Your wait is over if you are someone who was excited about the coming Mercedes-AMG Motorsport car race. It is ready to captivate your heart this year with a much-awaited 24-hour race with an elegant line up of drivers, at the Nürburgring from 24th-27th September. The Preparation was incredibly encouraging from the viewpoint of the performance and sports car brand. Overall, there will be seven Mercedes-AMG GT3s on the grid for the 48th running race where four of them in the race will be competing as Performance Teams.
However, the situation for the 2020 race will be a bit different due to the current COVID-19 condition. For example, the field is substantially smaller than the last years while complete hygiene and contamination safety perception are in place. Unfortunately, the event to be apprehended without the existence of audiences along the track. However, the astonishing conditions made the motorsport community close its rank for the advantage of the sport. The organiser, the promoter, and the manufacturers including Mercedes-AMG all amalgamated to form a mutual fund to control the increasing economic risk. The cooperative effort guarantees that the race can be detained and permits for the various fans to follow the race from home, live, and from multiple camera viewpoints.
Talking about its ten-year success story so far, AMG’s record of accomplishment comprises a total of two overall wins (2013 and 2016) and nine further podium results. The prodigious victory in the 2016 24-hour race depicts the largest single-race achievement in the history of the Customer Racing Programme to date. We are celebrating 2020 as the anniversary year of the global program where the definite objective is to endure this success tale. The vibes and preparations are going well. As a result, Mercedes-AMG is presently leading the Nürburgring Manufacturer Championship standings.
In the field of 103 cars, an aggregate of seven Mercedes-AMG GT3s will feature where four of them will be competing with extended works support. Haupt Racing Team that was founded in June while Adam Christodoulou (GBR), Maro Engel, Manuel Metzger, and Luca Stolz (all GER) will be interchanging behind the wheel for Mercedes-AMG Team HRT (#4) has arrived in three of these. The sister car with starting number 2 will have Nico Bastian (GER), Yelmer Buurman (NED), Philip Ellis (SUI), and team owner Hubert Haupt (GER) as its drivers. The third car is in a row under the Mercedes-AMG Team HRT AutoArenA (#6) banner with a driver line-up that is by no means less protuberant: Maro Engel, who is a dual starter, will be allowing driving duties in the #6 car with Patrick Assenheimer, Dirk Müller (both GER) and Dominik Baumann (AUT).
Black Falcon Team Textar is turning out the line-up in a single Mercedes-AMG GT4 (#38). The team is still unconquered the season where all five NLS rounds held so far have achieved a class wins in the SP8T category.
Talking about his experience, Maximilian Götz, driver, Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed (#9) shared, “It will certainly be a 24-hour race as we haven’t experienced before in terms of atmosphere. That is already the result of the fact that there will be no spectators at the track. Normally, thousands of fans are trekking to the Nürburgring for this event. Nevertheless, we have one goal: we want to finish on the podium again and we will do everything to achieve that. In this year’s NLS rounds, we were able to show what we can achieve from a sporting perspective.”
“An interesting aspect will be that the race is starting late and that it is getting dark relatively early at the end of September. This means that a large part of the race will be held in the dark. However, here, we are also optimally prepared for the conditions with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 that has an optimised lighting concept. I am really looking forward to this mega race weekend!”
For this year, the fans can expect to experience more action and power with the 24-hour race as it is based on the two-part top qualifying format. For Mercedes-AMG Motorsport, the contribution of the three GetSpeed Performance cars (#8, #9, and #10) is already definite. The Mercedes-AMG GT3s of the Haupt Racing Team (#2, #4 und #6) and 10Q Racing Team (#22) have competent for the first round and can secure one of the four slots that are still obtainable for the final shoot-out for pole position by the benefit of a better outcome.
Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing said, “The fascination that surrounds the Nürburgring 24-hour race is there for a reason – it is the worlds biggest and probably also toughest race. An undisputed season highlight for us and for everyone involved! In spite of the considerably smaller field of participants, we are again represented with seven Mercedes-AMG GT3s this year and we obviously want to build on the podium results from the previous years in which we were always in contention for victory.”
Thus, the ‘Green Hell’ has become the center of attention with the 48th running of the ADAC TOTAL 24h-Rennen in Nürburgring. So, mark the date from 24th until 27th September as this will going to be the season-best part of the international GT3 competition.
Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Mercedes-AMG GT4, 24h Nürburgring:
|Mercedes-AMG GT3||Mercedes-AMG Team HRT||Nico Bastian (GER), Yelmer Buurman (NED), Hubert Haupt (GER), Philip Ellis (SUI)|
|Mercedes-AMG GT3||Mercedes-AMG Team HRT||Adam Christodoulou (GBR), Maro Engel (GER), Manuel Metzger (GER), Luca Stolz (GER)|
|Mercedes-AMG GT3||Mercedes-AMG Team HRT AutoArenA||Patrick Assenheimer (GER), Dominik Baumann (AUT), Maro Engel (GER), Dirk Müller (GER)|
|Mercedes-AMG GT3||GetSpeed Performance||Emanuel Collard (FRA), Christer Jöns (GER), François Perrodo (FRA), Matthieu Vaxivière (FRA)|
|Mercedes-AMG GT3||Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed||Maximilian Buhk (GER), Maximilian Götz (GER), Raffaele Marciello (ITA), Fabian Schiller (GER)|
|Mercedes-AMG GT3||GetSpeed Performance||Markus Palttala (FIN), Janine Shoffner (GBR), John Shoffner (USA), Maxime Soulet (BEL)|
|Mercedes-AMG GT3||10Q Racing Team||Sebastian Asch (GER), Kenneth Heyer (GER), Thomas Jäger (GER), Daniel Juncadella (ESP)|
|Mercedes-AMG GT4||Black Falcon Team Textar||Mustafa Mehmet Kaya (TUR), Reinhold Renger (GER), Mike Stursberg (GER), Tristan Viidas (EST)|
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