Mercedes-AMG: Title triumph in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe

Mercedes-AMG: Title triumph in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe

11.09.2019: In the grand finale of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe hosted by the Hungaroring, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport secured three titles in the drivers' and team championshi

In the grand finale of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe hosted by the Hungaroring, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport secured three titles in the drivers' and team championships.


AKKA ASP lifted the team trophy in the sprint series thanks in part to two lights-to-flag victories and two pole positions secured by Vincent Abril (MON) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA) in the number 88 Mercedes-AMG GT3. Meanwhile in the Silver Cup, Mercedes celebrated winning both the drivers' and team championships.



With first and second place in their class, Nico Bastian (GER) and GT rookie Thomas Neubauer (FRA) in the number 89 car wrapped up the driver's title. And a class victory in Race 2 for their team-mates Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS) and Felipe Fraga (BRA) in the number 90 further boosted AKKA ASP's Silver Cup team championship challenge. Boguslavskiy finished the sprint season as fourth in the Silver Cup drivers' standings.



Also contributing to the AKKA ASP team success were Pro-Am class contestants Jean-Luc Beaubelique and Jim Pla (both FRA) in the number 87 Mercedes-AMG GT3. There was disappointment, however, for Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (both GER) of BLACK FALCON in Hungary: two podiums for a P2 and a P3 were not quite enough for the duo to win the championship as, with the points total being equal, they then lost out on total race wins.
 



With the sprint competition having been decided in Hungary, there is now just one more event remaining on the Blancpain GT Series calendar. The endurance and thus overall final will take place on the weekend of 28th/29th September in Barcelona. After the setback for Engel and Stolz in Budapest, they will be all the more motivated for Barcelona.



The Mercedes-AMG GT3 pairing in the number 4 car go into the final showdown with a two-point lead in the overall standings which combine the results from all the endurance and sprint races over the campaign.



BLACK FALCON and AKKA ASP are currently second and third respectively in the overall team classification and are in strong contention for this particular title. AKKA ASP Team have an unassailable lead in the Silver Cup and their man Nico Bastian is virtually assured of the driver title in the Silver Cup.
 


 

 
- Jochen Übler, photos Mercedes

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