Bernhard Mühlner built his first competition car as early as 1978. Together with his brother Hartmut, he built a Volkswagen Golf GTI with which the brothers then competed in national rallies.
His involvement with the sport continued when in 1983 he started a wholesale & retail business for car accessories and parts, supplying a large number of teams and drivers with specialist parts for race and rally cars. Furthermore, teams and drivers in various championships were supported, up to and including the DTM and the ETCC.
1989 saw the formation of Mühlner Motorsport GmbH, in which Bernhard Mühlner, as team manager and race engineer, was responsible for all the technical side of things. Numerous race wins and podiums followed and four championships were won with race cars built, developed and run by the Mühlner Motorsport Team
Since 1998 Bernhard Mühlner has headed the Belgian based Mühlner Motorsport SPRL in Spa-Francorchamps, adjacent to the grand prix circuit in the Ardennes.
After 12 years allegiance to OPEL, the German brand of General Motors at that time, the period December 2001 up to the 2004 season saw Mühlner build a total of four VOLVO S60s for the German Endurance Championship and the Nürburgring 24hrs. In the 32 races of the 3 year Volvo era, 17 wins were achieved. Alongside class wins at the 2003 and 2004 24hr races, runner-up in the 2004 German Endurance Championship was the highlight of the very successful collaboration with Volvo.
From spring 2004 onwards, Mühlner Motorsport has also been running Porsche 911 race cars. To facilitate this, a separate team structure was put in place, both at base and at the race circuit. The activities in the GT arena provide an additional basis for the future and were expanded in 2005. The class wins in 2004 (a team one-two) and 2005 at the Spa 24hrs together with numerous class and group wins in the German Endurance Championship are proof that this new challenge has also been mastered.
2006 saw Mühlner Motorsport entering their two brand new 997 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in the Porsche Michelin Supercup, the series running in support of the European Formula 1 races and selected overseas grand prix. As early as only the second race of the season, at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, the team achieved a podium finish. At the end of the season, the two 997s were converted for use in the Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Immediate success followed with a Group H win on their debut there. At the first running of the 24hrs of Bahrain in December, the team were able to celebrate a further podium with a second place after having been delayed by an accident and subsequent repairs.
Alongside their own race team activities, Mühlner look after numerous customers in the newly created M-Service division. Alongside two BMW silhouette racers which between races were prepared in the workshops, and the ex-Mühlner Volvo and Opel race cars, numerous Porsche drivers count to the customer base placing their faith in the parts and the know-how of Mühlner Motorsport.
The 2007 season started with the Dubai 24hrs. The Mühlner Motorsport Team ran as many as three Porsche in the German Endurance Championship and their drivers topped the points in the Porsche Cup Class for the season. The team also entered the Nürburging 24hrs and that in Tokachi (Japan). At their home race, the Spa 24hrs, which for the first time included a separate class for FIA GT3 cars, the Mühlner Motorsport Team won convincingly in the face of very strong competition.
The M-Service division grew steadily in 2007, serving an ever expanding customer base in motor sport and also European-wide car industry supplier contracts.
The German Endurance Championship always forms a part of the Mühlner Motorsport team’s program and 2008 was no exception with several Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars being run in the Porsche Cup class.
There were two new areas of activity for the team in 2008 – the ADAC GT Masters and the FIA European GT3 Championship. The team ran the newly introduced Porsche 911 FIA GT3 Cup S model: two cars in the international series and three in the national series. In the ADAC GT Masters, which is the German national series version of the FIA European GT3 Championship, the Mühlner Motorsport team won the drivers’ championship with Tim Bergmeister and were runners-up in the teams’ championship. In the European Championship, Mühlner Motorsport scored five wins and was thus, on the basis on wins for the marquee, the most successful Porsche team.
The absolute high point of the season was the team’s one-two in the FIA GT3 division of the Spa 24hrs. This was the seventh class win for the team in this event and, following 1996 and 2004, the third time that the team had scored a one-two in the Ardennes classic which is the home event for the motivated crew.
