Team HRT and GetSpeed Performance will each field a pair of factory-supported Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evos in next month’s Nürburgring 24 as part of the German manufacturer’s quest for its first overall victory in the race since 2016.
Announced on Thursday, a total of eight Mercedes-AMG GT3s and three Mercedes-AMG GT4s have been confirmed for the June 3-6 endurance classic.
Mercedes-AMG factory drivers Maro Engel and Luca Stolz will be joined by Adam Christodoulou and Manuel Metzger in the No. 4 HRT entry, with Engel also confirmed in the team’s sister No. 6 entry alongside Patrick Assenheimer, Nico Bastian and team owner Hubert Haupt.
The No. 6 Mercedes is set to carry a special livery that will be revealed “at a later stage.”
GetSpeed Performance’s two works-backed entries, meanwhile, will be driven by Maximilian Gotz, Daniel Juncadella, Raffaele Marciello and Fabian Schiller in the No. 7, with Schiller also nominated in the No. 8 car with Jules Gounon, Dirk Mueller and Matthieu Vaxiviere.
A third Mercedes will be entered by GetSpeed for a privateer-led lineup that includes ex-Bentley factory driver Maxime Soulet and Markus Palttala.
Other GT3-spec Mercedes on the grid include efforts from CP Racing, 10Q Racing and Space Drive Racing, which will run in the SPX category as its car will be equipped with an un-homologated steer-by-wire technology from Schaeffler Paravan.
Darren Turner, Philip Ellis and Dominik Farnbacher will be joined by Tim Scheerbarth in the innovative No. 25 Mercedes.
Unlike last year’s postponed event, the Nürburgring 24 will run on its originally scheduled date, which has been applauded by manufacturers.
“I am very pleased that together with the other manufacturers and the ADAC, we were able to ensure that the race can take place this year,” said Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Christoph Sagemüller.
“Next to the sporting aspects, the event is an important communication platform for us to prove the performance commitment of the Mercedes-AMG brand.”
A total of seven Mercedes-AMG customer teams are represented in this year’s race.
“We are delighted to be able to bring a strong line-up on the grid again this year and we are convinced that our customer teams will be perfectly prepared going into the race,” said Head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Stefan Wendl.
“As ever, the competition is extremely strong, but nevertheless, we definitely want to secure the third overall win for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in the 24-hour race and add another chapter to the success story of our customer sports program.”