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.