Maro Engel

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Maro Engel
Maro Engel 2009.JPG
Nationality  German
Born (1985-08-27) 27 August 1985 (age 31)
Munich, West Germany
GT Racing career
Current team

Mercedes-AMG AMG Team Black Falcon

Formula E career
Debut season 2016–17
Current team Venturi Grand Prix
Car no. 5
Starts 2
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
2001–2002
2003–2004
2005
2006–2007
2008–2011
2012
2013
Formula BMW
Recaro F3 Cup
Italian Formula 3000
British F3 Championship
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Various GT championships
V8 Supercars

Maro Engel (born 27 August 1985) is a German professional racing driver. He is a long-time Mercedes-AMG works driver, currently racing in Formula E and the FIA GT World Cup. His has previously raced in the DTM, V8 Supercars, F3000 and F3.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Munich, Maro competed in karting in Germany and France between 1996 and 1999 and finished 4th in the 2000 European Junior Karting Championship. He then moved onto Formula BMW, finishing 3rd in the 2001 Junior Cup, before finishing 8th in Formula BMW ADAC the following year.

Formula Three (2003–2007)[edit]

He moved onto Formula Three in 2003 as a factory Opel driver, and raced in the Recaro F3 Cup in 2004, and Italian Formula 3000 in 2005. He returned to F3 for the British series in 2006 and 2007, in 2006 receiving backing from Direxiv. In 2007 he was signed as a Mercedes-Benz Junior driving for Carlin Motorsport. He finished fifth with one victory in 2006, and was runner-up to Marko Asmer in 2007 with three wins.

Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (2008–2011)[edit]

He was signed by AMG Mercedes to drive a one-year-old car run by Mücke Motorsport in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for the 2008 season. He remained with the team 2011 season.[1] In four years racing in the category, he achieved a best result of sixth place at first round held at the Hockenheimring in 2009. He went on to finish the 2009 season in twelfth place over all, scoring eight points.

GT Racing (2012)[edit]

After leaving DTM, Engel spent the 2012 year making several guest appearances in selected sports car racing championships worldwide as a member of the AMG Customer Sports team, winning the fifth round of the 2012 Australian GT Championship at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 prepared by Erebus Racing.[2]

V8 Supercars (2013)[edit]

Engel testing for the V8 Supercar Championship

Engel made his V8 Supercar debut in 2013, driving a Mercedes E63 AMG entered by Erebus Motorsport (formerly known as Stone Brothers Racing).[3] Engel replaced Shane van Gisbergen as the driver of the No. 9 SP Tools entry.

Macau Grand Prix GT Cup (2013)[edit]

Engel captured in his Mercedes-AMG DTM C-Class

Next to his commitments in V8 Supercar for Erebus Motorsport he competed in the 2013 Macau GT Cup with a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 scoring pole position and a lap record in qualifying. Narrowly missing out on the victory due to sustaining a puncture on the front left while leading, 2 laps before the end.

GT Racing (2014)[edit]

In 2014 Engel resumed his duties as a member of the AMG Customer Sports team racing exclusively with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. Making his debut in the Bathurst 12 Hour racing for Erebus Motorsport together with Bernd Schneider (racing driver) and Nico Bastian Engel scored pole position with a lap record of 2min03.8586 and winning the inaugural Allan Simonsen Pole Position Trophy. The German trio dominated the race for 9 hours before an issue forced them to pit for repairs dropping them 7 laps down. He participated in his first 24 Hours Nürburgring racing for German team ROWE Racing finishing the "Hardest race in the World" in 3rd place together with his teammates Nico Bastian Christian Hohenadel and Michael Zehe. Engel also competed in various VLN races for ROWE Racing winning the 9th round of the VLN championship. He also raced in the German ADAC GT Masters series for ROWE Racing.

Macau Grand Prix GT Cup (2014)[edit]

Racing for the Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy team in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Engel returned to Macau winning the 2014 Macau GT Cup ahead of his team mate Renger van der Zande scoring a very popular 1-2 win in the gambling capital against the strong competition of AUDI BMW Porsche and other factory teams and drivers.

GT Racing (2015)[edit]

Engel continued racing with and for the AMG Customer Sports team in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 as an Official Mercedes-AMG Performance driver. He joined team Black Falcon as the pro driver in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in Pro-AM with a best result of 2nd at the 1000 km Paul Ricard race. He also contested the Spa 24 Hours with team Black falcon where the team had a DNF. On the Nürburgring Engel continued to race with ROWE Racing winning one VLN race. He also participated in the Nürburgring 24 Hours but the team had to DNF the car after several punctures.

Engel was also part of the Mercedes-AMG drivers that assisted development of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3.

FIA GT World Cup (2015)[edit]

In 2015 the Macau GT Cup was recognised by the FIA as the FIA GT World Cup lifting its status to the world championship for GT3 cars. Engel returned with his Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy team in the successful Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. Engel won the 12 lap qualification race from third on the grid after Stefan Mücke was penalised for a Safety car procedure infringement. Starting from pole position in the 18 lap race around Macau's famous Guia circuit Engel won the race and was crowned the inaugural FIA GT World Cup Champion. Through Engel's victory combined with the 4th-place finish of his team mate Renger van der Zande Mercedes-Benz won the inaugural FIA GT Manufacturers World Cup.

