Adam Christodoulou will mark his second year as an official AMG driver by re-joining Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon to defend his historic victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (May 27-28).
The 28-year-old became only the fourth British driver to win the twice-around-the-clock classic last year, as the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 swept the top four positions around the fearsome 24.358km Nordschleife circuit.
On his first appearance at the race since 2011, the 27-year-old AMG driver enjoyed a trouble-free run in the No. 33 Riley Motorsports – Team AMG Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating and Mario Farnbacher, marking a successful debut for the car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The 27-year-old AMG Customer Sports driver finished sixth in the GT class on his only previous appearance at Daytona in 2011, where partnered Jonathan Bomarito, John Edwards and Sylvain Tremblay in a Speedsource Mazda RX-8.
Showing his familiarity with the former German Grand Prix venue, the 2016 Nürburgring 24 Hours winner powered through hanging fog to qualify the Team Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 he shared with Hubert Haupt and Andreas Simonsen eighth in the 54-car field.
With several cars falling afoul of the tricky conditions, red flags duly brought the session to an early conclusion. Although Christodoulou believed he could have improved his time on the drying track without the interruption, his competitive banker lap was enough to put him on the fourth row of the grid, their best qualifying result of the season.