Mercedes-AMG Team AlManar Racing 2023 will compete in the Endurance classification of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS with a top-class driver trio. In the colours of the recently established partnership between the racing team from Oman and the team around Adam Osieka, Maro Engel, Fabian Schiller and Loca Stolz will be competing in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 with start number #777.
“The driver trio is a dream combination that I have have dreamed of for a long time in this form,” says Osieka. “Maro, Fabian and Luca are not only an incredibly fast crew for our spearhead, but also a very harmonious trio. I am convinced that we will be able to fight for victories with the #777.”
“I’m happy that the GT World Challenge will be starting again soon,” says Engel. “For me, the focus this year is on the stability of competing again with GetSpeed and Mercedes-AMG. With Luca, too, I have already contested countless races and we will be reinforced by Fabian. That creates a top line-up with a super team behind us, so we can have a say in the championship.”
Schiller, who has celebrated success in various racing series with GetSpeed for years, is also looking forward to the new challenge: “I am very glad to contest a complete season with a pro car in the GT World Challenge again,” says the 25-year-old. “I’m looking forward to being part of a team with Maro and Luca and I am convinced that we will cause a stir. I’m ready.”
The GTWC Endurance Cup will kick off at Monza from 21-23 April. The series will then make stops at Paul Ricard (2-4 June), the Nürburgring (29-30 July) and Barcelona (29 September to 1 October). The season highlight will be the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa from 27 June to 2 July.
Al Faisal Al Zubair’s race programme for the 2023 season has been confirmed. The 24-year-old Omani will this year contest eight events on three continents with the AlManar Racing by GetSpeed team. Their race car will always be a Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Starts in five race series are set: three in the GT Open, two in the Intercontinental GT Challenge and one each in the IMSA, the Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS and one in the Le Mans Cup. “Together with Faisal, we have put together a varied programme that will allow him to gain experience in as many race series as possible,” said Team Principal Adam Osieka. “Faisal is a great young talent. He has what it takes to become very successful. And we want to actively support him on this path.”
The season will kick off with the GT Open in Portimao from 28 to 30 April. Last year already, Faisal celebrated a victory in the European GT3 championship together with GetSpeed. Further stops of his programme will be the Hungaroring (16-18 June) and Barcelona (20-22 October). On 8 and 9 June, they will head to Le Mans. As part of the classic 24-hour race, a round of the Le Mans Cup will take place at the Sarthe. The autumn will also be rich in tradition. From 15 to 17 September, AlManar Racing by GetSpeed will compete in the IMSA at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Only one week later, a round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge America will take place at Sebring. From 5 to 7 October, the journey then continues to Indianapolis for the 8-hour race of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The season finale is the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi from 8 to 10 December. Here, too, Faisal already competed with GetSpeed in 2022 and, together with Fabian Schiller and Luca Stolz, only just missed the podium finishing fourth.
“I am really looking forward to the 2023 season,” says Faisal. “In cooperation with GetSpeed, we have put together an extremely attractive race calendar for me, where I will be racing on three continents. Races at Le Mans and Indy in particular will stand out as these are circuits that are very rich in tradition and where great racing drivers have celebrated fantastic successes. That is a great motivation for me.”
However, Al Faisal AL Zubair’s race programme is just one part of the recent partnership between AlManar Racing and GetSpeed. Another important pillar of the joint project will be announced shortly.
From now on, the motto of AlManar Racing will be “GetSpeed”. For its worldwide racing operations in the 2023 season, the racing team from Oman will rely on the experience and expertise of the team around Adam Osieka. In addition to celebrating its tenth anniversary, GetSpeed’s new partnership underlines that the team is not only fast, but also a top address as a corporate partner.
“I am very proud that we were able to win with AlManar Racing such a strong partner for our joint projects and I am very much looking forward to what will be coming up now. The recently concluded cooperation with AlManar Racing is a big step for us,” says Osieka. “In the cooperation we combine our individual strengths and use synergies to be successful together as a team.”
The AlManar Racing logo appeared on a GetSpeed car last year for the first time. Together with the team GetSpeed and alongside Fabian Schiller, Al Faisal Zubair was immediately successful when the young duo took a victory at the GT Open finale in Barcelona. Their common journey continued at the Gulf 12 Hours. In December, Faisal and Schiller, together with Luca Stolz, finished fourth and just missed out a podium position.
For GetSpeed, this is the next step towards becoming a full-service partner, in addition to previous partnerships with Vodafone, Schneider Electric, BWT, Bilstein and many others. Events, brand-building or product developments – already since 2013, GetSpeed has repeatedly and in an innovative way succeeded in placing and establishing new technologies or products in motorsport. The first live onboard cameras at the 24h Race or the specifically developed stress level monitoring were ground-breaking.
The detailed race programme for “AlManar Racing by GetSpeed” will be announced shortly.
9 Racing Series, 22 Race Tracks, 54 Races
The brand change from GetSpeed to Mercedes-AMG already was a huge surprise during the winter break. After countless meetings the most extensive motorsport program since their founding followed.
