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The South African passed the BMW No. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. Two of these superb machines were entered by Swiss team Traum under the watchful eye of Jim Glickenhaus himself. All of the three front-runners had one more pit stop left to do which occurred with some 40 minutes left to run. The seventh car was entered by Haribo Racing. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. All Rights Reserved, � Copyright TopSpeed.
The order ahead was, however, shuffled by the most amazing turn of fortunes or, may I say, of forecast. The German manufacturer, which won the race overall for the first time ever in 2016, boasted some top lineups featuring last year’s winners Adam Christodoulou, Manuel Metzger and Maro Engel as well as other trusty pairs of hands such as Hubert Haupt, Max Gotz, Edo Mortara, Stefan Mucke, Max Buhk or Renger van der Zande. The Nordschleife remains the daunting challenge it has always been and last weekend’s 45th edition of the 24-hour-long race held on the world’s longest permanent race track underlined yet again the track’s infamous reputation.
In the fight for the lead in the all-time record list the Bavarian team also will have to battle it out with their direct rivals in the fight for this title: like Schnitzer, Manthey Racing also secured fiver overall wins to date and with its Porsches 911 GT3 R that are raced by works drivers they definitely represent a force that has got what it takes to become a factor. And they will be joined by a new team-mate, Dutchman Yelmer Buurman. 24 Hours of Nürburgring: Top-class grid for the race of the year . The legendary Nordschleife, spectacular racing cars and a 24-hour party: from 20 - 23 June 2019 the pilots in the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race will again be racing around the 25-kilometre long combination of Nordschleife and Grand Prix Circuit. Then disaster struck yet again the Land squad – or so it seems. 29 Audi stopped on the Grand Prix loop with an electrical failure. 38). I think that winning the Nürburgring 24h Race is tougher than winning the Le Mans 24h Race. Their cause was also helped by the generous amount of rivals that fell to the wayside in fast progression. May 18, 2017, 3:31 PM. Meanwhile, several brands are contesting the event in the production-car category: Hyundai and Subaru are racing in the SP3T and Toyota Gazoo in the SP3 to possibly secure the class win. That’s because the teams, W Racing Team and Land Motorsport to be precise, felt that Michelin’s free-for-all rubber was not a good enough fit for their R8s and decided to switch one of their cars to Dunlop.
Sims, who had previously won the Spa 24 Hours for BMW in 2016, had finished second in 2017 with Catsburg. Prior to the event, certain weathermen announced that rain might come in the last hour of the event but, as the race progressed, the threat of rain seemed to go away. Meanwhile, BMW also do their very best to cement their position as most successful brand in the 24h-Race history. The team’s weather guru announced that more was on the way and, with their rivals hurdling along on slicks, the chief mechanic decided that the car should go up on the jacks once more to have wet weather tires mounted. You don't usually get to see a lot of factory backed competition that far down the field! One of them, No. But for those who followed closely, the final 40 minutes will be remembered as some of the most exciting endurance racing has produced in the past few years as what was, merely minutes before, a clear win for Land, turned to a disaster and then bounced back in Land’s favor as the weather god’s decided to throw another curve ball right at the very end. ” More than 30 potential race winners on the grid combined with the most demanding and coolest racetrack on our planet. ADAC GT Masters champions Connor de Phillippi and Chris Mies were present as were Mike Rockenfeller, Frank Stippler and Marcel Fassler. 10 Audi pitted for tires. (I'm talking about the original team that raced a CH-R last year, not the Team Thailand), Car 170 in SP3T with a RC this year. 42 lasted through to finish in the Top Five overall. We can’t wait for the 46th edition in 2018! The Impreza WRX STi is taking on the i30N. Sharing the weekend with Formula 1’s crown jewel, the Monaco Grand Prix, and one of the most amazing – if not the most amazing race in the world – the Indianapolis 500 means you will most obviously be outshined. Land Motorsport was first in and the team mounted a fresh set of slicks to the car and the South-African driver remained inside while fuel went into the tanks. A fact that has been demonstrated by their two wins in the two 2017 VLN (Endurance Championship Nürburgring) rounds contested to date. It is organised by the VLN. Rules. Last but not least, Porsche arrived at the Nordschleife for “The Big One” after bagging the first two VLN rounds with the factory-backed Manthey outfit. ***There have been several driver lineup changes in the build-up to the 48th edition of the ADAC TOTAL Nürburgring 24, as confirmed on the updated entry list … “It is simply fantastic to have won this race," said Sims. Rules. But there also will be works teams racing in these categories. comments. It proved to be the winning decision as sectors 2 and 3 were flooded by the time Rast and Catsburg got there and they had to make their way extra cautious with aquaplaning ready to take them out at every bend. Yeah, clashing with Blancpain doesn't help, but this race is still fun and a must watch because of the stuff beyond the GT3's! Furthermore, the ‘Rockfestival of Car Racing’ also will entertain the visitors from Wednesday by numerous support-programme highlights aloof from the track.
