Maro Engel has become the new instructor at AMG Driving Academy. The 26 year old driver will act as instructor for AMG Driving Academy besides supporting SLS AMG GT3 customer teams. Henceforth customer teams of SLSG GT3 can book Maro Engel for tests or racing sessions and can take advantage of his ample experience and knowledge as a race driver. Bernd Schneider and Thomas Jager will accompany Maro Engel in his endeavor and will also be available for customer team bookings.
This new assignment will be one in which Engel will have to liaison with press and customer events and will be involved in on location race tracks. He will be joined by his two other partners from the AMG Driving Academy core team and also the driver of the F1 safety car and DTM driver for Mercedes Benz, Karl Wendlinger and Susie Wolff.
Engel started his racing career in karting between 1996 and 2000. Then in 2001 he graduated to this first formula racing series and two year later he took part in the Formula BMW. By 2005 he went on to Italian Formula 3000 Championships and finished in seventh place. 2006-07 saw him competing in British Formula 3 International Championships and in 2007 season he was in second place with 3 victories and 8 podium positions with 4 pole positions to his credit. Since the past three years 2008-11 he has been with Mercedes Benz in DTM.
News Release: Former DTM driver becomes AMG brand ambassador: Maro Engel becomes a new instructor at the AMG Driving Academy
The former DTM driver Maro Engel has become a new AMG brand ambassador with immediate effect. Additional duties performed by the 26-year-old driver will include acting as an instructor for the AMG Driving Academy, as well as providing support to selected SLS AMG GT3 customer teams.
SLS AMG GT3 customer teams can book Maro Engel for test or racing sessions
as part of the driver support programme from AMG Customer Sports and can therefore draw on his great know-how as a racing driver. Maro Engel will be supporting his colleagues Bernd Schneider and Thomas Jäger, who have accompanied the SLS AMG GT3 throughout its entire development and testing programme and are also available for customer team bookings.
In his new role for Mercedes-AMG, Engel will be on hand as a point of contact at press and customer events. As a new member of the AMG Driving Academy’s team of instructors, he will also be actively involved on location at race tracks. Here too, he will join forces with Bernd Schneider and Thomas Jäger, who belong to the AMG Driving Academy’s core team, along with Bernd Mayländer (driver of the official F1™ Safety Car), Karl Wendlinger and Susie Wolff (DTM driver for Mercedes-Benz).
According to Maro Engel: “I am looking forward to some new and exciting roles with AMG. As a brand ambassador and instructor, I will pass on my motorsports know-how to customers of the AMG Driving Academy. And as part of the driver support team at AMG customer sports events in particular, I am also looking forward to passing on my four years of experience as a Mercedes-Benz DTM driver to AMG customer teams, as well as being able to climb into the cockpit of the SLS AMG GT3 myself.”
According to Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “With Maro Engel, Bernd Schneider, Karl Wendlinger, David Coulthard and of course Susie Wolff too, we have a core international team of active and former racing drivers to represent AMG both on and off the race track. Our AMG brand ambassadors are able to combine an appealing mix of competence and approachability. And it’s not only the AMG Driving Academy which will benefit from the know-how of Maro Engel, as the SLS AMG GT3 customer teams will benefit too.”
Four years of DTM experience with Mercedes-Benz and Formula 3 runner?up
Like many racing drivers, Maro Engel also started his racing career in the world of karting (1996 – 2000). In 2001 he drove in his first formula racing series. After two years in Formula BMW, Munich-born Engel graduated to the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2003. In 2005 he switched to the Italian Formula 3000 Championship, finishing in seventh place overall. In 2006 and 2007, Engel competed in the fiercely contested British Formula 3 International Championship. He ended the 2007 season in second place overall, with three victories, eight podium positions and four pole positions under his belt. In the three years between 2008 and 2011, Maro Engel drove for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM.