Claudia Hürtgen has been associated with BMW for many years, but there will a different logo on the fire suit in the ADAC GT Masters this season.
She will be driving for RWT Racing in their Corvette C7 GT3-R #13, sharing the car with Sven Barth.
RWT Racing starts their fifth season in the ADAC GT Masters,and 2018 will be the second full season with the C7 model. That model won the overall Championship in 2017 with Jules Gounon at Callaway Competitoin.
Sven Barth has been driving for the team since 2013. He raced in the World Series by Renault prior to that, before changing to touring cars and GT cars. He has only been able to claim one win and a podium so far in the ADAC GT Masters in 2014 and 2017 respectively.
Claudia Hürtgen has a total of 7 wins in the ADAC GT Masters, and plenty of podiums. She has started the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times, and four starts at the 12 Hours of Sebring as well. She has won the Deutsche Tourenwagen Challenge twice and won the VLN overall in 2005, as the first woman in history. She was part of the development of both the Z4 GT3 and M6 GT3 models at BMW and has often had a role of being “shipped along” when a costumer bought a car, and they needed a fast and experienced driver.
She won the Nürburgring 24 Hours 2007 in the SP6 category, in a BMW Z4 M-Coupe, only 6 laps away from the overall victory, that was grabbed by SP7 car.
She went on to win the Dubai 24 Hours in 2011 with Augusto Farfus, Edward Sandström and Tommy Milner in a BMW Z4 GT3. She is one of the most successful female drivers in motorsport, but she has cut down a bit on the racing over the last few seasons.
RWT Racing aims at defending the Trophy Championship, with Remo Lips winning that title with the team for the last two seasons. The Trophy Championship is for non-professional drivers above 30 or semi-professional drivers over the age of 35 – a category that both drivers fall into, being 37 and 46 years old.
The ADAC GT Masters season starts in just shy of two months’ time at Oschersleben, when the first round will be held on 13-15 April.