For the season 2019 GetSpeed participates at the following events and racing series:
- VLN endurance championship Nürburgring
- ADAC TOTAL 24h-qualification race Nürburgring
- ADAC TOTAL 24-h race Nürburgring
- Belgian Endurance Championship
- Creventic 24h Series*
- Michelin Le Mans Cup*
- GULF 12h Abu Dhabi
- ROLEX 24h at Daytona
*=single races are planned
Despite the wide expansion and internationalisation of the racing program the most demanding race track in the world, the Nürburgring with the legendary Nordschleife stays the base and centrum for all racing activities.
Three Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be prepared at the GetSpeed Performance Center for the gigantic program. A wide range from new and well-known faces supports the Meuspather racing team.
The famous american duo John Shoffner and Janine Hill expanding their racing program. Still once more at their side: the exceptional talent Fabian Schiller.
Fixed component of the racing calendar from J2 will be the 9 runs of the VLN endurance championsship, the ADAC TOTAL 24h-qualification race and of course the endurance classic, the ADAC TOTAL 24h-race at the Nürburgring.
Additionaly J2-racing starts at selected races with two Mercedes-AMG GT3 at the GT Open. GetSpeed-Teamchef Adam Osieka will be supporting the trio during this races.
Another big highlight of the Season are the first tests for the ROLEX 24h of Daytona.
Vodafone Mercedes-AMG GT3
Beyond the brand change Vodafone will stay a strong partner to GetSpeed in 2019 and giving there design to one Mercedes AMG GT3. As preparation for the ADAC Total 24h-races at the Nürburgring the routiniers Kenneth Heyer, Jan Seyffarth, Tristan Vautier and Luca Ludwig will share the cockpit.
Furthermore the Vodafone Mercedes-AMG GT3 participates at the VLN endurance championsship and the 24h-qualification race at the Nürburgring.
For the third Mercedes-AMG GT3 GetSpeed managed it to get a very exciting team of drivers. The cockpit will be divided between the GetSpeed Youngster Marek Böckmann, as well as the young talents Indy Dontje, Fabian Vettel and Philip Ellis. The first races of the youngsters are awaited with great anticipation.
Besides the Nürburgring-Nordschleife there are multiple international races planned for GetSpeed.
Silver Eagle Racing
The belgium-based team Silver Eagle Racing joins GetSpeed as a new member. Their operating equipment: Two Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Wim Spinoy and Kenneth Heyer dividing the first cockpit. Focus of their race calendar will be the belgian endurance championsship “BELCAR”. Besides that the 24h-race of Barcelona, 24-races in Cota and the Gulf 12h in Abu Dhabi are part of their program.
The second Mercedes-AMG GT4 is driven by the father-son-duo Frans and Michael Cool. The two newcomers from belgium will be starting at all runs of the „Belgian Endurance Championship“.
Another highlight of the season for both GT4 teams: the entry at 24h of Zolder.
The wide GetSpeed season 2019 will be rounded off by occasional starts with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Various drivers are planning here their engagement behind the steering.
“After 14 days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Autodromo do Algarve we are very excited for a promissing and thrilling season 2019. With Mercedes-AMG we do have a very strong partner on our side whom we already like to thank for the outrageous cooperation so far. Hard work pays off if we have a glance on our drivers line up und our racecars for 2019” Teamchef Adam Osieka sums up the start of the year.
With the wonderful team presentation on Castle Miel past saturday the start of the season 2019 with partners, friends and sponsors was set.
For now there is nothing more to add except:
Race on and GetSpeed!
Fotocredits: Robert Kah
#2 GIGASPEED Porsche
This year, the GIGASPEED Team GetSpeed Performance with its home in the industrial park at the Nürburgring and its starting vehicle fleet do one better. With the GIGASPEED Porsche GT3 R, the team will start additionally and for the first time in the SP9 Class of the VLN Endurance Championship this year. Here, not just the choice of cars but also the driver pairing is promising. Steve Jans, who could already take a total of three Championship wins for the GetSpeed team in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 in the class of Porsche Carrera Cup cars of the VLN, will be one of the pilots. His future driver partner Marek Böckmann changed for the 9th VLN run in 2017 from the 75Bernhard Team to the GetSpeed team. The young driver started his career in kart racing and then in Formula 4 in 2015. After one season in the Porsche Carrera Cup 2016, he had a very successful first VLN season in 2017 in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Team boss and CEO of the GetSpeed Performance Center, Adam Osieka: “We have deliberately waited long to take this step and be prepared in the best possible way. After lots of success with the Porsche brand on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, we want to meet a new challenge now after five years with the Porsche 911 GT3 R and, at the same time, be the best customer sports team on the Nordschleife. Furthermore, we have deliberately decided after long talks to go this path together with Dunlop as our tire partner. In Jans and Böckmann, we definitively have the right drivers for our new challenge. We have not yet found the right third driver, who has to have the foundation for victories. Let’s see which applicants we will get over the course of time.”
Until the start of the season and the first action at the Nürburgring in test and setup drives on March 17, 2018, the team will turn to further exciting, innovative and media-related projects in the GetSpeed Performance Center, which will also be announced in the coming weeks.