At the Mercedes-AMG season awards ceremony on 3rd December in Affalterbach, Tobias Moers (Managing Director), Jochen Bitzer (Head of Customer Sports) and Bernd Schneider (AMG Brand Ambassador) announced the winners of the 2016 AMG Customer Sports Championship. Kenneth Heyer (GER) amassed a record 650.75 points to finish top of the PRO DRIVER rankings ahead of Christiaan Frankenhout (NED, 426.50 points) and Morgan Moullin Traffort (FRA, 335.25 points) in second and third place respectively. The DRIVER rankings were won by Frenchman Jean-Luc Beaubelique (487.05 points) ahead of Chantal and Michael Kroll (both SUI) who tied for second place on 426.50 points. New TEAM champions are AKKA ASP (FRA, 1027.00 points). In positions two to five were HTP Motorsport (GER, 528.30 points), BLACK FALCON (GER, 456.15 points), Hofor Racing (SUI, 441.50 points) and Kornely Motorsport (GER, 257.75 points).
The winners in the categories PRO DRIVER and DRIVER were each handed the keys to a brand new Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. The runners-up received an IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic watch, while those in third place were given a limited-edition AMG Rotwild Bike. The top five teams were credited with sums of between €50,000 and €10,000 to be spent in the ordering system of the AMG Customer Sports Portal. In addition, the ten best drivers and teams received an exclusive AMG Customer Sports Championship trophy.
Mercedes-AMG GT3 drivers from a variety of race series around the world compete against each other in the AMG Customer Sports Championship. This means that contestants from the Nürburgring 24-hour race, the Creventic 24H Series, the Blancpain GT Series and the Pirelli World Challenge are up against their counterparts from the Australian GT, the Super GT Series and the ADAC GT Masters. But no matter which of these series is their main focus, the Customer Sports drivers and teams are rewarded for their achievements and successes with additional incentives from Mercedes-AMG. The only precondition is that the races are contested in an SLS AMG GT3 or the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. Consequently, all teams and drivers in the AMG Customer Sports Programme are automatically entered. However, AMG Performance teams are excluded from the TEAM ranking. Nor can drivers for factory-assisted teams or drivers contracted to Mercedes-AMG or Daimler AG be credited with points towards the driver’s ranking.