Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is well prepared and has a strong line-up going into the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race at the Nürburgring where the third overall win is the goal.
In the 49th running of the endurance racing classic (3rd-6th June), there will be eight Mercedes-AMG GT3s – four of them with extended works support – and three Mercedes-AMG GT4s from a total of seven Customer Racing Teams in the field of 125 participants in total. Following the promising final rehearsal during the qualification race at the beginning of the month, with four cars from Affalterbach ending up among the best twelve, Mercedes-AMG now again intends to score top results in the upcoming season highlight at the Nordschleife and, if possible, secure the third overall victory after 2013 and 2016. The following teams will be competing for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in this year’s 24-hour race:
Mercedes-AMG GT3 #4 und #6
Haupt Racing Team
Founded in June 2020, it didn’t take long for the Haupt Racing Team to enjoy its first success at the Nordschleife. In its maiden year, the team from Meuspath scored a pair of race wins in the first double-header in history of the Nürburgring Endurance Series and also ran the best-placed Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the 2020 ADAC TOTAL 24h Race Nürburgring. This year, HRT is aiming high again in the “Green Hell”. The team with international GT experience and team principal Sean Paul Breslin at the helm will be charging with two Mercedes-AMG GT3s, each with a top-notch line-up, both running under the official Mercedes-AMG Team HRT entry. With Adam Christodoulou (GBR), Maro Engel, Manuel Metzger and Luca Stolz (all GER), four proven Nordschleife experts are racing the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3. In the #6 sister car, team owner Hubert Haupt, Patrick Assenheimer and Nico Bastian (all GER) will be sharing driving duties and will get support from double starter Maro Engel.
Mercedes-AMG GT3 #7, #8 und #9
Having joined the ranks of the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing family in 2019, Adam Osieka’s Nürburgring-based team reached the next level with the graduation to Performance Team status in 2020. For this year’s marathon event in the Eifel, GetSpeed Performance will be running three Mercedes-AMG GT3s like last year already. In the process, the cars with starting numbers 7 and 8 in particular rank among the expanded favourites’ circle, both of them running with extended works support under the Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed banner. While the #7 car will have Maximilian Götz (GER), Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Fabian Schiller (GER) as its drivers, Jules Gounon (FRA), Dirk Müller (GER), Fabian Schiller (GER) and Matthieu Vaxiviere (FRA) will be sharing driving duties in the #8 car. The #9 Mercedes-AMG GT3, meanwhile, is rounding out the team’s strong presence with Moritz Kranz (GER), Markus Palttala (FIN), Janine Shoffner (GBR) and Maxime Soulet (BEL) alternating behind the wheel.
Mercedes-AMG GT3 #16
CP Racing has a lot of expertise in endurance racing. In the past years, Charles Putman’s team has been a regular entrant in the renowned 24H Series and crowned its strong achievements with the championship titles in 2018 and 2020. This year, the next logical step follows: in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, CP Racing will be up against the world’s strongest GT cars and intends to write the next chapter of its successful history in GT racing there. With the #16 Mercedes-AMG GT3, the experienced American quartet of Charles Espenlaub, Joe Foster, Shane Lewis and Charles Putman will take on the challenge that is the Nordschleife.
Mercedes-AMG GT3 #25
Space Drive Racing
The Mercedes-AMG GT3 from Space Drive Racing is a particularity in the field: the #25 car, driven by Philip Ellis (SUI), Dominik Farnbacher, Tim Scheerbarth (both GER) and Darren Turner (GBR) has been equipped with the novel steer-by-wire technology and is running in the SP-X class, specially created for cars that don’t fit into the standard regulations. During the final rehearsal, the team showed its potential and finished first in its class in the six-hour qualification race.
Mercedes-AMG GT3 #40
10Q Racing Team
The 10Q Racing Team made its endurance racing debut in the fifth NLS round in August 2020. Only a few weeks later, the season highlight was already on the schedule with the 24-hour race in the Eifel, in which the team from Augsburg did very well for a long time, until the car retired with only one hour remaining. With the experience from last year, the team is now again taking on the challenge of the “Green Hell”. The strong driver quartet of Dominik Baumann (AUT), Yelmer Buurman (NED), Kenneth Heyer and Thomas Jäger (both GER) is to secure a top result for the #40 Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the highly competitive field.
Mercedes-AMG GT4 #34 und #37
Proven at the Nordschleife, customer team Schnitzelalm Racing is now making its GT4 debut in the 24-hour race. The team’s two cars are running in two different classes. The #34 Mercedes-AMG GT4 with drivers Marek Böckmann, Marcel Marchewicz, Tim Neuser and Reinhold Renger (all GER) is racing in the SP10 category while the #37 sister car with Peter Posavac, Jörg Viebahn, Andreas Weiland and Guido Wirtz (all GER) will be aiming at a top result in the SP8T class. So far, the season at the Nordschleife has been promising, the team having scored a class win and an additional podium finish in two races
Mercedes-AMG GT4 #36
BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR
In 2020, BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR was second across the finish line in the SP8T class and, following convincing results in this year’s Nürburgring Endurance Series so far, again ranks among the extended favourites’ circle. In the 24-hour race, Mustafa Mehmet Kaya (TUR), Gabriele Piana (ITA), Mike Stursberg (GER) and Ersin Yücesan (TUR) will be taking turns behind the wheel of the #36 Mercedes-AMG GT4. With this line-up, experienced at the Nordschleife, the aim is to score the next class win in the Eifel this year following earlier wins in 2018 and 2019.