Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 Scores Overall and A6-Pro Victory in Hankook 24H COTA USA
AUSTIN, TX. The No. 3 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 team of Yelmer Buurman, Mike Skeen, Scott Heckert and Bret Curtis highlighted a run of two race wins and a pair of class runner-up finishes by Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams with an overall and A6-Pro class victory this past weekend in the Hankook 24H USA at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), November 17 – 18.
The No. 3 team took control of the 24-hour race before the halfway point of Sunday’s second and final segment and anchored a strong performance that saw Mercedes-AMG GT3 competitors fill three of the top-four overall finishing positions.
Taking over the No. 3 from Skeen to bring the overall winner to the finish, closing driver Heckert took the checkered flag on the team’s 603rd lap on the 3.4-mile COTA circuit, one lap ahead of the second-place Porsche.
The win was the third time this year that Skeen and Heckert shared a podium-placing Mercedes-AMG GT3 at COTA. The teammates co-drove the No. 80 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 to second and third place race finishes in last March’s Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader at COTA.
Mike Skeen, Driver – No. 3 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3: “It’s an honor any time you can drive a Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3, but it certainly puts the pressure on because you know all the pieces will be in place for success. It’s down to the driving to get the job done. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 didn’t skip a beat, and we were able to keep it clean for 24 hours with no contact or off-course excursions. It’s my first major 24-hour win and a great feeling to do it with friends and a largely American line-up on home soil.”