06.04.2021: In a bit of over two months, Mercedes-AMG is beginning a brand new chapter in its motorsport historical past: with 5 groups and a complete of seven Mercedes-AMG GT3s, the efficiency and sports activities automobile model from Affalterbach can be racing in DTM.

In a bit of over two months, Mercedes-AMG is beginning a brand new chapter in its motorsport historical past: with 5 groups and a complete of seven Mercedes-AMG GT3s, the efficiency and sports activities automobile model from Affalterbach can be racing in DTM.

 With Vincent Abril (FRA), Lucas Auer (AUT), Philip Ellis (SUI), Maximilian Götz (GER), Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Arjun Maini (IND) and Gary Paffett (GBR), a powerful driver line-up can be filling the seats.

That includes GT3 automobiles for the primary time in 2021, the race collection consists of 16 dash races at eight totally different tracks in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria and The Netherlands.

The season begins on the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on 18th June 2021. It’s apparent that the targets are excessive, as a result of with eleven drivers’, 14 groups’ and 7 producers’ titles, Mercedes-AMG is the primary by a big margin within the all-time statistics of the long-standing motorsport collection.

•    DTM collection with 16 dash races at eight European race tracks

•    5 groups with seven Mercedes-AMG GT3s within the area of the 2021 DTM

•    Mercedes-AMG desires to proceed its DTM success story with high-class driver line-up

Whereas pre-season preparation is in full swing for the taking part groups, motorsport followers are additionally eagerly anticipating the beginning of the 2021 DTM. In any case, the favored collection is held in several circumstances this 12 months: for the primary time, automobiles to the GT3 rules from motoring’s international governing physique, the FIA, are competing for DTM factors and race wins.

The race schedule has been modified as nicely; it contains eight race weekends, every of them with two races of 55 minutes plus one lap. The season opener on 18th June marks the collection’ first go to to the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, one of many world’s most well-known and longest-standing race tracks.

In the midst of the season, the groups can even be racing on the dash circuit of the legendary Nürburgring, Circuit Zolder in Belgium, the TT-Circuit Assen in The Netherlands and on the Purple Bull Ring in Austria. The season can be concluded with the sixteenth race on Third October on the Hockenheimring.

5 Mercedes-AMG groups on the grid

In 2018, Mercedes-AMG concluded its final DTM season up to now with a historic triple title win: in an thrilling finale, Gary Paffett drove his Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM to his second drivers’ title forward of teammate Paul di Resta, who raced the sister automobile.

In consequence, each drivers additionally sealed the groups’ title for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS whereas contributing considerably to the producers’ title win on the identical time. This 12 months, 5 groups can be doing their utmost to proceed Mercedes-AMG’s success story in DTM.

Haupt Racing Group (HRT) and WINWARD Racing can be operating two Mercedes-AMG GT3s every. GruppeM Racing, Mücke Motorsport and GetSpeed Efficiency will all be taking part with one automobile from Affalterbach.

Already having scored quite a few achievements within the GT World Problem and the Intercontinental GT Problem, GruppeM Racing is counting on Mercedes-AMG Driver Daniel Juncadella behind the wheel of its GT3 automobile. The Spaniard has complete expertise of racing in DTM and is firmly established on this competitors with 94 participations since 2013.

Haupt Racing Group has entered a pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3s for the DTM season. Mercedes-AMG Drivers Maximilian Götz and Vincent Abril will race the 2 automobiles. Götz, most not too long ago profitable in ADAC GT Masters, Intercontinental GT Problem and Nürburgring Endurance Sequence particularly, can be making his comeback in DTM after 2016. His teammate, DTM newcomer Vincent Abril, additionally has a number of years of expertise from racing in varied GT collection.

The WINWARD Racing group additionally has skilled GT3 drivers on board, having already confirmed their abilities on quite a few events. 5-time DTM race winner Lucas Auer, making his comeback with Mercedes-AMG in DTM after a two-year hiatus, will race one of many group’s two automobiles. With the group’s second GT3, Philip Ellis can be making his DTM debut.

