Walkenhorst confirms M6 GT3 #34 PRO line up for 2021
Some weeks ago the german team already announced that it is going to participate with three M6 GT3s at the Nürburgring in 2021. After a very successful season in 2020, Walkenhorst is extremely happy to have Christian Krognes again in the team, who is very well known for his amazing pace back on the M6 GT3 #34. This young man proved his skills with outstanding results and will be joined by David Pittard, who did his first steps with Walkenhorst on the famous Nordschleife and joined the team in IGTC 2020. These two did multiple races together and achieved great results as in pole positions, race wins and records. The duo will be sharing the cockpit with Ben Tuck, who also started his Nordschleifen experience with Walkenhorst in 2019 and built a very good relationship to the team and his mates. In 2020 he had a very successful year also in the DTM Trophy with the M4 GT4. Walkenhorst is super keen to work with these drivers, who are definitely a part of the team-family. Together with Yokohama and Total on their side, they are firmly convinced that it will be a successful NLS and 24H Season at the Nürburgring.
Niclas Königbauer: “I am extremely proud to start with such a strong line up in 2021. Together with the very competitive BMW M6 GT3, the highly performing Yokohama tires and the great partnerships with Yokohama and Total I am sure that we can fight for wins and show again that our package is on the highest level. We are working hard on this every year – to build up our drivers to be fully competitive against all manufacturers but doing our own job to get there. All three are fully integrated in the team and development work to do each year the steps to improve our performance and getting the best out of the package. I can’t wait to start the season and show the others the results of the hard work everyone puts into this, mechanics, engineers and drivers. Let us start the season.”
Christian Krognes: “I am very excited to be with the team again. It’s my sixth season with Walkenhorst which is a pretty long time. But I feel like we still have something to be done, which is the 24h NBR. That is definitely the goal this year. Thanks to the team for having me back again, I am very privileged to be around and especially with David and Ben. David I know for some years now and is one of the quickest guys on the Nordschleife and as well Ben is very promising and I have no doubt that he will be one of the quicker guys out there as well. Overall we have a very good package and I can’t wait for the season to start on the best track in the world.”
David Pittard: “Firstly I want to say thank you to Henry and Walkenhorst for having me back again this year. I look forward to defending our 2020 SP9 PRO driver’s championship, ROWE Speed trophy and 2019 Nürburgring 24H qualifying race wins in 2021. Together with Total and Yokohama we have set pole positions, fastest laps, race wins, championship wins and won the N24hr qualification race – there is only 1 accomplishment left – to win the N24H! I’m very excited to be sharing with Christian again, the nicest guy off track and one of the fastest on track. I’m also excited to share with Ben Tuck. Ben’s development has been great to watch while he has driven for Walkenhorst and I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to the #34 car.”
Ben Tuck: “I am really excited for this year. Can’t wait to get going at the Nürburgring again, but now up in the GT3 class and also in the PRO car with David Pittard and Christian Krognes. I’ve worked with these guys before as we raced in the same team. When I was racing in GT4, I could see what these guys were getting up to in GT3, so now to be one of their teammates in the PRO car is also a lot of pressure but I am really excited and can’t wait to get started. I am really happy to be staying with Walkenhorst and also experiencing the Yokohama tires on the M6 GT3 and looking forward to learn even more.”