finishes. For Jesse Krohn, Oschersleben was a one-off guest appearance in the ADAC GT Masters: the 2014 BMW Motorsport Junior stood in for regular driver Uwe Alzen (DE).

In the race one on Saturday, the two Schubert Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3s crossed the line in fifth and sixth. Jens Klingmann (DE) and Dominik Baumann (AT) finished fifth in the number 80 BMW Z4 GT3 powered by HUAWEI. They were followed across the line by Claudia Hürtgen (DE) and Jesse Krohn (FI), who came home sixth in the number 19 sister car. In the second race, held on Sunday, Hürtgen and Krohn put in a strong fight-back: coming from 13th on the grid, they worked their way through the field and eventually finished fifth, while Klingmann/Baumann were seventh.

Timo Frings (Team Manager):
“It was great to finally start the season after the intensive preparations for it. We have not been entirely satisfied with the ‘balance of performance’, but we made the best of the situation. Our drivers and the team did a superb job, so we succeeded in collecting some important points despite this disadvantage. We are satisfied with P6 and P5 for our number 19 BMW Z4 GT3. Claudia and our guest-starter Jesse put in a strong performance and got the maximum out of it. On this occasion, I also want to thank Jesse for his commitment. For Jens and Dominik much more would have been on the cards, especially on Sunday, but the two were, in our opinion, deprived of their well-deserved rewards by an inexplicable five-second penalty. That was a pity, as they would have achieved a top result otherwise. However, our overall summary of the weekend is a very positive one. We have seen that with our drivers and our team we are in a very good position and are confident for the season. But for now, we are looking forward to our next important event: the 24-hour race at Nürburgring in the middle of May, which we will tackle with our two BMW Z4 GT3s.”

Jesse Krohn (BMW Z4 GT3 Number 19):
“First of all, a big ‘thank you‘ goes to Schubert Motorsport for giving me the opportunity to drive here. I enjoyed it very much and learnt a lot. We progressed constantly over the weekend and it was a great reward to fight our way up to fifth in race two from 13th on the grid. Overall, it was a good weekend and I was extremely impressed by Claudia. She is very professional and the best team-mate you could wish for.”


Original article published by Schubert Motorsport 26 Apr 2015

Solid start for the 2015 season

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Solid Start at Silverstone for Marc VDS

Silverstone, Great Britain – April 12 2015: BMW Team Marc VDS began their European Le Mans Series GTE campaign with fourth place at the 4 Hours of Silverstone for Henry Hassid, Jesse Krohn and Andy Priaulx.

After Priaulx had qualified the car fourth in the morning’s qualifying, Hassid took the start. Sensible driving and quick reflexes meant that he avoided a big accident as several cars spun at turn one. However, he was shuffled back in the pack and then suffered as he struggled to get the tyres to temperature. Midway through the first hour, he was punted into a spin by another car, losing 30 seconds as he was unable to restart the car straight away.

He handed the car to Jesse Krohn after one hour, in seventh place. The Finn was immediately on the pace, and over the course of his stint was regularly the fastest GTE on the track. He kept pushing and managed to make it to fourth place He, too was punted into a spin by a prototype car, though avoided too much time loss. However, he was a little too eager at the restart after the safety car, passing a competitor before the start-finish line. The car was given a stop-go penalty.

It was Priaulx who served it, during his final stint. Though his pace over the course of the stint was good, there was little chance of improvement after the stop-go and with the tyres beginning to wear, he relaxed to take the flag in fourth place.

Henry Hassid, #52 BMW Z4 GTE
“The first corner was crazy – you just have to escape from this situation. Don’t think about it, just go through. It was absolutely key to stay on track. I had a lot of problems, because the tyres weren’t very hot at the beginning, so I had to stay on the track and out of trouble. I did my best. Half an hour after the start, an LMP2 hit me, and I lost around 30 seconds trying to restart the car. Without that, and the stop-go, I think we had a good chance of a podium.”

Jesse Krohn, #52 BMW Z4 GTE
“That was the longest stint I’ve ever driven in a GT car, so it was quite good. I felt like I had good pace, but it was very difficult to make the tyres last a whole stint. We’ve still got a lot to learn on them. I’m pleased to take some points home, it’s a reasonable start to the championship, and I look forward to plenty more time in this car.”

Andy Priaulx, #52 BMW Z4 GTE
“We’ve had very limited time on the tyre, and the grip wasn’t brilliant all the way through. I never really switched the tyre on, throughout my stint. We needed to finish, but we don’t want to just finish races, we want to be on the podium. The incidents didn’t help us, and I think we could’ve had a very good chance of a podium without them. For the next race we’ve just got to work with the tyres and find a set up that better suits the car, because I feel the potential is there.”

