Successful race weekend for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing in DTM and ADAC GT Masters

May 22, 2022
Klettwitz/Spielberg

With four further podium results, the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Teams were able to build on the successful season starts in DTM and ADAC GT Masters this weekend. In the DTM race at Lausitzring on Saturday, Luca Stolz (GER) of Mercedes-AMG Team HRT and Portimão winner Lucas Auer (AUT) of Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD scored a double podium result with second and third place. In total, four Mercedes-AMG GT3s finished among the first five in the race. On Sunday, Maro Engel (GER) of Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing also managed to end up on the podium with his second-place finish. In the ADAC GT Masters event that was held at the same time, Jonathan Aberdein (RSA) and Raffaele Marciello (SUI), who finished third at Red Bull Ring with the #48 Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF, managed to score a podium result for the second time this season already.

  • Successful second round in DTM and ADAC GT Masters for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing
  • DTM: double podium finish and four Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the top five of the Saturday race
  • GT Masters: MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF confirms excellent form with third place

After the convincing victories at the start of the season, the next tests in ADAC GT Masters and DTM were on for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing this weekend. While the International German GT Championship was present at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg in Austria for two one-hour races, DTM had its first event of this year in Germany with race weekend number two at Lausitzring in Brandenburg.

DTM: Successful Saturday race with four Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the top five

With high ambitions and boosted by the double success from Portimão, the four Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Teams headed to Klettwitz for this weekend’s second round of the DTM season. At the around 4.6 kilometres long Lausitzring, Lucas Auer, the winner of the season opener, immediately underlined his excellent form and put the #22 Mercedes-AMG GT3 on pole position for the first time this year in Saturday’s 20-minute qualifying.

At the start of the race, however, the Austrian was unable to successfully defend his top position. The Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD driver was second going into the banked first corner, exclusively used by DTM this year. After an early pit stop, Lucas Auer also had to let his fellow Mercedes-AMG driver Luca Stolz with the number 4 car of Mercedes-AMG Team HRT pull away. Eventually, Lucas Auer was third across the finish line and claimed the lead in the drivers’ championship by virtue of this repeated podium result, albeit just for one night.

Luca Stolz, who already was on the podium together with Auer at Portimão three weeks ago, finished in second place. His teammate Arjun Maini (IND) with the #36 Mercedes-AMG Teams HRT car in fourth and Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing’s Maro Engel in fifth rounded out a strong overall result with four Mercedes-AMG GT3s among the best five. Last year’s winner Maximilian Götz (GER) also scored one championship point with tenth place in the #1 GT3.

A red flag during second qualifying mixed up some tactics. Maro Engel was still able to secure third on the grid with the #88 car. The Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador made a good start and cemented his second place. After the mandatory pit stop, the Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing driver posted the fastest lap time of the race and secured the additional championship point, but there was no more opportunity to mount a decisive challenge against the leader.

GT Masters: MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF scores next podium result

Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing also scored valuable points for the overall standings in the second ADAC GT Masters season round that was held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg in Austria at the same time. With the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday, Raffaele Marciello in the #48 Mercedes-AMG GT3 got himself into an ideal position for the first of two one-hour races.

There, he finished on the podium for the second time this season, together with his teammate Jonathan Aberdein. During the season opener at Oschersleben, the MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF duo had already convinced, ending up in third and fourth place. Although the #48 car didn’t finish any higher up than 14th place on Sunday, Aberdein and Marciello head home from Styria in second place of the drivers’ standings.

On Sunday, the best-placed Mercedes-AMG GT3 was the #8 Mercedes-AMG Team ZvO car. From ninth place on the grid, Daniel Juncadella (ESP) and Jan Marschalkowski (GER) worked their way up to seventh position. Oschersleben race winners Jules Gounon (FRA) and Fabian Schiller (GER) also scored points for the championships by finishing twelfth in both races with the #4 Drago Racing Team ZvO GT3.

High-class sprint series travel to Imola and Zandvoort in June

In June, the third season rounds are on for both prestigious GT3 series. DTM is racing at the famous Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola for the first time in its history on 18th and 19th June. The five Mercedes-AMG GT3s racing in ADAC GT Masters will be in action again at Circuit Zandvoort on 25th and 26th June.

Thomas Jäger, Sporting Director DTM: “Even though it didn’t work out with a victory this weekend, our Customer Racing Teams once again proved the performance of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in an impressive way this weekend. Getting four cars among the first five on Saturday is anything but evident in this close competition in DTM. On Sunday, we had a bit of bad luck because of the red flag in qualifying. Nevertheless, we can also be happy with the second race with a further podium finish by Maro Engel. All in all, also with the podium success in GT Masters, it was a successful motorsport weekend for us.”

Lucas Auer, DTM, driver, Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD #22: “On Saturday, it was a very good day for us with pole position and the podium result. Today, it was a very tough race that we now have to analyse. However, I am already looking forward to the next chance at Imola.”

Arjun Maini, DTM, driver, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT #36: “I have mixed feelings after this weekend. Yesterday, we had a really good pace, moreover, the guys have delivered a strong pit stop once again. However, fourth place at the end shows that we are developing into the right direction. Today, it was a difficult race for me because of the red flag in qualifying. With 13th place, we still managed a good recovery drive. Too bad that it wasn't enough to score points today after the good points yesterday. Still, I can be confident looking ahead to the next races in Imola.”

