Highs and lows for Mercedes-AMG in Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe at Nürburgring

Press information | 1 September, 2019 | Nürburgring
A chequered weekend for the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Teams. Admittedly, two titles were secured in the GT4 European Series, but in the penultimate round of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe at the Nürburgring, Luca Stolz and Maro Engel (both GER) of the BLACK FALCON team had to give up their lead in the championship standings. In the Silver Cup, Nico Bastian (GER) and Thomas Neubauer (FRA) of the AKKA ASP Team lost their advantage.
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Mercedes-AMG celebrates podium finish and defends championship lead at Suzuka

Press information | 25 August, 2019 | Suzuka / Japan
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is defending its lead in the drivers’ and manufacturers’ standings of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) in the Suzuka 10 Hours. As a result, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach got itself into a perfect position prior to the final round of the IGTC season, the Kyalami 9 Hour (21-23 November). In the 10-hour race at Suzuka, the seven Mercedes-AMG GT3s also scored very successful overall and class results at the 5.8 kilometres long Suzuka Circuit: the #999 Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing entry finished on the overall podium in second place, allowing Maximilian Buhk (GER) to become the sole points’ leader in the IGTC drivers’ standings. The Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing just missed out on a podium finish in fourth place, followed by Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing and Mercedes-AMG Team Goodsmile Racing in ninth and tenth place. Moreover, the Customer Racing Teams SunEnergy1 Racing (Silver), Strakka Racing (Pro-Am) and SATO-SS Sports (AM) were able to score three class wins at Suzuka.
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Streak continues: Mercedes-AMG claims third consecutive podium at the Nürburgring

Press information | 18 August, 2019 | Nürburg / Germany
Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing has continued its successful streak in the ADAC GT Masters: in the first race at the sprint configuration of the Nürburgring Grand Prix track, Luca Stolz and Maro Engel (both GER) of the Toksport WRT team finished second with their #2 Mercedes-AMG GT3, scoring a podium finish for the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach for the third consecutive event. In the second race, the duo only just missed out on another podium result by finishing fourth. Meanwhile, the MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport with Indy Dontje (NED) and Maximilian Götz (GER) rewarded itself for having made great progress in both races and scored valuable points in the battle for the championship with a pair of sixth places.  
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Mercedes-AMG starts the second ADAC GT Masters season half with a podium result

Press information | 11 August, 2019 | Zandvoort
After second place for Maximilian Götz (GER) and Indy Dontje (NED) in the most recent ADAC GT Masters round in Spielberg, a Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport also finishes on the winners’ podium at Zandvoort this weekend. In a thrilling Sunday race at the famous dune circuit, teammates Fabian Vettel and Philip Ellis (both GER) were able to secure third place. This is the maiden overall podium finish in the super sports car league for the junior duo. In the challenging race on Saturday, Vettel/Ellis had also scored the best result of the six participating Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing cars by finishing seventh.
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Mercedes-AMG intends to repeat last year’s win and extend championship lead at Suzuka

Press information | 6 August, 2019 | Affalterbach
After the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the next endurance racing classic already beckons in the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC): in the 10-hour race at Suzuka (23-25 August), it is about valuable points for the championship in which Mercedes-AMG is leading both the drivers’ and the manufacturers’ standings. Accordingly, the goal is clear: after last year’s 1-2 with GruppeM Racing and Strakka Racing, the next race success is to be brought to Affalterbach. To do so, the performance and sports car brand is entering seven Mercedes-AMG GT3s at the 5.8 kilometres long Suzuka Circuit including four cars with extended works support that all rank among the favourites.
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Mercedes-AMG Motorsport celebrates a 1-2 in VLN season highlight

Press information | 3 August, 2019 | Nürburg / Germany
Like in the previous year, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport has claimed victory in the 6-hour race at the Nürburgring. The BLACK FALCON Team AutoArena Motorsport with starting number 6 wins the ROWE 6h ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen ahead of the sister car with starting number 16. In the process, the two Mercedes-AMG GT3s secured the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach the second consecutive 1-2 in the VLN. Victory in the SP8T class by BLACK FALCON crowned the successful day in the Eifel.
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Podium success for Mercedes-AMG in a challenging Spa 24-hour race

Press information | 28 July, 2019 | Stavelot / Belgium
After 2017, a Mercedes-AMG GT3 again is on the winners’ podium of the Total 24 Hours of Spa. In a race marked by changeable weather and a long interruption, the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON car that had started from pole position secured third place. Next to the podium finish for Yelmer Buurman (NED), Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (both GER), the other teams with the cars from Affalterbach also put in strong achievements. Lucas Auer (AUT), Maximilian Buhk and Maximilian Götz (both GER), made it into the top ten with their tenth-place in the #999 GT3 of the Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing. Mercedes-AMG’s participation in the various classes was also successful: both in the Silver Cup and in the Pro-Am classification, there was a second and a third place to celebrate. In the Blancpain GT Series drivers’ classification, Engel and Stolz are taking over the lead and they move up into second place in the Endurance classification. In the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC), Buhk and Götz defend their first place.
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Mercedes-AMG maintains its chances of victory at Spa: quotes prior to the closing stage

Newsflash | 28 July, 2019 | Stavelot / Belgium
Rain is dominating proceedings in the 71st running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa. Early on Sunday morning, the classic endurance race was interrupted due to continuous heavy precipitation and has remained so since. In the order, three Mercedes-AMG GT3s are in the top ten: the #4 BLACK FALCON car in fifth, the #88 AKKA ASP entry in sixth and the French team’s #90 sister car that had started from the back of the field in seventh place. The three GT3 from Affalterbach are on the same lap as the car in the lead and therefore still have all the chances in the battle for victory.
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Quotes after the first four hours of racing

Newsflash | 27 July, 2019 | Stavelot / Belgium
After days of blistering summer heat, the start of the Total 24 Hours of Spa took place behind the safety car in pouring rain. In the opening stages, pole sitter Maro Engel (GER) maintained his lead with the #4 BLACK FALCON Mercedes-AMG GT3. As the track gradually dried out, he was the first from the group of the front runners to change to slicks and slightly pulled away. Later on, there were several full course yellows and considerable changes in the field as a result of tactical pit stops. Adam Christodoulou (GBR, Goodsmile Racing & Type Moon #00) showed strong progress, working up his way from 37th on the grid into the top ten. The first scheduled driver changes having been completed, three cars from Affalterbach are among the first ten of the field of 72 GT3 cars. In the Pro-Am class, the #74 (RAM Racing) is in first place.
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Pole position for Mercedes-AMG in Spa 24-hour race

Newsflash | 26 July, 2019 | Stavelot / Belgium
Mercedes-AMG has the best perspective going into the 71st running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa. In this evening’s Super Pole session, the qualified Mercedes-AMG GT3 ended up in positions 1, 9 and 15. Maro Engel posted the fastest time of 2m18.588s. Behind the wheel of the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON car, Engel (GER) was the last driver to head out onto the track and initially was second-fastest after his first flying lap. On the second lap, the Mercedes-AMG driver worked his ‘magic’ to put in an even better lap on the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps and as he was the last to cross the finish line in the session, he claimed pole position by 0.017 seconds. Maximilian Buhk (GER) also made it into the top ten of the shootout, having posted the ninth-fastest time with the #999 Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing entry. Gary Paffett (GBR) ended up 15th with the #44 Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing car.
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