24h Race features a top-class field

The 2019 ADAC TOTAL 24h-Rennen, held from 20th top 23rd June, will be a summit of motor-racing superstars. The entry list for the longest and most gruelling race at the longest racetrack in the world comprises some 160 cars, inter alia about three dozens of teams for the top categories with winning potential. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche will contest the race with works drivers and highly competitive customer-sport projects. Meanwhile, Toyota, Subaru and Hyundai will try to secure class wins in different categories. Independent GT3 teams that contest the race with Lamborghinis, Ferraris ad Nissans also will be among the front-runners. Due to the diversity of brands and the course of the season so far, making predictions regarding the race result is extremely difficult. All the German premium-car manufacturers delivered in fine style, in the rounds of the VLN Endurance Championship, with the reigning champions, Manthey Porsche, and the BMW team having been the fastest most recently, in the 24h Qualifying Race. So, an ultra thrilling 2019 edition of the 24h race is virtually guaranteed! Tickets for the race of the year are available in the ticket shops of eventimsports.de and www.nuerburgring.de.

>> click here to see the entry list of the ADAC TOTAL 24h race 2019

It’s the race of the year and the race of superlatives: When the biggest car-racing grid worldwide will start into the race on the Corpus Christi weekend (Thursday, 20th June to Sunday, 23rd June) the Nürburgring will be buzzing: The organisers are expecting more than 200,000 visitors that will camp around the 25.378-kilometre circuit. More than 2,000 helpers – from the Race Director to the car-park attendants – are involved to make for fair and safe motor racing and cope with the huge visitor rush. The fans once again will turn the combination of GP circuit and the legendary Nordschleife into a huge party zone where the smell of barbecue fires will be mixed with the typical motor-racing mixture of fuel and hot tyres. It’s the ‘Chanel No 5“ for true motor-racing enthusiasts that will have the chance of witnessing a unique battle. After all, the fact that teams and manufacturers make a huge effort when it comes to cars and drivers demonstrates the meaning of the win in this greatest race of the year.

Porsche and BMW the favourites
One thing can be taken for granted: the battle for the Nordschleife crown will be close and intense. The #1 will decorate one of the two Porsches 911 GT3 R entered by the reigning champions, Manthey Racing. Last year, Richard Lietz, Frédéric Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy won the race at ‘The Ring’ and made history by doing so as they gave their Manthey team the record-breaking sixth victory in the legendary race. The team also delivered in the 24h Qualifying Race and seemed to be on the way to secure a podium – but a final safety stop in the closing stages of the race made them drop back and offered BMW the opportunity to celebrate a one-two-three: the BMWs M6 GT3 entered by Walkenhorst and Rowe Racing clinched all the three podiums in the final test for the 24h Race and both teams also will contest the season highlight with two GT3 racers each. Porsche will be represented by – in addition to Manthey Racing – the 911 GT3 R of Ring Police and the vehicles of the public’s darling, Frikadelli Racing. And one of the two Falken Motorsport racers also will be a 911 that will be raced by an excellent line-up. The sister car of the works team of the Japanese tyre manufacturer is a BMW M6 that is just as competitive – what means that Falken could have two hot potatoes in the battle for the overall win. Another two BMWs will be entered by Speedline Racing and BMW Team Schnitzer. The latter squad has got five 24h-Race overall wins under their belt, thus being one of the most successful teams in the history of the event – and their driver line-up with racers who already demonstrated their skills in DTM, WTCR and the 24h Race underlines that the Bavarians will give their very best to again draw level with Manthey Racing.

