Mercedes AMG has announced the drivers for this year’s assault on the Nürburgring 24, while also confirming increased support for certain teams.
In total, seven new Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be competing in the endurance race in the Eifel, set to be run by Black Falcon, HTP Motorsport, Haribo Racing and Mann-Filter Team Zakspeed.
Black Falcon and HTP Motorsport will both enter two AMG-supported cars, while Haribo Racing will receive the same treatment for its single entry.
AMG-Team Black Falcon will be able to count on the services of Bernd Schneider, Dirk Müller, Maro Engel, Nico Bastian, Yelmer Buurman, Adam Christodoulou, Hubert Haupt and Manuel Metzger.
Meanwhile, Stefan Mücke, Marco Seefried, Christian Vietoris, Dominik Baumann, Maximilian Buhk, Christian Hohenadel, Thomas Jäger and Renger van der Zande will compete for AMG-Team HTP Motorsport.
Uwe Alzen, Lance David Arnold, Maximilian Götz, Jan Seyffarth will crew Haribo’s black Mercedes-AMG GT3.
For the first time, those three teams will be racing with increased AMG support, whereas the German manufacturer was very strict on treating all its teams equally in the past.
The aforementioned ‘AMG Performance Teams’ are closely working together with AMG and are only competing under the AMG banner in selected races or series.
Besides the usual technical support, they will also be supported by factory drivers, engineers and race strategists from Affalterbach.
“With this car, we enter a new era, of which the introduction of the AMG Performance Teams is a part as well. Thus, we are bringing our Customer Sports program to the next level,” commented Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Two additional Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars will be taking part in the race as well.
For Black Falcon, Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Indy Dontje and Gerwin Schuring will be racing, while Sebastian Asch, Luca Ludwig and Kenneth Heyer will be taking turns behind the wheel for Mann-Filter Team Zakspeed.