Black Falcon’s Pro-GT3 race programmes have become another high-profile victim of the COVID-19 crisis. The team have announced the morning that after a decade of success they will withdraw from their previously announced Pro class efforts in both NLS (VLN) and GT World Challenge Europe, and will not represent Mercedes AMG at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2020 either.
Black Falcon managing director Alexander Böhm: “The last three months were by far the most difficult in the team’s 15-year history. The ban on events affects almost all of our business areas and is currently causing sales losses of over 90%. We have therefore decided to withdraw from professional GT3 sport until at least the end of 2021, i.e. to do without factory-supported assignments with professional drivers. This was a purely mental decision and unfortunately unavoidable for the economic security of Black Falcon”.
The team’s customer racing programmes in GT3, GT4 and in one-make Porsche racing remain though, with AMG, Porsche and Ferrari machinery still set to be fielded in 2020 and 2021.
Team Manager Sean Paul Breslin has left to join a new team, HRT, formed by now ex-Black Falcon customer Hubert Haupt (see separate story)
Black Falcon will continue in the 24h Series by Creventic with AMG GT3, GT4, and Porsche vehicles. On a European level, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and, from 2021, the Ferrari Challenge will continue to be the focus of attention.
The team’s NLS and Nurburgring 24 Hours efforts will focus on the new Porsche 991 GT3 Cup MR Pro, the Mercedes – AMG GT4 (in 500 hp+ SP8T trim) and the one-make Porsche Cayman GT4 class.
All customer sport programmes will be coordinated by the new Head of Motor Sport at Black Falcon, Timo Frings, in cooperation with long-time technical director Niko Driediger.
The team have made it clear that the move from Pro GT3 racing will also lead to a significant expansion of its services for customer-owned racing and sports cars with a focus on the racetracks in Germany and its neighbouring countries in the summer, and on the tracks in Southern Europe, the USA and the Middle East in the winter.
On 16 October 2010, a Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 used by BLACK FALCON started for the first time at the VLN on the Nürburgring with drivers Thomas Jäger and Christopher Haase taking the overall victory, the first win for an SLS AMG GT3 worldwide and the first overall victory of a Mercedes on the Nordschleife for 12 years.
In the following nine years BLACK FALCON achieved a total of 14 overall victories on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with the SLS AMG GT3 and the Mercedes – AMG GT3, two of them at the legendary classic, the 24h race Nürburgring.
Since 2012 BLACK FALCON has also been involved in the GT World Challenge (formerly Blancpain GT Series), the highlights so far are two overall victories and the title in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in 2018.