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GetSpeed Confirms NLS Lineup with Mercedes Works Drivers

GetSpeed Performance planning to run three Mercedes EVOs in this year’s NLS series…

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GetSpeed Performance has announced plans to enter this year’s Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie (NLS) with a three-car Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo entry.

The lineup will be led by a Pro-class crew featuring three factory drivers in Maximilian Götz, Maximilian Buhk and Raffaele Marciello, as well as GT3 regular Fabian Schiller.

They will line up in the ‘Lello’ liveried No. 2 Mercedes for the NLS season and are also likely to run together in the Nürburgring 24 on September 26-27.

Schiller, who was the 2017 GT World Challenge Europe Silver Cup Sprint champion, will also drive GetSpeed’s No. 23 Pro-Am class car with Janine Hill and John Shoffner.

The German team’s third Mercedes will be driven by the former FIA World Endurance Championship trio of Matthieu Vaxiviere, Emmanuel Collard and Francois Perrodo.

After entering a WRT-entered Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo into selected rounds of last year’s NLS (formerly VLN), Perrodo’s crew has switched to AMG machinery this year.

Perrodo and Collard are currently leading the WEC GTE-Am championship standings with Ferrari works driver Nicklas Nielsen.

“Our three vehicles are first-class and with Fabian, Raffaele and Maximilian Buhk and Maximilian Götz we have an experienced and fast spearhead who can compete for overall victories,” said GetSpeed team principal Adam Osieka.

“I have great confidence in the guys, who have all shown their speed and reliability in the past.

“I am pleased that we can once again use a strong car with Janine, John and Fabian and that we will be launching a third, also very strong car with Emmanuel, Francois and Matthieu.”

The NLS season is currently scheduled to get underway on Jun. 27 after the first three rounds were called off due to precautions against the coronavirus pandemic.

“In view of the current situation, motorsport naturally takes a back seat,” added Osieka.

“I hope that we will see races again in the near future – and we are prepared for that.

“The numerous race cancellations are a logical and understandable consequence in the fight against the virus, but every day standing still too much will have dramatic economic consequences for all of us.”

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

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