Mercedes-AMG Motorsport To Chase Points In GT World Challenge Europe

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport To Chase Points In GT World Challenge Europe

The GT World Challenge having already started in America and in Australia, the lights are about to go green on the European continent, too: from 16th-18th April, Autodromo Nazionale Monza will serve as the venue for the opening round of this year’s Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS. Eight Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams will be participating in the renowned race series with 13 Mercedes-AMG GT3s – a good set-up, therefore, to defend the drivers’ title as well as the Silver Cup drivers’ and teams’ titles while aiming at further title wins as well. The schedule consists of five sprint and five endurance events with the Total 24 Hours of Spa (29th July-1st August) as the season highlight. The teams are not only competing for titles, victories and points in the European version of the race series. With their achievements, they are also contributing to the superordinated global manufacturers’ standings in which Mercedes-AMG came out on top in the past two years.

  • Mercedes-AMG Motorsport with eight Customer Racing Teams in GT World Challenge Europe
  • Season opener at Monza on 16th April and Total 24 Hours of Spa as the season highlight
  • Objective: Title defence as the most successful manufacturer in Europe, America, Asia and Australia
  • Five Customer Racing Teams with eleven Mercedes-AMG GT4s on the support package

The Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams Toksport WRT (#7), SPS automotive performance (#20), RAM Racing (#69), AKKA ASP Team (#87, #88) and Madpanda Motorsport (#90) will be taking on a campaign in the full 2021 GT World Challenge Europe 2021. For the sprint races, one Mercedes-AMG GT3 each from Toksport WRT (#6) and AKKA ASP Team (#89) will complement this impressive line-up. For the Endurance Cup rounds, Haupt Racing Team will be joining the field with two cars (#4, #5) as well as GetSpeed Performance (#2), SPS automotive performance (#40) and WINWARD Racing (#57) with one GT3 each. That is making Mercedes-AMG with a total of 13 cars the manufacturer with the largest contingent in the series and also has the biggest presence in the Endurance and the Sprint classifications with eleven and eight cars respectively. In the 2021 season, the #4 under the Mercedes-AMG Team HRT entry in the Endurance Cup, the #6 as Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport in the Sprint Cup as well as #88 under Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP in both classifications will be competing with extended support from Affalterbach.

First-class driver line-up in all categories
During the official GT World Challenge Europe test days at Circuit Paul Ricard on 25th and 26th March, the Mercedes-AMG drivers already presented themselves in an impressive shape: with the #88 AKKA ASP Team entry, Jules Gounon (FRA) posted the fastest lap time of all the participants at the track in the south of France. Overall, the Customer Racing Teams have a high-quality line-up: among the drivers are seasoned GT3 stalwarts like Maro Engel (GER), Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Philip Ellis (SUI), but also rising stars like Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS), who became the youngest-ever champion in the series’ history with eight podium finishes from 14 sprint and endurance races last year. Next to Pro driver Boguslavskiy, Mercedes-AMG also has Ezequiel Pérez Companc (ARG) as the reigning Silver champion in its ranks, who will be racing again with Madpanda Motorsport in 2021.

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport aims at third consecutive manufacturers’ title
The GT World Challenge Europe, together with its counterparts in America, Asia and Australia, is considered as the world’s most competitive GT championship. The achievements from the teams in the continental competitions decide the outcome in the battle for the manufacturers’ title at global level that went to Affalterbach in the past two years. After convincing performances by the Customer Racing Teams in the first rounds of the season in America and Australia, Mercedes-AMG is again leading in the superordinated standings. The season in Europe is getting underway with a race weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza (16th-18th April). The highlight of the race calendar is the Total 24 Hours of Spa (29th July-1st August), where Haupt Racing Team and WINWARD Racing scored a 1-2 in the Silver Cup last year. The race at Barcelona on 10th October concludes the season.

Eleven Mercedes-AMG GT4s racing on the support package
In selected GT World Challenge Europe events, races of affiliated series are held on the support package. During the season opener at Monza, for instance, further Customer Racing Teams are competing in the GT4 European Series: with a total of eleven Mercedes-AMG GT4s from CD Sport, NM Racing Team, Selleslagh Racing Team, AKKA ASP Team and Trivellato Racing by Villorba Corse, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach here also has a larger representation than any other manufacturer.

Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing: “In the GT World Challenge, we were already able to celebrate many significant victories and emotional achievements together with our Customer Racing Teams, both in the drivers’ and in the teams’ classifications. Of course, we are also particularly proud of the fact that we are the only brand to date to have won the title in the combined manufacturers’ standings in the past two years. In Europe, we have the largest contingent of cars and teams that we will again be supporting in an optimal way this year. I am very confident that we will succeed in confirming last year’s huge achievements. I wish the teams and drivers all the best for the new season and a successful start at Monza.”

Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Teams in the 2021 GT World Challenge Europe1:

Nr. Team Competition Drivers
2 GetSpeed Performance Endurance Cup Nico Bastian (GER), Olivier Grotz (LUX), Florian Scholze (GER)
4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT Endurance Cup Vincent Abril (FRA), Maro Engel (GER), Luca Stolz (GER),
5 Haupt Racing Team Endurance Cup Patrick Assenheimer (GER), Hubert Haupt (GER), Ricardo Sánchez (MEX)
6 Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport Sprint Cup Maro Engel (GER), Luca Stolz (GER)
7 Toksport WRT Sprint Cup Juuso Puhakka (FIN), Oscar Tunjo (COL)
Endurance Cup Marvin Dienst (GER), Paul Petit (FRA), Oscar Tunjo (COL)
20 SPS automotive performance Sprint & Endurance Cup Dominik Baumann (AUT), Valentin Pierburg (GER)
40 SPS automotive performance Endurance Cup Miklas Born (SUI), Jordan Love (AUS), Yannick Mettler (SUI)
57 WINWARD Racing Endurance Cup Philip Ellis (SUI), Mikael Grenier (CAN), Russell Ward (USA)
69 RAM Racing Endurance Cup Robert Collard (GBR), Sam De Haan (GBR), Callum MacLeod (GBR)
87 AKKA ASP Team Sprint Cup Jim Pla (FRA), Konstantin Tereschenko (RUS)
Endurance Cup Thomas Drouet (FRA), Simon Gachet (FRA), Konstantin Tereschenko (RUS
88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP Sprint Cup Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS), Raffaele Marciello (ITA)
Endurance Cup Jules Gounon (FRA), Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Raffaele Marciello (ITA)
89 AKKA ASP Team Sprint Cup Jules Gounon (FRA), Petru Razvan Umbrarescu (ROU)
90 Madpanda Motorsport Sprint & Endurance Cup Rik Breukers (NED), Ezequiel Pérez Companc (ARG)

1 subject to last-minute changes

Race calendar 2021 GT World Challenge Europe2:

Date Event Competition
16–18 April Monza / ITA Endurance
7–9 May Magny-Cours / FRA Sprint
28–30 May Circuit Paul Ricard 1000Km / FRA Endurance
18–20 June Zandvoort / NED Sprint
2–4 July Misano / ITA Sprint
29 July–1 August Total 24 Hours of Spa / BEL Endurance
28–29 August Brands Hatch / GBR Sprint
3–5 September Nürburgring / GER Endurance
25–26 September Valencia / SPA Sprint
8–10 October Barcelona / SPA Endurance

2 subject to last-minute changes


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