Mercedes-AMG heading to Macau with a top line-up for FIA GT World Cup
For Mercedes-AMG, the legendary Macau Grand Prix is the grand finale of a successful GT season. At the Guia Circuit, three Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be out from 15-18 November with a top line-up to defend the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles in the FIA GT World Cup. Last year’s winner Edoardo Mortara, racing under the Swiss flag, has starting number 1. 2015 race winner Maro Engel (GER) will be racing the #888 while the #999 will have freshly-crowned Blancpain GT Series champion Raffaele Marciello (ITA) behind the wheel. Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing will be running all the three cars from Affalterbach.
- Three Mercedes-AMG GT3 among the 15 GT cars in the Macau Grand Prix
- Drivers: Edoardo Mortara, Maro Engel and Raffaele Marciello
- Title defence is the clear goal for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
The 6.1 kilometres long Guia Circuit in Macau is quite a challenge: in order to win on the narrow streets, very special driving skills are required, qualities that all three of this year’s Mercedes-AMG drivers stand out for. Without any doubt, Edoardo Mortara has the vastest experience. His total of six victories, four of them in the GT categories, earned the Italo-Swiss the nickname of ‘Mr Macau’. In 2017, he had a perfect Macau weekend with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 with fastest time in practice, pole position, first place in the qualification race and victory in the main race. In this year’s 65th Macau Grand Prix, Mortara will be racing with starting number 1 as the defending champion for Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing.
Maro Engel, who is driving the #888 Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing entry, also has experience of winning at Macau. With the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, the Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador won both in 2014 and 2015, when the race on the street circuit was held as the FIA GT World Cup for the first time. In 2016 and 2017, he scored a pair of third places with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and is eager to add another victory this year.