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Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 Successful in the Second VLN Race

Michael C. October 19, 2010

The SLS AMG GT3 culminated with success in its second racing appearance in the 9th race of the VLN long-distance championship held at Nurburgring. The victorious gullwing with a starting number of 738 was operated by the private team Black Falcon, with Thomas Jäger and Christoper Haase being the primary drivers. According to the statement of Thomas Jäger, “We’re all delighted with the first victory of the SLS AMG GT3 on its second outing here on the North Loop. Despite difficult weather conditions, we had a problem-free race. The gullwing is not only fast, but it also impresses with its excellent stability. Today, we again collected valuable knowledge to assist our further development work in the test program”.

The next scheduled race for the SLS AMG GT3 will be in the finals of the VLN series that would be held on October 30, 2010. At the beginning of the Dubai 24 Hours (UAE) on January 13 – 15, 2011, where three SLS AMG GT3 autmobiles are set to participate.

The team’s sister car, numbered 739, was raced by Mamerow-Racing, driven by Bernd Schneider and Christian Mamerow started the race in pole position but was necessitated to drop out during the fifth lap run after colliding with an Audi R8 LMS. This happened while the 739 was in second place. Bernd Schneider also stated that, “Even though I didn’t get to drive today because of the early accident, we’re all highly satisfied with how the overall racing weekend has gone. The SLS AMG GT3 was able to demonstrate its performance credentials both in qualifying and during the race”. It is expected that the 2 teams will race the gullwing again in the forthcoming VLN season in 2011.

Other hopeful racing teams can utilize the latest SLS AMG GT3 in all race series as stated in the FIA GT3 regulations. Some races that can include the car would be the FIA GT3 European Championship, the ADAC GT Masters, the VLN long distance championship and also the 24 hour races held at Nurburgring or in the Spa-Francorchamps in Belguim.

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