Racing is stepping into the realm of GT racing in its second full season of motorsports by brining two Mercedes-AMG GT4s to the VLN Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) for the SP10/GT4 class. A recent test in Barcelona was followed by the announcement that Marek Böckmann, Fidel Leib, Marcel Marchewicz and Tim Neuser will be piloting the cars, with an additional driver to be confirmed.

Both Böckmann and Leib bring considerable GT racing experience to the team with the Böckmann having won the Nürburgring 24 Hours in the last two years in a Mercedes-AMG GT4 and Porsche 911 GT3 Cup MR and Leib having preceded him in 2018 by winning the ‘N24’ in the same car. In addition, Böckmann competed in GT4 and GT3 with Black Falcon and GetSpeed Performance, while Leib is often seen racing in Europe with Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo and GT4 machinery.

Marchewicz and Neuser are graduating from the BMW M240i Racing Cup where they leave as the reigning champions having won the title in 2020 with Racing. Neuser also contested sporadic VLN races in the past in the Porsche 981 Cayman GT4 CS.

The GT4 squadron will be headed by former HTP Motorsport frontman Günter Aberer. Racing raced both cars, nicknamed ‘Pia’ and ‘Marina’, in the GT Winter Series to prepare for 2021.

The Bavarian team made its motorsports debut in late 2019. Last year, they successfully entered three BMW M240i Racing Cups, including the former Eifelblitz of Johannes Scheid, in the NLS.

At least one of the BMWs will make a return this year with Carl Friedrich Kolb — son of historic race car and VLN driver Alexander Kolb and the brother of GT3 racer Vincent Kolb — at the wheel.

The 2021 season of the VLN Nürburgring Endurance Series kicks off on 27 March and is preceded by the annual pre-season test one week earlier. Click HERE for the SP9/GT3 entry list.

Image by Racing.


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