This year, Mercedes-AMG is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its customer sports programme. And in 2020, the race cars from Affalterbach want to continue their success story, amongst others in the Nürburgring Endurance Racing Series. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 has a revised design and features numerous technical optimisations. It will make its official race debut next weekend at the Dubai 24 Hours (9 to 11 January).
With Black Falcon, a long-standing VLN team belongs to the top favourites in the desert metropolis. The crew which is based at the Nürburgring Business Park has already taken the overall victory in Dubai four times (2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018). For the 15th edition of the endurance race, the drivers Khaled Al Qubaisi, Ben Barker, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Hubert Haupt and Manuel Metzger wish to move on with the fifth overall victory for the team. Stefan Wendl, Head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing: “Ten years of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing – this is something very special for us. Over the past decade, we have performed extraordinary well and we have achieved a leading position in the international customer sports sector. For our anniversary year, our ambition is to defend this position and expand it with further successes”.
On the legendary Nordschleife, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the Black Falcon AutoArena Motorsport team won the ROWE Speed Trophy by VLN in 2019. After the winners of VLN1 and VLN3 were a ROWE BMW and a Manthey Porsche respectively, Mercedes-AMG then won the biggest trophy six times in a row. In the classification for the fastest of the fastest introduced in 2013, Patrick Assenheimer triumphed together with Manuel Metzger in VLN 4 and VLN 6 and with Maro Engel in VLN 5 and VLN 9. In VLN7 Dominik Baumann and Fabian Schiller of the Team GetSpeed Performance won in the car with the star on the bonnet and in VLN8 Maximilian Buhk and Raffaele Marciello (Mercedes-AMG Team Mann Filter) took the victory in the Eifel.