Gruhn Stahlbau Racing to field new Audi in TCR Germany

Gruhn Stahlbau Racing will make its début in the ADAC TCR Germany series this year, racing a new-specification Audi RS3 LMS TCR piloted by Max Frederik Gruhn.

Team owner and steel construction entrepreneur Berthold Gruhn, a former racer in the Special Touring Car Trophy (STT), says he has been looking for new challenges.

The team will field his 22-year-old grandson Max, who has already competed in the Audi R8 Seyffarth Cup.

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Berthold Senior explained his passion for motorsport, having previously competed with his son, Berthold Junior.

The pair spent ten years competing in the 600 SuperSport Series in Germany, and also took part in the 24-hour World Championship race at Oschersleben in 2007 and 2008.

In 2009, they switched to car racing, as Gruhn Senior purchased an Abarth 500 ‘Limited Edition’ and took part in the Special Touring Car Trophy in a BMW M3 GT4, followed by racing Audi machinery thereafter.

“We just want to try something new this year, and the concept of ADAC TCR Germany simply convinced us,” said Gruhn.

“Max drove two seasons in an Audi that is just under two seconds slower than the race cars in TCR. For this reason, we had had our eye on the ADAC TCR Germany for a long time.

“TCR Germany is the logical next step for Max and presents us with an exciting challenge.

“My involvement in motorsport began many years ago in motorcycling – at first with my son.

“We live only 150 km from Oschersleben and that’s where Max got his first track experience. We are particularly looking forward to this race.

“We are also really looking forward to the legendary Hockenheimring.”

Max Gruhn obtained his drivers’ licence in 2019 and has since raced in the BMW 318ti Cup, the STT and the Audi R8 Seyffarth Cup.

“Our goal is to be at the top of the ADAC TCR Germany junior classification,” added Max Gruhn.

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