After one season each in the TCR touring cars and the GT4 cars in Germany Julien Apothéloz is now stepping onto the big stage. In the Allied-Racing team, the Zurich native will contest the
GT World Challenge Europe Endurance 2021 in a Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Julien Apothéloz has long since put the championship title in the ADAC GT4 Germany, which he narrowly missed out on in 2020, behind him. but the past is still somehow present. Because The 20-year-old from Zurich is joining the Allied Racing team, which was one of his biggest rivals last season. one of his biggest opponents last season and ultimately took overall victory in the team and drivers' championship. The winner of the 2018 Swiss Young Driver Challenge is not is not making a second attempt at the GT4 crown with them, but is joining the team as one of the drivers in the squad. of the team from Huglfing, Bavaria, into the GT3 sports car category. GT3 sports cars - just as he had envisaged at the start of his career.
Team owner Jan Kasperlik, who won the ADAC GT4 Drivers' title with a Dane, already approached approached the young Swiss during the 2020 season. After examining various Julien Apothéloz decided in favour of Allied Racing. He was also advised to do so by Bernd Schneider, who took him under his wing at the end of the 2020 season as one of his managed drivers. under his wing. Schneider is still the record winner and champion of the DTM and has a good and has a good feel for talented young drivers. Although he is contractually bound as a driver to Mercedes-AMG, but with his protégés Schneider is free to choose their own cars. However, with his protégés, Schneider is free to choose their car - and this fell on the Porsche brand used by Allied-Racing. "Jan Kasperlik really made us a very good offer, which did not come up with any Mercedes team," Apothéloz explains the decision. "Allied-Racing is fielding a new Porsche 911 in the GT World Challenge, which I now drive together with Jan and the Austrian Nic Schöll. with Jan and the Austrian Nic Schöll. It's only five endurance races, but before and in between I get to test for several days. For the future more for the future than another racing season in the ADAC GT Masters." The trio will be competing in the Pro-Am category and are targeting this internal classification. "It a big challenge in the first year, because we are now competing against the world's best GT drivers. It's important to me that we can still make a statement and establish myself in GT3. Even though we are new to this scene, we certainly want to compete for the title in the Pro-Am class. for the title in the Pro-Am classification. The fact that last year's team sponsor Mann-Filter continues to support me personally, even though I no longer drive for them, motivates me even more - many thanks to all my partners."
During the first test drives at the wintry Nürburgring and in spring-like Monza the team was able to familiarise itself with the new car. There is no question that the
Swiss GT3 rookie soon felt at home in the Porsche. At the official test drives of the GT World Challenge this Thursday and Friday at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet. The season will then start on 18 April with a 3-hour race on the Monza GP circuit. The highlight for Julien Apothéloz and his team will be the 24 Hours of Spa in July.