Mercedes-AMG win GT World Challenge
Through the help of its Australian customers, Mercedes-AMG has won the GT World Challenge for the third year in a row as it beat Lamborghini for the title.
Confirmed as the winner following the final round of the inaugural Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS at Bathurst, Mercedes-AMG defeated seven other marques to take the crown.
Triple Eight Race Engineering, RAM Motorsport with GWR Australia, Geoff Forshaw Motorsport Services and Griffith Corporation represented Mercedes-AMG here in Australia, with Prince Jefri Ibrahim joining Shane van Gisbergen to take an outright victory at Bathurst during Easter.
“By winning the GT World Challenge Manufacturers’ Championship for the third time in a row, our Customer Racing Teams impressively proved the competitiveness of the Mercedes-AMG GT3,” said Head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing, Stefan Wendl.
Of course, I’m delighted, especially since we were able to clearly prevail in a tough competition against six premium brands. My thanks go to all the drivers and teams who contributed to this great success and not least to the development and support team of HWA AG, who gave our customers the best possible support.”
Scores were accumulated through GT World Challenge’s various series in Australia, Europe and America where the number of cars for each manufacturer as well as race duration taken into account.
Mercedes-AMG was the top manufacturer in Europe, while Lamborghini finished first in America and Audi dominated Australia, losing one sole race for the season.
Audi finished third in the standings ahead of Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren and BMW.
Held across 21 events, the GT World Challenge will expand as Asia makes a return after two-years hiatus, with SRO Motorsports Founder and CEO Stephane Ratel excited for the future.
“Many congratulations to Mercedes-AMG for winning the global Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS for a third successive season,” Ratel said.
“This was an especially hard-earned victory, with 2021 bringing our biggest field of competitors yet and a particularly strong effort from Lamborghini.
“I am grateful to all seven participating brands for putting their faith in the project and to the teams that represented them around the world. Given the difficulties presented by Covid restrictions, they deserve special praise for their commitment to the sport.
“I must also thank our partners for helping to make Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS a reality and ensuring that it grows stronger year by year. We are proud that this global challenge supports the customer racing ethos, which remains a fundamental aspect of the GT3 category.
“With the welcome return of Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia Powered by AWS in 2022, we can look forward to even more competitive season to come.”