The Haupt Racing Team will field four cars in four different classes at the 51st edition of the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring. In addition to the two Mercedes-AMG GT3 #4 and #6, which will start under the Mercedes-AMG Team BILSTEIN entry, the Mercedes-AMG GT2 #46 and the Mercedes-AMG GT4 #89 will also take up the battle for victory in their classes.
- Mercedes-AMG Team BILSTEIN #4 in the top class SP9 Pro.
- Sister car #6 in the SP9 Pro-Am field.
- Mercedes-AMG GT2 #46 will start in SPX.
- Car #89 on the grid in the SP10 category.
This year's edition of the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring comes under a very special sign for the Haupt Racing Team. For the first time in the history of the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing programme, one team will be fielding all three current GT models in one race. Three of the four cars will take on the challenge of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with extended support from Mercedes-AMG.
In the top SP9 Pro class, the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 will enter the fight for overall victory. As in the previous year, Philip Ellis, Raffaele Marciello (both SUI) and Luca Stolz (GER) will run under the Mercedes-AMG Team BILSTEIN entry for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. The sister car #6, which is also entered as Mercedes-AMG Team BILSTEIN, will compete in the SP9 Pro-Am class. Here, team owner Hubert Haupt (GER), Jordan Love (AUS) and Arjun Maini (IND) will share the wheel.
After its successful baptism of fire at the 24h Qualifiers a few weeks ago, HRT will again line up the new #46 Mercedes-AMG GT2 under the name Mercedes-AMG Team HRT in the SPX class. Mercedes-AMG test and development driver Thomas Jäger (GER) as well as Frank Bird (GBR), Elia Erhardt and Jörg Viebahn (both GER) will contest a 24h race with this new customer sports model for the first time.
HRT will also be on the grid in the SP10 class for homologated GT4 cars for the first time at the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring. In the #89 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Florian Wahl, Tobias Wahl, Reinold Renger and Alexander Kroker (all GER) will be chasing twice around the clock.
HRT and BILSTEIN again present exclusive 24h Nürburgring design
As in previous years, one of HRT's Mercedes-AMG GT3s will once again take to the track in a design specially developed for this highlight by team partner BILSTEIN. For the first time, a so-called Comic Art Car will enter the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring. This creation by fashion designer Frank Granduc was realised in collaboration with livery artist Alexander Bloch. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 #4 was painstakingly painted by hand over several days, making it not only a true work of art but also a unique specimen. This vehicle thus joins the ranks of the Haupt Racing Team's previous art and retro cars that have lined up on the grid in recent years.
The Haupt Racing Team and suspension specialist BILSTEIN enjoy an intensive and successful partnership. BILSTEIN is once again the official technical partner of the Haupt Racing Team this season. The iconic blue and yellow Mercedes-AMG GT3 can be admired on the race track at the 24h Nürburgring as well as in the DTM and the Nürburgring Endurance Series.
HRT aims for top finish
In all previous 24h races at the Nürburgring, the Haupt Racing Team showed strong performances, but race luck was not on HRT's side. At the last edition, the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 was racing in the leading group for the overall win when a puncture in the early stages eliminated all chances of victory. However, after a strong catch-up, the team crossed the finish line in seventh overall position, followed by sister car #6, which secured the class victory in SP9 Pro-Am. HRT is looking to build on this performance this year and launch another attack for a top finish.
Raffaele Marciello, #4 Mercedes-AMG Team BILSTEIN: “I'm happy to be back at the 24h Nürburgring with HRT and to be in the car with Philip and Luca like last year. I am very motivated to give my best once again. I hope we will have a clean race.”
Jordan Love, #6 Mercedes-AMG Team BILSTEIN: “I am very excited and looking forward to my first 24 hours at the Nürburgring. It will be a big challenge and my learning curve will be quite steep. It is something special to be part of such a special event. It's something I've always dreamed of. Arjun, Hubert and I have prepared well for the race and can't wait to start.”
Thomas Jäger, #46 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT: "After the successful qualifying race, I am now looking forward to the 24h race together with HRT. We used the rollout once again to make a few fine adjustments. The car performs very well. Now we will prepare for the race in the practice sessions - especially in the night practice. We hope for a trouble-free run, that we can race through and conclude the test programme for the Mercedes-AMG GT2 successfully."
Tobias Wahl, #89 Haupt Racing Team: "I am very excited to be driving the most beautiful race of the season with HRT this year. It's my fifth 24H race at this legendary circuit and I'm very proud to be racing with such a professional team and a great driver line-up."
Sean Paul Breslin, team principal Haupt Racing Team: "The whole team is looking forward to this season highlight. For the first time, we are fielding three types of cars in this endurance classic. We are excited about this challenge and about the trust placed in us by Mercedes-AMG. We are highly motivated to achieve the best possible result in all classes."
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. As well as numerous race wins and top results, HRT’s greatest success came in 2021 when it won the Drivers’ Championship in the DTM. The team’s programme is demanding and diverse: among other things, HRT starts in the DTM, the Nürburgring Endurance Series, the GT World Challenge Europe, and the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps. Many of these race outings are as a Mercedes-AMG Performance Team with extended factory support. HRT is also involved in professional sim racing and is a sought-after partner for technical development projects and motorsport events of all kinds. As of the 2023 season, the team’s new operations centre is the HRT Race Base in Drees, which is located at the Nürburgring. The headquarters of Haupt Racing Team GmbH are in Grünwald near Munich.