Italian teams Iron Lynx and Prema have jointly announced a partnership under a new management structure that will involve collaboration on “future ambitious projects”.
The organizations have been brought under the control of Swiss-based company DC Racing Solutions SA, while their current racing programs will be unaffected by the managerial change.
A collective statement on Thursday outlined that the aim of the partnership is to “present a racing platform for young talents, professional drivers and client racers”.
Both teams will “continue to specialize” in their own areas, in addition to collaborating on new projects down the line.
Iron Lynx runs Ferrari GT machinery in various sports car series including the FIA World Endurance Championship, the European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup. It also runs an F4-level single-seater program.
Prema is known for its successful open-wheel exploits in feeder series to Formula 1.
The northeast Italian team, which was founded in 1983, ran FIA Formula 2 champions Charles Leclerc and Mick Schumacher in 2017 and 2020 respectively, as well as reigning FIA Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri.
Several drivers who went on to make Grand Prix starts and Ferrari Driver Academy members have represented Prema over the years.
Giacomo Piccini, who is on the management team at Iron Lynx, will lead the joint venture in the role of Racing Advisor at DC Racing Solutions.
Mayer also leads the Iron Dames project that aims to promote female talent in motorsport, while Schiavoni drives alongside Andrea Piccini in the WEC GTE-Am class.
“This structure will fast-track the development of future driving talents and will provide racing opportunities across multiple disciplines,” said Giacomo Piccini.
Andrea Piccini, who also holds the Team Principal title at Iron Lynx in addition to his WEC driving role with the team, added: “The opportunity to bring together these two teams is hugely positive for the industry and the sport.
“We now have even more options to grow and guide young drivers.”
Prema boss Rene Rosin, who will remain as Team Principal under the new management structure, commented: “We have already identified shared passions and synergies within Prema and Iron Lynx.
look forward to working closely together and exploiting the opportunities afforded by bringing together two such successful organizations.”
Having launched their partnership, Iron Lynx and Prema intend to make announcements at the end of this year ahead of “supporting one another in their challenge for championships across the globe.”