- 33 race cars, three safety cars, one T-car, assorted equipment and 10,000 tires and 198,000 liters of fuel delivered to the worldwide race tracks
The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) brings the Spirit of Le Mans to tracks throughout the world with four races in Europe and five more across Latin and North America, Asia and the Middle East. Working together with the WEC, its automotive partners and competitors, one further extremely important element makes this feat of logistics not only possible but also efficient and effective – DHL.
A new partnership agreement between the global series and DHL was recently signed at the last European round, the 6 Hours of Nürburgring. Present at the signing were Thomas Nieszner, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding; Volker Oesau, CEO Middle Europe & Sponsor Global Automotive, DHL Global Forwarding; Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest which is promoter of the FIA WEC; and Gérard Neveu, CEO of the WEC.
As official logistics partner of the WEC, DHL Global Forwarding is responsible for shipping all of the teams’ motorsport materials and equipment to the overseas events. This includes delivering 33 race cars, three safety cars, one T-car and assorted equipment, as well as 10,000 tires and 198,000 liters of fuel to the worldwide race tracks.
As the WEC’s air freight departs for Mexico (sea freight having left immediately after the 6 Hours of Nürburgring), WEC CEO Gérard Neveu commented: “We are delighted to have formalized our partnership with DHL while in Germany, and we know that we could not be placing our championship’s logistics in better hands than DHL’s. They have a great understanding of what is required to move a racing series around the world, and provide a faultlessly efficient service to our competitors, our partners and ourselves.”
Since the early days of the WEC, DHL has handled the transportation between the races and all other related logistic activities, and this excellent working relationship has now been cemented with the new partnership agreement.
“DHL has been involved in motorsports logistics for more than 30 years,” said Volker Oesau, CEO Middle Europe & Sponsor Global Automotive, DHL Global Forwarding. “The task of the DHL Motorsport Logistics and Events team is to ensure everything is in place, ranging from organizing and booking airfreight charters, ocean freight and trucking to handling all the documents, coordination and supervision on-site to the management of all ad hoc shipments. This season DHL will carry out 22 charter flights transporting 2,100 tons of airfreight and 250 TEU sea freight.”
Round 5 of the 2016 season, the 6 Hours of Mexico Presented by AT&T, takes place in Mexico City at September 1-3.