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10Q Racing Team Makes GT3 Step with Spa, N24 Plans

Mercedes squad joins GT3 ranks with ambitions to contest this year’s 24h races at Nüburgring, Spa…

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Emerging Mercedes-AMG squad 10Q Racing Team has announced plans to contest this year’s major 24-hour endurance races at Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring.

The German squad, based in Augsburg, is set to expand its motorsport involvement into the GT3 formula with a single Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo.

It will make its class debut in Saturday’s six-hour NLS round at the Nürburgring, fielding the Pro lineup of Daniel Juncadella, Sebastian Asch, Thomas Jaeger and Kenneth Heyer.

Founded in 2018, 10Q Racing Team is co-led by Thomas Zabel, Heyer and Daniela Hauer, and has competed in various GT4 races over the last couple of years.

It has now confirmed its intentions to grow into a GT3 program that will include outings in the Nürburgring 24 next month and the Total 24 Hours of Spa in October.

The team also plans to continue running Mercedes-AMG GT4s this year.

“Endurance races have a very special attraction for us and we have set ourselves the goal of contesting other great and exciting endurance races in addition to the Nürburgring 24 and Spa, which are to become an integral part of our annual planning in the future,” said Zabel.

“We are small but beautiful, we love details and we work with the highest demands on ourselves and our partners.

“We want to be as close to the fans as possible, because in the end, motorsport is a passion and that is as pronounced for us teams and drivers as it is for the fans.

“We are initially concentrating on the use of one vehicle per long-distance race – but with one hundred percent quality.

“For the next five years, we have a list of other races and racing series in mind to establish ourselves permanently in endurance racing.”

Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG customer racing, added: “On behalf of the Mercedes-AMG family, I am very happy to welcome the 10Q Racing Team to the GT3 sector.

“The fact that it works with the NLS 5 at short notice is excellent and an important test drive in view of the Nürburgring 24 at the end of September.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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