Nicolaj Møller Madsen
Phoenix Racing ranks among the most experienced teams in the DTM. The squad based in Meuspath has been on the grid of the popular touring car racing series ever since the DTM returned in 2000. Since 2006, Phoenix Racing and Audi Sport have been partners in the DTM. In 2011 and 2013, Audi Sport Team Phoenix celebrated the DTM drivers’ title.
Since the 2013 season, Phoenix has been fielding the Audi RS 5 DTM. In the debut year, Mike Rockenfeller clinched the drivers’ title and the squad triumphed in the teams’ classification. Having clinched ten victories in each of the last two seasons, it was the most successful DTM car in both years and thus set benchmarks for the now third generation of the racing car.
With the Audi R8 LMS GT3, Phoenix Racing has been able to celebrate several race victories. Twice, the team has won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (2012, 2014) with the GT3 race car.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 is an important part of the Phoenix Racing story: After the team played a key role in developing the car, it also celebrated its first major success with a one-two victory at the 24 Hours of Dubai 2018.
Passion, teamwork, meticulous attention to detail. Since its formation in 1999, Phoenix Racing has evolved into a well-established quantity in international motorsport. Be it in the DTM, in GT racing series or in endurance racing – team boss Ernst Moser’s squad can look back on numerous successes and milestones.
“We love challenge and competition. And we love success. That’s our passion and motivation. That’s what drives us.“
Team Director Ernst Moser
Super touring cars, DTM, Porsche Carrera Cup, Nürburgring 24 Hours, Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours, FIA GT Championship, VLN, Speedcar, cross-country rallies – the list of the championships and racing series in which Phoenix Racing has been active before is as impressive as the automobile manufacturers the team has worked with: Aston Martin, Audi, Corvette, Opel, Porsche and Volkswagen.
1999 Winner Touring Car GP Macau
2000 Winner 24h Nürburgring
2003 Winner 24h Nürburgring
2007 Winner 24h Spa
2009 Winner FIA GT3 European Championship, winner Belgian GT3 Championship
2011 Winner DTM drivers’ classification
2012 Winner 24h Nürburgring, winner 24h Spa, winner 12h Bathurst
2013 Winner DTM drivers’ classification, winner DTM teams’ classification
2014 Winner 24h Nürburgring
The hour in which Phoenix Racing was born illustrates one of Ernst Moser’s key character traits. In 1999, Phoenix Racing is created around the kitchen table of his confidant Dirk Theimann. On board with them are a handful of companions from Zakspeed that follow the call of their former colleague. Moser, the mover. An individual who takes his fate into his own hands. He is reserved but, at the same time, exudes natural authority. In the following years, he purposefully, yet cautiously, leads his squad and develops it into one of Germany’s most successful race teams.
It doesn’t take Ernst Moser long to inspire Dirk Theimann’s enthusiasm for his plans of forming his own team. Theimann loves challenges, especially in motorsport. He is only three years old when he witnesses one of Juan-Manuel Fangio’s great victories on the Nordschleife. His role at Phoenix Racing is indispensable. “The key task is to commit everyone to the common aim. The human element is very important in this endeavor.”
He is regarded as the calming influence in the Phoenix Racing squad. At the beginning of 1999, Jürgen Jungklaus switches to Phoenix Racing and, as a result, is one of the original members of the outfit. His technical expertise and, above all, his immense experience make him one of the supporting pillars of the team from the Eifel. His success formula: “The level of communication with the driver is important, quickly understanding what he means and then converting it into the correct technical action.”