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FOUR ICONIC ENDURANCE RACES


Die Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) feierte im Jahr 2016 ihre Premiere und gilt als eine der prestigeträchtigsten Meisterschaften im GT-Bereich. The calendar traditionally consists of a selection of internationally renowned endurance races held on different continents. Jules Gounon celebrated winning the drivers' championship in 2023, bringing the coveted trophy to Affalterbach for the third time in the history of the racing series. We also successfully defended our title in the manufacturers' championship.

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2024 INTERCONTINENTAL GT CHALLENGE

In 2024, the Intercontinental GT Challenge includes four rounds on three continents. Among them, for the first time, the iconic 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. Further race venues are Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

2024 RACE CALENDAR*:

Circuit

 

Date

Event

Mount Panorama Circuit / Australia

16 – 18 February

Repco Bathurst 12 Hour

Nürburgring-Nordschleife / Germany

30 May – 2 June

ADAC RAVENOL 24h Nürburgring

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps / Belgium

27 June – 30 June

CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa

Indianapolis Motor Speedway / USA

4 – 6 October

Indianapolis 8 Hour Presented by AWS

*subject to last-minute changes.

BATHURST 12 HOUR

On 18 February, the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour traditionally got the new Intercontinental GT Challenge season underway. Our Customer Racing Teams took on the demanding endurance race in Australia with a line-up of nine Mercedes-AMG GT3s and one Mercedes-AMG GT4, and they did so with success. Next to second place in the overall classification, there were four class podium results including victory in the GT4 class.

After a total distance of 275 laps, Jules Gounon, Kenny Habul and Luca Stolz took the chequered flag in second place of the field with a total of 30 competitors, driving the #75 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of SunEnergy1 Racing. A mere two and a half seconds down on the first-place finisher, the team only just missed out on a historic third victory Down Under.

In the C-GT4 category, Team Nineteen had double reason to celebrate. Daniel Bilski, Adam Christodoulou and Mark Griffith claimed class honours with the Mercedes-AMG GT4. Moreover, in qualifying, Adam established a new lap record for GT4 cars on the 6.213 kilometres long Mount Panorama Circuit.

The strong performance by our teams was completed by second and third place in the A-PRO AM category for Heart of Racing by SPS and Triple Eight JMR as well as third place by Supabarn Supermarkets/Tigani Motorsport in the A-SILVER classification.

Next to the achievements in the IGTC competition, Mercedes-AMG Performance Driver Jules Gounon also accounted for a historic highlight in Australia. Driving a specially modified Mercedes-AMG GT3, the Bathurst record winner completed a lap of the Mount Panorama Circuit in 1m 56.605s. As a result, he set a new track record for GT cars.

Result, Mercedes-AMG Bathurst 12 Hour 2024*:

Nr.

Class

Car

Team

Drivers

PIC

POS

75

A-PRO

Mercedes-AMG GT3

SunEnergy1 Racing

Jules Gounon (AND)
Kenny Habul (AUS)
Luca Stolz (GER)

2.

2.

888

A-PRO

Mercedes-AMG GT3

National Storage Racing

Will Brown (AUS)
Broc Feeney (AUS)
Mikaël Grenier (CAN)

6.

6.

222

A-PRO

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Scott Taylor Motorsport

Craig Lowndes (AUS)
Thomas Randle (AUS)
Cameron Waters (AUS)

7.

7.

130

A-PRO

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing

Maro Engel (GER)
Felipe Fraga (BRA)
David Reynolds (AUS)

8.

8.

27

A-PRO AM

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Heart of Racing by SPS

Ross Gunn (GBR)
Ian James (GBR)
Alex Riberas (ESP)

2.

10.

88

A-PRO AM

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Triple Eight JMR

Prince Jefri Ibrahim (MAS)
Jordan Love (AUS)
Jamie Whincup (AUS)

3.

11.

47

A-SILVER

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Supabarn Supermarkets/Tigani Motorsport

James Koundouris (AUS)
Theo Koundouris (AUS)
David Russell (AUS)
Jonathon Webb (AUS)

3.

15.

48

A-PRO AM

Mercedes-AMG GT3

MMotorsport

Jack Le Brocq (AUS)
Justin McMillan (AUS)
Garth Walden (AUS)
Glen Wood (AUS)

5.

