Customer Racing: VLN Long Distance Championship: Two Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the top ten in season opener at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife

24.
March 2018
Nürburgring

With a pair of top ten results and the maiden class win for the Mercedes-AMG GT4, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is looking back upon a successful season opener of this year’s Langstreckenmeisterschaft at the Nürburgring. The 64. ADAC Westfalenfahrt, the first round of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft, saw Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER finish in fifth place overall with the #47 Mercedes-AMG GT3. The sister car with starting number 48 secured another top ten result by finishing eighth. The maiden class win of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 rounded out the good achievement.

  • Fifth and eighth place for Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER
  • Class victory for the #163 Mercedes-AMG GT4 #163 of BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA
  • Mercedes-AMG teams rack up valuable mileage in testing for the Nürburgring 24-hour race in early May.

Nürburgring – A total of three Mercedes-AMG GT3 and two Mercedes-AMG GT4 took the start in the first season round of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft. Wintry conditions having prevailed at the Nürburgring prior to the race, the Eifel showed itself from its best angle on Saturday afternoon.

In sunshine and with temperatures around eight degrees Centigrade, the #47 Mercedes-AMG GT3 started from fourth place on the grid into the four-hour race in the Green Hell. Starting driver Renger van der Zande (NED) and his team-mates Dominik Baumann (AUT) and Edoardo Mortara (ITA) were on course for a podium finish for a long time thanks to a consistent performance. After a thrilling end of the race with several yellows in which the #47 Mercedes-AMG GT4 lost valuable time, final driver Edoardo Mortara crossed the finish line in fifth place after a total of 28 laps.

Driving the sister car with starting number 48, Indy Dontje (NED), Christian Hohenadel (GER) and Renger van der Zande, who was pulling double duty, finished the race in eighth place overall and thus also scored a top ten result.

Mercedes-AMG GT4 takes maiden class win
Another highlight of the weekend was the first class win worldwide for the new Mercedes-AMG GT4. Nico Bastian, Stefan Karg, Fidel Leib and Moritz Oberheim (all GER) showed a convincing performance with the #163 BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA Mercedes-AMG GT4 and secured victory in the SP10 class. Gabriele Piana (ITA), Mustafa Mehmet Kaya (TUR) and Miguel Toril Boquoi (ESP) claimed third place in the SP10 class with the #162 BLACK FALCON Team TMD Friction Mercedes-AMG GT4 and thus also made it onto the podium.

Dominik Baumann, Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER #47: “All in all, we can be happy with the race. The car ran perfectly and everything worked out really well. Unfortunately, we lost valuable time due to a couple of yellow flags. At the end of the day, fifth place is good. We had a podium finish within reach, but today, it just wasn’t to be. The race was a really good test with the Mercedes-AMG GT3.”

Christian Hohenadel, Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER #48: “The Mercedes-AMG GT3 ran very well, just like one would want it to. Every driver got to complete his mileage and was able to find back the routine after the winter. This was a successful and a very solid first race of the season.”

Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing: “We can be very happy with our start into the racing season at the Nordschleife. Here, we scored the maiden class win worldwide with the Mercedes-AMG GT4. Being able to score such good results with the car this early in the season shows that we have done a good job. With our GT3 in the SP9 PRO class, we were on course for a podium finish for a long time, but yellow flags at a late stage in the race affected our strategy, so that we eventually finished in fifth place. We have some homework to do and we will take care of it in order to be optimally prepared for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.”

Result VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft round 1*:

POS

overall

POS

class

Nr.

Car

Team

Drivers

1

1

(SP9 PRO)

911

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Manthey Racing

Kevin Estre (FRA), Earl Bamber (NZL), Laurens Vanthoor (BEL)

2

2

(SP9 PRO)

24

Audi R8 LMS

Audi Sport Team BWT

Markus Winkelhock (GER), Nico Müller (SUI)

3

3

(SP9 PRO)

4

Porsche 911 GT3 R (991)

Falken Motorsport

Klaus Bachler (AUT), Sven Müller (GER)

 

 

 

 

 

5

5

(SP9 PRO)

47

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER

Dominik Baumann (AUT), Edoardo Mortara (ITA), Renger van der Zande (NED)

8

8

(SP9 PRO)

48

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER

Indy Dontje (NED), Christian Hohenadel (GER), Renger van der Zande (NED)

14

13

(SP9 PRO)

13

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Assenheimer+Mul-finger GmbH&Co. KG

Patrick Assenheimer (GER), Clemens Schmid (AUT)

29

1

(SP10)

163

Mercedes-AMG GT4

BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA

Nico Bastian (GER), Stefan Karg (GER), Fidel Leib (GER), Moritz Oberheim (GER)

41

3

(SP10)

162

Mercedes-AMG GT4

BLACK FALCON Team TMD Friction

Gabriele Piana (ITA), Mustafa Mehmet Kaya (TUR), Miguel Toril Boquoi (ESP)

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    #47 Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER Mercedes-AMG GT3
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    #163 BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA Mercedes-AMG GT4
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    #162 BLACK FALCON Team TMD Friction Mercedes-AMG GT4
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    #47 Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER Mercedes-AMG GT3
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    #47 Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER Mercedes-AMG GT3
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