Tales from the paddock: 2019 GT campaign reaches climax at Macau

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November 2019
Stuttgart

Sprint to the finish of the motorsport season: Brazil hosts Formula 1 while the top GT drivers compete in the streets of Macau

  • This is what happened: Results and facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams
  • Social media news: What’s new online?

This is what happened: Results and facts

  • Australian GT Championship: Two victories and a P2 for Mercedes-AMG GT3 driver Peter Hackett in Melbourne
  • Super Taikyu: Podium for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at the Okayama International Circuit in Japan

News snippets

Interlagos, here we come: The penultimate race weekend of the 2019 Formula One season takes the team to Sao Paulo for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Since the beginning of the hybrid era in 2014, the team has won four of the five races at Interlagos. Two of the victories were secured by Nico Rosberg (2014, 2015) and two by Lewis Hamilton (2016, 2018). Mercedes-powered cars have an overall tally of nine wins at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace. In each of the past five years, a Silver Arrow has started from pole position in Brazil: Lewis (2016, 2018) and Nico (2014, 2015) have two each, while Valtteri Bottas (2017) has one. There have been a total of 10 poles and 22 starts from the front row for drivers in a car with a Mercedes power unit.

Hopes high for a continuation of FIA GT World Cup success in Macau: The FIA GT World Cup (14th - 17th November) on the legendary street circuit of Macau is a standout fixture which traditionally signals the end of the motor racing season. Since 2014, at least one Mercedes-AMG car has booked a podium slot, and on three occasions, the overall victory went to the Affalterbach-based outfit. With no fewer than six Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the starting line-up this year, hopes are high of further successes. Among the strongest contenders on the grid are Edoardo Mortara (SUI, Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing) and Maro Engel (GER, Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing), two former winners of the race. Starting alongside them are team-mates Alessio Picariello (BEL, Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Mercedes-AMG Team Group M Racing) with additional factory support. The squad is completed by Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia champion driver Roelof Bruins (NED, Solite Indigo Racing) and Adderly Fong (HKG, Zun Motorsport Crew). The race will start on Sunday at 12:25 local time (05:25 CET).

Strong performance to round off Australian GT Championship season: At Sandown Raceway, the 2019 Australian GT Championship ended on a high with a one-two victory for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. In difficult weather conditions, Peter Hackett (AUS, Eggleston Motorsport) won the first of three sprint races ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Mark Griffith (AUS, Griffith Corporation). In the second race, Hackett added a fourth victory of the season. It was his consistency in the number 63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 over the year that has earned him the runner-up spot in Australian GT championship. In the third race, Hackett completed a successful final weekend with yet another podium appearance for second place

Two class wins in the IMSA invitation race: The two Mercedes-AMG cars fielded by Riley Motorsports delivered a flawless performance at the Sebring International Raceway. In their debut for the team, Lawson Aschenbach and Gar Robinson (both USA) took the victory in the GTD class of the IMSA Michelin SportsCar Encore invitation race. The decisive moment came on the last pit stop when the team changed only two of the four tyres on the number 74 car, which allowed Aschenbach to return to the track as race leader. In this four-hour race, Jim Cox and Dylan Murry (both USA) driving the number 35 Mercedes-AMG GT4 were winners in the GS class. The Sebring invitation race was the final event of the 2019 IMSA season. The next engagements for the two teams managed by Riley Motorsports will be Roar before the Rolex in early January and the 24-hour race in Daytona later that month.

Podium appearances in the Super Taikyu Series: In the final three-hour race of the 2019 Super Taikyu Series at the Okayama International Circuit, the number 3 Mercedes-AMG GT4 fielded by Endless Sports clinched the championship in the ST‑Z classification by finishing third in class. The number 112 Mercedes-AMG GT3 entered by SATO-SS took P2 in the last race of the campaign.

Social Media News

#PurePitWall: What happened to Lewis in Q3? And why did we put our drivers on different strategies at COTA? Motorsport Strategy Director James Vowles answers fan questions about the US GP.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzwyFgTNarc

#MercedesAMGMotorsport / #AMGGT3: A glimpse behind the scenes during the intensive programme of testing for the latest version of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The new car completed a 35-hour test at the Slovakiaring.

Watch video: www.facebook.com/MercedesAMGCustomerRacing/videos/822321404882699/

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    #74 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Riley Motorsports
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    #74 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Riley Motorsports
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    #35 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Riley Motorsports
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    Dylan Murry (left) and Jim Cox from Riley Motorsports at the podium ceremony
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    Raffaele Marciello
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    Alessio Picariello
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    Maro Engel (left) and Edoardo Mortara at the FIA GT World Cup’s podium ceremony 2018
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