|Successful start of the 2013 motorsport season for AMG Customer Sports: SLS AMG GT3 builds on last year's success in the Dubai 24 Hoursccess in the Dubai 24 Hours|
|• Second overall victory in a row for AMG Customer Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon • Jones positioned fifth five times: Best result for AMG Customer Team Preci-Spark with fifth overall position and second position in the class • AMG Customer Team De Lorenzi comes home twelfth in their first 24-hour race with gullwing car • Three of four entered SLS AMG GT3 win top ten position • High reliability: All four gullwing cars reach finish line Dubai (UAE) – Once again, the SLS AMG GT3 from the customer team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon claimed an unchallenged victory in the Dubai 24-hour race (10th to 12th of January 2013). The gullwing car with race number 1 and the drivers Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Bernd Schneider (GER), Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) and Sean Edwards (GB) entered the race from the pole position and won the race two laps ahead. Thus the team continued its success of the previous year. However, the run-up of the 24-hour race was an unfavourable one for AMG Customer Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon: The gullwing car with race number 1 was damaged so hard in an accident on the test track, the Grand Prix track of the Dubai Autodrome, which is 5.39 kilometres long, that it could not be repaired on the spot. The team decided to purchase the substitute car of the British team Preci-Spark and worked for two entire nights in succession in order to prepare the car for the free training sessions and the qualifying on Thursday. Without a roll-out prior to the end of the qualifying, Jeroen Bleekemolen achieved the fastest training time already in the third lap – thus the Dutch driver laid the cornerstone for today's success. The victorious SLS AMG GT3 was the first customer sports gullwing car ever that was delivered: Preci-Spark was the first AMG Customer Team that took over a SLS AMG GT3 in 2011. In the starting phase, the gullwing car of Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon remained among the first positions until it unluckily fell back during several code-60 phases. In a code-60 phase, vehicles are driven on the track with slow speed until the scene of an accident is cleared up and the race can be started again. In the further course of the race, the race number 1 remained unaffected by problems, did not give up its top position in the race and gained victory in the fight for the first position. Alexander Böhm, team manager Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon: 'I am extremely happy! The team showed an exceptional performance. We all thought that the accident on Wednesday would compel us to give up. However, our mechanics assembled the car with a new chassis and showed their full commitment and determination. The car was finished five minutes prior to closing the pit lane and drove for 24 hours without any problems. Our drivers remained the vehicle on high speed during the entire race and did not have any problems with liability. I also want to thank the twins David and Godfrey Jones of the team Preci-Spark for their collegial and spontaneous help!' Bernd Schneider: 'A sensational success and great day for AMG Customer Sports. After the accident on Wednesday nobody in the team reckoned on winning the first position today. Our SLS AMG GT3 was fast on a constant basis and ran very reliably. Now I succeeded in winning the Dubai 24 Hours in my third attempt. I want to thank the entire team!' Schneider, the five time DTM champion and AMG brand ambassador participated in the Dubai 24 Hours for the third time as part of the AMG Customer Sports Drivers' Support. In 2012, he won the second position and in his debut year 2011 he claimed the seventh overall position. The second SLS AMG GT3 from the AMG Customer Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon with race number 2 ended the endurance race in Dubai on position seven. Andreas Simonsen (SWE), Steve Jans (LUX), Simon Knap (NED), Sergei Afanasiev (RUS) and double starter Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE) started from position 14. The gullwing car had established itself among the five fastest cars, before it fell back numerous positions after a collision. However, the team succeeded in gaining the seventh overall position due to constantly good lap times. The British AMG Customer Team Preci-Spark entered the race from position 17 and achieved its best result ever in a 24-hour race by winning the fifth overall position. The twins David and Godfrey Jones (aged 59) drove in the Amateur Category with their sons Morgan (27), Garreth (29) and Phillip (32), in which they achieved a sensational second position. The Italian AMG Customer Team De Lorenzi Racing won position twelve in their first race with the gullwing car. Race number 14 entered the race from the twelfth position with the drivers Gianluca de Lorenzi, Dario Paletto (both ITA), Dan Norris-Jones (GB) and Olivier Baharian (FRA) and lost precious time due to a longer repair in the beginning. In the course of the race, De Lorenzi Racing managed to approach to the top ten. Ola Kallenius, chairman of the board, Mercedes-AMG GmbH: 'Dubai is the place to be for Mercedes-AMG. After the 1-2-3 last year, we managed to build up the success today through a further victory by the team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon. This success once again proves the performance and reliability of our SLS AMG GT3. I want to thank the Customer teams, the drivers and all participants.' Uli Fritz, head of AMG Customer Sports: 'Congratulations to the victorious AMG Customer Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon. Apart from the unchallenged victory, I am happy about the fact that all four entered gullwing cars reached the finish line. Having three of four entered SLS AMG GT3 winning top ten positions is an exceptional result. I want to thank all teams and drivers!'|
|POLE POSITION FOR AUDI DRIVER LAURENS VANTHOOR IN HOME ROUND AT SPA◾Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in position one|
◾Three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars in the top five spots on the grid
◾Sixth row for the Le Mans winners
Ingolstadt/Spa, July 25, 2014 – The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has achieved a perfect starting base for the Spa 24 Hours. The #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra will be starting the race from position one on the grid on the 90th anniversary of the endurance event. In the super pole qualifying session for the top 20 participants, the Belgian team, with the B....
