Catsburg has an opportunity BMW DTM within the rookie take a look at

Catsburg, 30, shall be joined by junior BMW Mikkel Jensen, the chief of the Porsche Supercup Nick Yelloly and the younger South African Sheldon van der Linde for the three-day take a look at on December 10th and 12th.

Philipp Eng, a DTM common, shall be in Jerez to function a reference pilot for newcomers.

BMW has no less than one emptiness in its roster of drivers for 2019, with Augusto Farfus now specializing in the GT and a parallel program of the FIA ​​World Touring Automobile Cup with Hyundai.

Catsburg, which is a part of BMW's GTE program this 12 months and in addition joins Hyundai within the WTCR subsequent season, is predicted to be within the operating for the seat.

BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt not too long ago advised that the producer already had some thought of ​​who he wished to interchange Farfus, however wished to make use of the take a look at to ensure of his selection.

"We are going to see, a driving take a look at is deliberate for younger drivers," mentioned Marquardt. "We clearly have concepts in thoughts, however nothing on the stage of sharing.

" We have now a really profitable program for younger drivers, we have already got choices accessible to us in our thought. We have now a photograph, however we additionally want a take a look at to verify a bit the image.

Catsburg himself, nevertheless, instructed that he didn’t think about himself a candidate for the Farfus emptiness.

"I wished to check such a automobile for a very long time," he mentioned. "I don’t see it as a shootout for subsequent 12 months, however slightly as a chance to drive these automobiles. It's the most effective leagues on this planet, so it's very cool.

"I by no means noticed myself as a DTM driver or a candidate for a seat, the invitation was a shock, I by no means actually piloted automobiles, and I do probably not have the sensation of getting made the profile of a DTM pilot.

"I can -being at all times discovered the DTM a bit too excessive for me. That's why I think about the take a look at a great alternative and so I'm simply going to have enjoyable. "

The rival Audi model final week revealed the record of its six rookie take a look at riders, together with World Rallycross star Andreas Bakkerud and WRT common Frederic Vervisch.

Mercedes, who resigned from the DTM, can be anticipated to be current in Jerez as a part of its settlement with ITR, though it’s not recognized who the motive force will run.

Further reviews by Casper Bekking and Julia Spacek

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