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Mercedes-AMG has confirmed six of its GT3 sports racing cars will be on the grid for this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour sports endurance event (31 January – 3 February, 2019).
Six AMG GTs will be contesting the premier ‘A class’ with a host of local champions and international aces behind the wheel.
The Mercedes-AMG Team Vodafone GT3, run by Triple Eight Race Engineering, will be piloted by seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup alongside Shane van Gisbergen and seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes.
The 2017 Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds will also be running under the Mercedes-AMG banner, joined by overseas visitors including factory drivers Maro Engel, Thomas Jäger and 2018 DTM champion Gary Paffett.
Mercedes-AMG is also using the event to launch a GT4 customer race version of its GT, running on the same chassis as the existing GT3 car, with a race-prepared version of the road car’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine under the bonnet (rather than the 6.2-litre non-turbo unit in the GT3).
According to Mercedes-AMG its Motorsport Customer Racing department offers vehicle support to “gentleman racers and customer teams”, including technical training, on-site services, and an online spare parts order system. A race-ready car delivered to Australia will cost in the region of $500,000.
No money changed hands in the arrangement, with Mercedes-Benz Australia using the opportunity to publicise ANCAP safety assessment results for its recently released A-Class, which received the highest test scores of any vehicle which went on sale in 2018.
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