LMPC IMSA Racing (2016)[edit]

Engel joined Starworks Motorsport for the American Endurance sportscar classics 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring in their Oreca Prototype in the LMPC class. Engel is also due to compete in the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta for Starworks later in the season.

GT Racing (2016)[edit]

Engel has been confirmed as an Official Mercedes-AMG Driver again. Racing for AMG Team Black Falcon in the new Mercedes-AMG GT3, Engel finished 3rd at the opening VLN race of the 2016 season together with his team mates Bernd Schneider (racing driver) Adam Christodoulou and Manuel Metzger.

He also raced in:

Dubai 24 Hours racing for Abu Dhabi racing Black Falcon where the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 was running strongly in 2nd place before retiring due to contact.

Bathurst 12 Hour racing for Erebus Motorsport driving the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 where the team was running strongly and led the race at times before a puncture caused the car to go straight on into the barriers at the notorious turn 2 corner three hours from the end.

Formula E[edit]

In August 2016, Engel joined Venturi Grand Prix to make his debut in the 2016-17 season.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula Three Euro Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2003 Opel Team KMS Dallara F302/009 Spiess-Opel HOC
1

12
HOC
2

16
ADR
1

23
ADR
2

24
PAU
1

PAU
2

NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

14
LMS
1

20
LMS
2

20
NÜR
1

NÜR
2

A1R
1

A1R
2

ZAN
1

ZAN
2

HOC
1

HOC
2

MAG
1

MAG
2

31st 0

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete British Formula 3 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant No. Chassis Engine Rounds Pos. Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
2006 Carlin Motorsport 12 Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda OUL
1

4
OUL
2

5
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

2
PAU
1

5
PAU
2

5
MON
1

5
MON
2

8
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

3
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

1
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

5
BRA
1

2
BRA
2

2
MUG
1

Ret
MUG
2

4
SIL
3

9
SIL
4

9
THR
1

9
THR
2

Ret
5th 174
2007 Carlin Motorsport 23 Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda OUL
1

1
OUL
2

5
DON
1

7
DON
2

4
BUC
1

5
BUC
2

Ret
SNE
1

7
SNE
2

4
MON
1

1
MON
2

2
BRA
1

5
BRA
2

7
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

2
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

2
THR
1

3
THR
2

4
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

5
ROC
1

10
ROC
2

1
2nd 208

Complete DTM results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Manufacturer Team No. Car Rounds Pos. Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
2008 Mercedes-Benz Mücke Motorsport 12 AMG-Mercedes
C-Klasse 2007
HOC
17
OSC
Ret
MUG
11
LAU
11
NOR
9
ZAN
14
NÜR
Ret
BRH
17
CAT
13
BUG
14
HOC
12
16th 0
2009 Mercedes-Benz Mücke Motorsport 16 AMG-Mercedes
C-Klasse 2008
HOC
6
LAU
8
NOR
Ret
ZAN
7
OSC
7
NÜR
12
BRH
10
CAT
10
DIJ
12
HOC
10
12th 8
2010 Mercedes-Benz Mücke Motorsport 16 AMG-Mercedes
C-Klasse 2009
HOC
16
VAL
11
LAU
15
NOR
9
NÜR
8
ZAN
Ret
BRH
11
OSC
12
HOC
9
ADR
7
SHA
16
15th 3
2011 Mercedes-Benz Mücke Motorsport 16 AMG-Mercedes
C-Klasse 2008
HOC
8
ZAN
7
SPL
14
LAU
10
NOR
9
NÜR
15
BRH
10
OSC
7
VAL
15
HOC
14
13th 5

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Final Pos Points
2013 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG ADE
R1

24
ADE
R2

Ret
SYM
R3

Ret
SYM
R4

24
SYM
R5

23
PUK
R6

24
PUK
R7

21
PUK
R8

20
PUK
R9

21
BAR
R10

25
BAR
R11

26
BAR
R12

Ret
COTA
R13

23
COTA
R14

Ret
COTA
R15

24
COTA
R16

25
HID
R17

16
HID
R18

22
HID
R19

9
TOW
R20

19
TOW
R21

27
QLD
R22

19
QLD
R23

27
QLD
R24

17
WIN
R25

18
WIN
R26

17
WIN
R27

19
SAN
R28

25
BAT
R29

20
SUR
R30

21
SUR
R31

22
PHI
R32

21
PHI
R33

22
PHI
R34

19
SYD
R35

Ret
SYD
R36

20
28th 836

Complete Formula E results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points
2016–17 Venturi Grand Prix Spark-Venturi VM200-FE-02 HKG
9
MAR
Ret
BNA
MEX
MON
PAR
BER
BRU
NYC
NYC
MTR
MTR
14th* 2*

*Season still in progress.

Commitment[edit]

Maro Engel is today a member of the 'Champions for Peace' club, a group of 80 famous elite athletes including Novak Djokovic and Sergey Bubka among others, committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dtm.com/fahrer.php?id=51 Archived 25 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "INSIGHT: Who is Maro Engel?". Speedcafe.com. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Maro Engel Will Pilot No. 9 SP Tools Racing V8 Supercar". V8 Supercars. 7 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Peace and Sport

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