Competitive overall-win contenders and dark horses
This year, seven Mercedes-AMG GT3 vehicles entered by the three teams Black Falcon, GetSpeed and Mann Filter will represent the Stuttgart based manufacturer. Recently, Black Falcon succeeded in shining particularly. They secured the pole for the 24h Qualifying Race and also delivered in the race. With fifth and 10th places, the Meuspath based squad even secured two top-10 positions. And last but not least, Audi, represented by five R8 LMS, signed a great mix of endurance-racing specialists, DTM drivers and Nordschleife aces for their 24h Race line-up. Phoenix, Team Land and Car Collection are the squads representing the Audi colours. And in the early stages of the 24h Qualifying Race Marcel Fässler demonstrated the potential of the racing cars from Ingolstadt. The Swiss made the perfect tyre choice into the race and virtually outclassed the entire field. In the end, his R8 LMS finished eighth. And the battle for the overall win will be spiced up by independent teams that also will contest the race with husky vehicles. Konrad Motorsport, for instance, will contest the race with a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo. Or the Wochenspiegel-Team and Octane 126 that will enter Ferraris 488 GT. And don’t forget Kondo Racing and KCMG from Far East with their Nissans GTR Nismo GT3. Particular KCMG from Hong Kong demonstrated their potential by winning in the Pro-Am ranking and finished ninth overall. Also very interesting are the Lexus involvements: Totoya Gazoo, the official works team of the biggest car manufacturer in the world, enters an LC and Japan’s Bandoh-Racing-Team travels to Germany with a FC F GT3. And there is – of course – the team around the US investor, filmmaker and Nordschleife fan James Glickenhaus. With the special design SCG003C the team will not only enter one of the most beautiful cars on the grid but a really fast one. By finishing sixth in the 24h Qualifying Race the American squad demonstrated that it mustn’t be underestimated.

German stop of the Touring Car World Cup
The ADAC TOTAL 24h Race also will be the venue of the German FIA Touring Car World Cup. The highest international touring-car category will contest the fifth of its 10 race weekends at the Nordschleife and consequently will celebrate its half-time champion, at the end of the weekend. And the chances for a good German result look promising. After all, the drivers of the German All.inkl.com team proved to be really competitive in the so-called ‘Supergrid’ although the regulars have got 14 FIA championship titles and another 29 titles under their belts. With their Honda Civic, the two Argentineans Esteban Guerrieri and Nestor Girolami made a fantastic start into the season and currently hold the championship lead with 296 points, followed by Cyan Racing (258) and BRC Hyundai (236). Guerrieri travels to the home races of his team as championship leader. He scored 161 points, to date, and recently defended his lead in the Netherlands. On the Dutch race weekend, Thed Björk in the Chinese TCR racer of Lynk & Co finished second to steal the second championship position of Gurrieri’s team mate Girolami. Björk shone in particular on the previous race weekend at Zandvoort where set the fastest practice lap time and won the first and third races of the weekend. In the second race, however, Guerrieri consolidated his lead – that just had been secured by his team-mate Girolami – with a lights to flag win. Second and third positions were clinched by the Volkswagen drivers Benjamin Leuchter (GER) and Johan Kristoffersson (SWE), who took VW back to the front-runner just in time for the German race weekend. But the drivers of the other brands on the grid – Audi, Alfa Romeo and Cupra – also succeeded in impressing with strong performances, in the season so far.

Support programme with numerous highlights
The great motor-racing programme is completed by the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, the ADAC 24h-Classic and the performance test of the ‘Rundstrecken-Challenge’ (RCN).While numerous events and activities aloof from the track also have proven to be extremely popular with the crowds, in the past. Such as the Adenauer Racing Day on Wednesday, 19th June, representing the start into the 24h Race weekend. And the simultaneously held One World Charity Cup, a football tournament for drivers and fans. On Thursday, the official autographing session will lure the fans to the ring°boulevard where numerous exhibitors, teams and partners will showcase themselves throughout the weekend. The Falken Drift Show at the in Müllenbachschleife and the pit walk taking place at the same time a will be the Friday-evening highlights. In the historic paddock, the Fan-Arena featuring drift and motorbike-stunt shows as well as the Stihl Timber Sports tree-felling demonstrations have got what it takes to entertain and thrill the visitors.

