After finishing as the overall team champion in the โ€˜97 FIA GT Championship with the CLK-GTR, Mercedes-Benz started development on the CLK-LM during the off-season. When development of the new car extended well into the โ€˜98 season, Mercedes continued running their older CLK-GTRs to win the 1st two rounds of the โ€˜98 FIA GT championship, until the CLK-LM was ready for debut at Hockenheim in the 3rd round.

But DTM specialist and FIA GT Championship debutant privateer Team Persson Motorsport continue racing their CLK-GTRs as the CLK-LMs rode rough shod over the competition during the rest of the season.

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This #12 car,driven by Jean-Marc Gounon and Marcel Tiemann ultimately finished 3rd in the championship behind the CLK-LM (that won pretty much every round that year) and the Porsche 911 GT1s.

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As for the model, this is a 1/43 scale model by โ€œHigh Speedโ€. I actually have another example of the CLK-GTR GT1 race car, the #11 car that helped the Mercedes factory team win 4 races in the 1997 FIA GT Championship.

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While that car (with a casting made by Welly with semi-gullwing doors that opened) may have had the better story, I love this particular scale model better. This has no opening doors or anything like that, but I love it that the decals are perfect and very close (if not identical) to the actual race car, even to the extent of the driver names on the door.

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