Finn Gehrsitz has caused a stir in the motorsport scene at just 16 years of age and with only two sports car races under his belt. Now he is competing in the GT Winter Series in Schnitzelalm Racing’s BMW M240iR.
Finn Gehrsitz may only be 16, but he’s actually already an experienced racer. He has completed no less than five seasons in karting and came as far as the runner-up title in the so-called Rotax Max Challenge Germany. Finn, who comes from Steinenbronn in Swabia and is used to winning, now wants one thing above all: to move up to the sports car classes as quickly as possible and continue to cause a stir there.
Ellen Lohr as advisor, his own father as manager
“Finn is a real up-and-coming talent.” This statement comes from none other than Ellen Lohr. Ellen, the only woman ever to have won a DTM race and who spent many years in factory service at Mercedes-Benz, advises and coaches Finn. She recognised early on how he moves in the kart and took care of him. Finn is managed by his father Andreas, who pulls the right strings and tries his best to pave the way for Finn.
Finn with a double victory in his first sports car race in the Porsche Super Sports Cup
Finn was supposed to start in the French Lamera Cup, a race series with identical sports cars with a lot of power. But Corona threw a spanner in the works. As a substitute, Finn started in the Porsche Super Sports Cup on a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport of the Mühlner Motorsport team.
And Finn managed the almost unthinkable: pole position and double victory ahead of the established competition. “There was a slight murmur in the paddock,” says father Andreas Gehrsitz.
At the GTC race, where Finn competed, he also won at the first attempt, thus underlining that his successes are absolutely no coincidence.
GT Winter Series as a stepping stone and for the C licence
In order for Finn’s career to go in the right direction, there should now be consistent entries with sports cars. So it makes sense to train as much as possible in the GT Winter Series during the winter. Finn: “My goal is clearly to drive a full season in a sports car series in 2021. In the GT Winter Series, I want to gain as much experience as possible with such a car and also experience my international C licence. Of course, I wouldn’t mind a class win or two in the process.”
His entry is the BMW M240iR from Schnitzelalm Racing. Incidentally, Finn and the team already know each other from karting days, which means that they can expect short familiarisation times.