In 2009 Mühlner Motorsport were active in the Porsche Sports Cup, the German Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring, the ADAC GT Masters and the FIA European GT3 Championship as well as running cars in the Nürburgring 24hrs and Spa 24hrs – the results tally was 9 wins, 10 seconds and 4 third places.
The 2010 season started in January with an entry in the GT Championship in the United Arab Emirates with races in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The European season showed continuity for the Mühlner Motorsport Team who continued in the Porsche Sports Cup, the German Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring, the ADAC GT Masters and the FIA European GT3 Championship as well as running cars in selected notable 24hr races. The GT3 Overall win at the Spa 24h against the factory teams of the other brands was a unforgettable highlight of that season.
2011 started busy with the participation in the 24h of Dubai and the 24h of Daytona already in January. During the year Mühlner Motorsport participated in the ADAC GT Masters and was also present in the Blancpain Endurance Series and the German Endurance Championship at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife.
2012 started again in Florida with the “Roar before the 24” at Daytona in early January and the Daytona 24h end of the month. After that the Team raced under “EXIM BANK TEAM CHINA” in the FIA GT1 World Championship and beside podiums the team won the Belgian round at Zolder. After guest starts in the ADAC GT Masters the Mühlner Motorsport Team participated successfully in the CityChallenge Race at Baku / Azerbaijan.
In 2013 Muehlner Motorsports America did the full Grand-Am Rolex-Series (including the Daytona 24h) with at least one Porsche and selected races (Daytona, COTA, Road America, Lime Rock) with two.
2014 Muehlner Motorsports America was running two Porsche 991 GT-America (#18 & #19) in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (includes Daytona 24h, Sebring 12h, Watkins Glen 6h and Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta and 7 more races all over the US and Canada). This is the highest level of SportsCar racing in America since the merger of Grand-Am and the American LeMans Series. M-Service America supported customers also in Pirelli World Challenge.
In 2015 Muehlner Motorsports America participated again in the IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
For 2016 Mühlner Motorsport and Muehlner Motorsports America decided to run multiple new Porsche Cayman GT4. In the US in the GS class of IMSA’s CTSC and in Europe in the VLN as also in the 24hour race at the Nuerburgring. The Team participated in the last round of the Cayman GT4 Trophy East and had Pole Position and won both races at Daytona.
A busy 2017 season started again at Daytona already in January. Muehlner Motorsports America run Porsche Cayman GT4 in IMSA’s CTSC GS class. The Team participated again in the last round on the Cayman GT4 Trophy East: Pole and Wins in both Sprints and the Endurance race. Mühlner Motorsport participated with up to three Porsche Cayman GT4 in the German Endurance Championship and the ADAC 24h race (in total the 42nd 24hour race in the long history of the Muehlner Team) at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Muehlner Motorsports America participated in the GT4 series of Pirelli World Challenge in 2018. The season was again very successfully on both sides of the Atlantic. In total 6 Porsches participated in 5 Series: 4 Porsche Cayman GT4 and 2 Porsche 911 GT3. In total 11 wins, 14 second and 8 third place finishes could be celebrated as also the Championships in Carrera Cup and Cayman Trophy (drivers + teams) in the German Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring.
The 2019 season started sucessful. In addition to the continuation of existing programs, additional activities kept us busy. We ran two Norma M30 LMP3 cars on behalf of a customer in the IMSA Prototype Challenge (3 x Poles / 2 Wins / Driver Vice Champion) and the Encore at Sebring (P3 Overall).
Stay tuned for the 2020 programs…
The Muehlner Motorsport Team around Renate-Carola and Bernhard Muehlner has garnered experience at race circuits in Abu Dhabi, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Dubai, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and in the USA.
So far, the team has won 156* races and achieved 337* podium finishes. 15 Championships have been won outright, together with three runners-up placings (August 8th 2020).
More than 300 drivers from 33 countries have played a part in the team’s success.