Mercedes quotes prior to the start of the 24h Nurburgring race

Mercedes quotes prior to the start of the 24h Nurburgring race

22.06.2019: For the second time after 2016, a Mercedes-AMG GT3 is lining up on pole position for the world’s toughest motor race. With his fastest time in yesterday’s top qualifying, Maro Engel (GER) of the Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON also secured the coveted Glic

For the second time after 2016, a Mercedes-AMG GT3 is lining up on pole position for the world’s toughest motor race. With his fastest time in yesterday’s top qualifying, Maro Engel (GER) of the Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON also secured the coveted Glickenhaus Trophy.

Alongside Engel, who will also be taking the start, there will be another GT3 from Affalterbach on the front row of the grid: the #48 car of the Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER will have Lance-David Arnold (GER) as the first driver for the classic endurance race.

The starting drivers and starting grid positions of the Mercedes-AMG GT3:

•    P1: #2 Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON, Maro Engel (GER)

•    P2: #48 Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER, Lance-David Arnold (GER)

•    P6: #6 Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON, Yelmer Buurman (NED)

•    P8: #3 Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON, Luca Stolz (GER)

•    P9: #16 GetSpeed Performance, Jan Seyffarth (GER)

•    P14: #18 GetSpeed Performance, Luca Ludwig (GER)

•    P27: #17 GetSpeed Performance, Markus Palttala (FIN)

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH:
“When we were able to celebrate our historic quadruple victory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2016, we were also on pole position. This time, it is even a lock-out of the front row and in total, we have four Mercedes-AMG GT3s on the first five rows of the grid, we have done our utmost in qualifying to achieve this.

Nevertheless, making our mark against the extremely strong competition and being in contention for victory will be a huge challenge. I am looking forward to an entertaining race in which we want to thrill fans all over the world with the performance of our cars and the spirit of our brand. Our GT3 and GT4 teams and the drivers have worked in preparation for this race in an intense and highly professional way. I which all of them a lot of success and the necessary bit of luck.”

Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing:
“We are delighted to be on the front row. We have been working hard to achieve this. Prior to the race weekend, this couldn’t simply be expected. We have opted for the strategy of optimising everything for qualifying. Our analyses from the past years have revealed that you really have to start from up front to have a chance of winning by your own means. I am expecting a very intense race in which we certainly will have to fight hard to be in contention for a podium finish at the end.”

Maro Engel, Mercedes-AMG Team BLACK FALCON #2: “N
ice that it now finally is starting for real. The race simply is the undisputed highlight. The grandstands are packed and the atmosphere is mega. I am looking forward to having a clear view at the start. We want to make a good start into the race, nicely found our way and then everything else. It is an incredibly tough and long race, but we are excellently prepared.”

Lance David Arnold, Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER #48:
“The start is always a highlight. You already get goose bumps during the formation lap because the fans out there are so passionate, too. Of course, the start also involves a huge responsibility, because our goal is to get into the race without too many risks. The tactic for us and for the pole-winning Mercedes-AMG GT3 can only be: stay up front with both cars, be the first to head out onto the Nordschleife and find a good way into the race.”

Jochen Übler, photos Mercedes


22.06.2019 / MaP

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