Erratic weather, an extreme pace, tough competition, bitter setbacks and a great triumph: Audi emerged from a genuine emotional roller-coaster ride as victor of the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
In the 40th running of the Eifel classic the brand recorded its first overall victory with the new Audi R8 LMS ultra. The German driver quartet Marc Basseng/Christopher Haase/Frank Stippler/Markus Winkelhock shared driving duties in the car entered by Audi Sport Team Phoenix. Christian Abt/Michael Ammermüller/Armin Hahne/Christian Mamerow from Team Mamerow Racing completed the one-two success.
The competition around the Nordschleife was regarded as a particularly brutal test of endurance this year. The pace of the eight different brands represented in the GT3 class was unusually high, many leading teams were struck by technical defects and numerous accidents whittled the field down still further. While the Audi GT3 race car, which is derived from a production line car, ran technically reliably for 24 hours, the Audi teams did not escape unscathed from accidents either.
In this way, the Audi R8 LMS ultra with start number ‘2’ driven by Christopher Mies at the time was hit by an opponent in the rain while leading. The repairs took 53 minutes and stole any chance of victory from him and his team mates Marcel Fässler and René Rast – they were fifth at the flag. In the night the car with number ‘4’ from Speedhunters Team WRT lost a huge amount of time after a collision with a competitor damaged the steering. The Belgian team finished 32nd. Team Raeder Motorsport held a promising fifth position after 17 hours of racing when Thomas Mutsch was unable to avoid a lapped car as it changed line. After hitting the guardrail any it was impossible to contemplate driving further in start number 9. The Audi race experience finished in 17th place with Christian Bollrath/Pierre Ehret/Peter Venn/Marco Werner. The sister car driven by Luca Cappellari/Florian Gruber/Warren Luff/Alexander Yoong retired due to damage caused in an accident.
1. Basseng/Haase/Stippler/Winkelhock (Audi R8 LMS ultra), 155 laps
2. Abt/Ammermüller/Hahne/Mamerow (Audi R8 LMS ultra) + 3m 35.303s
3. Frankenhout/Simonsen/Kaffer/Arnold (Mercedes-Benz) + 11m 31.116s
4. Leinders/Palttala/Martin (BMW) – 1 lap
5. Fässler/Mies/Rast/Stippler (Audi R8 LMS ultra) – 4 laps
6. Abbelen/Schmitz/Brück/Huisman (Porsche) – 4 laps
7. Müller/Müller/Alzen/Adorf (BMW) – 5 laps
8. Hürtgen/Schwager/Bastian/Adorf (BMW) – 5 laps
9. Klingmann/Wittmann/Göransson/Lamy (BMW) – 5 laps
10. Zehe/Hartung/Rehfeld/Bullitt (Mercedes-Benz) – 5 laps
17. Bollrath/Ehret/Venn/Werner (Audi R8 LMS ultra) – 10 laps
32. Jarvis/Piccini/Sandström/Simonsen (Audi R8 LMS ultra) – 20 laps
On April 4th Nissan revealed the programe for the Nissan GT-R Team to Compete in the ADAC 24 Hour Race at the Nurburgring.
I’m very proud that Nissan and Mizuno san believe in me for this important project, in which the objectives are to participate in a race held at Nurburgring, where the GT-R has been developed since its launch, with a production-version model, to share the excitement with GT-R fans and to continue to provide “passion & emotion” to customers through further development of GT-R production cars through their ultimate performance.
The 2 cars will be driven both by Nissan and the PS3 Grand Turismo Development teams.
# 23 Team: Team NISSAN GT-R (GT -R Development Team)
# 123 Team: Team GT Academy GT-R (Polyphony Digital Team)
Before 24 hours, I have to compete in 2 of the VLN series races in the Nordschleife. The first will take place next weekend!
I’m really excited for this programe and I can’t wait to get in the GT-R and do my best for the GT-R development team at the 24h.
These pictures are of the 24h racers undergoing shakedown tests at the Nordschleife in Germany. (hence the non sponsorship decals)
This year the Nurburgring 24 Hours takes place from May 17-20.
One of the most untalked about and interesting races are the historic car races still happening around the world. Most recently at the Nürburgring 24h, the Classics undertook a classic 3h endurance race on the Nordschleife in Germany.
One car stood out from the impressive line-up and it is good to see that the Nelson Piquet 1980 car was on show at the 2010 ADAC Zurich 24h Classic race with a respectable best laptime on the Nordschleife and the GP circuit of 9:28.
This line of historic BMW M1s were produced by German automaker BMW from 1978 to 1981 and were the only mid-engined BMWs to be mass produced.
In the late 1970s, Italian manufacturer Lamborghini entered into a contract with BMW to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity for homologation into Group 4.
The result was the hand-built M1 coupe that was sold to the public from 1978 to 1981 under the Motorsport division of BMW.
The engine had six separate throttle butterflies, four valves per cylinder, and produced 277 PS (204 kW; 273 hp) in the street version, providing a top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph).
Turbocharged racing versions (this being one of them) were capable of producing around 850 hp (634 kW). The picture above is the same car Nelson Piquet drove with BMW M1 in 1980 at the Nürburgring, and the best reported time for the Nordschleife was an amazing 7:24. This was good compared to the current lap times of the Gumpert Apollo which is 7:11.
Only 456 production M1s were built, making it one of BMW’s rarest models. The spirit of the M1 lived on in the first ever M5, as both models shared the same, albeit slightly modified, engine.
The Gazoo team lead the Lexus powered LFA to the SP8 victory in a closely contested battle with the Aston Martin team.
The sound of this cars V10 blipping its way thorugh the gear changes; were really spellbinding you could tell the LFA’s was on route.
Overall the LFA driven by Kinoshita Iida Wakisaka in car 50 finished in overall 19th in the 24h.
The two works Aston Martins finished second and third in the SP8 class, One of the Lexus LF-A of Gazoo Racing kept the two works Aston’s at bay. The V12 Vantage Car 6 had held the class lead until mid-morning when a combination of fuel pump and driveshaft problems left the car driver and motoring journalist Richard Meaden stranded on track.
The team only lost sixteen minutes in repair a true tribute to the team effort shown, returned the car to the race, drivers Chris Porrit, Meaden and Peter Cate able to pull back inside the top 40 – their teammate Oliver Mathai having been taken ill earlier in the race.
It finished just behind Car-7 – the Aston Martin Rapide, which enjoyed a trouble free run thoughout the 24h race.
The race, and the Nordschleife track, was as unforgiving as ever, with only 123 cars surviving to be classified finishers.
After a very good but cold weekend at the legenday nordschleife which hosted the yearly 24h race; And nearly 5000 pictures later we have the confirmed results from the 38th ADAC Zurich 24H.
Team BMW Motorsport has made a triumphant return and won the 2010 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife the 25.378-kilometre circuit configuration. Five years since the manufacturer’s last victory, the no. 25 BMW M3 GT2 claimed BMW’s 19th victory at this endurance classic.
Towards the end the leading Manthey Porsche GT3R Hybrid which was on lap 142 suffered a mechanical failure which changed the position’s of the lead cars, Which left the 500hp M3 GT2 to take the race after 154 laps. All the time wrestling with an intermittant gearbox problem for the last hours of the race.
In First position is the BMW M3 GT2 Car:25 (E1-XP2) driven by :
In Second Position is the (Hankook) Ferrari F 430 GTC Car:43 (SP7) driven by :
In Third Position is the (Phoenix Racing Team’s) Audi R8 LMA Car:97 (SP9 GT3) driven by :