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The Mercedes V-Class drives behind a group of cyclists.

At the Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers’ fitness camp.

Professional triathlete Horst Reichel visits the Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers during their fitness training in Schladming, Austria.

New perspectives for pro athletes.

The professional DTM driver Daniel Juncadella and the professional triathlete Horst Reichel know that teamwork inspires. By combining different sports and therefore different competences, unique ideas are created which inspire high performances. It was this thought that led Juncadella to the triathlon training camp on Majorca earlier this year where he joined the training of Reichel and other triathletes. This happend within the Laureus Foundation’s TEAM SPORT FOR GOOD which connects athletes from different sports and contributes to social projects.

Daniel Juncadella and Horst Reichel sitting on chairs next to each other.

The TEAM SPORT FOR GOOD community regards their job as serving as sporting role models and as giving their team members a view beyond the own athletic horizon.

Daniel Juncadella in his DTM car at a race in Budapest.

DTM meets triathlon.

A DTM driver is exposed to extreme physical demands during a race. The inside of the vehicle can heat up to 60 degree Celsius and the driver’s body has to withstand enormous g-forces. So how do the drivers prepare themselves for these physical demands? Daniel Juncadella, Mercedes-AMG DTM driver, has discovered his own method. He explains that triathlon training has massively increased his performance and stamina. This helps him to stay focussed in any situation. Daniel is happy that the pro triathletes gave him such a warm welcome at the first shared training camp on Majorca. He immediately felt part of the team. In turn, this experience also made Horst Reichel curious. With the V-Class he sets out to visit the DTM drivers at their fitness camp and gains some surprising insights for his own training.

DTM meets triathlon.

A DTM driver is exposed to extreme physical demands during a race. The inside of the vehicle can heat up to 60 degree Celsius and the driver’s body has to withstand enormous g-forces. So how do the drivers prepare themselves for these physical demands? Daniel Juncadella, Mercedes-AMG DTM driver, has discovered his own method. He explains that triathlon training has massively increased his performance and stamina. This helps him to stay focussed in any situation. Daniel is happy that the pro triathletes gave him such a warm welcome at the first shared training camp on Majorca. He immediately felt part of the team. In turn, this experience also made Horst Reichel curious. With the V-Class he sets out to visit the DTM drivers at their fitness camp and gains some surprising insights for his own training.

Daniel Juncadella in his DTM car at a race in Budapest.

Team building for the loner.

The Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers’ team building activities are an inspiring experience for Horst Reichel. That is no surprise given that he can only rely on himself for the entire 226 km of the IRONMAN event. In contrast, the racing drivers are never truly alone when hiking through the mountains, playing table tennis and even during strength training. Horst Reichel is certain that he can use this experience for his own preparation. And another surprise: “I’m truly impressed with just how fit the guys are”, he admits. The pro triathlete’s summary: “It was a lot of fun to participate in the training camp.” Daniel Juncadella and Horst Reichel are satisfied and excited about tackling the next challenges that lie ahead of them.

Portrait: Horst Reichel.

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