Successful year for MANN-FILTER Motorsport
The Motorsport Team at MANN-FILTER looks back on an eventful 2019 season. On five continents and in six different racing series, the yellow-green “MANN-FILTER Mambas” of the Mercedes-AMG brand scored numerous successes:
At the Intercontinental GT Challenge, MANN-FILTER driver Maximilian Buhk won third place overall as well as three second-place finishes in the five IGTC season races. “Our Mamba was without a doubt one of the best cars of the season. That makes it easier to forget the disappointment of not having taken the title, and to come back next year even stronger,” Buhk exclaims.
At the ADAC GT Masters, the MANN-FILTER Team HTP succeeded thanks to the strong performance of German-Dutch driver duo Maximilian Götz and Indy Dontje in the second half of the season, taking the victory in the Saturday race at the Sachsenring and claiming third place overall in their Mercedes-AMG GT3. Meanwhile, their team colleagues Philip Ellis and Fabian Vettel finished third, driving the sister car in the second race at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Bringing home four podium finishes, the MANN-FILTER Team HTP may have fallen short of repeating last year’s title in the team ranking, but they proved that their Mambas count among the top racers in the super sports car league.
The Leipert Motorsport Team also rang up some successes at the ADAC GT4 Germany in their Mercedes-AMG GT4, dubbed the “Baby Mamba”: the win scored by Luca-Sandro Trefz and Morgan Haber at the second race in Hockenheim ultimately lifted the German-Australian crew into fourth place in the overall rankings.
One top-priority event in the season program of MANN-FILTER Motorsport was the ADAC 24 Hours of Nürburgring race held at the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife north-loop track in June. The Mercedes AMG Team MANN-FILTER with Maximilian Götz, Raffaele Marciello, Christian Hohenadel, and Lance-David Arnold drove for almost 19 hours within range of a podium finish. Their Mercedes-AMG GT3 was damaged, however, when it clipped a lapped car, causing driver Maximilian Götz to slam into a guardrail.
In October, Maximilian Buhk and Raffaele Marciello then indeed drove the MANN-FILTER Mamba of HTP Motorsport to overall victory at the eighth run of the VLN Endurance Racing Championship at the Nürburgring.
At the International GT Open, where HTP Motorsport hosted a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for Austrians Alexander Hrachowina and Martin Konrad, the team won a commanding second place finish. Early on in the year, in January already, Hrachowina and Konrad together joined by drivers Indy Dontje and Bernd Schneider scored the class victory in the A6-AM ranking with an overall 7th place finish at the Dubai 24 Hour Race.
“Although it wasn’t enough to win the championship title, we were right up among the leading contenders in the 2019 motorsports season,” notes Dr. Uwe Hartmann, Director of Brand Management at MANN-FILTER. “What’s of equal or even more value to us, however, is the appreciative esteem that our commitment enjoys among fans, the media, and competitors: wherever they line up to race, the MANN-Filter Mambas count among the spectators’ favorites. The premium filtration brand MANN-FILTER has firmly established its place in the world of international motorsports. We’re delighted with this standing, which we’ll want to build on moving forward.”