Maro Engel, DTM, driver, Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing #88: “First of all, many thanks to the team. We had a strong car throughout the weekend. Of course, third on the grid was a good initial position today. I also made a better start than yesterday and laid the foundation with it. In turn 2, it was close once again when an opponent ran into my car. All in all, I am super happy with the result.”

Raffaele Marciello, ADAC GT Masters, driver MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF #48: “All in all, it was a good weekend during which we were able to score valuable points for the championship. On Sunday, moving up any further was difficult because of the poor starting grid position. I hope that it will be a bit better during the next race weekend at Zandvoort.”

Jonathan Aberdein, ADAC GT Masters, driver MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF #48: “Sadly, after the pit stop on Saturday, I rejoined the race in third place and I wasn’t able to attack. When the gap got bigger, I concentrated on keeping the position and score valuable points for the championship. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything more in store.”

Result race 1, DTM, Lausitzring*:

POS

Nr.

Car

Team

Driver

1.

31

BMW M4 GT3

Schubert Motorsport

Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)

2.

4

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HRT

Luca Stolz (GER)

3.

22

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD

Lucas Auer (AUT)

4.

36

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HRT

Arjun Maini (IND)

5.

88

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing

Maro Engel (GER)

 

 

 

 

10.

1

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD Racing

Maximilian Götz (GER)

11.

18

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke Motorsport

Maximilian Buhk (GER)

DNF

55

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing

Mikaël Grenier (CAN)

DNF

27

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD

David Schumacher (GER)

* excerpt subject to confirmation by the organiser

Result race 2, DTM, Lausitzring *:

POS

Nr.

Car

Team

Driver

1.

31

BMW M4 GT3

Schubert Motorsport

Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)

2.

88

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing

Maro Engel (GER)

3.

33

Audi R8 LMS GT3

Team Abt

René Rast (GER)

 

 

 

 

8.

22

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD

Lucas Auer (AUT)

12.

4

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HRT

Luca Stolz (GER)

13.

36

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HRT

Arjun Maini (IND)

14.

27

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD

David Schumacher (GER)

15.

1

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD Racing

Maximilian Götz (GER)

DNF

18

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HRT

Maximilian Buhk (GER)

DNF

55

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing

Mikaël Grenier (CAN)

* excerpt subject to confirmation by the organiser

Result race 1, ADAC GT Masters, Red Bull Ring*:

POS

Nr.

Car

Team

Drivers

1.

10

BMW M4 GT3

Schubert Motorsport

Ben Green (GBR), Niklas Krütten (GER)

2.

91

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Team Joos Sportwagentechnik

Christian Engelhart (GER), Ayhancan Güven (TUR)

3.

48

Mercedes-AMG GT3

MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF

Jonathan Aberdein (RSA), Raffaele Marciello (SUI)

 

 

 

 

12.

4

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Drago Racing Team ZvO

Jules Gounon (FRA), Fabian Schiller (GER)

16.

8

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team ZvO

Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Jan Marschalkowski (GER)

19.

90

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Madpanda Motorsport

Ezequiel Perez Companc (ARG), Jannes Fittje (GER)

20.

84

Mercedes-AMG GT3

MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF

Frank Bird (GBR), Elias Seppänen (FIN)

* excerpt subject to confirmation by the organiser

Result race 2, ADAC GT Masters, Red Bull Ring*:

POS

Nr.

Car

Team

Drivers

1.

10

BMW M4 GT3

Schubert Motorsport

Ben Green (GBR), Niklas Krütten (GER)

2.

20

BMW M4 GT3

Schubert Motorsport

Nicky Catsburg (NED), Jesse Krohn (FIN)

3.

91

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Team Joos Sportwagentechnik

Christian Engelhart (GER), Ayhancan Güven (TUR)

 

 

 

 

7.

8

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team ZvO

Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Jan Marschalkowski (GER)

12.

4

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Drago Racing Team ZvO

Jules Gounon (FRA), Fabian Schiller (GER)

14.

48

Mercedes-AMG GT3

MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF

Jonathan Aberdein (RSA), Raffaele Marciello (SUI)

18.

84

Mercedes-AMG GT3

MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF

Frank Bird (GBR), Elias Seppänen (FIN)

20.

90

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Madpanda Motorsport

Ezequiel Perez Companc (ARG), Jannes Fittje (GER)

* excerpt subject to confirmation by the organiser

#4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, and #22 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD
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Luca Stolz, #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT
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#22 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD
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Lucas Auer, #22 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD
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#22 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD, at the start of the Saturday race
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#36 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, and #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing
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Luca Stolz, #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, and Lucas Auer, #22 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD
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Maro Engel, #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing
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#88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing
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#48 Mercedes-AMG GT3, MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF
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Jonathan Aberdein and Raffaele Marciello, #48 Mercedes-AMG GT3, MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF
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#8 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team ZvO, and #90 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Madpanda Motorsport
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