16.

19

C-GT4

Mercedes-AMG GT4

Team Nineteen

Daniel Bilski (AUS)
Adam Christodoulou (GBR)
Mark Griffith (AUS)

1.

17.

77

A-PRO

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing

Maximilian Götz (GER)
Daniel Juncadella (ESP)
Jayden Ojeda (AUS)

DNF

DNF

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INTERCONTINENTAL GT CHALLENGE 2023

GULF 12 HOURS

With the overall win and another podium result in the Lenovo Gulf 12 Hours at the second weekend of December, our Customer Racing Teams rounded out a successful season in the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli. For the third time in history of the endurance race, victory at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi went to a car from Affalterbach.

After 348 laps of the 5.281 kilometres long Grand Prix track, the number 99-car, run by Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM with Maro Engel, Mikaël Grenier and Luca Stolz as its drivers crossed the finish line as the winner. Another Mercedes-AMG GT3 followed in third place. In the #14 Mercedes-AMG Team 2 Seas car, Maximilian Götz and Fabian Schiller enabled their teammate Jules Gounon to win the Intecontinental GT Challenge drivers’ championship with the podium finish. Luca Stolz concluded the season as runner-up in the drivers’ standings.

Additionally, 2 Seas Motorsport secured a class podium finish in the Am category. With the #3 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Isa Al Khalifa, Al Faisal Al Zubair and Ian Loggie finished second in class.

Complementing the drivers’ title for Performance Driver Jules Gounon, the title win in the manufacturers’ standings made it a perfect season ending. The double podium result from Abu Dhabi decided the battle in our favour after we had entered the finale as the hunters, nine points down. After 2022, we won the IGTC manufacturers’ title for the second consecutive time.


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Result Lenovo Gulf 12 Hours:

Nr.

Class

Car

Team

Drivers

PIC

POS

99

IGTC Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM

Maro Engel (GER)
Mikaël Grenier (CAN)
Luca Stolz (GER)

1.

1.

14

IGTC Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team 2 Seas

Maximilian Götz (GER)
Jules Gounon (AND)
Fabian Schiller (GER)

3.

3.

77

IGTC Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM

Lucas Auer (AUT)
Frank Bird (GBR)
Lorenzo Ferrari (ITA)

4.

4.

3

Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

2 Seas Motorsport

Isa Al Khalifa (BHR)
Al Faisal Al Zubair (OMA)
Ian Loggie (GBR)

2.

9.

75

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

SunEnergy1 Racing

Dominik Baumann (AUT)
Philip Ellis (SUI)
Kenny Habul (AUS)
Martin Konrad (AUT)

DNF

DNF

73

Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

MP Racing

Corinna Gostner (ITA)
David Gostner (ITA)
Manuela Gostner (ITA)
Thomas Gostner (ITA)

DNF

DNF

76

Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

7TSix

Tom Jackson (GBR)
Wayne Marrs (GBR)
Ameerh Naran (ZIM)
Matt Topham (GBR)

DNS

DNS

INDIANAPOLIS 8 HOUR

At the fourth IGTC round of the season, the Indianapolis 8 Hour, we were able to continue our success streak on the legendary Brickyard. After second place in 2021 and overall victory in 2022, our teams scored a double podium and a class win this year.

Maximilian Götz, Jules Gounon and Raffaele Marciello from Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing finished second at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Third place went to the Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing with Maro Engel, Daniel Juncadella and Luca Stolz. 

Colin Braun and George Kurtz drove the #04 CrowdStrike by Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3 to sixth overall, winning the Pro-Am category. This decisive class win secured the Pro-Am drivers' and teams' championships in the final round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS. 

TR3 Racing worked their way up from last place on the grid to third place in the Pro-Am category and thus also achieved a class podium.

Before the season finale in Abu Dhabi, Jules Gounon leads the drivers' standings - eight points ahead of his closest rival. We are just as far behind in the manufacturers' championship, where we rank currently in second place.


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Results Indianapolis 8 Hour 2023:

No.

Class

Car

Team

Drivers

PIC

POS

77

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing

Maximilian Götz (GER)
Jules Gounon (AND)
Raffaele Marciello (SUI)

2.

2.

999

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing

Maro Engel (GER)
Daniel Juncadella (ESP)
Luca Stolz (GER)

3.

