Tales from the paddock: Victories and titles, from Kuwait to Australia

Dec 8, 2022

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport continued to rack up overall and class victories as well as championships all around the world in December.

  • This is what happened: Results and facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams
  • Social media news: What's new online?

This is what happened: Results and facts

  • 24H Series: Victory for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at the Dubai Autodrome
  • GT World Challenge Australia: A couple of Top Three finishes for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in Adelaide as Mark Griffith becomes GT4 champion

News snippets

CP Racing are winners in the 24H Series in Kuwait:CP Racing have once again won the 24H Series championship, regaining the title they first won in 2018. Victory in the final 12-hour race in Kuwait delivered the drivers' title for the trio of Charles Espenlaub, Shane Lewis and Charles Putman (all USA). With additional input from Joe Foster (USA), CP Racing also secured the team title in the Championship of the Continents category. Having started the race in Kuwait Motor City from third on the grid, the number 85 Mercedes-AMG GT3 immediately surged into the lead and steadily pulled out a gap to the rest of the field which had extended to a full two laps by the time they eventually crossed the finish line. It was their second victory of the season.

Championship and class wins in the GT World Challenge Australia:Mark Griffith (AUS) is the new GT4 champion in the GT World Challenge Australia. Sharing the cockpit of the number 19 Team Daimler Trucks Brisbane Mercedes-AMG GT4 with Paul Morris (AUS), Griffith took a class win and two second places in the season finale at Adelaide Street Circuit, a result that was enough to secure the top spot in the GT4 class of the Australian leg of the GT World Challenge. Sam Brabham (AUS) partnered by Christos Batzios (GRE) in the number 102 Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Team Harrolds Racing triumphed in the other two races. This excellent result elevated Brabham to second place in the final overall standings. The Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing teams also put in an excellent performance in the GT3-AM class. Ross Poulakis (GRE) in the number 101 Harrolds Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 contributed two class wins, while the number 45 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of RAM Motorsport with Michael Sheargold and Garth Walden (both AUS) at the wheel claimed a third win of the weekend in class for the brand and the 2022 runners'-up trophy in their class. Two further class podiums in the GT3 Pro-Am class for Prince Abu Bakar Ibrahim (MAY) and Jamie Whincup (AUS) of Team Triple Eight JMR rounded off a highly respectable showing in the season finale.

Podium success in the Le Mans Virtual Series:In the fourth race of the Le Mans Virtual Series on a computer-generated version of the Sebring International Raceway, Mercedes-AMG celebrated another podium finish. Mercedes-AMG Team Petronas Esports with drivers James Baldwin, Graham Carroll (both GBR) and Bono Huis (NED) finished third in the four-hour race. The Mercedes-AMG Team Williams Esports trio of Jakub Brzezinski (POL), Mercedes-AMG driver Raffaele Marciello (SUI) and Nikodem Wisniewski (POL) also achieved a decent result with eighth position.

Social Media News

#F12023:The 2022 F1 season has only just come to an end, but preparations for the next one are already in full swing. George Russell recently paid a visit to the factory in Brackley to have his seat fitted for 2023. Roll on the new campaign!

Watch video:www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OediH5s8dk

#MyJobInF1:Introducing Chris, our Deputy Chief Financial Officer. In the constrained circumstances of the F1 cost cap, it's all about optimising performance with the resources we have. That's where Chris and the finance team come in, ensuring the team delivers performance while adhering to the financial regulations.

Watch video:www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KJZWLWZL1M

Podium Kuwait 12H
#19 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Daimler Trucks Brisbane
#102 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Harrolds Racing
#45 Mercedes-AMG GT3, RAM Motorsport
#101 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Harrolds Racing
#85 Mercedes-AMG GT3, CP Racing
#85 Mercedes-AMG GT3, CP Racing