Most not too long ago, through the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2021, he and his WINWARD Racing teammates secured the maiden win by a Mercedes-AMG Buyer Racing Group within the GTD class of the long-standing endurance race.

The Mücke Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3, in the meantime, may have the 2018 DTM champion Gary Paffett as its driver. The London-born driver can be making his comeback to the collection with the expertise of 15 DTM seasons and can be aiming at his third drivers’ championship title after 2005 and 2018.

For the GetSpeed Efficiency GT3, there can be a premiere: Arjun Maini would be the first driver from India to race a DTM automobile. Maini began his profession in karting and single-seaters and raced, amongst others, within the FIA Formulation 2 Championship. Since two years, he has been competing in endurance races within the European Le Mans Sequence and the Asian Le Mans Sequence whereas he additionally confirmed his driving abilities within the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race in 2019.

Christoph Sagemüller, head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport:
“It’s nice and naturally additionally an enormous problem that Mercedes-AMG Motorsport will now be racing in DTM with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 as nicely. By turning into concerned on this long-standing race collection, we’re including one other pillar to our profitable Mercedes-AMG Buyer Racing Programme.

For our buyer sports activities phase and the Mercedes-AMG GT3, it is a main and acquainted platform to increase the presence of our model. It’s all the extra pleasant that, along with our buyer groups, we now have been capable of put in place such a complete programme with a complete of seven Mercedes-AMG GT3s run by 5 groups and a powerful driver line-up immediately.”

Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Buyer Racing:
“We’re all very a lot wanting ahead to the brand new DTM season and Mercedes-AMG’s return to the race collection. Since turning into concerned over 30 years in the past, Mercedes-AMG has been capable of have a good time numerous achievements in DTM that at all times had sturdy groups and drivers.

These embrace many unforgettable moments, from the maiden DTM title win in 1992 and the quite a few data of our present model ambassador Bernd Schneider as much as the extremely emotional triple title win in our farewell season 2018.

I’m satisfied that, along with our groups and the high-quality driver line-up, we can be profitable this 12 months, too. We’re already very curious to seek out out what the subsequent chapter of Mercedes-AMG’s success story in DTM will seem like and we want all of the groups and drivers begin.”

Mercedes-AMG Groups with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 within the 2021 DTM1:

2    Mercedes-AMG Group GetSpeed    Arjun Maini (IND)
4    Mercedes-AMG Group HRT    Maximilian Götz (GER)
5    Mercedes-AMG Group HRT    Vincent Abril (FRA)
8    Mercedes-AMG Group GruppeM Racing    Daniel Juncadella (ESP)
18    Mercedes-AMG Group Mücke Motorsport    Gary Paffett (GBR)
22    Mercedes-AMG Group WINWARD    Lucas Auer (AUT)
57    Mercedes-AMG Group WINWARD    Philip Ellis (SUI)

1 the companions and/or liveries of the #4 HRT, #8 GruppeM Racing and #18 Mücke Motorsport automobiles haven’t been finalised but, however can be introduced shortly.

Race schedule 2021 DTM season (Length: 55 minutes + 1 lap)2:

Autodromo Internazionale Monza / ITA    18th-Twentieth June    Races 1 & 2
Norisring / GER    2nd-4th July    Races 3 & 4
Lausitzring / GER    Twenty third-Twenty fifth July    Races 5 & 6
Circuit Zolder / BEL    Sixth-Eighth August    Races 7 & 8
Nürburgring / GER    Twentieth-Twenty second August    Races 9 & 10
Purple Bull Ring / AUT    Third-Fifth September    Races 11 & 12
TT Circuit Assen / NED    Seventeenth-19thSeptember    Races 13 & 14
Hockenheimring / GER    1st-Third October    Races 15 & 16

2 topic to last-minute modifications.

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