|THIRD AUDI VICTORY IN SPA 24 HOURS◾Belgian Audi Club Team WRT wins with Rast/Vanthoor/Winkelhock|
◾Third 24-hour race success by Audi within six weeks
◾Laurens Vanthoor new leader of the Blancpain Endurance Series standings
Ingolstadt/Spa, July 27, 2014 – Audi has won the world's toughest GT3 race at Spa. In the battle of eleven marques and 60 participants, the R8 LMS ultra prevailed for the third time in four years in the classic race in the Ardennes that celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. The Belgian Audi Cl....
|AUDI STARTS SECOND HALF OF DTM SEASON WITH BIG AIMS◾Sights set on clinching first win of the season at Spielberg (Austria)|
◾Audi driver Mattias Ekström in striking distance of top of the standings
◾Dieter Gass, Head of DTM: 'In good position to attack'
Ingolstadt, July 28, 2014 – In the DTM, Spielberg stands for thrilling races and enthusiastic fans in a beautiful setting. Next weekend (August 1 to 3) the circuit in Styria is to become the venue of the Audi squad's first victory this season. Motorsport fans will get to watch the qual....
|THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS• C-Class at its best|
July 28, 2014 - MONTVALE, NJ -- The all-new C-Class heralds a new chapter in the Mercedes-Benz success story and sets new standards in the premium mid-range class. Thanks to an intelligent lightweight design concept boasting weight savings of up to 200 lbs, excellent aerodynamics and new, economical engines, the C-Class establishes new benchmarks in its class. A host of new assistance systems offer safety of the highest standard, while a new suspension, opt....
|CONTINENTAL GT3 PROVES ITSELF AS 24-HOUR RACER• Both Continental GT3 cars finish the Total 24 Hours of Spa in top 20|
• Reliability and pace both confirmed on 24-hour debut
• Both cars suffer bad luck in the opening hours
• 24-hour race disrupted by safety cars and red flag
• Both Bentleys battle back to commendable finishes in P13 and P17, equating to P9 and P11 in the PRO class
(Spa, 27th July 2014) Bentley's Continental GT3 racer proves itself as the next generation of Bentley endurance machine with a strong finish for both ....
|M-SPORT BENTLEY CHARGES THROUGH THE ORDER AT SPAAfter difficult start, both Continental GT3 make great progress|
• At the half way point, Car #7 sits in P15 and Car #8 in P29
• Drivers report cars are running well in the cool night air
(Spa, 27th July 2014) As the Total 24 Hours of Spa reaches the half-way point, 12 hours in to the race, the two Continental G3 racecars of M-Sport Bentley sit P15 and P26 after continuing to recover well from an unfortunate start. More importantly, Car #7 sits P9 in class, meaning that the car scores....
|CHALLENGING FIRST SIX HOURS FOR M-SPORT BENTLEY AT SPABoth Continental GT3 cars suffer bad luck in the opening hours|
• 24-hour race continually disrupted by safety cars
• Both Bentleys battle back steadily as double-stints begin
• Race red-flagged after five hours, resumes after an hour
(Spa, 26th July 2014) With the first six hours of the Total 24 Hours of Spa complete, the two Continental GT3s of M-Sport Bentley sit in P36 and P44 respectively. With an unusually high number of incidents, 30 of the first 90 laps were spent behind the ....
|THE NEW AMG 4.0-LITER V8 BITURBO ENGINEPowerful, innovative and efficient|
July 25, 2014 - Affalterbach -- Mercedes-AMG presents a new technological masterpiece: the AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is a new development at the sporting heart of the new Mercedes-AMG GT car. This innovative eight-cylinder unit stands out for its sublime power delivery, the purposeful lightweight construction, as well as its high efficiency and environmental compatibility. With peak power of up to 375 kW (503hp) and maximum torque of up t....