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Wendl Named New Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Boss

Stefan Wendl named new acting head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport…

Photo: Mercedes-AMG

Photo: Mercedes-AMG

Stefan Wendl has been named the new acting head of Mercedes-AMG’s customer racing activities, as part of a shakeup within the German manufacturer that includes a new designation for its motorsports programs.

Wendl replaces Jochen Bitzer, who will be reassigned to a new job within Daimler AG on March 1. Bitzer headed the Mercedes-AMG’s customer motorsports efforts since 2014.

“I want to thank Jochen for his commitment, with which he established and expanded our customer sports program in the past three years,” said Mercedes-AMG Chairman Tobias Moers.

“He and his team have played a major role in the achievements we were able to score with our new Mercedes-AMG GT3 all over the world.

“With Stefan Wendl, a competent contact person with a vast experience remains available within our company.”

Also effective next month, the organization will be known as Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing, in a rebranding away from Customer Sports.

Mercedes-AMG has been one of the top-performing GT3 manufacturers in recent years, with 174 wins worldwide with its SLS AMG GT3, and already 18 victories with the Mercedes-AMG GT3, which debuted last year.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 made its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut in last month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, with as many as five of the new-generation cars expected for the Pirelli World Challenge season.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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