Mercedes-AMG will provide ‘extended works support’ for two of the ten AMG GT3 Evos set to contest the 2020 Spa 24 Hours.
One car apiece for AKKA ASP Team and Haupt Racing Team will see works support with the #4 car from
Mercedes-AMG Team HRT also sporting a special livery to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Mercedes AMG Customer Racing.
After three podium results from the past four years, there will be a ten car contingent of Mercedes-AMG GT3s
The #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by Mercedes-AMG Team HRT will have the third-placed duo from last year’s race at Spa, Maro Engel and Luca Stolz as well as the runner-up from the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Vincent Abril as its drivers.
Meanwhile, FIA GT World Cup winner Raffaele Marciello will be sharing driving duties in the #88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP car with the 2019 Blancpain GT Endurance Cup Silver Cup champions, Timur Boguslavskiy and Felipe Fraga.
Both crews have scored podium finishes in the Endurance races of the GT World Challenge this year with the AKKA ASP Team’s trio currently in second place of the GT World Challenge Endurance Cup drivers’ and teams’ standings with further valuable points in the title battle available at Spa.
With a total of three Mercedes-AMG GT3s, AKKA ASP Team has the largest entry among the Customer Racing Teams. Next to the #88 car, the French team is also running the #87 that has former football World Cup winner Fabien Barthez among its drivers, as well as the #89 entry.
Haupt Racing Team has entered another Mercedes-AMG GT3 that will be aiming at a top result in the Silver Cup and has team owner Hubert Haupt as one of its drivers.
Five further top teams from GT racing will be attacking with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Spa as well. Customer Racing Teams SPS automotive performance (above), RAM Racing (below) and JP Motorsport are competing in the Pro-Am classification while the HTP-Winward Motorsport and Madpanda Motorsport GT3s will be battling for a top position in the Silver Cup ranking.
As in the previous 24-hour races at Spa, teams and drivers can not only score points for the GT World Cup Europe classifications, but also for the Intercontinental GT Challenge, in which Mercedes-AMG has chances of winning the manufacturers’ title.
10th Anniversary Livery
2020 marks the tenth anniversary of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing, the #4 Haupt Racing Team GT3 will be sporting a special anniversary livery during the race (pictured top).
The colour scheme underlines the special significance that the Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race has for the Customer Racing Programme, but also for the AMG brand. The success of the SLS AMG GT3 at the Ardennes circuit in 2013 was the 100th victory since the start of the Customer Racing Programme. The success of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL AMG in the race in 1971 was the first major milestone in AMG’s motorsport history.
Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing: “For us, the Spa 24-hour race again ranks among the highlights of the season this year. We are competing with a strong line-up of ten Mercedes-AMG GT3s in order to score both a good overall result and to have success in the various classes. Moreover, for some of our teams and drivers, titles in the GT World Challenge Europe are at stake as well. Similar to the Nürburgring recently, I am expecting a very hard-fought endurance race in which minor details will be decisive. Due to the unusual date in autumn, the share of night-time running is bigger than normal which poses an additional challenge to our teams. But we are prepared very well for that, not in the least thanks to the test days at the end of September.”
Luca Stolz, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT (#4): “I am really happy that I will be present again for the 24-hour race at Spa. That is always one of the highlights of the season. For me, it will already be my fifth participation there. We are very confident for the race and we will be aiming at one of the podium slots. After all, we have some unfinished business after the difficult 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. But with a podium success in the GT World Challenge Europe at the Nürburgring, we have shown that we are fully competitive. The test days were very positive for us as well. Surely, conditions will be difficult as, due to the changed race date, rather cold and rainy weather is to be expected. However, we are in a very good position.”
Raffaele Marciello, Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP (#88): “I can hardly await the race at Spa. Together with the Nürburgring 24-hour race, it is the biggest event of the year. After the unfortunate turn of events at the Nordschleife, I am even more motivated for Spa. We are racing to win there. However, many others have this goal, too, so therefore, it is important to be perfectly prepared. It will be a long race with many hours of racing in the dark and we have to be prepared for difficult weather conditions again. We have a demanding weekend ahead of us, but I am already very much looking forward to it.”
Mercedes AMG Entries for 2020 Spa 24 Hours
4 Pro – Mercedes-AMG Team HRT Vincent Abril, Maro Engel, Luca Stolz
5 Silver – Haupt Racing Team Sergej Afanasiev, Michele Beretta, Hubert Haupt, Gabriele Piana
20 Pro-Am – SPS automotive performance Dominik Baumann, Colin Braun, George Kurtz, Valentin Pierburg
74 Pro-Am – RAM Racing Martin Konrad, Tom Onslow-Cole, Remon Vos
84 Silver – HTP-Winward Motorsport Indy Dontje, Philip Ellis, Russell Ward
87 Pro-Am – AKKA ASP TEAM Fabien Barthez, Jean-Luc Beaubelique, Thomas Drouet, Jim Pla
88 Pro – Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP Timur Boguslavskiy, Raffaele Marciello, Felipe Fraga
89 Silver – AKKA ASP TEAM Alex Fontana, Benjamin Hites, Lucas Légeret
90 Silver – Madpanda Motorsport Patrick Assenheimer, Max Hofer, Ezequiel Perez Companc
111 Pro-Am – JP Motorsport Patryk Krupinski, Christian Klien, Mathias Lauda, Jens Liebhauser