A double podium finish and a class win: Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing in an impressive early form in NLS season opener

Press information | 27 June, 2020 | Nürburg / Germany
Affalterbach. The season opener of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) saw Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing making a successful return to action after a several months’ break from racing. In the 51st Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT AutoArenA (#6) was first across the finish line at the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife in its maiden race, but was classified second following a time penalty. Meanwhile, Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed with starting number 2 finished third, rounding out the double podium result for the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach. The Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Teams also showed a convincing performance: in the SP9 Pro-Am class, GetSpeed Performance (#8) secured second place while the sister car was classified third in the SP9 Am category. Victory in the SP8T class for the Mercedes-AMG GT4 of BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR (#155) completed a successful day for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in the ‘Green Hell’.
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Back on track: Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing is picking up speed again

Press Information | 18 June, 2020 | Affalterbach
Affalterbach.  Races being cancelled or postponed all over the world hardly left any room for reliable planning of Mercedes-AMG’s GT racing programme so far. However, with the first round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) coming up on 27th June and further newly scheduled race events, the first steps have been determined: for the remainder of the season, the focus for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing is on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the venue that is closely connected with the DNA of the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach, both in terms of historic racing achievements and because of numerous test and validation sessions. The schedule includes the currently planned eight NLS rounds as well as the highlight, the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. Another important element is the GT World Challenge Europe with the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. In the ADAC GT Masters, Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing also has high-quality motor racing professionals in its line-up.
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The Mercedes-AMG GT3 continues to shine virtually

Press Information | 5 May, 2020 | Affalterbach
Affalterbach.  Many professional racing drivers who are normally racing the Mercedes-AMG GT3 all over the world are currently discovering the world of simulation racing (sim racing). In order to find every tenth of a second at the virtual race tracks, they are investing in training, equipment and set-up. Being the genuine racers that they are, they are also aiming at top results in this new form of competition, and quite successfully so, as Raffaele Marciello proves. In the debut of the SRO E-Sport GT Series at the end of April, the Italian scored his maiden podium finish as he was classified third with his Mercedes-AMG GT3. In the process, the 2019 Macau champion is using high-tech equipment with top quality competition seat, steering wheel and pedals as well as a gaming PC with three monitors for a perfect view. Professional Dirk Müller is another one to have given his sim set-up a considerable upgrade, even though he still had to miss out on a top result in his first race with new hardware and components, the fourth round of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO (DNLS). Still, there were four Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the top ten at the end of the 3-hour race at the virtual Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
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Green Hell in the home office: Mercedes-AMG drivers keeping fit for the real-world race track and are successful in the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series

Press Information | 22 April, 2020 | Affalterbach
Affalterbach.  The real racing action at tracks all over the world may have come to a halt, but in the meantime, the drivers of the Mercedes-AMG line-up are turning their fast laps in sim racing. Last weekend’s third round of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO (DNLS) saw, among others, the Customer Racing Teams BLACK FALCON, GetSpeed Performance and HTP WINWARD Motorsport as well as further teams from virtual motorsport running the Mercedes-AMG GT3. With a high-class line-up of professional racing drivers, they took on a field that included some of the best sim racers at the digital Nürburgring-Nordschleife and after three hours of driving time, they scored a pair of top-five and three further top-ten classifications. For the professional drivers, the digital races provide a welcome change in the current race-free time, next to the mandatory fitness programme.
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Mercedes-AMG GT4: a new edition of a successful model

Press Information | 11 March, 2020 | Affalterbach
Affalterbach.  Following the launch of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG presents the further development of its globally successful GT4 model for the tenth anniversary season of its Customer Racing Programme. The new Mercedes-AMG GT4 (model year 2020) features new design characteristics and technical optimisations that, among others, enhance the endurance racing performance. Thanks to improved engine and brake cooling, the new Mercedes-AMG GT4 is also able to reliably bring its top performance to the track in extremely hot conditions. Once the homologation has been completed, the first examples of the new model will be delivered in March, 2020.
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Ten years of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing: GT success made in Affalterbach