Superior BMW win in the 24h Qualifying Race

Convincing appearance of the BMWs M6 GT3 in the ADAC Qualifying Race at the Nordschleife. In the final test race for the 24h Race held on the Corpus Christi weekend (20th to 23rd June), all the podiums were secured by the Bavarian manufacturer. While the Walkenhorst Motorsport crew – Christian Krognes (NOR), David Pittard and Nicholas Yelloly (both UK) – clinched the overall win ROWE Racing finished second (Jesse Krohn / FIN and John Edwards / USA) and third (Connor de Philippi / USA, Tom Blomqvist / UK and Mikkel Jensen (DK) respectively. While the best Porsche – a 911 GT3 R representing Frikadelli Racing – finished fourth, the best Mercedes came fifth – and the best Audi had to settle for finishing eighth.

>> Result 24h qualification race (PDF)

Thrilling early stage
The starting phase of the six-hour 24h Qualifying Race proved to be a true thriller, with the typical Nordschleife conditions adding to the battle at the front end of the field.
Many teams seemed to have opted for the wrong tyres for the wet track and started into the race on slicks. What offered Marcel Fässler in the Audi R8 LMS #4 the opportunity to shine on his wets, thus clearly outpacing pole sitter Yelmer Buurman in the Black-Falcon-Mercedes-AMG #6 and the rest of the field. But his domination didn’t last long. On lap four he had to come in for slicks as the competitiveness of his wets dropped on the drying track. After three hours, the BMWs M6 GT3 of ROWE Racing, Schnitzer and Walkenhorst as well as the two Porsches 911 GT3 R of last year’s winners Manthey Racing proved to be particularly competitive.

BMW dominates at the latest from race half-time
In the second half of the race, the BMW squads delivered in amazing style. The BMWs temporarily were eight second faster than the Porsches 911 GT3 R behind them and only a 1:32-minute time penalty for having ignored yellow flags made the BMW strategists frown. But at the end of the day, all the podiums were clinched by BMW. Record winners Manthey Racing seemed to be on the way to making it to the podium but with just a few more minutes to go they had to pit with steering-system problems – and the one-two-three for BMW was wrapped up.

Norwegian Christian Krognes described the success as follows: “This was one of my most intense moments in 2019. Closing in more and more on your rival represents a massive boost. I quickly realised that we had better grip in the slow sections. Therefore I knew that I should overtake him at the GP circuit. It has been the first win for the team in many years.”

Race Director Walter Hornung also came to a positive conclusion regarding the weekend. “We witnessed great race action that makes you look forward to the 24h Race. The teams had to cope with wet and dry weather in the practice sessions and the race, representing variegated testing conditions. We provided an optimum final test for the 24h Race – and the fans had fun due to the thrilling race action. And that’s exactly what it is about, in this event.”

Schnitzer-BMW secures provisional pole in 24h Qualifying Race

In the first qualifying session for the 24h Qualifying Race, held on Saturday evening, one of the most successful teams in the history of the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race set the fastest lap time. BMW Team Schnitzer driver Augusto Farfus (Brazil) crossed the line of the 25.378-kilometr combination of Nordschleife and GP circuit in 8:17.570 minutes. With his team mate Martin Tomczyk (Kolbermoor) and the native Lahsteiner Timo Scheider, the BMW M6 GT3 #42 holds the provisional pole, prior to the final qualifying session, with fellow BMW drivers Christian Krognes (NOR), David Pittard and Nicholas Yelloly (both UK) in the team Walkenhorst Motorsport #101 and the Phoenix Audi R8 LMS #4 raced by Marcel Fässler and Rahel Frey (both CH) following in second and third positions. Farfus used a phase when the track was largely dry and set his fastest lap time early in the session. And as rain began to fall soon afterwards, no other driver had the chance of stealing the provisional pole. But only on Sunday morning the battle for the pole will be over. Following the one-hour qualifying session (08:30 to 09.30hrs CEST), the 30 fastest teams have to deliver in the top-30 qualifying individual time trials. (from 10:30hrs CEST). While the six-hour Qualifying race will be started at 12hrs. And the motor-racing enthusiasts can witness the race action not only on site but also at home on their screens. A service made possible by ticker, live timing and video streams at the 24h Race website (www.24h-Rennen) and at YouTube.