Kaffer also had an accident in traffic while two of the Bentleys were pulled out of the running by either mechanical trouble (No. The team was back again and fielded three cars. While all this was going on, out on the Nordschleife, at Pflanzgarten, rain began to fall. If last year we’ve had unpredictable weather with rain, fog and hail, 2017 was kind to the racers and it was hot and humid (almost) throughout. I know everyone is going to be drooling over the big names in GT3, but I'm genuinely looking forward to some good battles in SP 3T because Hyundai and Subaru are going head-to-head with some 4WD beauties. Nurburgring 24 Hours Entry List. Driving talent was aplenty coming from both DTM and BMWs pool of GT drivers. As per usual, Walkenhorst ran Dunlops with Falken on their own rubber obviously. Audi was leading with little over an hour to go when Kelvin van der Linde’s No. Meanwhile, the race also will be contested by costumer teams of these brands as well as by prototype squads representing Ferrari and Renault. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. The other R8s were never quite on the same page in terms of pace so the Land car of Kelvin van der Linde, Chris Mies, Connor de Phillipi and Markus Winkelhock led most of the race. The defending champions of course will contest the race with the #1 on their car: with Maro Engel, Manuel Metzger and Adam Christodoulou, three of last year’s overall winners are going to once again contest the race for Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon. At the same time, Bentley also is very competitive. 9 Audi and the No. That is the class for the cars running without a homologation, the star of the group being the American Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus sports car, shortly the SCG 003C. :P, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Follow your favorite team and driver's progress with daily updates
Four of these were entered in a sub-class for older homologation cars, these being the three ABT-entered Bentley Continentals and the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3. This was the second to last lap and Kelvin van der Linde, now back on his way, made up well over a minute over then-leader Rene Rast. Alongside him was countryman Connor de Phillippi in the Land Audi No. BMW was especially serious about their intentions to win bringing 10 M6 GT3s as opposed to “only” six R8s and six 911 GT3-Rs. 10 WRT car, Nicolaj Moller-Madsen also target the guardrails in his R8 as Franck Mailleux’s SCG which he took over from poleman Westphal was tagged from behind. The Nürburgring Endurance Series is the largest grassroots series in the world. Van der Linde was then sent back on track but he’d lost buckets of time, being passed by both the No. Each race is 6 hours long, requiring 2-3 drivers for each car. RSC website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. 98 BMW of Nicky Catsburg. Held since 1970, over 25,378 km (15,769.2 mi) lap length allows more than 200 cars and over 700 drivers to participate. Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. 98 and No. I am now going to be fully disappointed with anything less than a win from the #48. The question over their decision will, though, remain unanswered. They all will be welcomed by more than 200,000 spectators who travelled to the Eifel to witness them racing on the Ascension weekend (25th to 28th May) on the combination of the Nürburgring’s GP circuit and the Nordschleife. Also representing the Porsche colours will be Falken Motorsport and Frikadelli Racing, two teams that demonstrated more than once that they are among the fastest when it comes to racing at the Nordschleife. The season culminates with a 24 hour round-the-clock race at the famous circuit La Sarthe, in Le Mans, France. The challengers also are well prepared for their campaign to steal the win from the Mercedes-AMG squads. 97 entries. This showed that those in the know are right: the Nurburgring 24 Hours is tougher than both the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours.
43 BMWs to climb up the order.
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