Mercedes-AMG Motorsport has successfully started the sprint competition of the #gtworldchallengeeurope powered by AWS. In the three races that were scheduled at the #misano World Circuit this weekend, the Customer #racing Teams with the Mercedes-AMG GT3s scored a total of seven podium results. In the race on Sunday afternoon, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach had a 1-2 to celebrate: Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS) won the entertaining race with the #88 AKKA ASP Team car, leading home Maro Engel (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER) in the HRT team’s #4 entry. In the Pro-Am class, Customer #racing Team SPS #automotive performance finished on the podium three times while in the Silver Cup, the Madpanda Motorsport team secured a pair of podium places.
After the successful endurance #racing season opener for #mercedesamgmotorsport at Imola, the #gtworldchallengeeurope switched to sprint race format this weekend. At the 4.226 kilometres long #misano World Circuit, three races of one hour each had been scheduled. In the first race on Saturday evening, drivers not only had to deal with hot temperatures, but also with a low-standing sun. Unfazed by it all, Luca Stolz put in a furious start with the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Customer #racing Team HRT that saw him move up four places from ninth on the grid. After the driver change, Maro Engel continued the attack and claimed fourth place. A safety car just before the end of the race brought him within striking distance from the podium positions, but after the restart, Engel couldn’t mount a challenge anymore, so that the #4 HRT entry finished the race in fourth as the best-placed Mercedes-AMG GT3. Classified eighth following a start from P14, the #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (AKKA APS Team) with starting driver Timur Boguslavskiy and Raffaele Marciello, also finished in the top ten.
In qualifying for the second race, Raffaele Marciello came out on top of the entire field. His fastest time of 1m31.841s meant pole position for the #88 AKKA ASP Team car. Engel with the #4 HRT GT3, meanwhile, posted the third-fastest time of the session. AKKA ASP and HRT managed to convert the good grid positions for the race on Sunday around lunch time into a 1-2 for #mercedesamgmotorsport. As the race got underway, Marciello maintained the lead and pulled a slight gap. A safety car intervention briefly enabled his rivals to close up again. After the restart, however, the 2018 Blancpain GT champion again extended his lead and handed the car to Timur Boguslavskiy at a late stage. In the first laps of his stint, the 20-year-old youngster defended the lead against fierce attacks by his main rival, who then dropped back following a driver error. Driving the #4 car, Luca Stolz also benefited and moved up into second place. After 36 laps, the lights-to-flag victory for Marciello/Boguslavskiy and the double podium result for #mercedesamgmotorsport by Engel/Stolz in second place was in the books.
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