SPS automotive performance as a guest in Italy

After its successful appearance in 2023, SPS automotive performance will return to the 12H Mugello. The #27 Mercedes-AMG GT3 will once again be on the chase for class victory under the Heart of Racing by SPS banner with drivers Ian James (GBR), Roman de Angelis (CAN) and Gray Newell (USA).

After the Bathurst 12 Hour in Australia, the German-American joint venture by SPS automotive performance and The Heart of Racing will return to the track on European terrain. From 22-24 March, the #27 Mercedes-AMG GT3 will compete in the 12H Mugello under the Heart of Racing by SPS banner with the aim of repeating last year’s success. At their first appearance in Tuscany, Ian James, Roman de Angelis and Gray Newell drove a strong chase to third place overall and class victory in the GT3-AM category. Now the trio, who will line up unchanged at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, would like to repeat this success.

Team Heart of Racing, led by team principal Ian James, supports paediatric projects in the United States with its motorsport commitments and also takes part in the FIA WEC, the IMSA WeatherTech SportCar Championship and selected races in the Intercontinental GT Challenge and the 24H Series. SPS automotive performance has taken over the entries with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in this programme since last year. The joint venture’s last appearance marked the team’s debut at the 12-hour race in Bathurst. In the Australian endurance classic, the team achieved an outstanding second place in the Pro-Am class. Now it wants to capitalise on the momentum to achieve another successful result at the 12H Mugello.

On 23 March at 12:30 local time, the lights will go green for the first part of the 12H Mugello, which is scheduled over a distance of six and a half hours. The second part of the race will be started on Sunday 24 March at 09:00.

Stephan Sohn, team principal at SPS automotive performance: “After last year’s strong result, we obviously hope to repeat this success. The team and drivers are well-rehearsed and already know the track and the procedure from last year. I think we can once again play a strong role in the battle for class victory.”