A DUBAI DEBUT FOR THE MERCEDES AMG GT3
RAM Racing finished the 2016 Dubai 24 Hours in 11th place in class after a challenging but promising debut for its new Mercedes AMG GT3.
The team qualified in eighth for the start of the 2016 24H Series championship-opener and by nightfall had climbed up to third place. With its sights set on taking the race lead, the team was pushing hard. However, a cracked oil cooler put halt on their charge and, after an hour in the garage, they emerged in 58th place.
Not a team to stop fighting, RAM Racing pushed hard though the night and, as the chequered flag fell, they were 11th in the top-level PRO class.
"Although the race didn't go to plan, the new AMG GT3 showed a lot of promise," commented Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom. "The drivers all reported better handling in the corners and the team have found it easy to engineer and set-up. Obviously, like with any new car, we had some issues that prevented us from getting a better result but the service from AMG Customer Sports was, once again, second-to-none.
"The car is being flown back to Silverstone Park, via AMG in Germany, so we can start getting ready for the 12 Hours of Italy. Now, more than ever, we need to make sure we take maximum points from every round of the championship if we want to retain our 2015 title."
The 12 Hours of Italy, the second round of the 24H Series, takes place at Mugello in North Italy on 18-19 March.