Mercedes-AMG with octuple title win the most successful brand in Blancpain GT Series

Press information | 30 September, 2018 | Montmeló, Barcelona / Spain
Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing scores a 1-2 in a frenetic Blancpain GT Series finale. Moreover, teams and drivers with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 claimed a total of six championship titles in the final round of the season at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. With two further titles from the Sprint Cup finale a fortnight ago, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach can be acknowledged as the most successful manufacturer in the biggest sports car series. Raffaele Marciello (ITA) came out on top in the drivers’ standings after finishing second in the three-hour season finale together with Tristan Vautier (FRA) and Daniel Juncadella (ESP). The drivers’ title in the separate Endurance Cup went to Yelmer Buurman (NED), Maro Engel (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER), who claimed the race win in the Blancpain finale with the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON entry.  In the Silver Cup, Nico Bastian (GER) and Jack Manchester (GBR) of the AKKA ASP Team secured thetitle. The Pro-Am drivers’ title in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup went to drivers Lewis Williamson, Chris Buncombe und Nick Leventis (all GBR).  In the thrilling concluding race of the season, the AKKA ASP Team came out on top in the final teams’ standings. With their 1-2 at Barcelona, BLACK FALCON and the AKKA ASP Team also ended up first and second in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
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Title success for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the league of the super sports cars

Press information | 23 September, 2018 | Hockenheim / Germany
MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport wins the teams’ classification of the 2018 ADAC GT Masters. In the thrilling finale at the Hockenheimring, the two Mercedes-AMG GT3s with Maximilian Götz and Markus Pommer (both GER) as well as Maximilian Buhk (GER) and Indy Dontje (NED) secured the title in the teams’ competition with a margin of 25 points. In the drivers’ standings, Götz and Pommer had to accept a considerable setback: Götz having secured the best situation in the battle for the drivers’ title with pole position, he became innocently involved in a collision on the opening lap of the final race and thus lost all his title chances together with teammate Pommer. The duo Buhk/Dontje with the #48 Mercedes-AMG GT3 claimed third place in the race on Sunday and thus concluded a successful season in the league of the super sports cars.
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Overall and class victory for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in seventh VLN round

Press information | 22 September, 2018 | Nürburg / Germany
Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Team BLACK FALCON scores its second overall win of the 2018 VLN season. After 28 laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Maro Engel, Hubert Haupt and Manuel Metzger (all GER) drive the Mercedes-AMG GT3 across the finish line in first place. In the seventh VLN season round, the 58th Reinoldus Langstreckenrennen, the BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA scored the third VLN class victory with the Mercedes-AMG GT4. The trio of Stefan Karg, Fidel Leib and Moritz Oberheim (all GER) finishes the four-hour race in first place of the SP10 class.
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Title win for Mercedes-AMG in thrilling Blancpain Sprint Cup finale

Press information | 16 September, 2018 | Nürburg / Germany
The AKKA ASP Team wins the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup title after a thrilling finale with the Mercedes-AMG GT3: with a margin of 7.5 points, Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Michael Meadows (GBR) secure the prestigious title in the final race at the Nürburgring. The duo having started the final Sprint Cup event equal on points, they went on to claim the title after making great progress with fourth place in the first and victory in the second race. In the race on Sunday, BLACK FALCON drivers Hubert Haupt (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER) finish second to complete the 1-2. The AKKA ASP Team also secures the Blancpain GT Series Silver Cup title with drivers Nico Bastian (GER) and Jack Manchester (GBR). They had already sealed the championship early in the previous round at the Hungaroring.
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Mercedes-AMG Motorsport with an outstanding performance in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup

Press information | 2 September, 2018 | Budapest / Hungary
The Mercedes-AMG GT3 shines with top results and an early title win in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup at the Hungaroring: with victory in the second race on Sunday, Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Michael Meadows (GBR) scored the highlight for the AKKA ASP Team. In the first race on Saturday, the Italian-British duo had already secured second place overall ahead of their teammates Nicolas Jamin (FRA) and Denis Bulatov (RUS). With victory in the Pro-Am class (SunEnergy1 Racing #751) and a lock-out of the first four positions in the Silver Cup (AKKA ASP Team #87, #90, #35 and BLACK FALCON #6), the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Teams completed the day’s success on Saturday. Further successful class results were to follow on Sunday: Jamin and Bulatov as well as Nico Bastian (GER) and Jack Manchester (GBR) finished first and second in the Silver Cup. Thus, Nico Bastian and Jack Manchester were able to celebrate the early Silver Cup title win in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup.
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Mercedes-AMG with a 1-2 and Intercontinental GT Challenge championship lead