Right from the beginning of the first qualifying session the action was dominated by BMW. In the early stages of the session, the Rowe-BMW #99 of John Edwards (USA) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) held the lead but then, Schnitzer’s M6 GT3 secured the top position. And Augusto Farfus, who will race this weekend in both the 24 Qualifying Race and the FIA Touring Car World Cup was the driver to set this time. Nonetheless, he hadn’t a lot of time for cheering as he had to get into a helicopter right after some high fives with his team mates to travel to the Dutch circuit at the North Sea coat. Augusto went out at the perfect point in time,” beamed Team Principal Herbert Schnitzer junior.”The track was really dry when he went out for his fast lap”. Team mate Martin Tomczyk also raved over the “sensational lap” of the Brazilian. “After all, he arrived here with a helicopter just a short time ago. So, it were the first Nordschleife lap times he set. And the fact that he secured provisional pole on his only third lap was really great. Should it be dry tomorrow things could get close again but with this time we should be able to match the pace of the front runners.”

Ferrari the fastest in the practice session. One of the favourites forced into retirement by crash in the wet
In the practice session at noon, rain also quickly turned the originally dry circuit into a wet track. In these conditions, the race action was dominated by completely different vehicles. Surprisingly, the Ferrari 488 (#55) entered by Teams Octane 126 held the top position the time screens. The Swiss crew comprising of Björn Grossmann / Simon Trummer / Jonathan Hirschi succeeded in outpacing the Getspeed-Mercedes-AMG #17 with the line-up John Shoffner, Janine Hill (both USA), Fabian Schiller (Germany) and Markus Palttala (BEL) as well as the Phoenix-Audi R8 #4. Meanwhile, the slippery track conditions forced two competitive Mercedes-AMG squads into early retirement. The two GT3 racers of Manuel Metzger (#2, Black Falcon) and Dominik, Baumann (#16, Getspeed) collided after Metzger had spun. Both cars were damaged to an extent that repairing them in time for the race was impossible. Both drivers were injured and taken to the hospital for safety reasons. The Porsche 911 GT3 R #911 also was involved in the incident but was able to return to the pits were it was repaired by the team. Porsche’s Kevin Estre described what happened. “I was just on my out lap and the second GT3 braked on the way into the banked corner but went just straight on. The same happened to me and behind me another Mercedes too. Fortunately my Porsche wasn’t damaged too seriously – but I had to pit nevertheless.”

Lumirank: New position-display functions

In both the 24h Qualifying Race and the 24h Race, a large-scale LED display behind the windscreen of the competing cars provides the visitors with important information. Compared to last year, the system was refined once again, for 2019. As the time-keeping data also will record the driver currently driving the respective car, the display also will show an acronym of his name.

On the displays of the majority of the cars, the name of the current drivers will slowly alternate with the current position in the race. In the car of the race leader, the display will flash in addition and in cars that have not yet completed a timed lap, the name will alternate with place holders ??? („_ _“). This will be – for instance – the case if a car doesn’t complete a lap on the entire circuit but opts for using the short layout. In the pits or in standby, the display shows the number and the acronym ‘24H’. In the case of the Manthey Porsche #911 driven by Richard Lietz, the LEDs consequently would display:

  • 911 and 24H alternating: in standby
  • _ _ and LIE alternating: car on the track but no timed lap completed.
  • 023 und LIE alternating: The car holds 23rd position
  • 001 and LIE flashing by turns: The car holds the lead.