3.

04

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

CrowdStrike by Riley

Colin Braun (USA)
George Kurtz (USA)
Nolan Siegel (USA)

1.

6.

27

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

TR3 Racing

Matt Bell (GBR)
Jon Branam (USA)
Kenton Koch (USA)

3.

9.

08

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

DXDT Racing

Tom Sargent (AUS)
Bryan Sellers (USA)
Scott Smithson (USA)

11.

21.

91

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

DXDT Racing

Jeff Burton (USA)
Philip Ellis (SUI)
Corey Lewis (USA)

DNF

DNF

CROWDSTRIKE 24 HOURS OF SPA 2023

The CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa was the third race of the Intercontinental GT Challenge season. A total of five cars from the record 15 Mercedes-AMG GT3 line-up were eligible for IGTC points at the endurance classic.

Timur Boguslavskiy (FIA), Jules Gounon (AND) and Raffaele Marciello (SUI) crossed the finish line in second place in the AKKODIS ASP Team's #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3. Lucas Auer (AUT), Fabian Schiller (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER) also finished in the top 10 in the #777 Mercedes-AMG Team AlManar car. In the PRO-AM classification, SunEnergy1 Racing secured the class win thanks to a flawless performance by the pit crew and the driver quartet of Nick Catsburg (NED), Martin Konrad (AUT), Chaz Mostert (AUS) and Adam Osieka (GER). Osieka replaced Kenny Habul (AUS) after an accident in pre-qualifying.

In the drivers' standings, four Mercedes-AMG drivers - Jules Gounon, Luca Stolz, Kenny Habul and Raffaele Marciello - are leading the field. Habul also ranks third in the Independent Cup. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Mercedes-AMG is second after the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa, just nine points behind the leader. 

The action continues on the weekend of 7 October with the Indianapolis 8 Hour at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


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Results CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa:

No.

Class

Car

Team

Drivers

PIC

POS

88

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

AKKODIS ASP Team

Timur Boguslavskiy (FIA), Jules Gounon (AND), Raffaele Marciello (SUI)

2.

2.

777

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team AlManar

Lucas Auer (AUT), Fabian Schiller (GER), Luca Stolz (GER)

9.

9.

75

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

SunEnergy1 Racing

Nick Catsburg (NED), Martin Konrad (AUT), Chaz Mostert (AUS), Adam Osieka (GER)

1.

22.

57

Gold

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Winward Racing

Indy Dontje (NED), Philip Ellis (SUI), Russell Ward (USA)

4.

38.

999

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM

Maro Engel (GER), Mik Grenier (CAN), Daniel Juncadella (ESP)

DNF

DNF

2023 KYALAMI 9 HOUR

In the second round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge season, Bathurst winners Jules Gounon and Kenny Habul of SunEnergy1 by SPS teamed up with Yannick Mettler to finish first in the Pro-Am class, winning the Independent Cup and defending their top position in the IGTC drivers' standings.

Third place in Pro-Am class in the Kyalami 9 Hour went to the #20 Mercedes-AMG GT3 by SPS automotive performance, driven by Reece Barr, Miguel Ramos and Luca Stolz.

As a result, Mercedes-AMG remains in first place in the manufacturers' standings after two of the five IGTC races completed.

The action continues with the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa, which will take place between 29 June and 2 July at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.


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Results Kyalami 9 Hour:

No.

Class

Car

Team

Drivers

PIC

POS

75

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

SunEnergy1 by SPS

Jules Gounon (AND), Kenny Habul (AUS), Yannick Mettler (SUI)

1.

5.

20

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

SPS automotive performance

Reece Barr (IRL), Miguel Ramos (POR), Luca Stolz (GER)

3.

7.

86

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Stradale Motorsport

Charl Arangies (RSA), Arnold Leveling (RSA), Clint Weston (RSA)

4.

8.

999

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing

Maro Engel (GER), Mikaël Grenier (CAN), Raffaele Marciello (SUI)

5.

9.

2023 BATHURST 12 HOUR

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport got the new Intercontinental GT Challenge season underway with a convincing win. At the Bathurst 12 Hour, Jules Gounon, Kenny Habul and Luca Stolz secured victory with the #75 Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by SunEnergy1 Racing – with the team repeating its success from the previous year.