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Originally published by Marc VDS Racing team 11 Apr 2015

2015 program official

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Ready for the next step.

Last year’s Junior winner Jesse Krohn joins BMW Motorsport’s GT programme.

The BMW Motorsport Junior programme enters the next round for Jesse Krohn in 2015. The winner of the first class to come through BMW’s new programme for promoting young GT and touring car drivers, which was launched in 2014, will undertake a full programme of racing in the BMW Z4 GTE and BMW Z4 GT3 in his second year. Earlier this month provided Krohn with the first opportunity of his still fledgling career to demonstrate his talent at the wheel of the BMW Z4 GTE. The 24-year-old completed a comprehensive test on the BMW premises in Miramas.

After gaining valuable experience in the BMW M235i Racing, with which he lined up at selected races in 2014, Krohn is now taking the next step in his career as a GT driver. This season, the 24-year-old BMW Motorsport Junior will race for the Marc VDS Racing Team in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), where he will share the cockpit of the BMW Z4 GTE with BMW works driver Andy Priaulx and Henry Hassid. Krohn will also have the opportunity to add to his experience at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, where he will contest the entire season of the VLN Endurance Championship in a BMW Z4 GT3.

“We are pleased that the first year of our new junior programme has unearthed such a talented driver as Jesse Krohn,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “A place on our GT programme awaits him in his second season. It will be a busy and challenging year for Jesse. However, his outstanding performances in his first season leave use confident that he is ready to take the next step. We will offer him as much support as possible as he takes that step.”

“I am living my motorsport dream at the moment,” said Krohn. “To be able to drive the BMW Z4 in two such awesome series as the ELMS and VLN in my second year as a BMW Motorsport Junior is fantastic. I am sure I will benefit from the wealth of experience possessed by the Marc VDS Racing Team and drivers like Andy Priaulx. I am looking forward to another year of learning, and will do everything in my power to meet my own expectations.”

Krohn will be able to use tests prior to the season to familiarise himself with the cars and his team-mates. His first competitive outing will come at the opening race of the VLN season on 28th March. Which team he lines up for in the “Green Hell” will be announced at a later date. The ELMS season gets underway on 11th April with the race in Silverstone. As well as his race outings, Krohn will also be on hand to offer help and advice to the second generation of BMW Motorsport Juniors in their first year on the BMW junior programme in 2015.

Last year, Krohn was one of four talented youngsters accepted onto the newly formed BMW Motorsport Junior programme. Over the course of the year, the young drivers gained valuable practical experience in the BMW M235i Racing and Formula BMW FB02, under the guidance of BMW works driver Dirk Adorf. They also completed theoretical training, as well as mental coaching and sessions in the simulator.

Krohn took part in numerous VLN races in the BMW M235i Racing, meaning he already knows the Nürburgring-Nordschleife very well. The “BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year” award at the traditional BMW Motorsport season review in December was the icing on the cake at the end of a profitable year for the Finn.

Having made its debut last year, the BMW Motorsport Junior programme now enters its second season. The talented youngsters who will participate in BMW Motorsport’s multi-level junior programme in 2015 are yet to be confirmed. The selection process ends with a shoot-out at Monteblanco on 17th/18th March. Afterwards the new BMW Motorsport Juniors will be decided.



Article published by BMW Motorsport on 06/03/2015


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Jesse Krohn ended the inaugural season as the top driver.

The Finn proved to be the strongest driver in this year’s inaugural class, which BMW Motorsport prepared for a future career in GT racing with outings in the BMW M235i Racing and a sophisticated training and education plan. Krohn will take the next step in his career in 2015, when he will fly the BMW flag in GT racing.
Jesse Krohn

At 23 years of age, Finland’s Jesse Krohn has already gained a wealth of experience on the track. He has contested 170 races, winning 43 of them. In 2008 he won the Formula Renault title in Finland, Estonia and the Northern European Zone (NEZ). He made two appearances on the ADAC GT Masters podium in 2012. “I already have motorsport experience under my belt, and hope this will be beneficial during my cooperation with BMW Motorsport,” said Krohn. “I am confident this Junior Programme will allow me to take another big step forward. I am particularly hoping to gain a lot of valuable experience from working together with Dirk Adorf.”

Jesse Krohn: Facts & figures
Date of birth 3rd September 1990
Place of birth Nurmijärvi (FI)
2013 1st place class 1 Porsche GT3 Cup Finland
2012 ADAC GT Masters, 2 podium finishes
2011 1st place Camaro Cup Finland
2010 1st place Formula Renault 2.0 Finland, Estonia and NEZ
Article published by BMW Motorsport on 9/12/2014