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Strong presence in Belgium: Mercedes-Benz Classic attends Spa Race Festival with two vehicles

Strong presence in Belgium: Mercedes-Benz Classic attends Spa Race Festival with two vehicles

Jul 17, 2014
Stuttgart
  • Mercedes-Benz 220 SE “Racing Tailfin” takes part in FHR HTGT (1-hour race for GT and touring cars) for first time
  • First race outing for Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II in the Belgian Ardennes as part of the Youngtimer Trophy
  • Brand Ambassador Kurt Thiim takes to the wheel of both works racing cars
Mercedes-Benz Classic’s attendance of the Spa Race Festival to be held from 18 to 20 July 2014 in the Belgian Ardennes region will see no less than two works racing cars take to the starting line for the historic motor sport event. On the 7-kilometre Spa circuit, a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (“Racing Tailfin”) will be battling it out in the 1-hour race for the Historic Touring Car and GT Trophy (HTGT), organised by the “ Fahrergemeinschaft Historischer Motorsport” (FHR – German Drivers’ Association for Historical Motor Racing), while a Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II will also be lining up against the competition in the Youngtimer Trophy. Both vehicles will be driven on Belgium’s natural race track in Spa-Francorchamps by racing driver and Mercedes-Benz Classic Brand Ambassador Kurt Thiim.
In 2014, the Spa Race Festival will in fact witness a double Mercedes-Benz premiere: for the first time the Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111 model series, known as the “ Racing Tailfin”), built in 2011 to take part in historic motor sport events as a works racing car, will be taking to the starting line in the 1-hour sprint race for the Historic Touring Car and GT Trophy organised by the “Fahrergemeinschaft Historischer Motorsport” (FHR HTGT). The 220 E works racing car complies with the provisions of Appendix K to the International Sporting Code issued by FIA (Féderation Internationale de l’Automobile). Previously the vehicle has been primarily deployed in the Dunlop FHR Long-Distance Cup – the world’s greatest historic long-distance race series in accordance with Appendix K, in which GT vehicles and touring cars built between 1947 and 1975 compete for top honours.
The “Racing Tailfin” is now taking part in the FHR HTGT, the oldest historic motor sport race series in Germany, for the very first time. The FHR HTGT has emerged from the Historic Touring Car Trophy and comprises the 1-hour sprint race with compulsory pit stop. After a training session on the Friday (18 July), the race actually takes place at the Spa Race Festival on the Saturday (19 July), from 3.00 to 4.00 p.m.
The Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, which Mercedes-Benz Classic built for participation in the Youngtimer Trophy in the 2013 season, is also taking to the starting line of the legendary natural race track as part of the Spa Race Festival for the very first time. This season the vehicle is sporting a very special design: its body is decorated with themes depicting magical moments from 120 years of Mercedes-Benz motorsport history. At the Spa Race Festival, the works racing car will be competing in the second race of the Youngtimer Trophy (Sunday, 20 July, 1.55 p.m. to 2.55 p.m.), in which a total of around 50 vehicles take part.
Participants in the Youngtimer Trophy include vehicles dating from 1966 to 1991 which comply with Appendix J to the International Sporting Code of the FIA (Féderation Internationale de l’Automobile), as well as with the homologation standards of their respective eras. This ensures maximum authenticity and an intensive historic motor racing experience. The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II from Mercedes-Benz Classic is taking part in Division 10 of the Youngtimer Trophy for vehicles based on the Group A technical standard which held a valid FIA homologation during the period from 1989 to 1991.
“Mercedes-Benz Classic built the 220 SE and the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II as historic motor sport works racing cars which form part of our strong commitment to actively promoting the unique historic motor sport heritage of the brand,” explains Michael Bock, Director of Mercedes-Benz Classic and Customer Center. “As such we are contributing to bringing back to life some of the very different eras of motor sport history in a particularly authentic and exciting way – and we are therefore also creating the opportunity for many more magical moments from Mercedes-Benz.”
