Mercedes-AMG has pulled clear at the top of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS standings ahead of the biggest points-scoring opportunity of the season: the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa.
The German marque scored strongly in the most recent outing at Misano, which represented the fifth round of the European campaign, creating a useful advantage over championship rival Lamborghini. Audi Sport was the leading performer at the Italian track, cementing its third-place in the standings.
Mercedes-AMG accrued 605 points in the opening Misano race when its best results were victory in the Silver Cup (AKKA ASP), second in Pro (Toksport WRT) and third in Pro-Am (SPS Automotive Performance).
It added a further 507 points in the second contest thanks to runner-up in Pro (AKKA ASP) and third in both the Silver Cup (Toksport WRT) and Pro-Am (SPS Automotive Performance). This gave the brand 1,007 points for the event.
Lamborghini lost ground at its home track, earning a total of 790 points between the two races. It scored Pro-Am victory in the first race thanks to Barwell Motorsport and also picked up P2 in the Silver Cup (Emil Frey Racing), but did not take a Pro podium in either contest.
Audi Sport enjoyed the best weekend thanks to a pair of Pro wins for Team WRT, which also collected Silver Cup victory in the second race. This helped the Ingolstadt marque to register 1,135 points at Misano, firmly securing third in the standings.
Audi has now edged well clear of Porsche after the rival German brand failed to score at Misano. An accident on the opening lap of race 1 forced Dinamic Motorsport to withdraw from the event, while fellow Porsche squad Allied Racing did not pick up points on its Sprint Cup debut.
Ferrari, meanwhile, closed up on the Stuttgart brand by scoring well in both races. Its best finish in race 1 was fourth in both Pro-Am (AF Corse) and the Silver Cup (Rinaldi Racing), while the latter scored a season-best finish of second in class in race 2.
McLaren took no points from race 1 after its sole representative, JOTA, was hit with a post-race penalty. The British squad bounced back in the second outing by finishing sixth among the Pro runners. BMW was unrepresented at Misano and thus failed to improve its tally.
Mercedes-AMG has now extended its lead over Lamborghini to 489 points. However, the situation could look very different after the upcoming TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. As the longest and most prestigious race of the season, Spa offers quadruple points, giving all seven brands a chance to make major gains.
The event runs from 29 July, with the race getting underway at 16.30 CEST on Saturday 31 July and concluding 24 hours later. Fans can follow live coverage via a host of online options, including the official TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa website and Facebook page and on the GT World YouTube channels.