Walkenhorst will continue their relationship with two-time DTM champion Mark Whitman in 2022 after a successful first joint season last year, where they won several races and finished fourth in the drivers ’championship.
Esteban Mutt joins the experienced Whitman in the extended line of two cars in Walkenhorst, switching from Lamborghini T3 Motorsport.
Thorsten Schubert’s team of the same name will enter the series for the first time in 2022 to replace Rowe Racing, which this year will focus on long-distance racing in the GT World Challenge Europe and the Nurburgring Endurance Series.
Factory driver Sheldon van der Linde is directly moving from Rowe Racing to Shubert on what will be his fourth consecutive season in DTM, in partnership with series returnee Philip Eng.
Eng was part of the BMW DTM list from 2018 to 2020 and got his first win at Zolder in his sophomore campaign, but left the series with the advent of the GT3 era last year.
The Austrian driver’s 2021 season included four enduro trips to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, a reserve role in Formula E with BMW Andretti and individual appearances in the new PURE ETCR series.
The announcement confirms that former Formula 1 driver Tim Glock will not remain in the DTM this year, despite the fact that he remained in the BMW books as a factory driver. Instead, the German was invited to join the Boutsen-Ginion team at GTWCE.
№ 30 Schubert Motorsport BMW M4 GT3: Nick Yelali, Jordan Witt, Marcel Lenerz, Jens Liebhauser
Photo: Alexander Trinitz
“Last year we witnessed exciting GT3 races that meet the highest standards in DTM, and now we are excited to see four new BMW M4 GT3s in action in this series at the hands of two very experienced BMW M Motorsport teams,” said Andreas Roos. , head of BMW M Motorsport.
“Walkenhorst Motorsport is expanding its participation in the DTM from one to two cars next season. In doing so, they set out to reinforce the success they have enjoyed so far, along with BMW M Motorsport driver Mark Whitman and newcomer Esteban Mutt.
“Schubert Motorsport is also a well-known team on the international racing scene, and it’s fantastic to see the team expand its operations including DTM.
“At Sheldon van der Linde and Philippe Enge, we provide two BMW M Motorsport drivers who, like Whitman, are well acquainted with the DTM, its environment and procedures. We look forward to an exciting 2022 DTM season with Walkenhorst Motorsport, Schubert Motorsport and the new BMW M4 GT3! ”
BMW has made the new M4 GT3 racer available to customers this year after an extensive testing program in 2021 that included some racing trips to the Northern Life of the Nurburgring.
The German manufacturer pledged to provide factory support to its customers in the DTM when the series announced the transition to GT3 rules in the second half of 2020 after the end of Audi’s work program.