In the 2014 motorsports season, AMG Customer Sport teams again achieved numerous victories with the SLS AMG GT3. Currently, there are over 40 teams worldwide starting with the race gullwings.
In the finale of the Japanese Super GT SERIES GT300, which took place this weekend at Twin Ring Motegi, the team GAINER achieved race victory in a heart-stopping finale. Björn Wirdheim (SWE) and Katsuyuki Hiranaka (JPN) won a great first position with the GAINER DIXCEL SLS with a lead of one lap to the second best and thus won the team championship of the Super GT SERIES GT300 for the AMG Customer Sports team GAINER. In the driver ranking, they achieved the same number of points as the new champions, who were able to win the drivers’ title of the Super GT SERIES GT300 because of the better placements in the season. The sister car, the GAINER Rn-SPORTS SLS with Masayuki Ueda and Hideki Yamauchi (both JPN), won the fifth overall position. The LEON SLS with Haruki Kurosawa and Tsubasa Kurosawa (both JPN) ended the race on the sixth position. The AMG Customer Sports team R´Qs MOTORSPORTS crossed the finish line with the GREENTEC SLS AMG GT3, piloted by Hisashi Wada and Masaki Jyonai (both JPN), on the overall position 14.
This Sunday, the team Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy achieved a sensational double victory in the GT Cup as part of the 61st Macao Grand Prix. Maro Engel (GER) and Renger van der Zande (NED) won the race on positions one and two. Having started from positions four and six, the two drivers performed a perfect start. Already in the first turn of the city track they took on the double lead and defended it until they crossed the finish line. Takeshi Tsuchiya (JPN) and Carlo van Dam (NED) of the team AAI Motorsports came home 14th and 16th.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “We are again looking back to a successful motorsports year. What AMG Customer Sport teams achieved in the 2014 season with great commitment and lots of passion, deserves our highest acknowledgement. My congratulations to all customer teams and drivers for the achieved motorsports successes. I also want to thank all employees in Affalterbach, who have contributed to many victories.”
Jochen Bitzer, Head of AMG Customer Sports: “I want to thank all teams and drivers for a successful year. Six titles, 34 victories and two first places as well as numerous podium positions in endurance races again demonstrate the high reliability and competitiveness of the SLS AMG GT3. Also in the fourth year of our Customer Sports Program, the race gullwing achieved numerous successes around the globe. In order to offer our customer teams a good basis for further sporty successes, we are going to extend the support in a targeted way in 2015 and are already looking forward to the new season.”
Since the beginning of the AMG Customer Sports Program in the end of 2010, the SLS AMG GT3 achieved no fewer than 182 overall victories, 98 pole positions and 930 top 10 positions. In the 2014 motorsports season, the race gullwing started in 19 race series as well as 9 endurance races on four continents. To this day, more than 80 vehicles were sold on the globe.
An overview of the results of 2014:
34 overall victories
Six titles in championships around the globe
Two victories in endurance races
52 class victories
101 podium positions
228 top ten positions
29 pole positions
416 starts in races
New in the 2015 Season: AMG Customer Sports Championship
In 2015, Mercedes-AMG is going to extend its program by a new, worldwide competition. The AMG Customer Sports Championship rewards drivers and teams for their performance with the SLS AMG GT3. From 1 December 2014 to 30 November 2015, participators can collect points with their race results. There are ratings in the categories PRO DRIVER, DRIVER and TEAM. After the end of the season, the competitors with the most points can win attractive prizes from Mercedes-AMG and the cooperation partners IWC Schaffhausen and Rotwild.
Preview: Mercedes-AMG GT3 Starts in 2016
Mercedes-AMG GmbH continues with their Customer Sports Program: The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be launched in 2016. The intense testing and development period for the race edition of the new sports car based on the street version, the Mercedes-AMG GT, is going to start next year.
The support service for the SLS AMG GT3 will naturally continue after the launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The supply of spare parts and the service support are guaranteed in the future. All teams further on starting with the race gullwing can thus make their long-term planning and can rely on the usual full support by AMG Customer Sports.