Team Driverse to make guest appearance in DTM Trophy
Team Driverse - the team fully focused on diversity and inclusion in motorsport - will make a guest appearance in DTM Trophy and BMW M2 Cup at the upcoming round in Assen, with Sandra van der Sloot getting behind the wheel of the M4 GT4 for her home round.
At the upcoming DTM race meeting in Assen, one more female racer will line up on the grid of the GT4-based support series DTM Trophy, as Team Driverse is set to join the field in a guest start appearance. Sandra van der Sloot, experienced Dutchwoman who has raced in a variety of touring cars and GT series of the likes of the 24H Series, Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux and ADAC GT4 Germany, will in fact take on driving duties for her home race at Assen with the team founded by Nicole Kösters - a project focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in motorsport. Team Driverse, which made its debut in 2021 in Germany's top GT4 series in the ADAC schedule, will thus expand its program to DTM Trophy and BMW M2 Cup - where it is set to line up a car for Leonard Hoogenboom in another guest entry. Van der Sloot is a team regular and has been sharing the BMW M4 GT4 with co-driver and teammate Charlie Martin and the British driver will be onsite working with the team as well. With Sandra's experience of the Assen racetrack, the team is hoping to be on pace straight away: "Of course, we first have to acclimatise to this series. But the plan is already to attack and be as far in front as possible," commented Nicole Kösters, Team Principal. "Sandra knows the track well and has already proven that she is very fast in the BMW M4 GT4. Therefore, I am optimistic that she will also be able to keep up well in the Trophy." "I'm really looking forward to my second home track in Assen and to driving the BMW M4 again." - added Sandra van der Sloot. "This is our first time driving in the DTM Trophy, so let's see how we manage the weekend." Now into its second season, DTM Trophy has proven a very competitive championship and a real training ground for teams and drivers interested in the DTM platform. The Assen round wil be the fifth of the 2021 season, with the season finale scheduled for 2/3 October at Hockenheim.
Three more female racers are competing full-time in DTM Trophy in 2021: KTM works driver Laura Kraihamer (True Racing), Stéphane Kox (TGR Ring Racing) and Sophie Hofmann (Heide Motorsport). "With this step, we want to prove our potential and show that we can hold our own in this highly professional environment" - said Kösters. "Competing in such an absolutely top-class racing series in terms of driving is of course a great challenge, but one that we are very happy to take on." Team Driverse had a positive debut in ADAC GT4 at Oschersleben, scoring a class podium. The first 100% diverse team in motorsport had to face some setbacks at Red Bull Ring, while technical issues prevented van der Sloot and Martin from taking the start of the Zandvoort weekend. After a long gap in the ADAC calendar - Team Driverse will be back in the German series from 2/3 October at Sachsenring, with the valuable experience of the DTM Trophy round under their belt. The squad led by Kösters will also take on the challenge of the brand-new BMW M2 Cup race at Assen, with young Dutchman Leonard Hoogenboom behind the wheel. The two races of the DTM Trophy at Assen will take place on 18/19 September at 15:10 CEST, and will be broadcast live on DTM.com and on the DTM YouTube channel.