Mercedes-AMG with good title perspectives in IMSA finale at Road Atlanta

Mercedes-AMG with good title perspectives in IMSA finale at Road Atlanta

09.10.2018: Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta 10-13 October 2018 During ĎPetit Le Mansí, the grand finale of the IMSA series at Road Atlanta, teams with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and GT4 cars can crown their strong season performance: in the GTD class of the IMSA Weathe

Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta
10-13 October 2018



During ‘Petit Le Mans’, the grand finale of the IMSA series at Road Atlanta, teams with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and GT4 cars can crown their strong season performance: in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports is in third place and thus has a good perspective in the battle for the title.



Chances in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC) are even bigger: in 2017, the drivers with the #33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 already won this prestigious endurance title.



 In the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 will conclude a rather successful debut season, in which the Team TGM is on the verge of winning the title. Both with the GT3 and the GT4, Mercedes-AMG is among the title candidates in the respective manufacturers’ standings.




•    Two Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the IMSA finale at Road Atlanta

•    Good title perspective for Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports

•    Mercedes-AMG GT4 concludes successful debut season in North America




From 10-13 October, the 21st running of the ‘Petit Le Mans’ race will be held in Braselton, Georgia. The famous ten-hour race at the Road Atlanta circuit is the traditional conclusion of the hard-fought North American IMSA series. In the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be competing in the finale.



The car with starting number 33 run by Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports will have Ben Keating (USA), Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) and Luca Stolz (GER) as its drivers. Prior to the final race, the trio is leading the separate endurance standings, the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, and has excellent chances of defending the title and scoring the ‘triple’ with drivers’, teams’ and manufacturers’ championship wins.



In the overall GTD standings, Keating and Bleekemolen are currently third and therefore also rank among the extended circle of title candidates. In all the ten IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season rounds held so far, the team managed to make its Mercedes-AMG GT3 finish in the top ten and in July, it won the race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.



The second Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the field is run by Customer Racing Team P1 Motorsports: JC Perez (COL), Felipe Fraga (BRA) and Maximilian Buhk (GER) will be alternating behind the wheel of the #71 entry. In the finale at Road Atlanta, a total of 14 cars will be competing in the GTD class, the entire field includes 37 participants.



On the support package of the ‘Petit Le Mans’ race, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will also conclude its season. The two-hour race will have a total of seven Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the field. Customer Racing Team TGM is running two cars with the main focus on starting number 46, the car with which Owen Trinkler and Hugh Plumb (both USA) are in contention for the title in the maiden season of the GT4 race car from Affalterbach already.



With a streak of success including three race wins and a third place from the last four races, the duo and the TGM team are nearly beyond reach, 31 points ahead in the drivers’ and teams’ standings. Currently still only ten points down, Mercedes-AMG also has justified hopes to win the manufacturers’ title as well.




Winning the title would crown the debut season of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in North America. The teams Murillo Racing and Winward Racing / HTP Motorsport will be running two further Mercedes-AMG GT4 each. Another GT4 car from Affalterbach has been entered by Ramsey International Racing.




- Jochen Übler, photos Mercedes

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