For MEYLE, motor sports are a subject with tradition: As a passionate racing driver in South America, company founder Wulf Gaertner himself was faced with the challenge of obtaining high-quality spare parts for his racing car - which he finally purchased from Germany and thus laid the foundation for export trade.
Many of the more than 30 MEYLE engineers around the world are very often motorsport enthusiasts themselves, and our partnerships with the T3 Motorsports Team, SL TruckSport 30 team, the DRIFT UNITED drifting series and Morgan are the result of engineering work in OE quality, combined with our commitment to smaller batches in the independent aftermarket.
1. If you had to describe the season in one word, what would that be?
Max Paul (Pilot): Instructive.
William Tregurtha (Pilot): Unreal.
Jens Feucht (Managing Director): Impressive.
2. What was your season highlight 2019? What was your best experience of the season?
Max Paul: The P8 at the Hockenheimring was my personal highlight of the season and at the same time the most beautiful experience this year, as we scored points for the first time.
William Tregurtha: The first race at the Hockenheimring. My pace was good, Max was also super-fast in his stint. At the end there were our first points of the season and a great finale! The team really deserved it. It felt great and I hope we'll have plenty more occasions to celebrate.
3. What was your favourite track?
Max Paul: My favourite track was Hockenheim.
William Tregurtha: Definitely the Sachsenring, it was super-fast and really fun. Exactly the kind of race track I
like. Turn 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are just fantastic there.
4. The ADAC GT Masters will continue next year. How do you spend the free months? What do you have planned for the next months?
Max Paul: There are no really free months for me, I'm driving the Supernationals in Las Vegas in November with my kart team. We're also testing and I'm getting ready on the simulator for next season.
William Tregurtha: I have a 24-hour race ahead of me for which I will be the race director. I'll also have to do a few Sim races (= virtual racing) and the coaching I'm doing at Palmersport will continue.
Jens Feucht: We're working with other up-and-coming talents to fill a second car. In between, we're also testing with new drivers and are working flat out on our financing for the new season.
5. What are you going to miss until the start of the 2020 season? And what not at all?
Max Paul: I will miss the atmosphere of the race weekends the most, but not the accidents.
William Tregurtha: I will miss the races very much, but I will also miss travelling and discovering new places. I
like to travel a lot, but that also means that I can't cook so often! That's what I miss the most on the
Jens Feucht: Everyone in the team and the emotional mood in the team during the training sessions and races. I won't miss the construction and dismantling of the hospitality on the race track very much.
6. How are you preparing for next season?
Max Paul: I will use every possibility to drive, whether test drive on the race track or in the simulator.
William Tregurtha: Lots of gym, sim and work!
Jens Feucht: We evaluate all data from the current season in order to be able to use it in a targeted way next year.
7. What are your goals for next season?
Max Paul: My goal is to constantly score points and be one of the fastest cars in the field.
William Tregurtha: Success. To be able to consistently drive into the top 12 throughout the season and be in the top 10 as often as possible. Of course, I would also like to win races. In such a professional championship, where everyone is very close to each other, we must continue to work very hard and then I'm sure we'll reap the rewards! So definitely top 12 placings, points and experience.
Jens Feucht: I would like to put one or two more cars into action and drive regularly into the top 10.
1. If you had to describe the season in one word, what would that be?
Sascha Lenz (Pilot): It is impossible to describe the 2019 season with just one word. It was like a roller coaster: sometimes ups, sometimes downs - both technically and emotionally.
2. What was your favourite track?
Sascha Lenz: My absolute favourite track is and always will be: Le Mans in France. By the way, I've held the track record for trucks there for three years.
3. The Truck Racing will continue next year. How do you spend the free months? What do you have planned for the next months?
Sascha Lenz: It is not entirely correct to say that the 2020 season will not begin until next year. When the black and white chequered flag was waved for the last time in Jarama, Spain, the new season is already starting for us racers. The saying goes: after the season is before the season. With regard to the current planning I can only say that we will modernize the truck and complete the first tests in spring.
4. What are you going to miss until the start of the season 2020? And what not at all?
Sascha Lenz: Vermissen werde ich meine Freunde auf der Rennstrecke, dort sind wir immer eine große Familie und das macht den Trucksport auch so besonders gegenüber anderen Motorsportveranstaltungen.
5. What are your goals for next season?
Sascha Lenz: My goal and that of the entire team is clear: to top this year's success.
1. How would you describe / summarize the season?
Marc Erdmann & Niklas Arndt: We learned a lot about the entire racing market. From our point of view, this market is characterized by its "dynamism". Somehow everything is faster, bigger and more impressive. On a race weekend, you experience almost all the emotional states you can pretend to be. We were also very impressed by the manufacturers' commitment to the race tracks. At least two factory engineers dress the racing series to provide the teams with information and assistance on setups and vehicle peculiarities. This is really great cinema.
2. What was your personal highlight of the season?
Marc Erdmann & Niklas Arndt: Our personal highlight was being a member of the T3 Motorsport Team. That's very exciting to see when a second difference in time means the difference between 1st and 30th place. To accompany the ADAC GT Masters as the most spectacular racing series in the world, which is otherwise only known from television, up close and personal and to contribute with our ideas and our work, perhaps even to influence it, is something very special. We also got a very deep insight behind the scenes of the racing circus. In terms of sport, the 8th place was of course our highlight and also the reward for the hard work on site at the race track. The racing space of the drivers on the weekends was always very good, but often we just had bad luck in the race with lots of accidents through no fault of our own. But: that's racing!
Jan-Christoph Kölln: The race weekend at the Nürburgring was my highlight. Sascha Lenz delivered a really great race and scored important points through his race to catch up. The last race weekend in Jarama, Spain, was also particularly exciting. Sascha Lenz had to score important points to defend 5th place in the overall standings. Here it was important that our parts hold reliably, so before every race we looked over them with an extra critical eye. In the end, our parts didn't let us down.
3. What fascinates you most about motorsport?
Marc Erdmann & Niklas Arndt: The dynamic environment. So many influencing factors play a role; besides driver, car or team, you shouldn't lose sight of the weather. That makes racing very difficult to predict and therefore so exciting.
Jan-Christoph Kölln: Being close to the action and experiencing the incredible power of the trucks on the race track is very impressive. Seeing what mechanics and inventors can do with a truck and what can be extracted from each individual spare part is incredibly fascinating. And of course, the atmosphere and all that goes with it - that's what makes truck motorsport so special!
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Behind us are exciting months with spectacular races and great events. We are already looking forward to spending the 2020 racing season. Our MEYLE Performance Presskit gives you insights as well as copyright-free images for editorial use (@MEYLE).
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