At the age of 19, German driver Sandro Holzem will make the jump to the prestigious touring car championship with BMW and Project 1.

Holzem took part in the ADAC GT Masters at the Nurburgring last month. As part of the Project 1 team, he finished fourth in the first race and finished second on the podium in the second race of the weekend.

Before that, at the end of last year, he had his first taste of this type of racing at the ADAC GT4 Germany at the Hockenheim and Sachsenring circuits

With this background, Holzem will be making his debut as a rookie at the Nurburgring this weekend. The driver himself recently announced: “I will start in the DTM next week at the Nurburgring, after a comprehensive test programme and some races we have come to the conclusion that it is time to take the step. I am very happy and we will do our best.

For Holzem, this event will be a chance to adapt to such a demanding category as the DTM, with renowned drivers such as Jack Aitken, Rene Rast, Mirko Bortolotti and David Schumacher among others.

In fact, Mirko Bortolotti was the fastest driver in Friday’s free practice at the fourth round of the DTM at the Nürburgring. On Saturday, the 33-year-old, at the controls of the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo2, continued from where he left off, securing his third DTM pole position with a time of 1:25.118 minutes. The Italian was 0.827 seconds faster than Sheldon van der Linde’s pole time in the Eifel mountains last year. Holzem, meanwhile, will start 26th.