Month: April 2018

Maro Engel: “24 Hours of the Nürburgring will be a spectacle this year”

The new season is looking good for Mercedes-AMG. The German tuner and caretaker of Mercedes-Benz’s GT racing activities is back in form after a meager 2017. Back with AMG for another year is favourite son Maro Engel. The German starts today’s Blancpain GT Endurance Cup race in Monza from sixth on the grid. “It’s great to be here in Monza,” Engel says on race day morning, enjoying the first sun of the day before going out for qualification. “The grid looks fantastic and the weather is great, it’s like all of Europe is already enjoying summer. It’s fantastic to...

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Retro GT: The undefeatable Maserati MC12

Few race cars have left such a legacy as the Maserati MC12. For a long time in the 2000s the Italian machine was the fastest, the prettiest and the most successful car on track. 14 years have gone by since the MC12 came storming onto the racing scene, leaving a trial of success in its wake. Maserati’s resurgence as a sports car manufacturer came on the back of Ferrari’s acquisition of its former grand prix rival in 1999. Under control of Ferrari and with all its resources at its disposal, Maserati announced a fleet of new cars with the...

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Mirko Bortolotti: “Our mission is to keep on improving”

After a lightning start to the new Blancpain GT Series season in Zolder, Mirko Bortolotti is back in his home country for the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup. The reigning champion starts Sunday’s 3-hour endurance race with hopes of defending his 2017 race win and make it a perfect beginning to Grasser Racing’s championship title defense. “I’m feeling really good,” Mirko Bortolotti says. “It’s great to be racing on home soil. It’s a home race for both me and Lamborghini, so it’s an important race with a lot of guests coming and supporting us—it’s great from an emotional side.” Autodromo...

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Nick Catsburg: “I even went through the grass to overtake”

With second place in the Qualification Race for the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, Rowe Racing pilot Nick Catsburg feels bolstered by the team’s performance. If BMW ever had a chance to take the win with the BMW M6 GT3, it will be this year. Six hours of racing, and the difference between race winner Yelmer Buurman in the Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Rowe Racing’s Nick Catsburg was just 2 seconds. The Dutchman made his fellow countryman sweat in the closing minutes as he rapidly gained ground, coming close but not close enough. “That final lap was super...

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Nürburgring 24 Hours Qualification Race report and gallery

Yelmer Buurman took victory for Mercedes-AMG GT3 team Black Falcon in the Nürburgring 24 Hours Qualification Race ahead of Nicky Catsburg in the Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3. At the start of the final lap Catsburg was under the rear wing of the leading Mercedes-AMG but once onto the Nordschleife, Buurman pushed ahead as he benefited from a better run through the backmarkers to finish the race 2.15 seconds ahead of his fellow countryman. Dominik Baumann took P3 in the number 47 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 after passing pole-sitter and early leader Robin Frijns with ten minutes to go. The...

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