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Sascha Maassen, born September 28, 1969, in Aachen, Germany) is a veteran sports car driver.

24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years20002004, 20082009
TeamsSkea Racing International,
Dick Barbour Racing,
Freisinger Motorsport,
Alex Job Racing,
White Lightning Racing,
Team Essex,
NAVI Team Goh
Best finish10th (2004)
Class wins2 (2003, 2004)

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Early careerEdit

Maassen began his career in karts, and moved to cars in 1989, in Formula Ford 1600. During the early 1990s, he raced in the German Formula 3 series. His F3 career includes a win at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he raced touring cars for Nissan in the Super Tourenwagen Cup.

Sports car careerEdit

In 1998, Maassen moved to the FIA GT Championship, where he raced a Porsche 911 GT2 for Roock Racing, along with Bruno Eichmann. In 1999, he competed in Porsche Supercup. He also drove for Alex Job Racing at Petit Le Mans, where he won the GT class with Cort Wagner and Dirk Müller.

2000Edit

In 2000, he joined Porsche as a factory driver. His primary job was driving a Porsche GT3-R in the American Le Mans Series. He partnered with fellow factory driver Bob Wollek at Dick Barbour Racing. The duo would win five races, including Maassen's second straight Petit Le Mans victory. He also finished 2nd in the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving for Skea Racing International. Maassen also raced sparingly in Supercup, and raced in the 24 Hours Nürburgring, and one race in the Sports Racing World Cup.

2001Edit

In 2001, Maassen was paired with Lucas Luhr at Alex Job Racing. They would win at Texas and the 12 Hours of Sebring in the GT class in a season otherwise dominated by the BMW M3 GTRs. Maassen also raced prototypes, at the 24 Hours of Daytona for Champion Racing, and for Dick Barbour Racing at Le Mans.

2002Edit

Maassen started 2002 by finishing 4th at the 24 Hours of Daytona for Champion Racing. Maassen and Luhr dominated the GT class of the ALMS, winning seven of ten races en route to the championship. These victories included second straight Sebring win, and 3rd career Petit Le Mans win.

2003Edit

2003 saw Maassen and Luhr win the championship again, and win Sebring for the third year in a row. Maassen also notched his 20th class win in the ALMS at Miami. He also won the Grand-Am round at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in a Brumos Racing Fabcar-Porsche.

2004 & 2005Edit

In 2004, Maassen acted mainly as a third driver for the longer endurance races, winning at Sebring and Petit Le Mans for Alex Job, and winning the GT class at Le Mans with Petersen Motorsports. 2005 saw him focus mainly on the development of the new Porsche RS Spyder, including racing in the car's debut at Laguna Seca.

2006Edit

In 2006, Maassen would race the RS Spyder and win the LMP2 championship with Lucas Luhr. Maassen and Luhr would drive together for the first six races of the season, including one win (at Miller Motorsports Park) and an overall 2nd place (at Mid-Ohio). Maassen the partnered with Timo Bernhard for the remainder of the season, collecting two wins.

2007Edit

Maassen continued driving for Penske in the ALMS

2008Edit

Maassen continued driving for Penske in the ALMS, and competed in the 2008 edition of 24 hour Le Mans with Team Essex where he finished second in the LMP2 class together with John Nielsen and Casper Elgaard.

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2000   Skea Racing International   Johnny Mowlem
  David Murry
Porsche 911 GT3-R GT 304 17th 2nd
2001   Dick Barbour Racing   Didier de Radiguès
  Hideshi Matsuda
Reynard 01Q-LM-Judd LMP675 95 DNF DNF
2002   Freisinger Motorsport   Romain Dumas
  Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 321 17th 2nd
2003   Alex Job Racing
  Petersen Motorsports
  Emmanuel Collard
  Lucas Luhr
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 320 14th 1st
2004   White Lightning Racing   Jörg Bergmeister
  Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 327 10th 1st
2008   Team Essex   Casper Elgaard
  John Nielsen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 347 12th 2nd
2009   Navi Team Goh   Seiji Ara
  Keisuke Kunimoto
Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 339 DNF DNF

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jörg Müller
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

1994
Succeeded by
Ralf Schumacher