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Mercedes-AMG squads announce plans for 2022 Endurance Cup campaign

4 March 2022

A trio of Mercedes-AMG squads have revealed their plans for the 2022 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS season, with each targeting glory in the Endurance Cup. 

Maro Engel and Luca Stolz will continue their successful partnership as part of Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed’s new Pro line-up, which is completed by Dutch racer Steijn Schothorst.

The German duo have shared cars since 2018, winning that season’s Endurance Cup title with the Black Falcon squad and earning several victories in the Sprint Cup. They will now join the expanding GetSpeed outfit, which returns to the Pro ranks this term and will also compte for class honours in the Silver Cup. 

Alongside the two Mercedes-AMG factory drivers, Schothorst returns to the championship for his first assault on the Endurance Cup since 2019. The Dutch racer has previously driven Lamborghini and Audi machinery and scored an overall Sprint Cup win at Zolder in 2018.

The news comes alongside two more Mercedes-AMG squads revealing their 2022 plans. SPS automotive performance will run the full Endurance Cup campaign in the Pro-Am class, and also has plans to enter at least one car at selected events on the Sprint Cup schedule. Drivers for the programme will be confirmed at a later date. 

Winward Racing, meanwhile, will enter the new Gold Cup class with Mercedes-AMG factory driver Lucas Auer spearheading its effort. The Austrian will be joined by 2021 Italian GT champion Lorenzo Ferrari and the experienced Jens Liebhauser, the latter moving over from the Boutsen Racing camp. 

Each team will be present at the official Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS test days at Circuit Paul Ricard, which take place on Monday and Tuesday of next week (7-8 March). The start of the new season is now less than a month away, with the Endurance Cup kicking off at Imola on 1-3 April.