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PROGRESSION INTO GT RACING
In 2018, Audi Sport customer racing launches the GT4 version of the Audi R8 LMS sports car, which has been successful since 2009. Milan Dontje immediately seizes this new opportunity to enter GT racing. The son of a Dutch chocolate producer competes with an Audi R8 LMS GT4 from Audi Sport customer team Phoenix Racing in the GT4 European Series, in selected races of the VLN Endurance Championship and in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
This campaign with Audi also works out perfectly for Dontje: The mostly easy-going young racer also has the necessary talent for this close-to-production sports car with rear-wheel drive and the legendary 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine, which develops up to 495 hp in the GT4 version. Together with the Dane Nicolaj Møller Madsen, with whom he shares the car in the races, Milan Dontje becomes the 2018 GT4 European champion. “The step into the GT4 class was a big one, but everyone at Audi has again given me great support so that I can get better and make it,” Dontje emphasizes.
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HOBBY OR PROFESSION
Milan Dontje and Dennis Marschall have different goals for their futures in motorsport. “I’m not just focused on racing, like all of the professionals,” Milan Dontje assures. For him, his main job is his newly founded investment company. The karting centre that he ran at home in Alkmaar for five years with his brother Indy, also a racing driver, was sold in the summer of 2020. But, even as an amateur, he still has great motorsport goals. “Le Mans is definitely on my list and I would also like to race in the USA,” says Dontje. A race at the Daytona Speedway would also appeal to him in particular.
Dennis Marschall will finish his business administration studies at the beginning of 2021. However, he does not want to work full-time in the field of IT marketing, where he has already gained a great deal of practical experience in addition to motorsport: “When you’ve driven in the Audi Sport TT Cup and the ADAC GT Masters as a junior driver, you naturally have the hope of one day getting a contract with a manufacturer. In this way, for example, to progress from being a private driver to an Audi Sport driver. Just as his current teammates in the Rutronik Racing team, Kelvin van der Linde and Patric Niederhauser, have demonstrated.
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