Next weekend, the season highlight of the GT World Challenge Europe is on the schedule: the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. Haupt Racing Team is fielding two strong Mercedes-AMG GT3s at the endurance classic in the Belgian Ardennes. The HRT cars are among the favorites in the overall standings and in the Silver Cup, respectively.
- HRT travels to Spa-Francorchamps well prepared and highly motivated
- Seven top drivers on two Mercedes-AMG GT3s in racing action
- Overall ranking and Silver Cup in HRT's sights
From July 29 to August 1, the 73rd edition of the venerable 24-hour race will take place on the Spa-Francorchamps race track. In the top-class starting field of the best international GT3 teams, HRT is represented with two Mercedes-AMG GT3s. The car with the starting number 4, with extended works support and in the distinctive colors of team sponsor BWT, will start under the entry Mercedes-AMG Team HRT in the Pro class and will be driven by Vincent Abril (MCO), Maro Engel (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER).
In the #5 Mercedes-AMG GT3 - which competes in the Silver Cup - team owner Hubert Haupt (GER) shares the cockpit with Patrick Assenheimer (GER), Michele Beretta (ITA) and Indy Dontje (NED).
Hubert Haupt, Team Owner HRT / #5 Haupt Racing Team
"The pleasant DTM result from the Lausitzring shows that we are in top shape as a team and travel to the endurance classic in Belgium very well prepared. Now it's all about proving our good form and winning one of the big 24-hour races with the team. Personally, of course, I want to defend my Silver Cup class victory from last year with my driver colleagues."
Vince Abril, #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT
"The team is doing a fantastic job, the car has the necessary speed and Maro, Luca and I will do our part to be able to fight for the overall victory until the end. The crew would deserve it!"
Maro Engel, #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT
"With our driver trio on the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, we should be in a position to fight for victory. My trophy collection is still missing a winner's trophy from this classic so far, which every racing driver would probably like to put in his glass cabinet."
Patrick Assenheimer, #5 Haupt Racing Team
"I can't wait to get back on the track for the first free practice session on Thursday. Eau Rouge, Blanchimont or the Bus Stop Chicane simply have a legendary reputation. Success at this prestigious race is one of the greatest things you can achieve as a race driver, so the anticipation is already huge."
Sean Paul Breslin, Team Principal HRT
"The whole team is looking forward to one of the highlights of our motorsport season - and at one of the most spectacular race tracks in the world! We're traveling with a good tailwind with our first DTM victory at the Lausitzring, showing a strong recovery as a team even after setbacks."