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Mercedes-AMG Motorsport scores class win at COTA

In its debut season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 continues to score one success after another. At the Circuit of The Americas in the fourth round of the season the Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports secured its second victory of the season and its fourth podium finish in the GTD class.

During the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen raced the No.33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 across the finish line after 2:41.50.148 seconds and won with a margin of 2.039 seconds.

“That was hard work again today, but the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is simply fantastic to drive." said Bleekemolen "When you look at this season, we didn’t have the slightest problem in the four races. Of course, I hope that it will continue like that. It is simply incredible what an outstanding job everyone at Riley Motorsports and at Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is doing.”

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is on the podium as the winner in the most important North-American sports car series for the third time in a row. Its repeated victory enabled the US team to further extend its lead in the drivers’ and teams’ standings.
With Customer Racing Team SunEnergy1 Racing finishing in third place, two teams with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 were on the podium for the third consecutive time.

Tristan Vautier took over the No.75 Mercedes-AMG GT3 from Kenny Habul while in 15th place and ended his impressive drive in third place, 3.450 seconds down on the winners.

“The car was fantastic throughout the week." said Vautier "When I got into the car in 15th place, I knew that we were really fast and that it would be possible to overtake on track. I never gave up and I was determined to make up one place after another. I really enjoyed that it worked out so well. It is our second podium and that with a new team, that is great. Just like the support that we are getting from Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing.”

Riley Motorsports scored another top ten finish in the GTD class. Cooper McNeil and Gunnar Jeannette, the winners of the last event at Long Beach, finished in sixth place.

After the first four rounds of the season, MercedesAMG Motorsport has scored a total of seven podium finishes and is leading in the manufacturers’ standings.

Unofficial race results

*From team media release

05/08/17

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