Experience-based quality

In just a few years Phoenix Racing has evolved from a promising start-up into one of the most successful German racing teams. Ernst Moser, who hails from Germany’s southern region of Swabia, has forged a team in the Eifel that radiates solid experience and perfection

Ernst Moser has never been short on courage. As a young man he wants to become a motorcycle racer. His idol is Johnny Cecotto. At the age of 19, Moser competes in the German Motorcycle Championship. He has talent but lacks money and contacts. After returning home from a sojourn in the Middle East, he launches his second motorsport career, this time on four wheels. Not as a driver, but as a mechanic. 1988 sees him working on the DTM car of his former idol, Johnny Cecotto, in the AMG-Mercedes team.

After the collapse of the ITC, Moser stays with Zakspeed for two more years. But when team boss Peter Zakowski starts dreaming of taking over the Arrows Formula 1 team, Moser begins to think about going into business on his own. Formula 1 is not Moser’s world, his heart is beating for touring cars and sportscars. His ideas take on a concrete form after Moser’s return from the finale of the FIA GTChampionship in Laguna Seca, California, which Zakspeed contests with a GT1-Porsche, in October 1998. Back home in Niederzissen, the unsuspecting mechanics are handed their dismissal letters. There is no room for them in the junior boss’s high-flying Formula 1 plans. Moser is so upset with these ways that he immediately submits his own resignation without notice. Some of the former Zakspeed employees join him. Others come from Günther Warthofer’s BMW team that is based in Nürburg and is in the process of having to downsize.

The agenda for Phoenix Racing is initially set in a private flat in Meuspath where Ernst Moser and his former colleague Dirk Theimann are spending hours at the kitchen table racking their brains calculating costs and forming the squad. Theimann was bitten by the motorsport bug as early as at age three while watching the great Juan-Manuel Fangio at his last race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 1957. The marketing specialist has been working for Zakspeed for eleven years before he resigns as well and helps to build Phoenix Racing.

For Moser and Theimann it soon becomes clear that their team should be based in the new industrial area that is being built alongside the B258 road in close proximity to the Nürburgring. Phoenix is one of the first companies to settle there. The modern and functionally designed building complex across from the Nordschleife is completed in August 1999.

Meanwhile, about 25 people are working for Phoenix Racing. Ernst Moser always makes sure that his team rests on at least two pillars. That is why Phoenix can look back on a varied history after just a few years: Supertouring Cars, DTM, Porsche Carrera Cup, Nürburgring 24 Hours, Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours, FIA GT Championship, VLN, Speedcar, and even cross-country rallies – the list of championships and races in which Phoenix has already been active is similarly impressive as the list of car manufacturers the team has already worked with: Aston Martin, Audi, Corvette, Opel, Porsche and Volkswagen.

 

 

The Phoenix Racing chronicle in fast-forward mode


1999

STW (Audi)

2000

24-hour race (Porsche)DTM (Opel)
DTM (Opel)

2001

Porsche Carrera Cup
24-hour race (Porsche)
DTM (Opel)

2002

Porsche Carrera Cup
DTM (Opel)

2003

Porsche Carrera Cup
24-hour race (Opel)
DTM (Opel)

2004

24-hour race (Opel)
DTM (Opel)

2005

DTM (Opel)

2006

Cross-country rally sport/Dakar (Volkswagen)
FIA GT/24-hour race (Aston Martin)
DTM (Audi)

2007

FIA GT (Corvette)
FIA GT/24-hour race (Aston Martin)
Cross-country rally sport/Dakar (Volkswagen)
DTM (Audi)

2008

Speedcar Series
FIA GT (Corvette)
DTM (Audi)

2009

GT3 (Audi)
DTM (Audi)

2010

GT3 (Audi)
FIA GT1 World Championship (Corvette)
VLN/24-hour race (Audi)
DTM (Audi)

2011
   bathurst 2011
GT3 (Audi)
VLN/24-hour race (Audi)
DTM (Audi)

2012
vln 2012 dtm 2012 bathrust 2012
GT3 (Audi)
VLN/24-hour race (Audi)
DTM (Audi)

2013
vln 2013 fia gt 2013 24h 2013 dtm 2013
GT3 (Audi)
VLN/24-hour race (Audi)
DTM (Audi)