18 victories for the SLS AMG GT3 in 2012
- At the top of the table in the FIA GT1 World Championship
- Lead in the driver’s ranking of the FIA European GT3 Championship
- Second place in the overall ranking of the ADAC GT Masters
- Third place in the team ranking of the Blancpain Endurance Series
- Preparations for the 24-hours of Spa-Francorchamps in full swing
- AMG Customer Sports Portal assures an optimal supply of spare parts
Affalterbach – Around the globe, 25 customer teams have achieved exemplary good results with the SLS AMG GT3. In the motorsport season of 2012, the race version of the gullwing car starts in more than 15 race series and on four continents. So far, the customer teams have managed to achieve 18 victories in 2012 (dated 25th June 2012).
Ola Källenius, chairman of the board of the Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “We are very pleased about the numerous successes achieved by our customer teams with the race version of the gullwing car. So far, we have shipped 49 SLS AMG GT3s worldwide.”
FIA GT1 World Championship: The AMG Customer Team ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport confidently takes the lead of the team ranking with 104 points. Having finished among the top three for five times in the first four out of nine race weekends, the German gullwing team is among the challengers for the title. The driver team Marc Basseng / Markus Winkelhock (both GER) ended the race in Nogaro and on the Slovakia Ring winning the respective third position in each, in Navarra they ended the second race finishing second. The sister car, driven by Thomas Jäger (GER) and Nicky Pastorelli (ITA) finished second in the first race in Zolder as well as in the second race in Navarra. Taking the third position in the driver’s ranking, Basseng / Winkelhock are currently very close to the front position whereas their team colleagues Jäger / Pastorelli take the fifth position in the ranking with the same number of points. The next FIA GT1 World Championship races take place on the Autodromo Algarve in Portimão/Portugal from 6th to 8th July 2012.
FIA European GT3 Championship: The German-Czech AMG Customer Team HEICO-GRAVITY CHAROUZ won both races in Navarra, Spain, which was the third event in the race calendar. Max Nilsson (SWE) and Mika Vähämäki (FIN) ended the first race winning the first position with their SLS AMG GT3, their team colleagues Maximilian Buhk (GER) and Dominik Baumann (AUT) won the second race. Halfway through the season, the German-Austrian duo, which additionally had victories in Nogaro and Zolder, is top of the driver’s ranking with 94 points while HEICO-GRAVITY CHAROUZ comes second in the team ranking. The next FIA European GT3 Championship takes place on the Autodromo Algarve in Portimão/Portugal on 8th July 2012.
ADAC GT Masters: After finishing in the second position once and in the third position twice, Sebastian Asch and Maximilian Götz (both GER) occupy a promising second position in the overall driver’s ranking. After six out of 16 races, the kfzteile24 MS RACING Team also won the second position in the team ranking. The customer teams HEICO Motorsport (Kenneth Heyer / Christiaan Frankenhout, GER / NL as well as Harald Proczyk / Dominik Baumann, both AUT), HEICO Junior Team (Maximilian Buhk / Andreas Simonsen, GER / SWE) as well as SMS Seyffarth Motorsport (Maximilian Meyer / Jan Seyffarth, both GER) finish in positions 11, 12 and 13. The Schöner Wohnen Polarweiss Team HEICO with Lance David Arnold and Alexandros Margaritis (both GER) comes 15th. The next two ADAC GT Masters races take place on the Nürburgring Grand-Prix track from 13th to 15th July 2012.
Blancpain Endurance Series: The Belgian AMG Customer Team KRK Racing takes the third position in the team ranking after two out of six races. Karl Wendlinger (AUT), Anthony Kumpen and Koen Wauters (both BEL) finished third in the opening race in Monza (Italien) and currently come fourth in the driver’s ranking of the Pro Cup. The sister car with Raf Vanthoor, Dennis Retera and Marius Ritskes (all BEL) started in the Pro/Am Cup, where professional drivers and amateur drivers share the cockpit. Black Falcon starts with two SLS AMG GT3s in the Pro/Am Cup. The drivers Bret Curtis (USA), Mike Parisy (FRA) and Steve Jans (LUX) rank ninth, their team colleagues Oliver Morley (GB), Jérôme Thiry (BEL) and Riccardo Brutschin (GER) have not succeeded in making any points yet, similar to the British team Preci-Spark with David and Godfrey Jones as well as Michael Jordan (all GB). The next race of the Blancpain Endurance Series takes place on 1st July on the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet (France).
VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring: The Customer Team ROWE RACING achieved the best result in the famous race series. Alexander Roloff and Jan Seyffarth (both GER), ended the fourth VLN race on the second rank. In the first race, the SLS AMG GT3 of Black Falcon with the drivers Sean Edwards (GB), Manuel Metzger (CH) and Ralf Schall (GER) finished sixth. ROWE RACING ended the third VLN race in the seventh position with Mark Bullitt (USA), Marko Hartung, Roland Rehfeld and Michael Zehe (all GER). The fifth of a total of ten VLN races takes place on 7th July 2012.