Perhaps the most prominent newcomer to the BMW Motorsport driver squad at the 2017 Nurburgring 24 Hours is Timo Scheider, who was a professional primarily for Opel and Audi. At the end of last season, Timo Scheider learned completely unexpectedly that Audi was no longer planning with him and that his DTM career, which had been crowned by two championships, would come to an end after 16 years. After his unscheduled retirement from Audi, the racing driver who lives in Austria is looking forward to his first outings in the BMW M6 GT3 and not only wants to prove to his former colleagues how fast he continues to be.
Timo Scheider already knows his way around the Nurburgring Nordschleife very well: In 2003 he clinched overall victory with Opel, most recently he was driving the Audi R8 LMS in the Green Hell. In addition to his long-distance commitment, Timo Scheider will also be competing in the WRX World Rallycross Championship in 2017, where he wants to show off his qualities on loose surfaces.
Timo, what are your thoughts on the new collaboration with BMW? Timo Scheider: “I didn’t even know what it felt like when you start a new project. For years it has been believed that everything is actually perfect and that the motivation is right. And then all of a sudden you get a whole new boost and realize: There is a lot more possible. This enthusiasm can be wonderfully translated into performance on the track. "
How did you perceive BMW in the course of your long career? Timo Scheider: “BMW has always been absolutely sympathetic. We have always fought fairly against each other. I have many more friends in the BMW driver line-up than with any other brand. The chemistry is just right. Timo Glock, for example, is one of my best friends who has always told me a lot about how things are going at BMW Motorsport. Of course it would be a dream to drive a car with him one day. In any case, I’m really looking forward to working with the guys. "
What are your expectations for the 24-hour race? Timo Scheider: “Last year I had one or two fights with a BMW M6 GT3 and was able to convince myself of the strengths of this car from the front row. That’s why I think it’s great to change seats now and compete in this vehicle on the Nordschleife myself. I am convinced: The BMW M6 GT3 will be one of those cars to be beaten. "