Total 24 Hours of Spa


The world’s biggest GT3 race


Back in 1971, Mercedes-AMG already achieved a first milestone at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps with the spectacular class win for the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG. The race has been firmly established in AMG’s motorsport history ever since and has been a relevant and constant factor in the Customer Racing Programme, founded in 2010, for years. In its 72nd running, the 24 Hours of Spa, also the season highlight of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) and the GT World Challenge Europe (GTWCE), again assembled almost the entire ‘who is who’ of international sports car racing. A total of 56 GT3 cars lined up on the grid for the Belgian endurance racing classic at the seven kilometres long circuit that, with its combination of extremely tight and fast corners as well as up and downhill sections, resembles a unique roller coaster. Especially Eau Rouge, a high-speed corner and uphill section, has become a real legend over the years.

Top ten result in the overall classification and a 1-2 in the Silver Cup

In extremely difficult conditions, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport achieved a respectable result in the 2020 Total 24 Hours of Spa. The best-placed GT3 from Affalterbach was the Mercedes-AMG Team HRT entry with Vincent Abril (FRA), Maro Engel (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER): the trio with the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 finished in seventh place after 527 laps. The #88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP entry dominated the first half of the race. However, damage resulting from a collision led to retirement for Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS), Felipe Fraga (BRA) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA). In spite of the retirement, Boguslavskiy and Marciello managed to defend their points’ lead in the GT World Challenge Europe drivers’ standings. In the Silver Cup classification of the 24-hour race, two Customer Racing Teams came out on top: with the #5 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Haupt Racing Team secured the class win with Sergej Afanasiev (RUS), Michele Beretta (ITA), Hubert Haupt (GER) and Gabriele Piana (ITA). Indy Dontje (NED), Philip Ellis (SUI) and Russell Ward (USA) finished second in class with the #84 HTP-Winward Motorsport. The complete race report can be found here

Line-up Mercedes-AMG Motorsport, 2020 Total 24 Hours of Spa

Nr.

class

Car

Team

Drivers

4

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HRT

Vincent Abril (FRA)

Maro Engel (GER)

Luca Stolz (GER)

5

Silver

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Haupt Racing Team

Sergej Afanasiev (RUS)

Michele Beretta (ITA)

Hubert Haupt (GER)

Gabriele Piana (ITA)

20

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

SPS automotive performance

Dominik Baumann (AUT)

Colin Braun (USA)

George Kurtz (USA)

Valentin Pierburg (GER)

74

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

RAM Racing

Martin Konrad (AUT)

Callum MacLeod (GBR)

Tom Onslow-Cole (GBR)

Remon Vos (NED)

84

Silver

Mercedes-AMG GT3

HTP-WINWARD Motorsport

Indy Dontje (NED)

Philip Ellis (GBR)

Russell Ward (USA)

87

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AKKA ASP

Fabien Barthez (FRA)

Jean-Luc Beaubelique (FRA)

Thomas Drouet (FRA)

Jim Pla (FRA)

88

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team
AKKA ASP

Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS)

Raffaele Marciello (ITA)

Felipe Fraga (BRA)

89

Silver

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AKKA ASP

Alex Fontana (SUI)

Benjamin Hites (CHI)

Lucas Légeret (SUI)

90

Silver

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Madpanda Motorsport

Patrick Assenheimer (GER)

Ezequiel Perez Companc (ARG)

Juuso Puhakka (FIN)

Ricardo Sanchez (MEX)

111

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

JP Motorsport

Patryk Krupinski (POL)

Christian Klien (AUT)

Mathias Lauda (AUT)

Jens Liebhauser (AUT)

Results 2020 Total 24 Hours of Spa

Pos.

 

Pos.

class

Nr.

 

Car

Team

Drivers

1.

1.

Pro

98

Porsche 911 GT3-R

ROWE RACING

Laurens Vanthoor (BEL)

Nick Tandy (GBR)

Earl Bamber (NZL)

2.

2.

Pro

66

Audi R8 LMS GT3

Audi Sport Team Attempto Racing

Mattia Drudi (ITA)

Patric Niederhauser (SUI)

Frederic Vervisch (BEL)

3.

3.

Pro

54

Porsche 911 GT3-R

Dinamic Motorsport

Sven Müller (GER)

Christian Engelhart (GER)

Matteo Cairoli (ITA)

...

 

 

 

 

 

7.

7.

Pro

4

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HRT

Vincent Abril (FRA)

Maro Engel (GER)

Luca Stolz (GER)

18.

1.

Silver Cup

5

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Haupt Racing Team

Sergej Afanasiev (RUS)

Michele Beretta (ITA)

Hubert Haupt (GER)

Gabriele Piana (ITA)

21.

2.

Silver Cup

84

Mercedes-AMG GT3

HTP-Winward Motorsport

Indy Dontje (NED)

Philip Ellis (SUI)

Russell Ward (USA)

26.

4.

Silver Cup

90

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Madpanda Motorsport

Patrick Assenheimer (GER)

Ezequiel Perez Companc (ARG)

Juuso Puhakka (FIN)

Ricardo Sanchez (MEX)

27.

6.

Pro-Am

20

Mercedes-AMG GT3

SPS automotive performance

Dominik Baumann (AUT)

Colin Braun (USA)

George Kurtz (USA)

Valentin Pierburg (GER)

29.

6.

Silver Cup

89

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AKKA ASP Team

Alex Fontana (SUI)

Benjamin Hites (CHI)

Lucas Légeret (SUI)

DNF

DNF

Pro-Am

87

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AKKA ASP Team

Fabien Barthez (FRA)

Jean-Luc Beaubelique (FRA)

Thomas Drouet (FRA)

Jim Pla (FRA)

DNF

DNF

Pro

88

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP

Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS)

Felipe Fraga (BRA)

Raffaele Marciello (ITA)

DNF

DNF

Pro-Am

111

Mercedes-AMG GT3

JP Motorsport

Christian Klien (AUT)

Patryk Krupinski (POL)

Mathias Lauda (AUT)

Jens Liebhauser (GER)

DNF

DNF

Pro-Am

74

Mercedes-AMG GT3

RAM Racing

Martin Konrad (AUT)

Callum MacLeod (GBR)

Tom Onslow-Cole (GBR)

Remon Vos (NED)

Total 24 Hours of Spa: Season highlight of the IGTC and the GT World Challenge Europe

The Total 24 Hours of Spa are not just a prestigious race as a stand-alone event, one that every team and every driver would really like to win. Participants at Spa were also competing for valuable points in the GT World Challenge Europe and the Intercontinental GT Challenge. These points were attributed based on the (intermediate) positions after six, twelve and 24 hours of racing.

Victory in 2013 and the ‘Grand Slam’ win

In the 65th running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa in the year 2013, Mercedes-AMG achieved a historic feat: with the 100th race win of an SLS AMG GT3 since the start of the Customer Racing Programme in 2010, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach was crowned as the winner at Spa-Francorchamps for the first time. After victories in the GT races at Dubai and Bathurst as well as the win at the Nürburgring, the success in the Belgian Ardennes marked the fourth title in a GT3 endurance racing classic within just one season. Maximilian Buhk, Maximilian Götz and Bernd Schneider (all GER) for HTP Motorsport cemented the so-called ‘Grand Slam’ in a thrilling race. With a time of 2m 21.861s, Schneider also drove the fastest race lap.