After 2015, the FIA GT World Cup title again goes to Affalterbach: driving the Mercedes-AMG GT3 with starting number 48 in an entertaining race, Edoardo Mortara claims victory in this year’s running of the legendary motorsport event in Macau. Maro Engel also made it onto the podium after finishing third at the 6.1 kilometres long street circuit. Another top ten result rounds out the team achievement by Mercedes-AMG: after 18 laps, Daniel Juncadella crossed the finish line in eighth place.
In the feature race on Sunday, rain in the morning added to the excitement. At a drying track, however, the drivers took maximum risk from the very beginning and staged thrilling position fights. In the process, Marciello initially improved to second, but had to park his car early due to consequential damage after contact. Up front, Mortara displayed all his class and quickly pulled clear from the rest of the field. A pair of safety car interventions also left Mortara unfazed on his way to victory. From eighth on the grid, Engel showed impressive progress: driving the #999 Mercedes-AMG GT3 with the striking Linkin Park livery, he made up one place after another and crossed the finish line in third. Juncadella, who had also worked his way up, had to make a pit stop after contact and finished the race in eighth place.
By winning the FIA GT World Cup title, Mortara underlined his reputation as ‘Mister Macau’, having already been successful on the street circuit in Formula 3 (2009, 2010) and also having scored GT3 race wins in Macau from 2011 until 2013.