MDM Motorsport confirms Koebolt/Knap and Bogaerts/Van der Aa
21 March 2018
Max Koebolt, Simon Knap, Koen Bogaerts and Mark van der Aa will compete for MDM Motorsport in this year’s GT4 European Series.
In early February the Dutch team, which ran the Ekris Motorsport M4 GT4s during the past seasons, confirmed it will run two BMW M4 GT4s. Today, just over two weeks before the start of the 2018 season, both driver lineups were confirmed.
“We have some years of experience in the GT4 series in which we have had quite some success, but this is the first time for us as a team to run our own cars in the series,” said MDM Motorsport's Dennis Bus. “We have worked with Max and Simon before so we will build on that this season. The BMW M4 GT4 is a fantastic new product by BMW Motorsport with which we will be able to shine.”
GT4 European Series Northern Cup Silver Cup, overall GT4 European Series and Pirelli Junior Cup winner Max Koebolt will share the number 1 BMW M4 GT4 with another former Ekris Motorsport driver, Simon Knap. Both drivers already tested the car at the official test day at Zolder earlier this month.
“Of course, I will try to defend my European title. Moreover, I will try to score as many points as possible for the BMW Sports Trophy again,” Koebolt said.
“With Max as my team-mate and with the strong MDM Motorsport team, we have a good package to do our utmost to race at the front of the field,” added Knap, who returns after a one-year international break.
The team’s second car will be entered for Koen Bogaerts and Mark van der Aa. The two drivers raced together in a number of championships and won the Supercar Challenge title with BMW back in 2015.
Van der Aa and Bogaerts will enter the GT4 European Series with limited experience in the BMW M4 GT4, but they look forward to this new challenge.
"Preparation is limited to one day of testing only, so we don’t have a lot of time to get used to the car. On the other hand, we have some experience and MDM Motorsport is a top-level team, so we hope to be up to speed quickly," said Van der AA. "Given the size of the field and the presence of many experienced drivers, our initial aim is to make it into the top ten."
"We have quite some experience, but being able to race in such a major championship is new to us," added Bogaerts. "With well over 40 cars on the grid, it will be far from easy, but we are eager and have no lack of ambition to show what we are capable of at this level as well."