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Maro Engel (born 27 August 1985) is a German professional racing driver living in Monaco. He is a long-time Mercedes-AMG factory driver, FIA GT World Cup Champion, Nürburgring 24 hour winner, DTM race winner, Suzuka 10h winner, Macau GT Cup winner. currently racing in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and in the FIA Formula E championship. He has previously raced in the DTM, V8 Supercars, F3000, F3 and Formula E.

Maro Engel
Maro Engel 2009.JPG
Engel in 2009
NationalityGerman
Born (1985-08-27) 27 August 1985 (age 34)
Munich, West Germany
GT Racing career
Current teamMercedes-AMG AMG Team Black Falcon
Formula E career
Debut season2016–17
Current teamVenturi Grand Prix
Car number5
Starts23
Championships0
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps2
Best finish12th in 2017–18
Finished last season12th
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

Racing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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 teammate 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 teammate 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

Racing for AMG Team Black Falcon in the new Mercedes-AMG GT3, Engel took overall victory at the Nürburgring 24 hours together with his teammates Bernd Schneider (racing driver) Adam Christodoulou and Manuel Metzger. Engel made the decisive pass to win the race on the last lap. His winning margin was the tightest in the history of the race with merely 5,6s separating the first two cars. Engel was also the first winner of the SCG Pole position trophy after scoring pole position for the Nürburgring 24 hour race in drying track conditions with a lap of 8 minutes 14.563 in the #9 Mercedes-AMG GT3 with which Engel also raced performing a double start and finishing the race in 4th position with this second car.

Following two victories in 2014 and 2015 in Macau, Engel finished 3rd at the 2016 FIA GT World Cup

Formula EEdit

In August 2016, Engel joined Venturi Grand Prix to make his debut in the 2016-17 season. In his second season Engel finished 12th in the driver standings, scoring a best result of 4th at the Paris ePrix.

Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (2017)Edit

In 2017, Engel rejoined the DTM with Mercedes-Benz taking his maiden DTM win at the Moscow raceway

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2003 Formula 3 Euro Series Opel Team KMS 8 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2004 German Formula Three Championship Seyffarth Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 7 15th
2005 Italian Formula 3000 Championship Durango 5 0 0 1 0 17 7th
2006 Macau Grand Prix Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 9th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 15th
British Formula 3 International Series 22 1 3 2 8 174 5th
2007 Masters of Formula 3 Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 13th
British Formula 3 International Series 22 3 4 1 8 208 2nd
2008 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mücke Motorsport 11 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mücke Motorsport 10 0 0 0 0 8 12th
2010 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mücke Motorsport 11 0 0 0 0 3 15th
2011 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mücke Motorsport 10 0 0 0 0 5 13th
2012 International GT Open Lapidus Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Australian GT Championship Erebus Racing 2 1 1 1 2 0 NC

Complete Formula Three Euro Series resultsEdit

(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 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters resultsEdit

(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 Pos. Points
2008 Mücke Motorsport 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 Mücke Motorsport 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 Mücke Motorsport 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 Mücke Motorsport 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
2017 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
SILBERPFEIL Energy
AMG-Mercedes
C63 Coupé 2017
HOC
1

17
HOC
2

10
LAU
1

9
LAU
2

12
HUN
1

13
HUN
2

15
NOR
1

14
NOR
2

14
MSC
1

10
MSC
2

1
ZAN
1

16
ZAN
2

11
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

5
SPL
1

15
SPL
2

15
HOC
1

16
HOC
2

13
15th 51

Supercars Championship resultsEdit

V8 Supercar results
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 Pos. Pts
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
COA
R13

23
COA
R14

Ret
COA
R15

24
COA
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

Bathurst 1000 resultsEdit

Year No. Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2013 9 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 W212   Steven Johnson 20th 160

Complete Formula E resultsEdit

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

Year Team Chassis Powertrain 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points
2016–17 Venturi Formula E Team Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-02 HKG
9
MRK
NC
BUE
NC
MEX
Ret
MCO
5
PAR BER
9
BER
NC
NYC
NC
NYC
Ret
MTL
12
MTL
18
17th 16
2017–18 Venturi Formula E Team Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-03 HKG
13
HKG
7
MRK
12
SCL
Ret
MEX
16
PDE
10
RME
8
PAR
4
BER
8
ZUR
11
NYC
8
NYC
Ret
12th 31

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014   Erebus Motorsport   Nico Bastian
  Bernd Schneider
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG A 291 7th 7th
2016   Erebus Motorsport   Austin Cindric
  Bernd Schneider
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG AP 219 DNF DNF
2017   Scott Taylor Motorsports   Craig Baird
  Shane van Gisbergen
Mercedes AMG GT3 AA 283 DNF DNF

Complete Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2019 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 Pro BRH
1

2
BRH
2

1
MIS
1

3
MIS
2

4
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

4
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

4
HUN
1

2
HUN
2

3
2nd 92.5

CommitmentEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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 Micah Engel Will Pilot No. 9 SP Tools Racing V8 Supercar". V8 Supercars. 7 February 2013.
  4. ^ Peace and Sport

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