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MRS-GT Taking the “Harder Way” in Expansion to U.S.

Veteran German squad seeking driver for second Porsche Carrera Cup North America entry…

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MRS-GT Racing is taking the “harder way” in going alone with the establishment of a U.S. base for its upcoming Porsche Carrera Cup North America effort, according to team principal Karsten Molitor.

The veteran Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Carrera Cup Germany-winning operation has expanded to North America this year with a pair of new-gen Porsche 911 GT3 Cups that will contest Porsche’s newest Carrera Cup.

However, unlike other European-based teams, Molitor, who has established a workshop in Miami, said they’ve elected to entirely utilize its own infrastructure, forgoing a link-up with an American team.

“We’re working hard on everything; we decided to take the harder way as we want to install MRS here in the U.S. and we are not doing any kind of collaboration,” he explained.

“We need to take care of all the details by ourselves. That includes truck and trailer transport for the race cars, the workshop, finding local employees, building up the MRS administration and most importantly, finding the right drivers.

“It’s not at all easy but then if it was easy anyone could do it.”

With the new cars set to be delivered in coming days, Molitor said they’re working hard to finalize the team’s lineup for upcoming Carrera Cup North America season, which kicks off at Sebring next month.

Sportscar365 understands that the team’s first confirmed driver is awaiting an announcement.

“On a last-minute call we decided to take a second Porsche Cup car, so we’re still open for one more driver which we’re looking for at the moment,” Molitor said.

“The cars are going to be delivered in less than ten days, with the first official test March 8 and 9 at Sebring.

“At the same time, we´re working on a program at the Porsche Sprint Challenge. Meanwhile in Europe, the team is also busy with the season preparations as we’re competing with the 992 on both continents.”

Molitor said stepping into the North American market marks an “entirely new chapter” for the team.

“It was an ambitious plan from the very beginning,” he said,

“We’ve done so many things in our team’s history, but the step into U.S. motorsport opens an entirely new chapter for MRS going forward.

“To establish the original MRS team here in the U.S., we’re ready to go the extra mile, ready to work a lot for it.

“We’re coming to stay and we’re coming to have the most possible success.

“I’m personally looking very much forward to our very first competition here, we are putting in the effort to make this debut as successful as possible. I hope we’ll see lots of good racing this year.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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