DHL Global Forwarding has renewed its contract with the FIA World Endurance Championship to ship racing cars, equipment and materials to overseas events.
The contract renewal was signed by Thomas Nieszner, president and global head of motorsport at DHL Global Forwarding, Pascal Dimitri, operations director of the WEC, and Stephane Andriolo, marketing director of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest at the DHL Innovation Center on 23 January.
As the official logistics partner of the WEC, DHL is responsible for shipping all of the teams’ motorsport materials and equipment to overseas events.
This includes 34 racing cars, two safety cars, TV equipment and assorted organisational material, as well as 10,000 tyres, 198,000 litres of fuel and or equipment.
Nieszner says: “Our motorsport logistics team ensures that everything is in place for every race. For each overseas race of the WEC, DHL carries more than 800 tonnes of sea freight plus around 50 ad hoc shipments.”
Dimitri adds: “Coming to DHL’s Innovation Center has confirmed to us that we have the perfect partner to work alongside. Endurance racing has always looked towards tomorrow’s technologies as DHL is doing in their Innovation Centers. The trends that DHL has identified, and the logistics innovations it has introduced already will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the WEC’s logistics operations as we move forward.”
Since the early days of the racing series, DHL has taken control of the logistics, from organising and booking chartered aircraft, seafreight and road transport to the documentation and coordination, monitoring and management of ad-hoc shipments at the race tracks.
The first race of the 2019-2020 season will start on 1 September 2019 at Silverstone, UK.