Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mercedes-AMG “Very Happy” With Performance of GT4 in Race Debut by John Dagys

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The Mercedes-AMG GT4 has completed a successful competition debut, with the Uwe Alzen Automotive-run entry finishing inside the top-20 overall in Saturday’s rain-soaked VLN round at the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Mercedes-AMG test and development driver Thomas Jaeger, Fabian Hamprecht and Mike Stursberg drove the twin-turbo-powered V8 car to a 16th place overall finish, first in the SPX class, in the six-hour race that was impacted by mixed weather conditions.

The German manufacturer’s second GT4 entry, run by Black Falcon, retired with one hour to go due to “minor difficulties.”

“We are very happy with the performance of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 at this point in the test phase,” said Head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Stefan Wendl.

“[No.] 54 was able to drive a trouble-free race and already showed a promising reliability of the car. At the same time, we have still find some points for improvement, of course. We will do everything to make further progress in the next test races.”

Jaeger said thy were able to learn an “incredible lot” with the car, particularly with the conditions faced.

“It was the first test at the Nordschleife in the rain,” he said. “The car has shown a good level of reliability. The drivers dealt with the car very well and were able to post really good lap times in these difficult conditions and they praised our good development work.

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