After a promising fourth place in their first TMG GT86 Cup race and a short break Mathol Racing will be back on July 16 for the fifth round, when the team headed by Matthias Holle will field Michael and Ben Auriemma from Manhasset, NY. It will be this father-and-son duo’s first race in the attractive brand cup organised by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG).
The title will, of course, be fought for by the winners so far, with Nils Jung/Florian Wolf (74 points, Ring Racing) in the lead, followed by Manuel Amweg/Thomas Lampert (62 points, Toyota Swiss Racing Team) and Olivier Muytjens, Bruno Barbaro and “Brody“ (60 points, Lane – AMC St. Vith).
While Mathol Racing (the name is a contraction of the name of its founder, Matthias Holle) is domiciled at Diez an der Lahn, the team’s large workshop (400 sq m) is in Neuwied. Right between Nürburgring, Spa and Hockenheimring, where up to 15 racers are prepared for the GT4 European Championship, the RCN and, of course, the TMG GT86 Cup.The staff of five mechanics can always be supported by three free lancers.
“After each and every race, the cars are cleaned and checked very thoroughly. Damage will be repaired and the cars serviced with state-of-the-art tools and measuring equipment,“ says Mathol team organiser Alexander Fielenbach. Mathol applies the four-eye principle: “One car will always be serviced by two people . After all, we value safety, reliability and integrity. This is attested by our very low failure rate during races,“ Fielenbach says.
On racing weekends, the team is augmented by more free lancers and up to 25 people will then work for Mathol Racing, and not only in and on its racers and truck but also a catering car and a dressing-room and physiotherapy truck. Matthias Holle thinks this feel-good factor is decisive: “We don’t mind winning and have done so a lot, but fun and a relaxed atmosphere are also important.“
The US duo will drive the GT86 CS-V3, that is, the non-upgraded car. This is provided for by TMG having left last year’s regulations in place. For the two Americans, this is a good opportunity to get their Nordschleife permit. While for the son, Ben Auriemma (18), who attended the Skip Barber Racing School and this year takes part in the F1600 Formula F Championship, this is his first time on the Nordschleife. His father, Michael (51), knows the “green hell” well, having taken part in the Nürburgring 24 h race in 2008 and in 2009 even having won the D1T class there.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsports: “We are very pleased that Mathol Racing will again take part in our TMG GT86 Cup. This shows that we were right when we decided to keep and support the GT86 CS-V3 next to the GT86 CS-Cup. TMG stands for cost-efficient popular sports, with all having an opportunity to take part in our cup. In terms of equal opportunities, however, I must confess that the conventional car, if you will, is probably inferior to the new cup car. But then again, this may well be an incentive to make it perform even better. After all, anything is possible in motorsports and an underdog may well win.“
Interested teams and drivers will find more detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup at www.gt86-cup.com.
Royalty-free high-resolution images of the TMG GT86 CS-V3 and the TMG GT86 Cup can be found at: www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com