Mercedes-AMG to take on the battle for the title on five continents

Press information | 18 January, 2019 | Affalterbach
With the 12-hour race at Bathurst on the first weekend of February, Mercedes-AMG is taking on the new Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli (IGTC) season. The performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach aims at building on the very successful previous season, in which two drivers’ titles and the runner-up spot in the manufacturers’ standings could be achieved in the global endurance series. To achieve this, Mercedes-AMG is submitting high-quality drivers for 2019 IGTC that includes five rounds on as many continents this season. Maximilian Buhk, Maro Engel, Maximilian Götz, Thomas Jäger (all GER), Yelmer Buurman (NED), Raffaele Marciello (ITA), Gary Paffett (GBR), Luca Stolz (GER) and defending champion Tristan Vautier (FRA) will all be taking on a full IGTC programme while supporting various Mercedes-AMG Performance and Customer Racing Teams in the process.  
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Mercedes-AMG with class win and top ten result in Dubai 24-hour race

Press information | 12 January, 2019 | Dubai / United Arab Emirates
Mercedes-AMG has started the 2019 motorsport season in a successful way. In the Dubai 24-hour race, HTP Motorsport claims victory in the A6-AM class: with the #25 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Indy Dontje (NED), Alexander Hrachowina (AUT), Martin Konrad (AUT) and Bernd Schneider (GER) repeated Mercedes-AMG Motorsport’s class win from the previous year. The quartet was classified seventh overall in the endurance racing classic. Also like last year, the GT4 category ended with third place for the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach.  
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Mercedes-AMG to start the 2019 motorsport year with a pair of endurance highlights

Press Information | 8 January, 2019 | Daytona Beach
The goal is clear: after its most successful season ever, Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing is aiming at wins in motorsport series all over the world in 2019 as well. The first ones are envisaged in January in two prestigious endurance racing classics. In the 24-hour race in Dubai from 10-12 January, the BLACK FALCON team will be competing as the previous year’s winners. In the Daytona 24 Hours on 26-27 January, the Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports is starting the new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season as the defending IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup champions. At the legendary Daytona circuit, Team TGM will be starting off the new year as the defending champions in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with the Mercedes-AMG GT4.  
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Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing celebrates most successful motorsport season to date

Press information | 7 December, 2018 | Affalterbach
The year 2018 will go down in Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing history as the biggest and most successful season to date: over 160 Customer Racing Teams from all over the world raced the GT3 and GT4 cars from Affalterbach and scored 367 podium finishes and 138 victories from 387 races. These achievements were crowned with over 40 championship titles including the Blancpain GT Series titles for Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and the AKKA ASP Team as well as the Intercontinental GT Challenge drivers’ title for Tristan Vautier (FRA). During the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing end-of-season celebration, the brand-internal champions were crowned at the end of November: Hubert Haupt (Pro Driver), Valentin Pierburg (Driver), AKKA ASP Team (GT3 Team) and BLACK FALCON (GT4 Team).
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A double podium for Mercedes-AMG in 2018 FIA GT World Cup at Macau

Press information | 18 November, 2018 | Macao / China
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport celebrates a pair of podium finishes in the FIA GT World Cup at the occasion of the Macau Grand Prix. With the #888 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Maro Engel (GER) finished second and in the car with starting number 1, last year’s winner Edoardo Mortara (SUI) rounded out the winner’s podium after the GT3 race with its high-quality field. With another top ten result, Raffaele Marciello (ITA) completed the team’s success at the legendary street circuit in the #999 entry. Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing was running all the three cars from Affalterbach.
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Mission title defence: Mercedes-AMG heading to Macau with a top line-up for FIA GT World Cup

Press information | 30 October, 2018 | Macao
For Mercedes-AMG, the legendary Macau Grand Prix is the grand finale of a successful GT season. At the Guia Circuit, three Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be out from 15-18 November with a top line-up to defend the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles in the FIA GT World Cup. Last year’s winner Edoardo Mortara, racing under the Swiss flag, has starting number 1. 2015 race winner Maro Engel (GER) will be racing the #888 while the #999 will have freshly-crowned Blancpain GT Series champion Raffaele Marciello (ITA) behind the wheel. Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing will be running all the three cars from Affalterbach.
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Drivers title for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport after successful season finale at Laguna Seca

Press information | 29 October, 2018 | Laguna Seca
Crowning glory for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in the Intercontinental GT Challenge: at Laguna Seca Raceway, Tristan Vautier (FRA) came out on top in the overall drivers’ standings. In the bronze category, Kenny Habul (AUS) secured the title. With third place for Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 Racing in the California 8 Hours, Vautier, Maximilian Buhk and Maro Engel (both GER) also secured another podium finish for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. In the manufacturers’ standings of the worldwide endurance race series, the performance brand from Affalterbach ends up in second place.  
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Second and third place for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in VLN season finale

Press information | 20 October, 2018 | Nürburgring
A strong end of the season for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife: Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport #47 with the drivers trio of Patrick Assenheimer, Maximilian Götz (both GER) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA) secured second place overall in the season finale of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft at the Nürburgring. Hubert Haupt, Luca Stolz (both GER) and Yelmer Buurman (NED) finished in third place with the #6 BLACK FALCON Mercedes-AMG GT3 and thus completed the double podium result for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in the 43rd DMV Münsterlandpokal.  
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Mercedes-AMG in Laguna Seca IGTC finale with the best title chances and a successful history

Press information | 18 October, 2018 | Laguna Seca
Overall drivers’ standings, bronze drivers and GT3 manufacturers – in all three championship categories of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, Mercedes-AMG has very good title chances. Prior to the IGTC finale at Laguna Seca Raceway (26-28 October), Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Tristan Vautier (FRA) are leading the overall standings while Kenny Habul (AUS) is on course for the bronze drivers’ title. Thanks to the achievements of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by STRAKKA Racing and SunEnergy1 Racing in the three IGTC races that have been completed thus far, Mercedes-AMG is also ahead of the opposition in the battle for the manufacturers’ crown. Moreover, the race at Laguna Seca is linked with a historic success: it was here that, exactly 20 years ago, race cars made in Affalterbach secured the title and runner-up spot in the FIA GT Championship in a showdown that remains unforgotten.  
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Championship titles for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in IMSA GTD and GS class

Press information | 14 October, 2018 | Braselton
For the second consecutive time after 2017, Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports wins the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC). In the final round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta, Ben Keating (USA), Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) and Luca Stolz (GER) also win the drivers’ title with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 while Mercedes-AMG also secures the manufacturers’ title in the hard-fought North American sports car series. In the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Team TGM Mercedes-AMG GT4 concludes an impressive debut season in a perfect way by winning the Grand Sports class title. The team and drivers Hugh Plumb and Owen Trinkler (both USA) with the Mercedes-AMG GT4 #46 were the only ones to complete all the races of the 2018 season without retirement.
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