WATKINS GLEN, New York – Mercedes-AMG GT3 teams competing in the weekend’s featured Fanatec GT World Challenge powered by AWS doubleheader added to The Glen podium tally.
Improving from fourth on the grid, Russell Ward and Mikael Grenier co-drove the No. 33 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 team to a third-place Pro class and overall finish in Saturday’s first 90-minute World Challenge race.
They were joined on the GT World Challenge podium by co-drivers Erin Vogel and Michael Cooper who finished third in the Pro-Am class in the No. 19 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.
The DXDT No. 19 team’s podium followed Vogel’s first career GT World Challenge pole in qualifying earlier Saturday morning. The top qualifying effort saw Vogel clock in fifth fastest overall behind four Pro-class entries.
Next up for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams in SRO America is a full-weekend event for GT World Challenge, Pirelli GT4 and GT America at Sebring International Raceway, October 1 - 3.
Erin Vogel (#19 DXDT Racing)
“I really love this track and I love the fans here. The flowing style of Watkins Glen suits both my driving style and Michael’s. The pole and another podium were good results. It’s been a learning curve in our first year. I’m trying to keep my expectations reasonable, so it’s just always great when you see that hard work pay off. You know you’re moving in the right direction, and that’s what you want to see.”
Russell Ward (#33 Winward Racing)
“It was our first time here at Watkins Glen with the Mercedes-AMG GT3, it suits this track well, there’s a lot of high downforce, and it’s a complete blast to drive. We were working on the car setup a little bit throughout the weekend and the car felt really good in Saturday’s race. We tested here once before last year, so I’m familiar with the track and the car as well. I think The Glen suits the Mercedes-AMG GT3 especially well.”