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Updated: 04/10/2017 08:40:03AM

Mercedes runs 1-2 in GTD class

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The No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 won the GTD class at Long Beach.

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Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams scored a 1-2 finish in the 100-minute IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday, America’s premier street race. Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette co-drove the No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 to victory, their first in the 2017 IMSA season. The championship-leading No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3, co-driven by Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen, finished the race in second position.

WeatherTech Racing’s fuel-stretching victory came after starting from the back of the IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) field following a post-qualifying tire change. The No. 50 team’s tire change was the first of several key strategy moves that contributed to the come-from-behind victory.

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