Winward Racing and DXDT Racing lead Mercedes-AMG fightback at VIR

10 June 2021

Mercedes-AMG was the top performer in last weekend's Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS contest at Virginia International Raceway, bolstering the German marque's advantage at the top of the global standings.

The event was the third on this year's American schedule and the ninth of the full Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS campaign, which sees manufacturers score points via their customer teams on each continent. Mercedes-AMG squads picked up victories in both the Pro and Pro-Am classes, a crucial performance after a series of Lamborghini gains at recent rounds.

Pro squad Winward Racing finished third in race one, then scored a breakthrough win in the second contest thanks to an impressive showing from Mikaël Grenier and Russel Ward. DXDT Racing clinched Pro-Am victory in the opening run and backed it up with fifth in race two. This gave Mercedes-AMG a total of 545 points for the weekend, stretching its advantage to 244 at the top of the standings.

Lamborghini was not far off at VIR, earning 436 points, and remains firmly in the hunt for the global title. K-PAX Racing scored a fifth successive Pro win in the opening contest, but had to make do with runner-up in the second run. A solid showing from Pro-Am squad Zelus Motorsport added further points towards the Italian marque's tally.

Audi Sport holds a comfortable third in the standings, despite being unrepresented at VIR. Porsche appears equally established in fourth following a good showing at the American event, where Wright Motorsports twice finished as runner-up in Pro-Am. 

Ferrari squad AF Corse once again swept the Am Cup class, while McLaren representative Inception Racing took Pro-Am points in the opening contest but failed to finish the second. BMW remains bottom of the global standings, but scored well at VIR thanks to Turner Motorsport, which finished second and then third in the Pro class.

The next stop on the global tour will be Zandvoort, which plays host to Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS on 18-20 June.