19 September 2017: Mercedes-Benz Trackday in Oschersleben: Grand season finale with star cast
At the third Trackday of 2017, Mercedes-Benz Classic sets standards with a strong line-up of Brand Ambassadors and vehicles: on 19 September 2017, participants at the Trackday in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben will experience around a dozen sporting automobiles spanning a history of over one hundred years. The event will also be attended by numerous Brand Ambassadors. Oschersleben is this year's season finale of the Trackdays. These driving events are organised exclusively for Mercedes-Benz Classic by Jörg van Ommen, Brand Ambassador and former racing driver. Among other things, participants will have an opportunity to negotiate the racetrack in their own car.
Stuttgart. For owners of classic cars and sports cars of the Stuttgart-based brand, Mercedes-Benz Classic Trackdays offer an excellent opportunity to take their own vehicles for a spin on real racetracks. Another thing that makes a Trackday a fascinating time journey through the history of motorsport is the presence of outstanding automobiles from Mercedes-Benz Classic as well as of active and former racing drivers.
On 19 September 2017, this fascination will be palpable on Germany's most northerly racetrack, the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben: six Brand Ambassadors and ten vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Classic from over 100 years of brand history are scheduled to be in attendance at the exclusive event. The following vehicles (changes are possible at short notice) span over 100 years of automotive sportiness in the brand history:
- Benz Patent Motor Car: the world's first automobile was developed by Carl Benz and filed for patent on 29 January 1886.
- Benz 18/45 PS open-top tourer: launched in 1914, this model embodied the mid-segment of the Benz model range at the time of its unveiling.
- Mercedes-Benz SS (W 06): produced from 1928 to 1933, the SS ("Super Sport") was conceived as a high-performance sports car for road and racetrack and achieved numerous motorsport successes.
- Mercedes-Benz SSK (W 06): the SSK was in production from 1928 until 1932. Technically identical to the SS, it had a shorter wheelbase, making it especially suitable for hill climbs. Driving the lighter and more powerful version, known also as the SSKL (Super Sport Kurz (Short) Light), Rudolf Caracciola won the Mille Miglia in 1931.
- Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198): in February 1954, the 300 SL standard-production sports car (W 198), which was based on the 1952-season racing car of the same name, made its world debut in New York. The coupé was called the "Gullwing" owing to its roof-mounted doors, which resembled a gull's wings. Its triple class victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia is legendary. In spring 1957, the 300 SL Roadster replaced the Coupé. By that time, a total of 1400 units had been built.
- Mercedes-Benz 500 SL rally vehicle (R 107): following the spectacular rally successes with SLC coupés of the 107 model series, four vehicles based on the more agile roadster were produced for the 1981 season. After the company's withdrawal from motorsport, however, they were never raced.
- Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II racing tourer (W 201): raced in the German touring car championship (DTM), these racing tourers were based on the Evolution models of the standard-production Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16. This 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II from Mercedes-Benz Classic is the original DTM vehicle of Kurt Thiim from 1991. Having been restored by the DTM experts at HWA, it is raced in historical motorsport events.
- Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II racing tourer (W 201): up to and including the 1992 season, the races of the German touring car championship were held under Group A rules. That year's DTM champion was Klaus Ludwig in an AMG-Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II. This vehicle was constructed by Mercedes-Benz Classic for historical motorsport as an authentic copy of the Group A racing cars of the early 1990s.
- Mercedes-Benz C 55 AMG Safety Car (W 203): Mercedes-Benz has continuously provided the official Safety Cars for Formula One since 1996. But in the DTM, too, high-performance vehicles from Mercedes-AMG are used to ensure safety on the track – such as this C 55 AMG from 2003.
- Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT (C 199): a total of 2157 units of the highly exclusive super sports cars of the 199 model series were manufactured in five variants between 2003 and 2009. In addition to the standard-production vehicles, in 2007 a small batch, limited to 21 units, was built of the SLR McLaren 722 GT racing car as a special model exclusively for motorsport.
At a Trackday, the special fascination of authentic motorsport experience is also provided by Brand Ambassadors from Mercedes-Benz Classic. In conversation with racing drivers from various disciplines, the participants are afforded a deep insight into this world. Lance David Arnold, Sebastian Asch, Maximilian Götz, Luca Ludwig, Ellen Lohr and Christian Vietoris are expected to be in attendance in Oschersleben to deliver thrilling discussions on motorsport, alongside the presentation of the vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Classic.
Born in 1986, racing driver and journalist Lance David Arnold began his racing career in 2000 in karting. In the past years, he was especially successful in long-distance races at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 and a Mercedes-AMG GT3. Born in 1986, Sebastian Asch, just like Luca Ludwig who is two years younger, has a well-known name: they are the sons of the famous Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Roland Asch and Klaus Ludwig. Both of them, however, have long since enjoyed their own triumphs on the racetrack. Among other things, Sebastian Asch is already a two-time winner of the ADAC GT Masters at the wheel of Mercedes-AMG racing cars. Maximilian Götz, born in 1986, after spells in karting, Formula 3 and DTM (driver for Mercedes-Benz in the 2015 and 2016 seasons), now drives a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in customer sport racing. In August 2017, the racing driver most recently recorded a class victory in the 24-Hour Race at Spa-Francorchamps. Born in 1965, Ellen Lohr is to date the only woman ever to have won a DTM race: in May 1992, she was victorious at the racing festival in Hockenheim at the wheel of an AMG-Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II. She regularly drives for Mercedes-Benz Classic at historical motorsport events. Since 2012, she has also again competed in truck racing. Born in 1989, racing driver Christian Vietoris is famous above all for his many years of participation in DTM: from 2011 until 2016, he drove for the Stuttgart-based brand, finishing fourth in the overall classification in both 2013 and 2014.
After the Hockenheim Ring and Zolder, the Trackday in Oschersleben is the third event in this year's series and also marks the season's finale. Racing is from 9 am to 12 midday and from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Mercedes-Benz Trackdays are open to all owners of the brand's vehicles. A limited number of participants guarantees plenty of driving time on the track. Each enrolled driver can bring up to four guests. The entry fee includes high-quality catering throughout the event, including breakfast.
Trackdays are organised by Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador and former racing driver Jörg van Ommen, DTM runner-up in 1994 and 1995. Those wishing to enrol should make direct contact with Jörg van Ommen Autosport. Further information is available on the website http://jvo.de/mercedes-benz-classic-2017.html.