Benjamin Mazatis: Title attempt with illustrious Porsche brand
It’s all change for Benjamin Mazatis in 2019! The 21-year-old from Bruckmühl in Bavaria has embraced the challenge and will be competing in the GT4 European Series as a member of the Allied Racing squad. Furthermore, he is switching brand to the illustrious Porsche marque and will be competing in a 718 Cayman GT4 Competition. The identity of his co-driver will be announced at a later date.
Having finished third in the 2018 GT4 Central European Cup, Mazatis will have to make some major adjustments ahead of the forthcoming campaign. After two successful years with Reiter Engineering in the KTM X-Bow, he said goodbye to the team at the end of the 24-hour race in Dubai and is now embarking on new challenges. The first of these comes at a training camp in Portimão (Portugal) in mid February.
Allied Racing are one of the most prestigious outfits in GT4 racing and have regularly had drivers in the Top Three in recent years. The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Competition, which will be used in 2019, was recently unveiled in the USA. Its 3.8-litre six-cylinder boxer engine generates an impressive 425 horsepower. In addition, innovative methods have been introduced in its production, with body parts being made from a biofibre composite material.
The first race weekend is scheduled for mid-April at the world-famous Formula 1 circuit in Monza (Italy). Other legendary circuits on the 2019 GT4 European Series calendar are Zandvoort, Brands Hatch and the Nürburgring. The weekends comprise two sprint races with change of driver at the halfway stage. There were around fifty cars on the grid last year, and a similar line-up is expected for 2019. This makes the GT4 European one of the most keenly contested sprint series.
Three questions for Benjamin Mazatis
Congratulations on securing a cockpit at Allied Racing. How did the offer come about?
I got to know the team during a test day in November at the Circuit Paul Ricard and was at once favourably impressed. They are still a young team but have proven in recent years how successful they can be. We share the same hunger for success. After two years in GT4 racing, joining them and switching to the Porsche brand was a logical step for me. All the same, though, I am very grateful to Reiter Engineering for the great time and for what we achieved together. It will always be an important part of my life that I will think back to with fond memories.
What are your objectives for the 2019 season?
I know that I am facing a very big challenge. The standard in the GT4 European Series is very high. Anyone who does well here will do well in any racing series. My aim is to be in contention for podium finishes every weekend and to have a say in the destination of the title. I feel well prepared for this challenge, and in Allied-Racing, I am sure that I have the right partner at my side. My focus this season is on the GT4 European Series. Maybe in the course of the year, I might compete in some other races, but currently nothing is planned.
Is there one race in particular that you are looking forward to?
The entire race calendar has been really well put together, and it promises to be a spectacular season. I already know some of the tracks such as Misano, the Nürburgring and Zandvoort very well from the past. For me, the standout fixture on the calendar is Monza. This track is so steeped in tradition and history that it’s a dream come true to be racing there. Ideally, I would like the season to start tomorrow. But between now and April, there will be plenty of time to prepare myself optimally in the simulator and with my team.