AMD ex­pands into Europe with its own Mercedes for Mowle and Keen

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The AMD Tun­ team will ex­pand into Euro­pean GT com­pe­ti­tion next sea­son af­ter order­ing a new Mercedes AMG GT3 for Bri­tish cham­pi­onship reg­u­lars Lee Mowle and Phil Keen.

Mowle has al­ready placed an order for the car, and is due to take de­liv­ery of it early next year. Mowle and team-mate Joe Os­borne ran their BMW Z4 with the AMD team dur­ing this year’s Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship, but skipped the sea­son fi­nale af­ter a dis­pute with of­fi­cials and while they sold the Z4.

Mowle will grad­u­ate into the pan-euro­pean Miche­lin GT3 Cup class, and has re­cruited Keen to share the car as Os­borne has clash­ing com­mit­ments. Keen fin­ished sec­ond in Bri­tish GT this year with the Bar­well Lam­borgini Hu­ra­can team.

AMD has also lodged an en­try for Bri­tish GT3 with the car too, but has yet to con­firm driv­ers.

“This will be a big year for us as, along­side our Bri­tish tour­ing car com­mit­ments, we’ll be run­ning the new Mercedes in Europe and the UK,” said AMD Tun­ing team boss Shaun Hol­lamby.

“Lee’s bought the car as it was time for an up­date af­ter four years with the Z4. The AMG is a big step for­ward be­cause the new­gen­er­a­tion GT3 cars are much faster and more ad­vanced. It will be great to run a car in Europe, and we’re plan­ning to do the Road to Le Mans sup­port race at the 24 Hours.

“The car will also run in Bri­tish GT and we’re in talks with two driver pair­ings over the en­try.”

Mowle added: “We did a phe­nom­e­nal job with the pack­age of the older Z4 that we had. We feel the Mercedes ticks all the boxes.”

Lee Mowle and Phil Keen will race this AMG GT3 in Europe

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