ZAKSPEED announced as Gemballa Racingsupport partner
Following news that “GEMBALLA racing” has purchased two McLaren MP4-12C GT3 cars for the 2012 motorsport season, Team Manager, Sascha Bert, has today confirmed that Zakspeed will assume the team’s technical, logistical and administrative tasks with immediate effect. “Our partnership with Peter Zakowski and Zakspeed brings us the benefit of one of the world’s most experienced and successful motorsport teams,” said Sascha Bert. “I have worked with Peter and Zakspeed for many years and have full confidence in him and his crew.” With Sascha Bert and Zakspeed on board, “GEMBALLA racing” is lining up to be a winning combination. A former German kart champion, Formula 3 and FIA GT driver, Sascha Bert has numerous victories and a Nürburgring 24 Hours podium finish under his belt.
Zakspeed has been a familiar name at the highest levels of international motor sport for many years. With more than 400 race wins, and 15 national and six international championships, Zakspeed is one of the most successful German race teams. “GEMBALLA racing’s” two McLaren MP4-12C GT3s will debut in the 2012 ADAC GT Masters series, and will also enter selected 24-hour races. Sascha Bert has been confirmed as one of the drivers, and the others will be announced shortly. Thanks to increased TV coverage, international interest in the thrilling ADAC GT Masters is growing. Live broadcasts, recordings, highlights, and news from the championship were disseminated to over 20 TV channels in more than 50 countries this year. As a new team, the profile of “Gemballa racing” will benefit enormously from this global TV exposure. Race bred by a marque that has always been a front-runner in Formula 1, the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 incorporates world-class technology. Based on the recently launched MP4-12C high performance sports car, the GT3 racing car features a 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine, bespoke racing gearbox, carbon MonoCell chassis, race front splitter, large fixed rear wing, optimised air vents at the front and a racing diffuser at the rear. The steering wheel with integrated display is the same as that fitted to Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-24 McLaren Formula 1 car. “GEMBALLA racing SE” is an independent company headed by GEMBALLA Supervisory Board director Marco Marquardt, and is devoted exclusively to motor racing. The GEMBALLA brand has been a global name in the performance improvement and modification of mainly Porsche vehicles as well as the construction of own-brand vehicles based on body shells for some 30 years. GEMBALLA made a name for itself as one of the most extreme Porsche tuners, and has received worldwide attention with cars such as the GEMBALLA Avalanche, based on the Porsche 911, or the GEMBALLA Mirage GT, based on the Porsche Carrera GT. Recently, to mark the 30-year market presence of the GEMBALLA name, GEMBALLA unveiled the GEMBALLA TORNADO, based on the Porsche Cayenne, and the GEMBALLA MISTRALE, based on the Porsche Panamera. Both vehicles have over 700hp and will be limited to only 30 select customers. More information on this at: www.gemballa.com. GEMBALLA will enter the 2012 motor sport season with GEMBALLA Racing and its two McLaren MP4-12C GT3 race cars. More information on partners and sponsors will follow shortly. Images available for download from: www.gemballa-racing.com MEDIA: gemballa-racing.com/press/