The Mercedes-Benz Classic vehicles taking part inthe Spa Race Festival 2014 in Spa-Francorchamps
Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111), “FIA Appendix K”
Staying true to the 1960s, this competition vehicle is technically extremely close to the series-production model. Usual modifications include reinforced chassis elements and body parts, a larger fuel tank and optimised engine characteristics.
Technical data
Production period: 1959-1965
Cylinders: 6/in-line
Displacement: 2,195 cc
Power: 88 kW (120 hp) at 4,800 rpm
Top speed: approx. 170 km/h
Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201)
Work on this second development stage of a DTM racing car based on the compact-class W 201 started in August 1989. The vehicles were developed by the in-house Mercedes-Benz sport technology (st) department. The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II celebrated its racing debut on 16 June 1990 on the North Loop of the Nürburgring.
Technical data
Production period: 1990
Cylinders: 4/in-line
Displacement: 2,463 cc
Power: 173 kW (235 hp) at 7,200 rpm
Top speed: approx. 250 km/h
The Mercedes-Benz Classic driver taking part inthe Spa Race Festival 2014 in Spa-Francorchamps
Kurt Thiim
Born on 3 August 1958 in Vojens, Luxembourg
The Dane Kurt Thiim began his career in motor sport in 1974 with kart racing (becoming the Danish Karting Champion in 1985) and driving in Formula Ford 1600. The successes brought him into Formula 3. From there Thiim changed to touring car sport and won the DTM in 1986 in a Rover Vitesse. After that he became a consistent presence in Mercedes-Benz vehicles: since mid-season in 1988, he has been driving for AMG-Mercedes. By 1991, he had achieved good positions and individual victories, first for AMG-Mercedes, then from 1992 for Zakspeed-Mercedes (becoming Vice-Champion in 1992). Later he drove an AMG-Mercedes in the UPS team. In 1991, Thiim, driving a Sauber-Mercedes C 11, also took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a team with Stanley Dickens and Jonathan Palmer, but the car dropped out in the course of the race. He was part of the Mercedes-Benz driver line-up until 1997 and subsequently drove for different teams and in various championships.
Roland Asch (left) and his teammates Bernd Schneider, Ellen Lohr, Klaus Ludwig, Kurt Thiim and Jörg van Ommen with a Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) in the DTM-season 1993.
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Kurt Thiim, racing driver for Mercedes-Benz in the 1980s and 1990s. Photo of the Historic Trophy Nürburgring 2014.
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Racing drivers Kurt Thiim, Bernd Schneider and Klaus Ludwig (from right to left) during the Historic Trophy Nürburgring 2014.
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Mercedes-Benz Classic brand ambassadors Bernd Schneider, Klaus Ludwig, Roland Asch, Kurt Thiim and Jörg van Ommen (from left to right) at the Historic Trophy 2014 at the Nürburgring in June 2014.
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Mercedes-Benz Classic racing car Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) on its way to the Youngtimer Trophy during the Historic Trophy 2014 at the Nürburgring in June 2014.
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Mercedes-Benz Classic racing car Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) on its way to the Youngtimer Trophy during the Historic Trophy 2014 at the Nürburgring in June 2014.
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Mercedes-Benz Classic racing car Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) on its way to the Youngtimer Trophy during the Historic Trophy 2014 at the Nürburgring in June 2014.
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Mercedes-Benz Classic 220 SE (W 111) works racing car, affectionately referred to by fans as the “Racing Fintail”, at the ADAC Eifel Race in 2013.
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Mercedes-Benz type 220 SE (W 111), modified by Mercedes-Benz Classic for historic motor sports. Photo of the race in Spa-Francorchamps on 21./22. September 2012 of the Fahrergemeinschaft historischer Rennsport e.V. (FHR) where the car won it’s class (drivers: Roland Asch and Gregor Schulz).
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Mercedes-Benz type 220 SE (W 111), modified by Mercedes-Benz Classic for historic motor sports. Photo of the race in Spa-Francorchamps on 21./22. September 2012 of the Fahrergemeinschaft historischer Rennsport e.V. (FHR) where the car won it’s class (drivers: Roland Asch and Gregor Schulz).
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