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Mercedes-AMG hails “amazing” start to its IMSA campaign

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Mercedes-AMG hails “amazing” start to its IMSA campaign
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Apr 11, 2017, 4:46 PM

Tobias Moers, chairman of the board of management for Mercedes-AMG, says he’s impressed by leading the manufacturer points standings in the GT Daytona class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. 

GTD winners Gunnar Jeannette, Cooper MacNeil, Riley Motorsports
#75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes AMG GT3: Boris Said, Tristan Vautier, Kenny Habul
#50 Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3: Gunnar Jeannette, Cooper MacNeil
#33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3: Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating, Mario Farnbacher
Podium: GTLM Winner: #3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller; Overall winner #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi: Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Alex Lynn ; PC winner #38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09: James French, Kyle Mason, Patricio O'Ward; GTD winner: #33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3: Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating, Mario Farnbacher
#33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3: Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating, Mario Farnbacher
#75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes AMG GT3: Boris Said, Tristan Vautier, Kenny Habul

The Mercedes AMG GT3 is new to the series this year, but after just three rounds already has two wins and a pole position.

In last month’s 12 Hours of Sebring, Tristan Vautier delivered the first GT Daytona (GTD) pole for the manufacturer in the SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. The next day, Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Mario Farnbacher scored its first victory in the Riley Motorsports-Team AMG entry, while Vautier put in an epic drive after earlier penalties to grab third on the final lap.

Then in last weekend’s Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, the WeatherTech Racing team of Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette headed a Mercedes 1-2 ahead of Bleekemolen and Keating.

The results have given Keating, Bleekemolen and the #33 team a 21-point lead in the GTD driver and team standings respectively, over the class's defending champions, the Ferrari 488-mounted combo of Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan and Scuderia Corsa.

Mercedes-AMG leads the GTD manufacturer point standings, nine points ahead of Porsche despite being new and one of nine OEMs in the class.

 “The performance of all of our Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship so far this season has been amazing,” said Moers. “To be leading the championship is a great endorsement of our engagement in this extremely popular GT racing series.

“The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the perfect stage to expose the performance of our Mercedes-AMG GT3 in close collaboration with our professional customer teams and drivers. We are looking forward to the rest of the IMSA season.”

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Series IMSA
Teams Riley Motorsports , SunEnergy1 Racing
Author David Malsher-Lopez