SPS automotive performance will again line up in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS in 2021. After its first full season in 2020, the team from Willsbach now plans to field two Mercedes-AMG GT3. One car will go in pursuit of points in the Pro-Am class, one in the Silver Cup. The high-class European GT series consists of ten events in 2021, with the Total 24 Hours of Spa forming the highlight of the season.
After an impressive first season in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS, in which SPS automotive performance finished third in the Team competition in the Pro-Am class, the team will again face the other top teams in the high-quality racing series this year. The #20 Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be driven by the same successful duo as last year: Valentin Pierburg (GER) and Dominik Baumann (AUT). They will receive support in the Endurance Cup races from Florian Scholze (GER). With seven podium finishes in the Pro-Am class, the pairing of Pierburg and Baumann contributed significantly to the third place in last year’s championship.
In the five Endurance Cup races, the #40 Mercedes-AMG will do battle in the Silver Cup. At the wheel of the silver Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be Yannick Mettler, talented youngster Miklas Born (both SUI) and Jordan Love (AUS). The experienced Mettler has started for SPS automotive performance in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in the past and can point to successes including two class wins at the Nürburgring 24 hours. 18-year-old Born joins the team as the reigning TCR champion in the 24H Series. He is now set to contest his first season in GT racing. Australian Love has enjoyed great success in the Australian Porsche Cup and has already lined up at the iconic Bathurst 12 Hour.
The first GT World Challenge Europe tests take place at the end of March at Circuit Paul Ricard in Southern France, before the lights finally go green for the first time this year on 18th April at the iconic circuit in Monza.
Stephan Sohn, team principal SPS automotive performance: “We are delighted to be starting in the GT World Challenge Europe again. After our first full season, it goes without saying that we are ultimately looking to do better than last year. The opposition will be very strong again. However, I think we have a balanced team and can challenge for victory in both classes.”