GruppeM unveils Mercedes-AMG line up
AMG Customer Sports Team GruppeM Racing has announced the European driver line-up for the inaugural Blancpain GT Series Asia campaign. Reigning overall champion and Endurance Cup runner-up Maxi Buhk will share one of the GruppeM’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 at five of this year’s six events with British driver Hunter Abbott, whose recent experience includes the British Touring Car Championship and various forms of GT racing.
Prior Mercedes-AMG commitments mean Buhk is unable to compete at Sepang next week. GruppeM has therefore drafted in former Ferrari Formula 1 reserve driver, GP2 Series race winner and 2013 FIA European F3 champion Raffaele Marciello, who will be making his GT debut after switching from single-seaters.
GruppeM’s second driver pairing is formed by Jules Szymkowiak and former British GT and Porsche Carrera Cup champion Tim Sugden.
Both of this season’s GruppeM entries will be supported by Pagani China, a company whose exotic supercars use thoroughbred Mercedes-AMG engines. GruppeM join FFF Racing Team, Phoenix Racing Asia and Craft-Bamboo as full-season Blancpain GT Series entrants. Their Mercedes-AMGs form just a small part of what promises to be a mouthwatering GT3 grid, which also comprises Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Porsche.
Blancpain GT Series Asia’s full Sepang entry list will be unveiled next week ahead of this season’s opening round in Malaysia on April 8/9.