For the spectators on site, the new detail makes the Nordschleife action even more transparent. 24h Race Director Walter Hornung is convinced: “The LED displays are great for all the fans on site. In the Eifel woods, informing the crowds via video walls is far more difficult than at other circuits. Therefore, the position displays are extremely important for keeping track of the race action. And even more so as the 24h-Race field will comprise more than 150 cars.”

24h Qualifying race features a top-class grid

From 18th to 19th May, in the 24h Race Qualifying Race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, it’s all about preparing for the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race. More than 100 teams have registered on the entry list to use this last opportunity to prepare for the season highlight, among them 30 cars in the categories with overall-win potential. This group features the top teams and drivers representing the Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche camps as well as the more exotic GT3 squads, such as the Ferraris and Lamborghinis or the Nissan and Lexus teams. The team to beat will contest the race with the #1 decorating their car: Manthey racing, the reigning champions, will provide last year’s winners – Richard Lietz (AUT), Nick Tandy (GBR), Frederic Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet (both FRA) – with a Porsche 911 GT3 R. The four drivers already proved to once again be in great shape, this year, by winning one of the VLN rounds in the run-up to the 24h Race. Tickets for the ADAC Total 24h race prologue are available from €15 (day ticket) to €25 (weekend ticket) and can be purchased at the Nürburgring ticket shop (www.nuerburgring.de).

The battle for the win in the longest race on the longest and greatest racetrack in the world once again will be contested by works squads and works-supported independent teams. Following an impressive performance the reigning champions once again have to be regarded as favourites. In the third VLN round, three Manthey Porsches 911 made for a podium lock-out. And although the third place 911 lost its podium due to a receiving a belated time penalty, the tradition-rich team underlined its ambitions. “A good motor-racing day,” Richard Lietz who won the 2018 edition of the prestigious event together with his team-mates said with understatement. “We could test a lot of things and learned a lot. And we are really happy with the result. First, second and fourth places for Manthey Racing – a truly rare achievement. It was a good preparation for the 24h Race and nothing broke. Therefore, it was a perfect day.” The sister car secured the pole but due to a few litres of fuel too much in the tank the 911 GT3 R #911 received a several-second time penalty and lost its podium. Consequently, Kévin Estre had mixed emotions, after the race. “The car ran really well and we were able to clinch the pole,” the native Frenchman said but added: “To be able to win we reduce the number of mistakes. But we could test many things and gathered a lot of experience. Now we will keep on working for the great race in June.”

Tough competition on the 24h-Race grid
Nonetheless, the reigning champions will have to try hard if they want to repeat last year’s success and this applies to both the 24h Qualifying Race and the season highlight a month later. After all, the grid features competitive and ambitious rivals, for instance the teams representing Mercedes-AMG. In the preparation period, Black Falcon proved to be particularly strong. Last year’s 24h Race Qualifying Race winners will enter several top cars, this year. The squad around Adam Christodoulou (GBR), Maro Engel (MCO), Manuel Metzger and Dirk Müller (both CHE) ‘inherited’ third place in the third VLN round. At the end of the day, the Meuspath based team always has got what it takes to secure top-class results. At the same time, BMW always will be represented by competitive cars, in the Qualifying Race. Vehicles such as the two Rowe Racing M6 GT3. The team secured pole in the VLN season opener and finished first and third in the race. And in the second VLN round that had to be stopped short after the start as the winter had returned to the Eifel, another BVMW team, Schnitzer, held the lead when the race was red flagged. In the 24h Race Qualifying Race, Augusto Farfus (MCO), Martin Tomczyk (Kolbermoor) and Timo Scheider (AUT) will race for the team from Southern Germany. A top-class line-up underlining the team’s ambitions. And don’t forget: up to last year, the five-time 24h Race winners were tied for the top position in the record book with Manthey Racing. But now, Manthey Racing are the sole leaders with six race wins and the BMW squad is keen on scoring the equaliser.

