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Paffett Set for GT Racing Debut in HTP Mercedes for 24H Spa

Mercedes-AMG DTM ace to make GT racing debut in 24H Spa…

Photo: Gary Paffett Facebook

Photo: Gary Paffett Facebook

Former DTM champion Gary Paffett is set for his GT racing debut as part of Mercedes-AMG’s reinforced factory supported entries for this month’s Total 24 Hours of Spa.

The Mercedes-AMG factory driver was confirmed Tuesday in the HTP Motorsport-entered No. 86 entry alongside Maximilian Gotz and Thomas Jaeger, in the final lineup to be confirmed by the German manufacturer.

It will mark the 35-year-old Englishman’s first 24-hour race, in the blue riband event for the Blancpain GT Series.

“I am looking forward to my debut in GT racing, and in such a classic race, no less,” Paffet.

“The Spa 24-hour race is one of the undisputed highlights in GT racing and a fantastic challenge for every racing driver.

“I have already been able to test the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and I felt at easy straight away. Now, I am eager to find out what it will be like in the race.”

Maro Engel, meanwhile, has been confirmed in the No. 00 AMG-Team Black Falcon entry alongside Bernd Schneider and Yelmer Buurman.

It will carry a special Linkin Park livery, designed by the world-renowned rock band.

A total of eight Mercedes-AMG GT3s are set for the Belgian endurance classic, entered by HTP, Black Falcon and AKKA ASP, with four receiving additional factory support.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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