Press Information | 5 March, 2020 | Affalterbach
Affalterbach.  For Mercedes-AMG Motorsport, the international 2020 GT season is all about the tenth anniversary of its Customer Racing programme. Since 2010, the race cars of the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach have been successful at the race tracks of this world. Within only one decade, the involvement of the German manufacturer has resulted into one of the world’s leading customer racing programmes. In the past ten years, more than 390 race cars were handed over to customer teams from all over the world who went on to rack up 418 overall wins, 788 class wins and 171 national and international championship titles in over 120 series. The foundation of the success is a programme that is aimed at maximum support and includes numerous features that can be considered as benchmarks. For the 2020 anniversary season, Mercedes-AMG is setting the course for the success story to be continued with the new AMG GT3 and the further developed AMG GT4. Limited-edition models of both cars are produced at the occasion of the anniversary.
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Mercedes-AMG claims third place at Bathurst and leads the 2020 IGTC manufacturers’ standings

Press information | 2 February, 2020 | Bathurst / Australia
Mercedes-AMG started the new Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli season with a strong team achievement, a podium finish and the points’ lead: in the 12-hour race at Bathurst, Mercedes-AMG Team Triple Eight Race Engineering secured third place with Shane van Gisbergen (NZL), Maximilian Götz (GER) and Jamie Whincup (AUS). With fifth position for Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo BLACK FALCON with Yelmer Buurman (NED), Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (both GER) and sixth place for Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing with Maximilian Buhk (GER), Felipe Fraga (BRA) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA), two further newly developed Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars finished in the top ten.
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Highs and lows for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in IMSA season opener at Daytona

Press information | 27 January, 2020 | Daytona Beach
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport had a mixed weekend during the IMSA season opener at Daytona. In the Daytona 24-hour race, traditionally the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the #74 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 ended up in eleventh place of the GTD class. In the four-hour opening race of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge that took place on the support programme of the classic endurance race, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach achieved a convincing clean sweep of the top three. Victory went to Customer Racing Team Riley Motorsports (#35) with drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Jim Cox and Dylan Murry (both USA).  
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Mercedes-AMG heads to Bathurst for IGTC season opener with high goals and new Mercedes-AMG GT3

Press information | 15 January, 2020 | Bathurst / Australia
For the 18th running of the prestigious Bathurst 12-hour race (31 January-2 February), Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is entering a total of six Mercedes-AMG GT3s. Next to four Customer Racing cars, there will also be three GT3s with extended works support in action at the 6.213 km long Mount Panorama Circuit. In the process, the Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Black Falcon (#77), Triple Eight Race Engineering (#888) and GruppeM Racing (#999) will all be running the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 that already made its successful competition debut at Dubai and will also be racing at Daytona. The goal for the race is clear: following second- and third-place finishes in 2018 and 2019 respectively, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach intends to claim victory and thus get itself into a promising position for the remaining races of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli (IGTC). Having just missed out on the drivers’ and manufacturers’ title last year, the double title win is the goal for 2020.  
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Overall and class wins for Mercedes-AMG in rain chaos of the Dubai 24 Hours

Press information | 11 January, 2020 | Dubai / United Arab Emirates
With the overall win and two further class wins in the Dubai 24-hour race, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is celebrating the 2020 season opener, also the start of the tenth anniversary year of its Customer Racing programme. BLACK FALCON wins the chaotic rain race that had to be stopped after a little over seven hours, scoring the fifth victory for Mercedes-AMG with earlier wins for the SLS AMG GT3 in 2012, 2013 and 2015 and for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in 2018 and 2020. The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 also convinced in its official competition debut with seventh place overall for SPS automotive performance. In total, four of the eight Mercedes-AMG GT3 that had taken the start finished in the top ten. Two class wins round out the successful performance at Dubai Autodrome: MP Motorsport wins the GT3-Am class and Atlas BX Motorsports claims first place in the GT4 classification with the Mercedes-AMG GT4.
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