Mercedes-Benz CLK-LMs Finish One-Two in Austria Undefeated Team AMG Mercedes Leads FIA GT to America

MONTVALE, N.J. (Sept. 21, 1998) -- Mercedes-Benz will bring an eight-race win streak to the United States when the FIA GT Championship comes to America for its final two rounds next month. Driving the dramatically styled CLK-LM GT1 racer, Klaus Ludwig and Ricardo Zonta scored the latest win for Team AMG Mercedes this past weekend at the A-1 Ring in Austria.

The victory allowed Ludwig and Zonta to close to within three points of AMG Mercedes teammates Bernd Schneider and Mark Webber, who finished second in Austria and jointly lead the drivers' championship. AMG Mercedes secured its second-consecutive FIA GT team title two weeks ago at Donington Park in England when Schneider and Webber scored their fifth victory of the season. But the drivers' championship will be decided on U.S. soil at the FIA GT Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz in Homestead, Fla., Oct. 18, and the Visa Sports Car Championships, Oct. 25, in Monterey, Calif.

Ludwig's victory was especially significant as it marked his final race on European soil. Laguna Seca will mark the end of the German's highly successful 29-year racing career. He earned the 1992 and 1994 German Touring Car championship with AMG. He also won the prestigious Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1979, 1984 and 1985. This is Ludwig's eighth season driving for Mercedes-Benz.