Mercedes-AMG extends global advantage with superb showing at Monza

22 April 2021

Mercedes-AMG stretched its advantage at the top of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS standings in last weekend's three-hour race at Monza thanks to consistent showings in each class.

With competitive grids in the Pro, Silver and Pro-Am classifications, the Italian event offered an opportunity for each of the seven competing brands to earn big scores. Points are doubled for three-hour races, adding further incentive to this year's hopefuls.

Mercedes-AMG's representatives were front-runners across the board, eventually finishing second among the Pro runners (AKKA ASP), third in the Silver Cup (Winward Racing) and fourth in Pro-Am (GetSpeed). This gave the defending champion a combined total of 1,314 points for the Italian event, extending its lead over the chasing pack.

Lamborghini also performed well at Monza. The #14 Emil Frey Racing entry earned victory in the Silver Cup, while Orange1 FFF Racing contributed significantly by finishing second in Pro-Am. Emil Frey's #163 was ninth among the Pro contenders, giving the Sant'Agata Bolognese brand 1,186 points in total.

Porsche squad Dinamic Motorsport bagged overall victory to earn major points for the German brand. However, its chances of scoring further were dashed when Allied-Racing withdrew due to an accident on Saturday

Ferrari won solid points on home turf. The #71 Iron Lynx entry finished fourth among the Pro cars, while AF Corse (P6 in Pro-Am) and Rinaldi Racing (P7 in Silver Cup) also contributed. Audi left Monza with useful points too, with the #30 Team WRT machine claiming runner-up in the Silver Cup and Saintéloc Racing finishing P5 in Pro.

BMW and McLaren both left Monza without scoring, the German marque narrowly missing out on points with both of its Pro cars. McLaren, meanwhile, will be encouraged by an impressive display from Pro-Am squad Inception Racing. The British outfit bagged class pole on debut, only for an opening-lap accident to scupper its chances. Pro squad JOTA was also eliminated early by a technical problem.

As a result of its excellent showing at Monza, Mercedes-AMG has extended its lead over Lamborghini to 214 points. Audi Sport sits third, closely followed by Porsche, while Ferrari, BMW and McLaren make up the remainder of the table. The next stop on the global tour will be Circuit of the Americas, which will host Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS on 1/2 May.