Mercedes-Benz and AMG have secured outright victory in the famed 24-Hours of Nürburgring for the first time, through the SLS AMG GT3.
The Black Falcon entry, driven by London’s Sean Edwards, Mercedes-Benz legend Bernd Schneider (Germany), Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) and Nicki Thiim (Denmark) came from sixth on the grid to win the 2013 race, which was stopped for nine hours due to torrential rain.
Other than a minor off-track excursion for Schneider in the morning hours, the team enjoyed a largely trouble-free run, winning by 2m39s after completing 88 laps of the revered Nordschleife.
“This victory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is the just reward for the loyalty of our customer teams,” said Toto Wolff, Head of Motorsport at Mercedes-Benz.
“Mercedes-Benz has a magnificent tradition in endurance racing that stretches back as far as the 1950s. The Nürburgring has always had a great importance and symbolic meaning for Mercedes-Benz, because this is where the legend of the Silver Arrow was born, so it is all the more gratifying to witness the success here today of the AMG customer teams.
“The Mercedes-Benz name stands for performance, quality and reliability – which are the perfect prerequisites for winning such a tough race on the most demanding racetrack in the world.”
Through ROWE Racing, the SLS AMG GT3 also finished third and fourth in the race, which featured over 150 cars. The win follows major endurance race victories in Dubai and Australia earlier this year.
“A great success for our customer teams Black Falcon and ROWE RACING,” said Ola Kaellenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “I am very pleased that we have succeeded at only the third attempt in taking the top spot in the SLS AMG GT3. This victory is the best confirmation of our customer sports programme.”