Mario Farnbacher and Adam Christodoulou will complete AMG-Team Riley Motorsports’ lineup for next month’s Rolex 24 At Daytona, joining full-season drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating at the wheel of the team’s new Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Silver-rated Farnbacher will also join Keating and Bleekemolen for all four rounds of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.
“There’s a lot of great driver lineups in GTD for the Rolex 24 and I just want to make sure that we are one of them,” Keating said. I believe we have definitely achieved that and I am really excited about the four-driver lineup that we have for the 33.”
The 24-year-old German spent the last two seasons in full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition with Alex Job Racing, having achieved wins in key endurance races, but saw the Heart of Racing-backed program come to an end this year.
“I have the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans already on my win list,” Farnbacher said. “Still on my bucket list is the win at the Rolex 24 and our main goal of the championship.
“I am super proud to be part of this team, it’s one of the best teams in the paddock. Riley Motorsports always has the cars to win, and I am 100 percent sure that the Mercedes-AMG package for 2017 will also be the same winning one from the past.”
Christodoulou, an AMG Customer Sports driver and reigning Nürburgring 24 winner, returns to Daytona for the first time since making his 24-hour race debut in 2011.
The Englishman drove in selected Grand-Am races in a SpeedSource-entered Mazda RX-8 alongside John Edwards, earning victory at Lime Rock Park in 2010.
“I’m really looking forward to coming back to where my GT career first started back in 2010,” Christodoulou said. “I’m extremely grateful and honored that Riley and AMG have entrusted me to be a part of their team.
“I’ve been training hard over the winter in preparation for the season ahead, and I’m heading out to the Roar Before the 24 to get to know everyone.
“I’ve been lucky enough to race in the same car as Jeroen before and I know Ben and Mario are both fast, so I’m really looking forward to working and racing with them.”