MPG Competition

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Germany.png MPG Competition
MPG Competition Logo H.png
Founded 2018
Founders Constantin Grimminger
Martin Jatzek
Base Ulm, Germany
Team principal(s) Constantin Grimminger
Carlos Frau
Current series TCC, OWC, JTC, AEC
Teams' championships TCC: 2018, 2019-1
WEC: 2019 (GTE), 2020 (LMP2)
Website Facebook

MPG Competition is an amateur kart team and sim racing team that competes in various IVRC championships. It was founded in 2018 to participate in the Touring Car Championship. MPG Competitions headquarters are located in Ulm, Germany.

At the beginning of 2020, Martin Jatzek stepped back from his role as team principal to focus on his real-life commitments and transferred all of his duties within the team to Constantin Grimminger, making him the sole leader of MPG Competition. Quickly afterwards Carlos Frau was named as the leader of the teams' JTC division.

Due to a fallout in mid-2020 between the IVRC administration and the teams' management, it has been decided to stop all racing activities with immediate effect.

Racing History

Touring Car Championship

MPG Competition was founded in 2018 to enter the premier season of IVRC's Touring Car Championship. The team decided to enter with three different cars, with each driver choosing his favourite manufacturer. They later hosted a fourth car, but went back down to three cars after the withdrawal of Martin Jatzek.

At the halfway point of their first season, MPG Competition held the lead in the teams' championship with a huge advantage over the rival teams, while team principal Grimminger was leading the drivers' championship. Unlike Grimminger though, the team kept on their lead to win the inaugural TCC teams' championship.

In season two of the TCC MPG returned with the same line-up, although Jatzek raced only a part-time championship and ever since the withdrawal of Grimminger, they shared the drive. Frau and Volland however were able to bring MPG Competition into first place of the teams' championship at the halfway point again, which they never gave away and won their second consecutive TCC's teams' championship.

Success was plenty for MPG when they entered their third TCC season, however the team struggled to host more then one car at most of the events and thus they were beaten in the teams' championship by arch rivals Swinegel Racing for the first time.

This all led to the surprising comeback of Grimminger and the hiring of rookie Richard Warnders for 2020, where the team aims to reclaim the teams' championship trophy.

Nürburgring Endurance

The team entered the 2018 Nürburgring Endurance race with a 3-driver line-up consisting Volland, Frau and Grimminger, sharing duties in a Ferrari 488 GT3. Due to the limitation of the race distance to 90 minutes, each driver entered on his own. Carlos Frau thus took the first major event win for MPG Competition, but the team even locked out the podium by finishing first, second and third.

Bathurst 200

The team enterd the 2018 Bathurst 200 race with a three-car line-up consisting Volland, Jatzek and Frau, each driving a Ford FG X Falcon. The original line-up featured Grimminger, but due to other commitments, the team brought up Jatzek as a replacement, who scored the team's first Bathurst 200 podium. In 2019 the team intended on returning to the famous Mount Panorama Circuit with a three-car line-up again, however shortly before the race Volland announced that he will not take part and thus left returnee Frau and newest recruitment Daniel Nieto alone on their duties. Nieto really impressed by qualifying 4th in a 22-car field, while Frau made it to a solid 8th. At the start however, Frau was stuck for one lap with technical issues and thus had to catch up to the rest of the field over the course of the race, where fellow countryman Nieto continued to impress by starting, racing and finishing in fourth.

GT3 World Cup

The team split its entries for the 2018 GT3 World Cup, with Phillip Volland and Carlos Frau and each driving a Mercedes-AMG GT3, while Martin Jatzek and Constantin Grimminger entered with a Nissan GT-R GT3. As the rules forbid multiple car manufacturers within one team, the Mercedes entry was listed as 'MPG Competition Europe', while the Nissan entries raced under the Macau flag and the 'MPG Competition Asia' banner. After ruining his chances on starting 2nd in the Main Race with a last-lap crash, Grimminger then found himself in the way of a spinning Jatzek at the start, taking both Nissans out of contention. Frau however went on to have a brilliant race and finished in second for the 'Europe' squad.

F3 World Cup

The team entered the 2018 F3 World Cup with Martin Jatzek, Constantin Grimminger and Carlos Frau each racing a Volkswagen-powered Dallara F312. After a fulminant drive in the Qualifying Race Grimminger looked set to get a podium during the Main Race, however he crashed out under odd circumstances and gifted Frau the final podium position.

In 2019, Jatzek and Frau returned to the F3 World Cup with high hopes of catching another podium, also the team acquired the services of Saulius Laurinavicius from rival team SL racing, as they were not able to prepare a car in time. To everyone's surprise, Frau profited a lot from issues of the front running pair and despite not being the fastest around, he was able to comfortably win the event.

