In the mid of march we were presented with the new MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 during an event at the MANN+HUMMEL Technology Centre in Ludwigsburg, Germany. MANN-FILTER and HTP Motorsport announced the new race car and driver pairings for the 2017 motor sports season. The premium filter brand from Germany and the renowned racing team from the Rhineland-Palatinate have joined forces to cause a sensation on Europe’s race tracks as the MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport.
The distinctive and dynamic yellow and green MANN-FILTER design will this year adorn one of the spectacular Mercedes-AMG GT3 vehicles of HTP Motorsport. The sports car, which is powered by a 6.2-litre V8 engine delivering around 550 hp, will take part in many racing series with a team made up of both young and experienced drivers.
In the ADAC GT Masters, Dutch driver Indy Dontje and German driver Marvin Kirchhöfer will share the cockpit of the MANN-FILTER Mercedes-AMG GT3. The Super Sports Car League is one of the toughest GT3 championships worldwide from both a quantitative and a qualitative perspective. In the ADAC GT Masters, two one-hour races with a driver change will be held each race weekend. The season will get underway on April 29/30 in Oschersleben.
True Endurance Racing
The MANN-FILTER team HTP will also take part in the European Blancpain GT Endurance Series. Experienced endurance racer Kenneth Heyer, who has already been flying the yellow and green flag of MANN-FILTER for several years, will share the cockpit with Dontje and Patrick Assenheimer. In the Blancpain Endurance Series, which gets underway in Monza, Italy, on April 23, five endurance races will take place over different distances. The highlight of the season will be the gruelling 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on the last weekend of July.
The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring on May 27/28 will be another big highlight of the season for the MANN-FILTER trio taking part in the Blancpain GT Endurance Series. This marathon race on the world’s most spectacular, but toughest race track – the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring – is an ordeal for man and machine, but a challenge that the MANN-FILTER team HTP is really looking forward to. With the Nordschleife-loving trio Heyer/Dontje/Assenheimer and the Mercedes-AMG GT3, which proved its performance and reliability in last year’s quadruple victory, the team is ready to take on the Eifel region classic. The fourth driver announced is DTM legend Bernd Schneider.