Three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Marcel Fässler has announced that he has ended his racing career.
The Swiss driver was active as a driver for well over two decades, achieving success in DTM, the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Fässler started his racing career in single seaters before transitioning to the DTM in 2000. He raced there with Mercedes and later Opel, scoring 5 wins and 19 podiums from 87 starts.
From DTM, he would graduate into sportscars, making the first of fourteen starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2006 before joining Audi in 2010.
Fässler enjoyed his greatest success driving for the German marque, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2011, 2012 and 2014. He also won the inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship.
In 2016, he also rejoined Corvette Racing after an earlier stint and would win both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Twelve Hours of Sebring.
After 26 years, I decided to finish my professional career as a full-time racing driver,” Fässler wrote on social media.
“As a boy I had this dream to become a racing driver. Full of passion and commitment I went this long way with many ups and downs but finally arrived in the league where I was racing with the best.
“This experience was more than I have ever dared to dream of. It makes me proud of what I was able to achieve. Along others, the biggest highlights of my career definitely were the 3 victories of the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
“Being the first Swiss who ever won that legendary race made me super proud. This feeling standing on top of that podium will always be deeply remembered.”
“In all those years I was able to work with so many teams, colleagues, competitors and friends and each and everyone added a piece to this precious experience I will take along for my future life.”
“I want to deeply thank all the people who went all this way together with me, who fighted for places with me, who shared the passion as well as the highs and lows, who believed in me, who supported me in every kind of way. You are great!”
“Finally I want to thank my family, must of all my wife Isabel and my daugthers for all your love and support. I couldn’t have done any of this without you.”