Petrol in the blood
Jürgen Bender, the owner of Bender Reifen Recycling GmbH, does not just travel through world history as a successful businessman, he zips along in the truest sense of the word. His racing driver career began at the tender age of 11, when he climbed on board the first NSU Quickly or tried riding a Kreidler moped.
That was it. His fascination with motor racing was born. The young Bender particularly liked the legendary and world famous NSU motor bikes. This was not just because of the tremendous enjoyment that riding these machines gave him, but also because of the manufacturer’s local proximity to his parent’s house. During his A-levels, Bender saved every penny in order to buy a used NSU 1000 TTS.
This was the start of his racing career. His many cups and awards still tell the tale of the successful history of Jürgen Bender in motor racing. After a short break from motor racing for professional reasons, he got the bug again in 1997. Since then, Jürgen Bender has been one of the most in-demand partners in long-distance driving in the GT sport area.
In the meantime he has won a dozen titles. All of his successes have been achieved at the wheel of a Porsche GT sports car. Jürgen Bender has not just made a name for himself in business and sport in Europe, but also in the Middle East. The man from Neckarsulm has taken part in the legendary Dubai 24 hour race three times, and achieved an excellent fourth place on his first appearance.
The name Bender is also well known in German motor sport. One of the most important titles was in 2001, when Jürgen Bender became the German Porsche champion in the DMSB Supersprint.
In 2008 Jürgen Bender won two championship titles in one day. The man from south Germany won first place together with his colleague Martin Dechent in the “100 mile long-distance championship”, and then won the individual title in the GT division of the international sports car challenge.
The years that followed were more than successful: DMV touring car champion in 2012 and 2015, special touring car trophy overall winner in 2016, winner of the H&R Cup in 2016 and Chevrolet brand cup winner 2016, to name just a few of the titles.
As a racer, Jürgen Bender simply knows the difference that tyre quality can make, and has therefore combined his hobby and his profession. Don’t be surprised if he is wearing his racing overalls rather than the smart suit of a successful businessman!