Maro Engel, Mikaël Grenier and Raffaele Marciello of the Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing claimed the final podium spot in third place less than 1.5 seconds down. A pair of class podium results for the #99 Triple Eight Race Engineering car (Pro-Am) and the #101 Volante Rosso Motorsport entry (Silver) rounded out the successful race weekend at Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst.

Next to the race win, Jules Gounon also got to celebrate a special personal success: he won the Bathurst 12 Hour for the third consecutive time and is the first driver ever with three wins in the prestigious endurance race. For Mercedes-AMG Motorsport, it was also the third victory in Bathurst after 2013 and 2022.


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Results Bathurst 12 Hour:

Nr.

Class

Car

Team

Drivers

PIC

POS

75

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

SunEnergy1 Racing

Jules Gounon (AND), Kenny Habul (AUS), Luca Stolz (GER)

1.

1.

999

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing

Maro Engel (GER), Mikaël Grenier (CAN), Raffaele Marciello (SUI)

3.

3.

888

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team Triple Eight Race Engineering

Broc Feeney (AUS), Maximilian Götz (GER), Shane van Gisbergen (NZL)

5.

5.

77

Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team Craft Bamboo Racing

Nicky Catsburg (NED), Philip Ellis (SUI), Daniel Juncadella (ESP)

7.

8.

99

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Prince Jefri Ibrahim (MAS), Richie Stanaway (AUS), Jamie Whincup (AUS)

3.

10.

24

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Makita Volante Rosso Motorsport

Tony Bates (AUS), Jordan Love (AUS), David Reynolds (AUS)

4.

11.

101

Silver

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Volante Rosso Motorsport

Jonathan Hui (HKG), Josh Hunt (AUS), Ross Poulakis (AUS), Kevin Tse (MAC)

2.

14.

19

Inv

Mercedes-AMG GT4

Nineteen Corporation

Mark Griffith (AUS), Christian Pancione (AUS), Fabian Schiller (GER)

DNF

DNF

222

Pro-Am

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Scott Taylor Motorsport

Alex Davison (AUS), Geoff Emery (AUS), Craig Lowndes (AUS), Scott Taylor (AUS)

DNF

DNF

44

Silver

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Valmont Racing

Aaron Cameron (AUS), Duvashen Padayachee (AUS), Sergio Pires (AUS), Marcel Zalloua (AUS)

DNF

DNF

2022 Intercontinental GT Challenge

With the Bathurst 12 Hour, the IGTC got its seventh season underway. Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing achieved a historic success with the first clean sweep of the top three for a single manufacturer. SunEnergy1 Racing won the race in New South Wales ahead of Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing and Triple Eight Race Engineering. With a 1-2 in the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa, the second race of the season was also very successful: The Mercedes-AMG Team AKKODIS ASP secured victory in the world’s biggest GT3 race. Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed achieved second place. Bathurst-winning SunEnergy1 Racing finished in second place in the Pro-Am category. The successful streak in the season continued during the Indianapolis 8 Hour, where the #77 Mercedes-AMG Team Craft Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 crossed the finish line in first. A Pro-Am class podium for SunEnergy1 Racing by AKKODIS ASP and a runners-up finish in the Am class by DXDT Racing rounded out the strong race weekend. By virtue of these achievements, Mercedes-AMG already won the title in the M    anufacturers’ standings for the first time even prior to the season finale. In the series’ finale, the Gulf 12 Hours, it was SunEnergy1 Racing that secured the Pro-Am class win once again. Following victories at Spa and Indianapolis and his podium result at Bathurst whereas Daniel Juncadella was deservedly crowned the 2022 Drivers’ champion.

2021 Intercontinental GT Challenge

In 2021, the Intercontinental GT Challenge also played a central role for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing. Following a rather chequered start in the Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race where the #89 Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP finished in the top ten, the second round of the season at Indianapolis in the US was considerably more successful. Timur Boguslavskiy, Raffaele Marciello and Daniel Juncadella drove their #89 Mercedes-AMG GT3 to a strong second place while the #75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Mikaël Grenier, Kenny Habul and Martin Konrad secured victory in the Pro-Am class at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With an outstanding overall win and an important class podium finish, the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Teams concluded the 2021 IGTC season in a successful way during the Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour that was postponed to February due to the travel restrictions that were in place in December.