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September 18, 2018

Dusseldorp: ROWE still getting used to the M6

Dusseldorp: ROWE still getting used to the M6
Photo Credit To Pedro Dermaux/ Xynamic

Although the ROWE Racing BMW team endured a difficult weekend in the Blancpain Sprint Cup at Brands Hatch, Stef Dusseldorp believes the new M6 GT3 has an abundance of untapped potential waiting to be unleashed. The Dutchman and team-mate Jesse Krohn retired from the main race after contact with Nicolai Moller Madsen at Surtees, while Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng came from 37th on the grid to finish 16th after a technical failure in the qualifying race, but scored no points.

“The Z4 in the beginning wasn’t that great, but they kept developing it and in the end it was one of the best cars around, so we have to spend time and a lot of effort and I think in the end we will get better and better,” he said. “It’s very good on faster corners and in braking, and a little bit less in tight hairpins, but every car has it’s specific pros and cons and you just need to adjust a little bit to what’s possible and what’s not.

“We are still learning the car and I think all the BMW teams are too, because we haven’t had that much testing. As a driver you really need to adjust a little bit and for me it’s taking a little bit longer, but we know it has the potential to be a very good car.”

It was the second time in as many Sprint Cup outings that Dusseldorp had come into contact with a Phoenix-entered Audi, having been spun out in Misano by Nicki Mayr-Melnhof and will be hoping for better luck this weekend in the second round of the Endurance Cup at Silverstone, where he will be joined by Nick Catsburg and Jens Klingmann.

“Misano wasn’t the best track for us. It’s incredible, if you qualify P26 you really think the weekend is gone and there’s nothing to do anymore, but thanks to the weather conditions in the evening race we came up to P10 in the end which was really good. Then in the main race we were all queuing up behind the Ferrari no. 333 from Rinaldi when Mayr-Melnhof spun me around.

“It’s important to score points in events where you’re not that good and I think it was a good opportunity to score some points. Monza could have been a lot better, but I think there are some tracks coming which will suit us better than what we’ve had now,” he added.

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James Newbold is Racing.GT's Editor. He graduated from a politics degree at the University of East Anglia in 2015, which should help him navigate through the political minefield that is GT racing. He likes Marmite on toast and Oreo cookies. Speaks Spanish, but only when no one is looking.