From the Eifel to Styria: After the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, MONTAPLAST by Land-Motorsport moves on to the next event just a few days later. The second round of the ADAC GT Masters will take the team to Spielberg, a track that is over 800 kilometres away. Ensuring that the organisational aspects of both events run smoothly is Tanja Wiese’s responsibility.
Tanja, you contribute to the organisation of the team. What is important in your job?
In a nutshell: A lot. On the one hand, there is obviously the day-to-day business. These additional responsibilities include all the tasks that are generally on our schedule – accounting, wages, correspondence are just a few examples. Then there’s the season planning – race entries, personnel management and placing orders, for team clothing for example. Selecting caterers and accommodation also falls under that category. For the race event itself, it is important to accompany the process in the best possible way. I draw up a plan containing all essential information for the event within a so-called “Team Info”. That way, everyone is well-informed and able to get to the track adhering to Corona rules.
In addition to the crew, it is also important to keep the equipment “fit”. Could you tell us more about how these processes work?
Considering car parts, our two permanently employed mechanics, Achim and Martin, should certainly be mentioned here. Achim, the technical manager, and Martin, being responsible for logistics, keep an overview regarding functioning and broken car parts that return from race events. Both decide whether repairs are necessary. Additionally, they refill operating fluids and stock up on spare parts. Following an event, for example, it’s important to inspect which components need to be dismantled and re-foiled. This is done in a timely manner, making sure that everything is in optimal condition for the next event. Sometimes events are only separated by a week and a half. When events take place in such quick succession, we often call on the support of our freelancers, who then lend a hand with the vehicle assembly at the Niederdreisbach site.
One last question: What excites you about your work?
The best thing about a race weekend is when the organisation works perfectly, and it’s rewarded. You then look back on the weekend as well as the preparation and see how it all comes together. Seeing results when the cogs of everyone’s work mesh perfectly and the team lands on the podium – that is a great feeling.