Following a few coded Facebook posts in the latter part of the summer, Martin Short and Richard Neary this week went public with their new Mercedes-AMG GT3 destined for the team’s full-season 2017 British GT campaign.

Photo: Team Abba with Rollcentre Racing
Photo: Team Abba with Rollcentre Racing

The pair tested the car at Hockenheim where Shorty told DSC “I found it was, by far, the best handling GT car I’ve driven. The balance of the car is beautiful, it has a lot of grip and just fantastic brakes.

“Richard loves it too and I think it will play to his strengths, and he has plenty of them, particularly in the wet where he is way quicker than I am.”

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is powered by an optimised, naturally aspirated AMG 6.3 liter V8 engine mated to a sequential six-speed competition gearbox, mounted at the rear axle.

One of the characteristics of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is that it allows drivers of all skill levels to build up confidence in the car very quickly, delivering precise dynamics, a low center of gravity and multi-adjustable suspension setups.

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Photo: Team Abba with Rollcentre Racing

Team Abba with Rollcentre Racing chose the Donnington Park circuit for the beast, alternately christened “Mags” and “Thor’s Hammer” by Shorty for the car’s initial shakedown laps.

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Photo: Team Abba with Rollcentre Racing
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Photo: Jakob Ebrey
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Photo: Jakob Ebrey

With air temperature only just reaching 8 degrees, the team did face some issues maintaining tyre temperatures but other than that the car performed well. According to Martin, “I’m still glowing from driving it. Lucky old man!” so we can infer that everything went as expected, or perhaps a little better……