The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is set to appear full-time in the British GT Championship for the first time next season.
Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing has announced it has swapped the BMW Z4 GT3 it campaigned in 2016 for the new Mercedes, a model which won the Pirelli-equipped Blancpain GT Series in its first season this year. Two such cars run by Black Falcon also placed third and fourth in a one-off British GT appearance at Spa-Francorchamps.
The team will again field Richard Neary and Martin Short as drivers. “Maybe there’s a perception that, as an Am/ Am pairing, we’re content to make up the numbers, but that’s not the case at all,” said Short. “I think the Z4 masked our potential last season; for whatever reason we just weren’t comfortable with it.
“Investing in a new-generation GT3 car shows our commitment but also the belief that, in the right circumstances, we can spring a surprise or two. Richard is a very good Am – one of the best in fact – and exceptional in the wet, and I gained a lot of confidence from testing the Mercedes in Germany. We know we’re better than last season’s results suggest and are really up for it. We don’t expect to be winning races but want to do well and will be disappointed if we don’t.”
The AmDTuning.com outfit has also made the switch from BMW to Mercedes for the Pirelli-supplied series, and is in talks with potential drivers.