Mercedes-AMG GT3 and GT4 drivers quotes ahead of Daytona

Mercedes-AMG GT3 and GT4 drivers quotes ahead of Daytona

23.01.2019: Ben Keating, Driver – No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3: “Everybody is a long-shot in a 24-hour race, but I think the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a really strong package for Daytona this year. We have been extremely consistent over the p

Ben Keating, Driver – No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3: “Everybody is a long-shot in a 24-hour race, but I think the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a really strong package for Daytona this year. We have been extremely consistent over the past several years, and that is what it takes to be there in the end. Most of our competitors have had ‘evolutions’ in the offseason.

This means new parts, and new setups, and more downforce, and hopefully an opportunity for the Mercedes-AMG. We feel good. In the past two years, it has rained in the race and this has been one of our competitive advantages. I hope it rains. With the new Michelin rain tire, I would expect the Mercedes-AMG GT3 to be one of the fastest cars on track in the rain. We are good in the cold, or the wet, or the dry.   We are consistent, and this is what wins 24-hour races.”
 
 
 


Jeroen Bleekemolen, Driver – No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3:
“With Mercedes-AMG Team Riley and long races, we know we should always be in contention. They are great at preparing cars and awesome at strategy. We had a good Rolex Roar test a few weeks ago. For the whole team, this is the third season with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and our sixth season in total together.


We know what we have and how to be fast. I feel confident we can be fast in all conditions, and we are as prepared as we can be. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is very consistent and nice to drive, so that should help a lot. I feel the field will be very close. There are a lot of strong teams and lineups. With the new cars, we will have to wait and see where everyone stands, but it looks like it will be a fantastic fight! It will be my 10th Rolex 24 and I’m really excited to get our IMSA season started with this great event!”



 
Luca Stolz, Driver – No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3
: “I am really looking forward to the race. I think we have the best driver lineup on a Mercedes-AMG GT3 ever since their debut in Daytona. We all got comfortable with the car during the Rolex Roar two weeks ago, and we made some nice set up progress with the new Michelin rubber. I think with a zero-mistakes race by the team and drivers, the No. 33 has a good shot to finish on the podium. Our biggest advantage is for sure the reliability of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Other than that, our car is really good on brakes and handles really well in the infield. So far, IMSA seems to have done a really good job with the Balance of Performance (BoP), but you never really know until the race has started.”



 
Fabian Schiller – No. 71 P1 Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3:
“I believe we have a strong team, with great people, a fantastic driver lineup and a very quick car with the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Anything is possible, and we will definitely aim for victory. We need to keep our heads down, keep working and developing during the practice sessions, and we will be fully prepared for a great result.


I don’t really care what the conditions will be. We can’t change the weather, so I don’t think too much about it and just take what comes. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is great in every condition and, as well, I like to drive in the rain. I see the Mercedes-AMG GT3 as the perfect endurance car. It is great over the distance, keeping the tires alive as good as possible. Our strength will be the drivability in the infield of the track.”



 
Hugh Plumb – No. 46 TeamTGM Mercedes-AMG GT4
: “After the Roar test we learned a lot and we are feeling confident heading into the race weekend. It was important for us to get a good handle on the new Michelin Tires, and TeamTGM was able to do that. We have a strong car and a strong line up, and with the leadership of Ted Giovanis we can really have a good run at Daytona.”
 
 

 
Owen Trinkler – No. 46 TeamTGM Mercedes-AMG GT4:
“After the Roar test we are feeling pretty confident for the race. We got a lot of good race runs in during the Roar, which helped us know what to expect for the longer stints. The Michelins have been good to us so far, but the race will definitely be the true test to see how everyone stacks up. I've just been focusing forward. It's a new year and the same goal, and I know TGM is as prepared as ever to get the job done this weekend.”



 
Dylan Murry – No. 35 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4
: “I’m looking forward to my first race in a Mercedes-AMG GT4. I’m really glad that Jeroen will be one of our co-drivers. He knows these cars inside and out, and I think it will be really good for me to learn all of the ‘little things’ about the car from him in my first race. It will help our race performance too because it cuts the drive time down. The finishing driver will be fresher at the end to make good clean passes. We should be a strong force going into Daytona. We’ve already shown our speed at the Roar, and Riley Motorsports went back to the shop and did a great job on the preparation.”
 
 
 
 
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