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Ex-Porsche LMP1 Engineer Named New GT Factory Director

Ex-Porsche LMP1 engineer Pascal Zurlinden named new GT Factory Director…

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A former Porsche LMP1 engineer has taken over as Director of GT Factory Motorsports, as part of a management shakeup within the German manufacturer.

Pascal Zurlinden, who had served as a race engineer and chief test engineer with the Porsche 919 Hybrid program, was confirmed Friday in his new position, as the first high-profile staff change since the end of the LMP1 campaign.

Zurlinden replaces Marco Ujhasi, who has been transferred to a new role in Porsche Digital as the project manager for “Digitisation Motorsport.”

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, meanwhile, remains at the head of motorsport.

“I would like to thank Marco Ujhasi for the extremely successful work he did on developing the 911 RSR works team,” Walliser said.

“This success was crowned with victories at the 24-hour races in Daytona and Le Mans, as well as title wins in the WEC and IMSA – not forgetting Porsche’s first overall victory at the Petit Le Mans. I wish him all the best and every success for his new digital challenge.”

Additionally, Sebastian Golz, who had looked after Porsche’s customer racing programs, has been promoted to project manager for the 911 GT3 R, which includes Porsche’s works-supported outings in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, Blancpain Endurance Series, and Nürburgring 24.

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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