PROsport Racing is expanding its involvement in the Nürburgring Endurance Series for the 2023 season. With the two ADAC GT4 Germany champions Mike David Ortmann and Hugo Sasse, the racing team is launching a junior development program in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
“We expressly welcome the changes at the top of the VLN and are firmly convinced that exactly the right people have been chosen in this difficult situation,” says team boss Christoph Esser about the changes at the top of VLN Sport GmbH & Co. KG.
The racing team will continue to support the two ADAC GT4 Germany champions Mike David Ortmann and Hugo Sasse. Both drivers will compete with an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in the Nürburgring Endurance Series. The commitment of the two talented drivers is fixed for the time being up to and including the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. At the endurance classic, the two drivers will be supported by other PRO drivers, so the racing team is currently in talks with Aston Martin Racing about Nicki Thiim and is pleased that the British brand will support the entry.
“This is a continuation of our tradition, which involves the use of talented young drivers. Most recently, we supported this year’s DTM champion Sheldon van der Linde in 2017 and BMW Junior driver Max Hesse in 2018 in the ADAC TCR Germany,” Esser continued. “Actually, promoting young drivers is the job of the manufacturers. As a small team, we are only able to do this to a limited extent, but from our point of view, it would be fatal if Mike and Hugo don’t get a chance to move up.”
Ortmann and Sasse made their mark on the GT4 scene in 2022 with PROsport Racing in the ADAC GT4 Germany and GT4 European Series. The two drivers took ten wins in a total of 15 race weekends in GT4 cars and were on the podium in more than half of the races. The season was crowned by the title win in the ADAC GT4 series.
Thus, the racing team from Wiesemscheid will have two projects in 2023, which will be carried out under the sign of promoting young talent. As the team announced a few weeks ago, Gabriela Jilkova and Célia Martin will compete as a pure women’s team in a GT4 series next season. The first race is planned in the GT Winter Series. The two female pilots will also be good for surprises, as they have already been able to convince with their performances in the test drives.