Mercedes-AMG Team HRT produced a solid display in Sunday’s DTM race at Spa-Francorchamps in the Belgian Ardennes. After a tough race on Saturday, HRT drivers Luca Stolz (GER) and Arjun Maini (IND) fared significantly better on Sunday.
- Luca Stolz fights back strongly on Sunday
- Top 5 and valuable points for Luca Stolz
- Arjun Maini has the second-fastest car on Saturday
27-year-old Luca Stolz, from Brachbach in Germany, endured a rather disappointing start to the DTM weekend in Spa. Carrying extra weight as a result of his victory at the Nürburgring, he could do no better than 15th place on the grid and 15th at the finish. In stark contrast, Stolz produced a remarkable fightback in the blue and yellow #4 Bilstein Mercedes-AMG GT3. Starting from down in 14th place, he crossed the finish line fifth overall to score valuable points.
The Saturday began in similar fashion for Stolz’s team-mate Arjun Maini in the #36 PAUL car, and the popular Indian had to settle for 14th place, despite setting the second fastest lap time of the race. He also upped his game on Sunday, when he came home eleventh.
Luca Stolz, Mercedes-AMG GT3 #4: “Difficult weekend – particularly the qualifying sessions. We have to improve in that regard. Sunday’s race was much better. My car was good and we actually had good pace. Nevertheless, it is frustrating to only pick up points in one race.”
Arjun Maini, Mercedes-AMG GT3 #36: “Not such a great weekend for me, although it didn’t actually look so bad for me most of the time. We had the second-fastest car in the field on Saturday. However, the disappointing qualifying sessions prevented us from finishing any higher. So, a weekend of a few highs but many lows.”
Ulrich Fritz, Chief Executive Officer Haupt Racing Team GmbH: “It has been a challenging weekend for us in Spa, and one we definitely expected more from. After the disappointing Saturday, things went much better on Sunday. We must now prepare for the races at the Red Bull Ring and, above all, make sure that we improve in qualifying.”
HRT stands for HAUPT RACING TEAM. The motorsport team was founded in July 2020 by racing driver and entrepreneur Hubert Haupt and has firmly established itself in international GT3 sport within a very short time. Among other achievements, HRT secured the DTM drivers' championship in just its second motorsport season. In 2022, the team competes in the DTM, the Nürburgring Endurance Series, the Endurance Cup of the GT World Challenge Europe and the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and at Spa-Franchorchamps, among others – at times with factory support from Mercedes-AMG. Haupt Racing Team GmbH is based in Grünwald near Munich, the HRT Race Base is located in the Meuspath industrial area in immediate vicinity of the Nürburgring. HRT is also involved in professional sim racing and is a sought-after partner for technical development projects and motorsport events of all kinds. www.hauptracingteam.de/en