Highly successful anniversary season for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
Affalterbach. Founded ten years ago, the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Programme also remains on course for success in its anniversary season. In spite of various races being cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation, the international AMG Customer Racing Teams were again able to rack up numerous victories and titles, seamlessly continuing their successful streak from the record years 2018 and 2019. In 320 races with participation of Customer Racing cars from Affalterbach this year, there were 69 overall wins and 169 class wins. In the course of the season, a total of 97 customer teams ran the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the Mercedes-AMG GT4 all over the world – more than ever before in the ten-year history of the programme. With their achievements at the race track, the teams and drivers collected more than 25 championship titles for the Mercedes-Benz performance and sports car brand.
For Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing, 2020 was a special motorsport year in several ways. As a result, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is looking back upon a season that was certainly extraordinary, but nevertheless had one thing in common with previous years: numerous victories and titles by the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Teams with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in national and international race series.
Title wins in the GT World Challenge
In the renowned GT World Challenge Europe, the world’s best GT drivers are up against each other at the most demanding race tracks year after year. This season, the most successful of them raced a Mercedes-AMG GT3. Driving for the AKKA ASP team, 20-year-old Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS) secured the drivers’ championship after eight podium finishes from the 14 sprint and endurance races and also was crowned as the youngest overall winner in history of the series. In their debut season, Madpanda Motorsport and Ezequiel Perez Companc (ARG) added two further titles by claiming the double of drivers’ and teams’ titles in the Silver Cup. Moreover, Mercedes-AMG again won the combined manufacturers’ title across GT World Challenge Europe and GT World Challenge America.
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport also achieved top results in the two best-known German race series for GT cars. In ADAC GT Masters, the four participating Customer Racing Teams DLV-Team Schütz Motorsport, HTP WINWARD Motorsport, Toksport WRT and Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing each managed to score one race win with the Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Next to the two race wins for the newly-founded Mercedes-AMG Team HRT and four further overall podium results by Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed and Mercedes-AMG Team HRT AutoArena, there was also a clean sweep for BLACK FALCON Team TEXTAR: with the maximum outcome of five class victories from as many races, Stephan Rösler (GER) and Tristan Viidas (EST) secured the top position in the final SP8T class standings with the #155 Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Historic victories in Asia
Like in previous years, Asian Customer Racing Teams also convinced with strong achievements. In the Macau GT Cup, held as a substitute for the FIA GT World Cup due to the reduced travel opportunities this year, Toro Racing’s Ye Hongli (CHN) secured the fifth victory in Macau for a GT3 from Affalterbach since 2014. In the Japanese Super Taikyu series, HIRIX Racing achieved a historic feat: in the race at Fuji, the team celebrated the maiden win in a 24-hour race for the evolution version of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 that has been available since 2020.
Customer Racing Teams compete in sim racing
Among others, they competed in the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series, SRO E-Sport GT Series as well as in the GT World Challenge Asia Esports Championship and the GT World Challenge America Esports Championship. Professionals like Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Ezequiel Perez Companc mastered the e-sports challenge with decent results. After the real-world races had resumed, the e-sports series continued and many Customer Racing Teams kept their involvement in sim racing up.
Extended classification time frame for the Customer Racing Championship
As a result of the changed conditions for the 2020 season, Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing’s end-of-season celebration with the prize-giving ceremony of the Customer Racing Championship had to be cancelled as well. To give all the teams and drivers sufficient possibilities to score points with their race participations, the classification time frame of the championship season has been extended by one year to the end of 2021.
Passion for Good successfully continued in the anniversary year
Since 2017, the race participations by the Performance Teams have also generated contributions for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Under the ‘Passion for Good’ banner, a donation of one Euro for every kilometre completed in the races is made to the foundation that is making an effort for children and youngsters at a disadvantage all over the world. At the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Laureus Sport for God, Mercedes-AMG congratulated as a partner of many years during the Nürburgring 24-hour race with a special anniversary branding on the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the 10Q Racing Team.
Dec 04, 2020 at 22:21