Press information | 26 August, 2018 | Suzuka
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport shows a perfect performance in the third season round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge: In the 10-hour race at Suzuka, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 scores a 1-2. In total, five of the seven participating cars from the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach finished in the top ten and thus secured the lead in the manufacturers’ and drivers’ standings. The Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing takes victory from the Mercedes-AMG Team STRAKKA Racing. With their race win, Mercedes-AMG Driver Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Tristan Vautier (FRA) move up into the lead of the drivers’ standings. Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador Maro Engel (GER) rounds out the victorious trio with starting number 888. In the Pro-AM classification, SunEnergy1 Racing secures victory with drivers Kenny Habul (AUS), Mikaël Grenier (CAN) and Luca Stolz (GER).
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Championship lead and podium for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in ADAC GT Masters

Press information | 19 August, 2018 | Zandvoort / Netherlands
A successful weekend for Mercedes-AMG at Zandvoort: in the first race on Saturday, Mercedes-AMG Driver Maximilian Götz (GER) and his teammate Markus Pommer (GER) were already able to take the ADAC GT Masters championship lead with a sixth-place finish. In the process, they also scored further valuable championship points in the teams’ standings for the MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport, which is still leading after the fifth of this season’s seven rounds. In the race on Sunday, Mercedes-AMG Driver Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Patrick Assenheimer (GER) came to the fore: with second place in the #84 AutoArena Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3, they scored the best result. The duo Götz/Pommer with the #47 car and their MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport teammates, Maximilian Buhk (GER) and local hero Indy Dontje (NED) rounded out the good team result with fourth and fifth place.
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Victory and a class podium for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in VLN 6-hour race

Press information | 18 August, 2018 | Nürburg / Germany
The first overall win of the VLN season for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in the 6-hour highlight race: Adam Christodoulou (GBR), Hubert Haupt (GER), Manuel Metzger (GER) and Gabriele Piana (ITA) secure the overall win at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife after a perfect performance with their #6 BLACK FALCON Mercedes-AMG GT3. In qualifying on Saturday morning, Christodoulou had already claimed pole position with his personal best time of 7m55.723s. With second place in the SP10 class, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 scores another podium success in the Green Hell: the car with starting number 163 of the BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA rounds out the successful overall result.
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A victory and two further podium finishes for Mercedes-AMG in ADAC GT Masters at the Nürburgring

Press information | 5 August, 2018 | Nürburg / Germany
Eine erfolgreiche Saisonhalbzeit beim ADAC GT Masters feiert das MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport: Im ersten Lauf auf dem Nürburgring setzten sich Maximilian Buhk (GER) und Indy Dontje (NED) im Mercedes-AMG GT3 #48 durch und erzielten damit den zweiten Saisonerfolg für das Team. An dem Hitze-Wochenende in der Eifel konnten sich Maximilian Götz (GER) und Markus Pommer (GER) im Schwesterauto des Teams gleich über zwei Podestplätze freuen: Platz drei im Samstagsrennen und Platz zwei im Sonntagslauf. Mit Platz drei im Samstagsrennen und Platz zwei im Sonntagslauf liegt das Duo nun auch auf dem zweiten Rang in der Fahrerwertung des ADAC GT Masters.
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Four Mercedes-AMG GT3s among the first twelve and three class podium finishes in Spa 24-hour race

Press information | 29 July, 2018 | Stavelot / Belgium
The 70th running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa ended with a strong team performance by Mercedes-AMG. In the race marked by tactics and numerous full-course yellows, the cars from Affalterbach scored two top ten results: the #4 (Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON) finished in fifth place, the #88 (Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP) was classified sixth. Eleventh place for the #43 (Mercedes-AMG Team STRAKKA Racing) and twelfth position for the #84 (Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER) rounded out the good team result. There was also success in the various classes: in the Pro-AM class, Customer Racing Teams secured second and third place as well as third position in the Silver Cup.
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