Mercedes-AMG has confirmed a four-car performance lineup for next month’s FIA GT World Cup in Macau, with factory entries run by GruppeM Racing and Craft-Bamboo Racing.
Maro Engel and Raffaele Marciello will drive a pair of specially liveried GruppeM entries, while Edoardo Mortara and Alessio Picariello are set to get behind the wheel of Craft-Bamboo-prepared Mercedes for the Nov. 14-17 event.
The German manufacturer has a pair of GT World Cup victories to its credit, with Engel claiming the inaugural edition in 2015 and Mortara two years later.
The pair of GruppeM entries will run as ‘art cars’ with striking liveries designed by photo artist Michael von Hassel.
“The FIA GT World Cup in Macau is an undisputed season highlight,” said Engel. “A race at one of the most unbelievable circuits out there. I am massively looking forward to it.”
Marciello added: “The past two years have shown the potential we have. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to bring it home yet. Therefore, I am all the more motivated this year.”
The event, meanwhile, will mark Picarello’s Macau debut.
“Racing at Macau one day has been a dream of mine ever since I have been in racing,” he said. “I am already very curious to find out what is in store for me.
“For me, in my rookie year, it is particularly about learning a lot. With Mr. Macau Edoardo Mortara as my teammate, I am in the perfect position to do so.”
Mortara has a total of six Macau wins to his credit, four of them coming in the GT category.
“I am delighted to being allowed to race for Craft-Bamboo Racing at Macau this year,” he said. “Team principal Darryl O’Young is a good friend of mine.
“Following my six wins at Macau, it would be unbelievably nice to be able to celebrate another win together with him there.
“However, it will be a real challenge, as I haven’t been racing the Mercedes-AMG GT3 often since last year’s race at Macau. And the opposition will be strong.”
An additional two Mercedes-AMG GT3s will be on the grid in the hands of privateers, with Adderly Fong set to drive for Zun Motorsport Crew and Roelof Bruins in Solite Indigo Racing’s entry.