GruppeM Racing in BWT Colours for DTM Debut
- New livery for Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing
- Distinctive pink and blue BWT design returns to series
- Final preparations for season start on June 19-20
The distinctive colours of water technology provider BWT will adorn Daniel Juncadella’s Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing car in the DTM this season.
GruppeM Racing is proud to showcase an eye-catching new livery for the #8 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo that includes BWT branding on both doors and above the grille. BWT’s logo also appears on the roof, the side mirrors and the rear bodywork.
Contrasting shades of pink interact with blue sections and white accents to create a stunning overall look that will be impossible to miss when it hits the track in competition at eight circuits in 2021.
The design continues a trend of GruppeM Racing-prepared Mercedes-AMGs competing in vibrant colour schemes. The reigning FIA GT World Cup champion has entered major sports car and endurance races with green, orange and yellow vehicles in the past, but this will mark its first time fighting for podiums in pink.
Despite being a DTM newcomer, GruppeM is bringing familiarity to followers of Mercedes-AMG in the championship, along with a strong background in GT3 racing.
First, its new livery marks BWT’s welcome series return. The Austrian company, which holds an established motorsport connection alongside its core business producing a wide range of water treatment solutions, last appeared on a Mercedes DTM car during the 2017 season.
Second, Mercedes-AMG factory driver and DTM race winner Juncadella is back competing in the series after one year away. The Spaniard’s most recent campaign with the Affalterbach brand occurred in 2018.
GruppeM Racing is confident that those DTM familiarity factors pooled with its expert knowledge of GT3-spec Mercedes-AMG machinery will form a potent combination this year.
Early promise was recently shown at the official pre-season tests: Juncadella placed third in the two-day April outing at Hockenheim, ending up just 0.098 seconds off the top spot. He again finished among the front-running Mercedes-AMG drivers after three busy days in mixed conditions at the Lausitzring.
GruppeM and Juncadella then returned to the track last week for a successful season preview run at the Nürburgring.
Having accrued lots of data in close collaboration with Mercedes-AMG, the team is now deep into its final preparations for the season-opener at Monza on June 19-20.
Kenny Chen, GruppeM Racing Team Owner:
"We are extremely excited to be racing in BWT colours this year, it will be an honour for us. We have been around for many years: 2023 will mark our 20th anniversary and racing this year in DTM will provide our next big challenge on the way to this big anniversary. We are thrilled to be entering this new era of DTM and showing our long-term and continuing commitment to our partners at AMG. We have a superb driver with Dani Juncadella and we are extremely happy to have this opportunity to work so closely with him. We will continue to work hard and try our very best and hope to achieve the best results possible, starting at Monza in several weeks' time."
Juncadella, Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing driver:
"We managed to do some laps at the Nürburgring and it was very productive. I know the track well, but every track time we get for the car anywhere is going to be valuable for data. Regarding the season, it’s another new era of the DTM that I’m being a part of. I’ve been in the DTM for many years now but this is a huge challenge: it’s the first year for GruppeM in this new style of championship. It’s very great for me to be a part of it. I'm thankful to GruppeM and AMG for putting it together, and it’s great to have BWT as a season partner for us. Seeing how the brand is investing in motorsport is a great thing to be a part of that makes me happy, and hopefully I can give in return what they expect, with good performances. I’m sure it’s going to be a successful season."