Winter Series

For the 2018–19 Formula E season, which was like all Winter Series seasons intended to be a fun series, MPG Competition entered a conjuction with Swinegel Racing to boost up their numbers. While MPG itself entered with Martin Jatzek and Carlos Frau in the squad's in-house team, Constantin Grimminger entered together with Marc Stwerka as MPG Swinegel Racing. This turned out to be their best shot, as the shared entry went on to win the teams' championship despite not scoring any win; also it brought Grimminger to his first ever drivers' championship title.

World Endurance Championship

For the inaugural World Endurance Championship season MPG planned to enter with all it's drivers in all available classes, however with the cancellation of the LMP2 class just shortly before the season opener, Grimminger and Frau were forced to join the GTE class. As they didn't want to join Volland on his Porsche 911 RSR, they've re-activated MPG Competition Team Asia and entered with two Aston Martin Vantage GTE's, just to end the first two races on a 1-2 for Team Asia. Jatzek himself went into LMP1, driving an Audi R18, on which he finished a respectable third in the first race and even won the second race. While the LMP1 division wasn't able to continue it's success, despite new recruitment Matthew Clipp scored a pole position at the German round, the GTE division was able to score six wins in the first six events and thus won the GTE teams' championship. Also the teams' drivers Frau, Volland and Grimminger finished in first, second and third respectievly in the drivers' championship.

6 Hours of Daytona

In 2020 the team entered the inaugural IVRC 6 Hours of Daytona, originally planning with Frau and Grimminger in the LMP2 class. However, Volland was drafted in instead of Frau which turned out to be a good decision: Vollands rememberable storming drive and superb stints secured the team the class win.

Results

Touring Car Championship

Year Team name Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points D.C. T.C.
2018 MPG Competition SEAT León Cup Racer
Peugeot 308 TCR
Germany.png Martin Jatzek 14 1 0 0 5 163 8th 1st
Spain.png Carlos Frau 26 0 0 1 4 163 9th
Opel Astra OPC Cup Germany.png Phillip Volland 28 0 0 1 4 228 4th
Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 28 6 3 4 18 418 2nd
2019-1 MPG Competition Audi RS3 LMS Germany.png Martin Jatzek 15 0 0 0 0 70.5 13th 1st
Germany.png Phillip Volland 27 4 1 4 11 352 3rd
Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 21 1 1 2 7 264 5th
Spain.png Carlos Frau 30 3 1 2 16 444.5 2nd
2019-2 MPG Competition Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR Germany.png Phillip Volland 21 5 2 4 9 282 3rd 3rd
Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 6 0 0 0 0 28 22nd
Spain.png Carlos Frau 24 0 0 0 7 255 5th
2020 MPG Competition Opel Astra TCR Germany.png Phillip Volland 7 0 1 2 1 59 7th* 2nd*
Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 9 0 0 0 1 75 3rd*
Spain.png Carlos Frau 9 0 0 0 1 57 8th*
Netherlands.png Richard Warnders 9 1 0 0 0 42 12th*
  • D.C. = Drivers' championship position
  • T.C. = Teams' championship position.

† — Drivers competed for various teams over the season.
* — Season still in progress.

Winter Series

Year Series Team name Car/Engine Drivers Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points D.C. T.C.
2018-19 Formula E MPG Swinegel Racing Audi e-Tron FE05 Germany.png Marc Stwerka 2 0 0 0 1 18 8th 1st
Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 5 0 2 0 4 81 1st
MPG eCompetition Audi e-Tron FE05 Germany.png Martin Jatzek 1 1 1 1 1 29 6th 2nd
Spain.png Carlos Frau 4 1 2 2 2 61 2nd
2019-20 Zastava Yugo MPG Competition Zastava Yugo Germany.png Phillip Volland 4 0 0 0 3 61 4th 3rd
Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 6 0 0 0 0 32 9th
Spain.png Carlos Frau 2 0 0 0 1 22 12th
  • D.C. = Drivers' championship position
  • T.C. = Teams' championship position.

* — Season still in progress.

World Endurance Championship

Year Class Team name Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points D.C. T.C.
2019 LMP1 MPG Competition LMP1 Team Audi R18 Germany.png Martin Jatzek 4 1 0 0 2 64 5th 3rd
UK.png Matthew Clipp 2 0 1 0 1 15 8th
GTE MPG Competition GTE Team Porsche 911 RSR Germany.png Martin Jatzek 1 0 0 0 0 8 16th 2nd
Germany.png Phillip Volland 9 0 0 1 7 147 2nd
MPG Competition Team Asia Aston Martin Vantage GTE
Aston Martin Vantage AMR
Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 8 3 3 3 5 140 3rd 1st
Spain.png Carlos Frau 10 3 2 1 6 163 1st
2020 LMP1 MPG Competition LMP1 Team Audi R18 Germany.png Phillip Volland 3 0 0 0 1 20 6th 3rd
UK.png Tom Rogerson 3 0 1 2 2 36 3rd
LMP2 MPG Competition LMP2 Team Oreca 07 Spain.png Carlos Frau 3 1 0 0 3 65 1st 1st
Germany.png Martin Jatzek 1 0 0 0 0 9 10th
  • D.C. = Drivers' championship position (in class)
  • T.C. = Teams' championship position (in class)

* — Season still in progress.

