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    Mercedes-Benz Trackday in Oschersleben.

    The third and last Mercedes-Benz Trackday of the season 2017.

Grand season finale with star cast.

Six Brand Ambassadors, ten vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Classic spanning more than 100 years of the brand's history and smiles all round on the faces of the participants – the third and final Mercedes-Benz Track Day of the 2017 season at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben will no doubt be remembered for a long time to come by the owners of the classic and sports cars of the Mercedes-Benz brand. Not only was there ample time for the participants to drive their own vehicles freely around Germany's most northerly racing circuit, but the supporting programme of events was also of the highest standard.

The Mercedes-Benz Track Days: an ideal opportunity for owners of classic cars and sports cars of the Stuttgart-based brand to drive and talk shop.

The Mercedes-Benz Track Days: an ideal opportunity for owners of classic cars and sports cars of the Stuttgart-based brand to drive and talk shop.

Group photo: the Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Maximilian Götz, Sebastian Asch, Ellen Lohr, Lance David Arnold, Luca Ludwig and Christian Vietoris (from left to right).

Group photo: the Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Maximilian Götz, Sebastian Asch, Ellen Lohr, Lance David Arnold, Luca Ludwig and Christian Vietoris (from left to right).

Feeling the adrenalin rush of the racetrack.

Mercedes-Benz Classic has offered several Track Days each year at European racetracks to fulfil the desire of owners of historic racing cars and sports cars (road vehicles from any era are also welcome) to get to know their vehicle better. None other than Jörg van Ommen, Brand Ambassador and two-time runner-up of the German Touring Car Championship (DTM), organises the Track Days for Mercedes-Benz Classic. After events at Hockenheim and Spa-Francorchamps at the start of the season, the action also moved on to Zolder and then Oschersleben, where participants were greeted with one highlight after another.

Talking shop with the Brand Ambassadors.

First off the 45 participants of the Track Day in Oschersleben had access to no less than six Brand Ambassadors from Mercedes-Benz Classic – Lance David Arnold, Sebastian Asch, Maximilian Götz, Luca Ludwig, Ellen Lohr and Christian Vietoris – all of whom, thanks to their extensive motor racing experience, were on hand to discuss all things of a technical nature from the world of motorsport. In the past years, Arnold was especially successful in long-distance races at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 and a Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Mercedes-Benz Trackday in Oschersleben.

Mercedes-Benz Trackday in Oschersleben.

Like father, like son: Sebastian Asch with the 1994 DTM C-Class of his famous father Roland. The vehicle is owned by a private collector.

Like father, like son: Sebastian Asch with the 1994 DTM C-Class of his famous father Roland. The vehicle is owned by a private collector.

Motor racing in their genes

Sebastian Asch – like Luca Ludwig – has had a big name to live up to: they are both the sons of the famous Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Roland Asch and Klaus Ludwig. They have long since enjoyed their own triumphs on the racetrack, however. Among other things, Sebastian Asch was a two-time winner of the ADAC GT Masters at the wheel of Mercedes-AMG racing cars. After outings in the DTM for Mercedes-Benz, Maximilian Götz took to the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the Customer Sport programme. In August 2017 he secured the class victory in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Spectacular vehicle line-up.

Ellen Lohr is so far the only woman to have won a DTM race: in May 1992 she was victorious at Hockenheim at the wheel of an AMG-Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II. Since then, Lohr has driven regularly for Mercedes-Benz Classic at historical motorsport events. In addition, since 2012 she has returned to truck racing. Christian Vietoris, meanwhile, is primarily known for his many years of competing in the DTM. From 2011 until 2016, he drove for the Stuttgart-based brand, finishing fourth in the overall classification in both 2013 and 2014. In addition to the Brand Ambassadors, the vehicles themselves - brought specially to Oschersleben for the event - also attracted a great deal of attention. After all, more than 100 years of motorsport history were gathered here.

A true rarity: the Mercedes-AMG C-Class in which Juan Pablo Montoya completed a guest appearance at the ITC International Touring Car Championship in 1996.

A true rarity: the Mercedes-AMG C-Class in which Juan Pablo Montoya completed a guest appearance at the ITC International Touring Car Championship in 1996.

The world's first practical motor car: the Benz Patent Motor Car from 1886.

The world's first practical motor car: the Benz Patent Motor Car from 1886.

Motorsport history on four wheels.

For Sebastian Asch it was something like a home game: to the delight of the participants, he posed for photos with his father's 1994 DTM vehicle. A further highlight among the ten classic vehicles in Oschersleben was the Benz Patent Motor Car – the world's first motor car developed by Carl Benz and patented in 1886. And of course a whole host of legendary sports and racing cars: from the Mercedes-Benz SS (Super Sport, W 06), a high-performance sports car produced for the road and racetrack from 1928 to 1933, and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL gullwing model (W 198), which made its world premiere in New York in 1954 and celebrated a sensational three-fold class victory at the Mille Miglia in 1955, right through to several touring cars deployed in the DTM in the early 1990s.

Anticipation for the 2018 Track Day season.

Mercedes-Benz C 55 AMG Safety Car (W 203), which has been helping to guarantee safety at DTM circuits since 2003, or the highly exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT (C 199) – a special model of the SLR McLaren, which was produced in five variants from 2003 to 2009 and enjoyed a total production run of 2157 vehicles. Without a doubt the Track Day in Oschersleben was the spectacular grand finale to the 2017 season, setting the pulses of the Mercedes fans in attendance racing a good deal faster. So it's hardly surprising that many of them are already excitedly looking forward to the dates of the Track Days for the 2018 season.

Sporty and elegant: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198), also referred to as the "gullwing" on account of its swing-wing doors.

Sporty and elegant: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198), also referred to as the 'gullwing' on account of its swing-wing doors.

Registration and further information for 2018.

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