Mercedes-AMG Motorsport ready to race in TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport ready to race in TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa

31.07.2021: For Mercedes-AMG, the initial position prior to the anniversary race at Spa is very good: like in the previous year, the #88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP car is starting the world’s biggest GT3 race from pole position. The #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT entry is


For Mercedes-AMG, the initial position prior to the anniversary race at Spa is very good: like in the previous year, the #88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP car is starting the world’s biggest GT3 race from pole position. The #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT entry is on the second row of the grid.

The #89 AKKA ASP car is starting the classic endurance race from P10. The further Customer Racing Teams managed to secure good starting grid positions as well. Among others, the #87 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the AKKA ASP Team and the #57 WINWARD Racing car are in third and fourth position in the Silver Cup.


In the Pro-Am category, the #69 RAM Racing car and the #2 GetSpeed Performance entry are taking on the race from second and third place in class. Most recently, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport managed to win the Spa 24-hour race in 2013.


The first success at the circuit in the Ardennes was achieved in 1971 when the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG secured victory in its class and finished second overall. To commemorate this 50th anniversary, the performance and sports car brand has developed an exclusive GT3 limited edition “50 Years Legend of Spa”, presented at the occasion of the race.  



These are the starting grid positions and the designated starting drivers of the Mercedes-AMG GT3s:



•    1st place: Raffaele Marciello (ITA), Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP #88
•    3rd place: Luca Stolz (GER), Mercedes-AMG Team HRT #4
•    10th place: Lucas Auer (AUT), AKKA ASP Team #89
•    16th place: Simon Gachet (FRA), AKKA ASP Team #87
•    19th place: Mikaël Grenier (CAN), WINWARD Racing #57
•    27th place: Rik Breukers (NED), Madpanda Motorsport #90
•    28th place: Marvin Dienst (GER), Toksport WRT #7
•    29th place: Yannick Mettler (SUI), SPS automotive performance #40
•    34th place: Hubert Haupt (GER), Haupt Racing Team #5
•    38th place: Fabian Schiller (GER), RAM Racing #69
•    39th place: Nico Bastian (GER), GetSpeed Performance #2
•    41st place: Maximilian Buhk (GER), HubAuto #50
•    50th place: Dominik Baumann (AUT), SPS automotive performance #20



Jochen Hermann, technical managing director, Mercedes-AMG GmbH:
“For us as Mercedes-AMG, it is something really special to be in contention for victory in this classic endurance race, 50 years after the legendary class win of the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG.




With pole position and third place on the grid, the initial position for it is at least there. In 1971, fifth place on the grid was sufficient to finish second overall and thus lay the foundation for the legend of Spa. Technically, some analogies to back then can be found as well. Of course, today’s GT3 race cars are miles away from the luxury saloon car in racing trim at the time.


But today, an atmospheric V8 engine with a capacity of over six litres is still the unmistakable brand characteristic of AMG. Its unique sound already fascinated the fans back in the day. I am quite certain that Hans Werner Aufrecht will be proud to see the AMG brand represented in this high-class field with such a strong presence. With a total of 13 cars, we have the strongest quantitative contingent as well. I wish all our teams and drivers the best of luck.”



Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing
: “After the third pole position in a row, it is about time that we as Mercedes-AMG are also on top of the timing sheets on Sunday afternoon. To do so, we also need that little bit of racing luck, of course. Everything we were able to do in the build-up to this race, we have implemented in the best possible way.


In the practice sessions, our customer teams have also shown that they are excellently prepared for this tough race. And I also have to praise the drivers. They showed a very disciplined approach in the qualifying sessions at this highly challenging track.



Especially the respect of the track limits in what is expected to be a 24-hour sprint race is immensely significant. With so many potential candidates for victory, one can’t afford too many penalties.”


 
Jochen Übler,  photos Mercedes

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31.07.2021 / MaP

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