Name: Benjamin Mazatis
Date of birth 14.01.1998
Place of birth: Rosenheim
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Place of residence: Bruckmühl

Height: 178 cm
Hobbies: Racing, chess, tennis

First kart race: 2007 Easykart
Sports idols: Fernando Alonso, André Lotterer, Michael Schumacher, Roger Federer
Goals for the future: International motor racing


January- 24h Dubai
2nd place KTM X-Bow GT4 (SP 2 class)

April till September – GT4 European Series Northern Cup
Five race weekends
Double podium at Zandvoort (2nd and 3rd place in Pro-AM class)

June – VLN 3
A-Permit obtained. Authorization to drive in the GT3 class on the Nordschleife

September – VLN 6
Retirement caused by technical problems. 2nd place in class CUPX and P16 overall in reach

Abitur successfully passed
Guest starter in BMW M 235i Racing from the middle of 2016

August – BMW Challenge Bilster Berg
P2 in Race 1
P4 in Race 2

September – Bördesprint Cup Assen
P4 & P6

September – Nürburgring
Victory in BMW M235i Cup class of ‘RCN Rundstrecken-Challenge’
DMSB ‘Nordschleife’ permit, Level B

Start in new ADAC Formula 4
Second year in McLaren Performance Academy
Selection as McLaren ‘Driver of Promise’

Accepted by McLaren Performance Academy
Training and introductory year with Mücke Motorsport

Test drives and preparation for entry in formula motor racing

2nd place in Formula BMW Talent Cup shoot-out at Red Bull Ring

Start in ADAC Kart Masters KF3 class

South German ADAC Kart Cup
Ampfing Club Sport Championship

Benjamin took his first tentative steps in karting in 2004, aged six. He participated in ADAC club sport events, using a slalom kart. Benjamin raced on a circuit just one year later. He lined up in the Easykart class at Ampfing and Rottalmünster in Bavaria, achieving solid results.

With the agreement of his team, Kartshop Ampfing, he then moved up to the much more powerful junior kart class. Apart from having a larger chassis, the kart also had more than twice as much power. So, the years 2008 and 2009 were filled with numerous test outings in Germany and Italy. Benny contested his first international KF3 class race at the age of twelve. He competed in the Ampfing Club Sport Championship and in the South German ADAC Kart Cup with Kartshop Ampfing.

Another big step in Benjamin’s career followed at the start of the 2011 season when he became one of the youngest drivers to participate in a Formula BMW Talent Cup test weekend. The youngster learned the fine art of single-seater motor racing on the grand prix circuit in Valencia, Spain. After this first experience in formula motor racing, the focus returned to karting in 2011. Benjamin lined up in the KF3 class in the ADAC Kart Masters.

Entry into the Formula BMW Talent Cup was planned for the 2012 season, but a change to his racing license at short notice was not possible due to his young age, so Benjamin was unable to take part. Now almost 15, he shone with second fastest time in the shoot‑out held at the Red Bull Ring by the BMW Motorsport formula racing entry level series, proving his suitability for a move up into single-seater racing.

Further tests followed, including a test drive in Formula Renault. After a year’s training with Mücke Motorsport, Benny contested his debut season in the ADAC Formula 4 in 2015. He demonstrated consistent performance in a highly competitive field that often included more than 40 entrants and gained valuable open-wheel racing experience.

This was followed by the successful advancement to touring car racing. In his debut race at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife Benny took the victory in the BMW M235i Cup class of ‘RCN Rundstrecken-Challenge’. Strong showings in the ‘VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft’ ended the season on a high.

The year 2017 started with a podium in a KTM – X Bow GT4 – a perfect gift for his 19th birthday, which was a great achievement in a strong field of drivers with 100 cars. Later on in the season, he made his debut in the highly competitive GT4 European Series Northern Cup. He regularly impressed with strong qualifying performances and made two podium appearances in his class, but on too many weekends, he failed to achieve the results he deserved due to technical problems or no-fault collisions.


GT4 European Series Northern Cup

The GT4 European Series was known as the GT4 Europa Cup until the end of 2011. The Gran Turismo series was launched to give young talents a low-cost route into GT motor racing. The GT4 European series has been contested since 2014.

Drivers in the series line up in GT4 racing cars such as the KTM X-BOW and numerous other brands. The races take place in the context of series like the DTM, the Blancpain GT series and the ADAC GT Masters, attracting a large audience throughout Europe and gaining new fans at every meeting.


24-Hours of Dubai, 2017

The 24-Hours of Dubai has been one of the absolute highlights on the 24-hr endurance race calendar since 2006. The top stars meet every January for the first scrap of the season.

Divided into various classes, drivers fight for the win in the sand and heat. The race is broadcast live and attracts great attention in all print, online and TV media.



Fans close up to the action and a wide field of starters. Featuring more than 170 racing cars, the VLN Endurance Championship captivates spectators with its furious racing action. The popular racing series will be starting its 41st season on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2017.

Participants from around the world compete against each other in various classes. Everything from powerful GT3 racing cars such as the Mercedes-AMG GT3 to production-based road-going vehicles is represented.

VLN fans can follow the four-to-six hour races in their entirety via a free online live stream.


2017 Season

24h Dubai
13-14 January – Dubai

GT4 European Series Northern Cup 2017
2 April – Misano
11 June – Red Bull Ring
16 July – Slovakia Ring
20 August – Zandvoort
17 September – Nürburgring

VLN (Endurance racing at the Nürburgring)
24 June – VLN 3
02 September – VLN 6

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