Open Wheel Championship

Year Team name Chassis Engine Drivers Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points D.C. T.C.
2020 MPG Competition Dallara IR18 Honda Germany.png Phillip Volland 1 0 0 0 0 8 13th* TBD
Spain.png Carlos Frau 2 0 0 0 0 16 9th*
  • D.C. = Drivers' championship position
  • T.C. = Teams' championship position.

* — Season still in progress.

Japanese Touring Championship

Year Team name Class Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points D.C.
2020 ECODROM MPG自動車LC 500 GT500 Lexus LC 500 GT500 Germany.png Phillip Volland 2 0 0 0 0 3 18th*
Germany.png Martin Jatzek 1 0 0 0 0 0 20th*
CGD MPG自動車LC 500 Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 3 0 0 0 0 31 4th*
MOTUL MPG自動車LC 500 Spain.png Carlos Frau 3 0 0 0 1 29 6th*
ECODROM MPG自動車NSX-GT Honda NSX-GT GT500 Australia.png Jon McDonald 2 0 0 0 0 12 12th*
  • D.C. = Drivers' championship position

* — Season still in progress.

American Endurance Championship

Year Class Team name Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points D.C. T.C.
2020–21 LMP2 MPG Competition Oreca 07 Spain.png Carlos Frau 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
GTD MPG Competition Team Asia Lexus RC F GT3 Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
  • D.C. = Drivers' championship position (in class)
  • T.C. = Teams' championship position (in class)

* — Season still in progress.

Events

Nürburgring Endurance

Year Team name No. Car Drivers Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2018 MPG Competition 12 Ferrari 488 GT3 Germany.png Phillip Volland SP9 10 3rd 3rd
Ferrari 488 GT3 Spain.png Carlos Frau SP9 11 1st 1st
Ferrari 488 GT3 Germany.png Constantin Grimminger SP9 11 2nd 2nd
2020 MPG Automotive 1 Opel Astra TCR Spain.png Carlos Frau TCR 27 16th 4th
MPG Competition 13 Opel Astra TCR Germany.png Phillip Volland TCR 38 12th 2nd

Bathurst 200

Year Team name No. Car Drivers Laps Pos.
2018 MPG Competition 11 Ford FG X Falcon Germany.png Martin Jatzek 32 3rd
13 Germany.png Phillip Volland 31 4th
17 Spain.png Carlos Frau 13 6th
2019 MPG Competition 17 Nissan Altima L33 Spain.png Carlos Frau 30 10th
26 Spain.png Daniel Nieto 31 4th

GT3 World Cup

Year Team name No. Car Drivers Laps Pos.
2018 MPG Competition Asia 11 Nissan GT-R GT3 Germany.png Martin Jatzek 10 7th
14 Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 10 6th
MPG Competition Europe 13 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Germany.png Phillip Volland 8 8th
17 Spain.png Carlos Frau 12 2nd

F3 World Cup

Year Team name No. Engine Drivers Laps Pos.
2018 MPG Competition 11 Volkswagen Germany.png Martin Jatzek 15 4th
14 Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 15 7th
17 Spain.png Carlos Frau 15 3rd
2019 MPG Competition 11 Mecachrome Germany.png Martin Jatzek 1 14th
17 Spain.png Carlos Frau 15 1st
21 Lithuania.png Saulius Laurinavicius 0 16th

2.4 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team name No. Car Driver Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2019 MPG Competition LMP1 Team 11 Audi R18 Germany.png Martin Jatzek LMP1 44 4th 4th
MPG Competition GTE Team 13 Porsche 911 RSR Germany.png Phillip Volland GTE 36 12th 4th
MPG Competition Team Asia 14 Aston Martin Vantage GTE Germany.png Constantin Grimminger GTE 37 9th 1st
17 Aston Martin Vantage GTE Spain.png Carlos Frau GTE 36 10th 2nd
2020 MPG Competition LMP1 Team 13 Audi R18 Germany.png Phillip Volland LMP1 14 26th 5th
56 Audi R18 UK.png Tom Rogerson LMP1 0 30th 6th
MPG Competition LMP2 Team 17 Oreca 07 Spain.png Carlos Frau LMP2 39 4th 1st
57 Oreca 07 Germany.png Martin Jatzek LMP2 39 10th 7th

6 Hours of Daytona results

Year Team name No. Car Driver Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2020 MPG Competition 413 Oreca 07 Germany.png Phillip Volland
Germany.png Constantin Grimminger
LMP2 221 6th 1st

Timeline

Former series
TCC 2018–2020
WEC 2019–2020
OWC 2020
JTC 2020