2012 started with an amazing result on the AMG front – the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 scored an impressive 1-2-3 finish in the Dubai 24-hour race last Saturday. Congratulations to the Abu Dhabi Black Falcon team which claimed victory thanks to Thomas Jäger (GER), Sean Edwards (ENG), Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) and Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), even setting a new distance record of 628 race laps.This first place is the maiden victory for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in a 24-hour race.
The first of HEICO Motorsport’s Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars, driven by Maximilian Buhk (GER), Christiaan Frankenhout (NED), Max Nilsson (SWE), Andreas Zuber (AUT) and Bernd Schneider (GER) came home second, two laps down. Schneider, the five times’ DTM champion and AMG brand ambassador, drove in both of HEICO Motorsport’s cars as a part of AMG’s Customer Sports driver support programme. In the team’s sister car, he partnered Kenneth Heyer (GER), Andreas Simonsen (SWE) and Rodolfo Gonzalez (VEN).
During an exciting end of the race, final driver Simonsen managed to bring a small margin home to round out the clean sweep of the podium by finishing third.
Thanks to the seventh place finish of the fourth car, all SLS AMG GT3 cars entered finished in the front runners. The Gravity Charouz Racing team with Vincent Radermecker (BEL), Loris de Sordi (BEL), Eric Lux (LUX), Gerard Lopez (ESP) and Tomas Enge (CZE) was classified seventh to complete the good overall performance for the Gullwing cars. Congratulations to all teams and drivers on this amazing performance!