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Old 29 Nov 2014, 16:12 (Ref:3479943)   #1
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Old 29 Nov 2014, 20:02 (Ref:3480002)   #2
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Old 29 Nov 2014, 20:46 (Ref:3480022)   #3
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Because Mercedes-Benz chose ART instead of HTP to run a DTM team HTP will switch to a different brand next season.

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Old 29 Nov 2014, 21:08 (Ref:3480028)   #4
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Wow, didn't see that coming. I don't think HTP are content with being a mere customer squad, so I could see them throwing in with Lexus or maybe Viper.

I also wonder what that means for their drivers... are the two Maxis under contract with the team or with AMG?
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Old 29 Nov 2014, 22:43 (Ref:3480037)   #5
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Hope we see Lexus and Viper. Even if only one of them would be great.
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Wow, didn't see that coming. I don't think HTP are content with being a mere customer squad, so I could see them throwing in with Lexus or maybe Viper.



I also wonder what that means for their drivers... are the two Maxis under contract with the team or with AMG?

I believe Buhk is contracted with AMG but Goetz is not. Correct me if I'm wrong. I can see HTP taking up with Lexus as they're more likely looking for a factory supported team to represent them as opposed to Dodge who appear to be just selling the car to customers with little support. Bit of a surprise to see HTP in anything other then a Mercedes, it's all I've ever seen them race .
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Old 30 Nov 2014, 07:24 (Ref:3480162)   #7
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That is a surprise, and a shame, they've been the most consistent challengers to Audi's basically factory GT3 program. I agree that Lexus seems the most likely move now.

If this is the reason for the split, it's odd: if HTP are not the closest thing to an official Mercedes GT3 team, then who is? Was rolling around at the back of the expensive DTM field really worth so much to them?
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Old 30 Nov 2014, 07:47 (Ref:3480174)   #8
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I believe Buhk is contracted with AMG but Goetz is not.
Well, I asked the same question on another forum, and there the answer was that Götz has a factory contract while Buhk doesn't.

But then, neither do we know if these contracts - if there are any - are done year by year or if they have a longer duration, so it might be a completely moot point anyway.

Another potential new manufacturer for them might be Nissan, as Nissan Deutschland are actively looking for teams to represent them in ADAC GT and VLN next year and have put together a pretty nice support package for interested teams. I guess that would also get them into a "more than a customer"-team position.

The next question is what Merc will do? Will they sit idly or will they be looking for a new spearhead team?
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Old 30 Nov 2014, 09:02 (Ref:3480196)   #9
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If they wanted one, Black Falcon would be the most obvious choice surely? But would surprise me if they were desperate for a works team in their last year promoting the SLS.

Hope ART come back but that news would suggest to me that its unlikely. In which case, the same question can be asked for McLaren.

Some big news coming on Monday apparently, but no idea what it's to do with.
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Newest rumor from Germany: HTP could switch to Bentley.
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Could be a bit of a weaker pro field this year in BES then, as presumably that means no M-Sport and also no Mercedes. With ART potentially withdrawing too we might be down to just the VW brands able to fight for wins next year.
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About Maxis Buhk and Gotz, Autosport says Buhk is expected to stay with HTP in their transition to Bentley, nothing about Gotz is mentioned.

So maybe this means that Gotz is a Mercedes driver? (Especially as he's tested their DTM car again this week)
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