Mercedes-AMG Motorsport going into GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup with title ambitions

Mar 29, 2022
Affalterbach

Following promising test days at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, Mercedes-AMG will be starting the new Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS season from 1st till 3rd April. A three-hour race at Imola’s Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari will be the season opener of the high-class GT series with another four endurance races to follow in the course of the season. Seven Customer Racing Teams will be bringing a total of eleven Mercedes-AMG GT3s to the grid that are, among others, to secure the title defence in the global manufacturers’ standings. In the past three years, Mercedes-AMG had managed to decide this intercontinental championship in its favour.

  • Seven Customer Teams participating in the Endurance Cup with eleven Mercedes-AMG GT3s
  • Season opener at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola on 3rd April
  • Mercedes-AMG aims at title defence in manufacturers’ classification across all series

In the 2022 motorsport season, Mercedes-AMG is again coming up with a considerable presence in the GT World Challenge Europe: in the Endurance Cup, Customer Teams GetSpeed (#2, #3), Haupt Racing Team (#4, #5, #777), SPS automotive performance (#20), Winward Racing (#57), AKKA ASP Team (#87, #88), Madpanda Motorsport (#90) and SKY – Tempesta Racing (#93) are running a total of eleven Mercedes-AMG GT3s, all with top-notch line-ups. SKY - Tempesta Racing will be entering a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in this series for the first time. With the #2 Mercedes-AMG GT3, under the Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed banner, one of the cars receives extended support from Affalterbach in 2022.

In addition to the opening event in Imola, Italy, the season includes four further prestigious endurance races. There will also be races at the Circuit Paul Ricard (3-5 June), as part of the 24 Hours of Spa at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (28-31 July) and the Hockenheimring (2-4 September). The season finale will take place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from 30 September to 2 October.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3s have a high-quality driver line-up

To again reach the goals that were set quite high, the Mercedes-AMG GT3s will have a high-quality driver line-up once more this season. With the likes of Lucas Auer (AUT), Maro Engel (GER), Jules Gounon (FRA), Dani Juncadella (ESP), Raffaele Marciello (SUI) and Luca Stolz (GER), international top drivers are to be found behind the wheels in the Pro class. But also in the Silver Cup and the Gold category, an excellent line-up also allows for justified hopes of championship title wins in all categories. The newly initiated Gold Cup is getting its inaugural season underway with 13 cars for this year while 18 participating cars are a new record in Silver Cup. Moreover, Mercedes-AMG is one of two manufacturers to be represented in the Pro-Am classification as well, next to its presence in Pro, Silver and Gold Cup. 

Ten Mercedes-AMG GT4s hunting for the title on the support bill

On the five race weekends, multiple Mercedes-AMG GT4s are also in action on the support bill of the GT World Challenge Europe. In the season opener at Imola, AKKA ASP Team, Drago Racing Team ZvO, NM Motorsport and Selleslagh Racing Team enter the GT4 European Series with a total of ten cars. As a result, Mercedes-AMG is one of the brands with the strongest representation in the record field of over 50 cars.

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport again wants to defend manufacturers’ title

In the past season, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport managed to win the title in the global manufacturers’ standings of the GT World Challenge for the third consecutive time, with a fourth title to be added in 2022. To this end, a total of 30 race events in the four different continental competitions in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe are taken into account. The international season already got underway the weekend before last with the opening races in GT World Challenge Australia. There, AMG drivers Prince Jefri Ibrahim (MAS) and Shane van Gisbergen (NZL) scored a podium finish with their outstanding achievement in the first race on Saturday. Akritas Racing Team with drivers Sam Brabham and Ross Poulakis (both AUS) took GT4 class honours on both race days.

Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing: “We are proud to be present again with a first-class driver and team line-up in the Endurance Cup of the GT World Challenge this year. We are looking back upon great achievements in the popular series and we want to build on them. Not in the least, of course, we want to defend the title of the best manufacturer across the GT World Challenge competitions. We will do everything to again support our Customer Racing Teams all over the world in an optimal way. I wish all the teams and drivers a promising season opener at Imola and good luck in the 2022 GT World Challenge Europe!”

Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Teams in the 2022 GT World Challenge Europe Endurance 1:

Nr.

Team

Driver

Category

2

Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed

Maro Engel (GER), Steijn Schothorst (NED), Luca Stolz (GER)

Pro

3

GetSpeed Performance

Sébastien Baud (FRA), Valdemar Eriksen (DNK), Jeffrey Kingsley (CAN)

Silver Cup

4

Haupt Racing Team

Jannes Fittje (GER), Jordan Love (AUS), Alain Valente (SUI)

Silver Cup

5

Haupt Racing Team

Hubert Haupt (GER), Arjun Maini (IND), Florian Scholze (GER)

Gold Cup

20

SPS automotive performance

Dominik Baumann (AUT), Ian Loggie (GBR), Valentin Pierburg (GER)

Pro-Am Cup

57

WINWARD Racing

Lucas Auer (AUT), Lorenzo Ferrari (ITA), Jens Liebhauser (GER)

Gold Cup

87

AKKA ASP Team

Tommaso Mosca (ITA), Casper Stevenson (GBR), Konstantin Tereschenko (FIA)

Silver Cup

88

AKKA ASP Team

Jules Gounon (FRA), Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Raffaele Marciello (SUI)

Pro

90

Madpanda Motorsport

Dusan Borkovic (SRB), Ezequiel Perez Companc (ARG), Sean Walkinshaw (GBR)

Silver Cup

93

SKY – Tempesta Racing

Eddie Cheever (ITA), Chris Froggatt (GBR), Jonathan Hui (HKG)

Gold Cup

777

Al Manar Racing by HRT

Al Faisal Al Zubair (OMA), Axcil Jefferies (ZIM), Fabian Schiller (GER)

Silver Cup

1 subject to last-minute changes


Race calendar 2022 GT World Challenge Europe Endurance2:

Date

Event

Competition

1st– 3rd April

Imola / ITA

Endurance

3rd – 5th June

Circuit Paul Ricard 1000Km / FRA

Endurance

28th – 31st July

Total 24 Hours of Spa / BEL

Endurance

2nd – 4th September

Hockenheim / GER

Endurance

30th September – 2nd October

Barcelona / ESP

Endurance

2 subject to last-minute changes

#5 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Haupt Racing Team
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#2 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed
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#4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Haupt Racing Team
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#20 Mercedes-AMG GT3, SPS automotive performance
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#57 Mercedes-AMG GT3, WINWARD Racing
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#93 Mercedes-AMG GT3, SKY - Tempesta Racing
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#777 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Al Manar Racing by HRT
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#3 Mercedes-AMG GT3, GetSpeed
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Mercedes-AMG going into GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup with title ambitions
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