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Affalterbach – Six SLS AMG GT3 will be up to race in the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours. Five AMG customer teams will be competing with the gullwing racecar in the endurance racing classic in the Belgian Ardennes region: HTP Gravity Charouz, Fortec Motorsports, ROWE RACING, Black Falcon and Preci-Spark.
The Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race is the highlight of the Blancpain Endurance Series season. The world’s largest entry of GT3 cars will be on the grid for the 65th running of the Belgian endurance racing classic: in total, 70 super sports cars from nine different manufacturers will be in the race. The field has been divided into three categories: the Pro Cup includes 28 cars, among them three SLS AMG GT3 by HTP Gravity Charouz, ROWE RACING and Fortec Motorsports. In the 30-strong entry of the Pro-Am Cup, there are two gullwings from Black Falcon. A total of 13 cars has been entered for the Gentlemen Trophy, the category in which twin brothers David and Godfrey Jones of British team, Preci-Spark, are racing as well.
For the first time, all drivers from the AMG Driver Pool will be competing in the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours. Next to AMG brand ambassadors Bernd Schneider (HTP Gravity Charouz) and Karl Wendlinger (Fortec Motorsports), Lance David Arnold (ROWE RACING) and AMG Customer Sports co-ordinator Thomas Jäger (Black Falcon) will be racing for the AMG customer teams as well.
The AMG customer teams in the Pro Cup category:
· Starting number 62, Fortec Motorsports (GBR): Oliver Webb, Alex Brundle (both GBR), Karl Wendlinger (AUT)
· Starting number 84, HTP Gravity Charouz (GER): Maximilian Buhk, Maximilian Götz, Bernd Schneider (all GER)
· Starting number 127, ROWE RACING (GER): Jan Seyffarth, Lance David Arnold, Klaus Graf (all GER)
The AMG customer teams in the Pro-Am Cup category:
· Starting number 18, Black Falcon (GER): Klaas Hummel (NED), Steve Jans (LUX), Adam Christodoulou (GB), Thomas Jäger (GER)
· Starting number 19, Black Falcon (GER): Andrii Lebed (UKR), Francesco Castellacci (ITA), Sergei Afanasiev (RUS), Andreas Simonsen (SWE)
The AMG customer team in the Gentlemen Trophy category:
· Starting number 22, Preci-Spark (GBR): David Jones, Godfrey Jones, Morgan Jones (all GBR)
Bernd Schneider: “Highly motivated after three victories this year”
AMG brand ambassador Bernd Schneider already managed to win the endurance races in Dubai/United Arab Emirates (January), Bathurst/Australia (February) and at the Nürburgring/Germany (May) with the SLS AMG GT3 this year. The five times’ DTM champion, the 1995 ITC winner and the 1997 FIA GT World Champion is looking forward to his outing at Spa-Francorchamps: “Of course, winning the three endurance racing classics of Dubai, Bathurst and Nürburgring motivates me for the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours. With my young team-mates Maximilian Buhk and Maximilian Götz, we want to be among the front-runners in the Pro Cup, but the opposition in class looks very strong.”
Uli Fritz, head of AMG Customer Sports: “After victories in the endurance races in Dubai, Bathurst and at the Nürburgring with the AMG customer teams Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon, Erebus Motorsport GT and Black Falcon, we are looking forward to this year’s Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours. Of course, the task against the numerous works-teams will not be easy. We wish all drivers and team members good luck and success with the SLS AMG GT3.”
The Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours get underway on 27 July, 2013, at 4.30 pm, the finish is on 28 July, 2013 at 4.30 pm.
Further information at: www.total24hours.com