Former F4 drivers enter 24H Dubai race with BWT Mücke Motorsport
Mike David Ortmann and Ricardo Feller to get behind the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS
It is not only important to direct attention to the young racers of ADAC Formula 4, but help to bring light to their way up the career ladder as they progress. Today, our focus is on Germany's Mike David Ortmann and Switzerland's Ricardo Feller.
Mike David Ortmann will now join the 24hr race in Dubai with BWT Mücke Motorsport ©Gruppe C GmbH/ ADAC Motorsport
After securing third place in the 2016 ADAC F4 driver’s championship, Mike David Ortmann joined the BWT Mücke Motorsport's ADAC GT Masters squad for 2017, where he was set to become the youngest starter in the history of the German series at just 17 years of age. In the end, it was an old team-mate who took this "title" off him...
Ricardo Feller competed in five out of the eigth total race weekends in ADAC F4 2016. After missing out on the necessary budget for a year in Formula 3, the young Swiss driver had planned to start in the Audi Sport TT Cup instead. Audi gave him the chance to test the Audi R8 LMS on the Nürburgring, where Feller immediately impressed despite minimal experience in GT racing. After signing with the Audi Sport racing academy, he became the youngest ever driver to compete in ADAC GT Masters, being just 16 years, 10 month and 29 days old at the start of the season in Oschersleben.
Ricardo Feller (right) is now competing in ADAC GT Masters with team-mate Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky (left) ©Gruppe C GmbH/ ADAC Motorsport
Now Ortmann and Feller will team up with Markus Winkelhock, Andreas Weishaupt and Christer Jöns for the first 24-hour race in the team's history. From the 11th to 14th January 2018, they will compete in the prestigious Dubai 24 Hours. "With this mixture of experienced drivers as well as young talents, we are well prepared for our first 24-hour race in our history", said Team Principal Peter Mücke.
The Audi R8 LMS in the well-known orange kfzteile24 design is meanwhile on its way to the port of Rotterdam. There, it will be loaded into a container together with the equipment of the team and transported to Dubai by sea. In about six weeks, around 400 drivers will compete in a tightly-packed field on the 5.399km-long Dubai Autodrome circuit in different classes, fighting for their first big success of the new season.
BWT Mücke Motorsport: muecke-motorsport.de
Mike David Ortmann: mike-ortmann.com
Ricardo Feller: ricardofeller.ch
ADAC GT Masters: adac-gt-masters.de/uk