Leon Köhler makes DTM debut with Walkenhorst-BMW in Spielberg
Leon Köhler makes his DTM debut at short notice. The 23-year-old replaces the injured Esteban Muth at BMW Team Walkenhorst Motorsport.
BMW Team Walkenhorst Motorsport has found a replacement for the injured Esteban Muth at short notice for the upcoming DTM race weekend in Spielberg (September 23-25, 2022). German youngster Leon Köhler is set to make his debut in the traditional series, which will contest the penultimate event of the 2022 season at the Red Bull Ring. If you are also waiting for the races of this athlete, bet on races with his participation online betting Kenya is available on 22Bet.
Köhler will start for the racing team from Melle alongside two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann, who will have a new teammate for the first time following the hand operation performed on the points-less Belgian Muth. Köhler’s start in Spielberg has been confirmed, while a stint two weeks later at the season finale at the Hockenheimring is currently a possible option.
Köhler: “I’m very happy to be part of the Walkenhorst Motorsport line-up at the Red Bull Ring. I still can’t believe that I’ll be taking part in the DTM this weekend. It’s a dream come true for me. I’ll give my best and I’m really looking forward to working together.”
Motorsport fans know the 23-year-old Köhler primarily from the Porsche one-make cups Supercup and Carrera Cup as well as from races on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. In the 2020 and 2021 seasons, he finished third in the German Carrera Cup championship, and in the 2021 Supercup season, he finished fifth overall.
So far this year, Köhler has contested three NLS races on the Nordschleife for the Audi customer team Car Collection. At the 6-hour race or his second outing, he won the Pro-Am classification in the SP9 class on an Audi R8 LMS GT3. Köhler also received media attention this year through his start in the Nürburgring 24h race, in which he shared a Cup Porsche entered by Iron Force with two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider and Jan-Erik Slooten.
On top of that, Köhler made a guest start in the ADAC GT Masters in a Porsche 911 GT3 R entered by ID Racing with Herberth. He finished the two races in Spielberg with teammate Jaxon Evans in 15th and 16th place, scoring his first points in the ADAC GT3 racing series.
A new challenge awaits Köhler, who made his debut in motor racing in 2018 in ADAC Formula 4, next weekend in the BMW M4 GT3 from Walkenhorst. He has never driven a race car from the Munich-based carmaker before. One possible advantage: The BMW M4 GT3 is one of the favorites in the six-make field because of its power on the straights.