The Meuspsath based Team Phoenix Racing has won the 42nd ADAC Zurich 24h Race at the Nürburgring. At the end of an enormously exciting race with a total of 32 changes in the first position, Christopher Haase / Christian Mamerow / Rene Rast / Markus Winkelhock won the race with their Audi R8 LMS ultra #4, followed by Jeroen Bleekemolen / Andreas Simonsen / Christian Menzel / Lance David Arnold in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #1 entered by last year’s winners Black Falcon. In addition to winning the race, the victorious squad also established a new distance record by completing 159 laps on the 25.378-kilometre combination of GP circuit and Nordschleife, representing a total mileage of 4,035.102 kilometres. The podium was completed by Michael Zehe / Christian Hohenadel / Nico Bastian / Maro Engel and their Rowe Racing gull-wing racer #22. With Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, five brands made it to the top six positions in one of the most thrilling 24h Races of the resent past. Please find 24h Race information, impressions and background features at the event’s official website, www.24h-rennen.de.
“A fantastic success in our home race,” beamed Phoenix Racing Team Principal Ernst Moser, after the squad’s fourth triumph in Eifel classic. “And I’m particularly proud of the fact that we prevailed against the arguably toughest competition in the history of this trace.” In the early morning hours, the battle forth lead reached its climax. At the end of lap 102, the Black-Falcon-Mercedes #1 und the Phoenix-Audi #4 crossed the line side by side. In the end, the supercar from Ingolstadt took the lead to afterwards extend it consistently. After the triumph at Le Mans, this was the second Audi win within a week. “We gave our very best to repeat last year’s success,” said Black Falcon driver Lance David Arnold, “But in the end we were pipped. It goes without saying that we are disappointed right now but I think that we may be happy with having finished runner-up, in the end.”
Top teams make for extremely close racing at the Nordschleife
As early as in the Top-30 Qualifying, Frenchman Kevin Estre stunned the crowds with a magic 8:10.921-minute lap and established a new qualifying record time. Never ago in the history of the legendary race, a vehicle had been faster than the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 #66. And the race also provided right from the start what the motor-racing enthusiasts had hoped for: enthralling battles for positions on the most beautiful and challenging racetrack of the world. In the opening stages, the race was dominated by the pole sitter but when the McLaren pitted at the end of lap four, the BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS BMW Z4 GT3 #25 took the lead. Following a tumultuous first hour, things cooled down a little bit but to the delight of the huge crowd around the circuit this didn’t make an impact on the excitement. Again and again, the cars at the very top were passed for the lead and the battle for the positions behind the leaders were just as close – with some of the favourites being forced into early retirement. Such as the works supported BMWs Z4 GT3 entered by the BMW Sports Trophy Teams Marc VDS und Schubert. In the end, the best placed BMW was Schubert’s #20, raced by Jens Klingmann / Dominik Baumann / Claudia Hürtgen / Martin Tomczyk, that finished sixth.
2015 24h Race on the Ascension weekend with World Touring Car Championship
The 43rd edition of the ADAC Zurich 24h Race will be held from 14th to 17th May, 2015, at the Nordschleife. This means that the motor-racing highlight in the Green Hell will return to the Ascension weekend, next year. At the same time, the organisers also announced the date for the ADAC 24h Race qualifying race. Following the successful debut this year, the qualifying race will be contested on 12th/13th April, 2015. This means that the date of the perfect preparation opportunity for the legendary event will be moved closer to the one of the 24h Race itself. “We wanted to provide our teams and drivers early planning reliability for the 24h race at the Nürburgring,” said Race Director Walter Hornung. “Furthermore, the 24h Race will – subject to FIA approval – attract clearly more international attention, due to the World Touring Car Championship round held at the Nordschleife in the 24h-race support programme.”