24h Qualifying Race: 24h feeling ‘en miniature’
It comes as no surprise that virtually all the top teams are going to also contest the 24h Race Qualifying Race: after all, this race weekend represents the perfect preparation for the season highlight in June. On Saturday (18th May), the teams are offered the chance of testing and adjusting their cars for three hours on the GP circuit before they go out at for the practice session at the Nordschleife (from 12:15hrs CEST, 11:15hrs BST). In the evening, at 18:45hrs CEST, the time schedule features the 2.5-hour qualifying session that will end in the late evening, thus providing the same conditions the teams will have to cope with in the 24h Race. Apart from the Qualifying-Race action, the Saturday schedule also comprises an RCN performance test (start 14:30hrs CEST) and in the morning, the Nordschleife will be the venue of a GLP. On Sunday, however, it will be all about the Qualifying Race. The second qualifying session will begin at 08:30hrs CEST and afterwards, the fastest teams will battle it out for the pole in the individual time trials. The six-hour race will be started at 12:00hrs CEST. In addition to the race action, the Falken Drift Team also is going to entertain the visitors: in the Nürburgring paddock, the experts for spectacular driving physics will demonstrate their stunning car control throughout the weekend.

>> Entry list 24h qualifying race 2019 (pdf)

24h Schedule is online

The schedule of the 47th edition of the ADAC Total 24h Race at the famous ‘Ring’ is online. Please find it here as pdf download document or for online reading:

> Schedule ADAC Total 24h race

The countdown is on: 100 days to go to the 24h Race!

Just 100 days to go to the race of the year at the Nordschleife: from 20th to 23rd June, the legendary Nordschleife once again will stage the biggest motor-racing event in Germany. More than 200,000 motor-sport enthusiasts will travel to the longest and most spectacular racetrack in the world to witness the 160-car grid battle it out for 24 hours for one of the most coveted trophies in international motor racing. In addition, the programme also comprises the FIA World Touring Car Cup that once again will contest three sprint races on the 24h-Race weekend. Numerous other highlights, on and aloof from the track, turn the ADAC TOTAL 24h into the highlight for fans, drivers, teams and officials. The advance booking for the Nürburgring 24h Race tickets already has begun. Those who want to secure their tickets now can do so in the eventimsports.de online shop and via the Nürburgring website. Furthermore, you can order the tickets by phone at the hotline, +49 (0)1806 991185 (€0.20 per call from the German landline, maximum €0.60 per call from the German mobile networks).

Exciting cars on the grid
Good omens for the 2019 ADAC TOTAL 24h Race. Numerous teams already announced to contest the race or even registered for the prestigious event. This year, the front-runners will be chasing the Manthey-Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R that won last year the 46th edition by prevailing in a spectacular showdown. Due to this success, the team that is based in the immediate vicinity of the Nürburgring now is the sole record holder with six overall wins under its belt. But there are quite a number of teams that also want to make it to the hall of fame, this year. Several BMW and Porsche teams already announced to contest the race in the GT3 category that usually features the favourites. And it’s only a question of time until a number of other brands will disclose their line-up for 2019. So, it may be expected that the Audi and Mercedes-AMG vehicles also will be factors in the battle for the win. Furthermore, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus also announced to once again be on the 24h Race gird. In 2017, the independent squad from the USA outperformed all the favourites by securing the pole. And the Americans are determined to once again be one of the front-runners, with their spectacular SCG 003. Several other independent teams already announced their programme for the 2019 season. Bonk Motorsport, Muehlner Motorsport, Ring Racing and others once again will make for action in the ‘smaller’ classes. The first pole of the year, however, was secured by the team around skateboard legend Titus Dittmann: the team registered its bilious green Dodge Viper as the very first competitors for the 2019 24h Race – as early as in December 2018.

Regulations with slight qualifying-mode changes
In the off-season, the 24h Race organisers honed the regulations and focused on the qualifying mode while doing so. Made possible by a time-keeping revolution at ‘The Ring’, the organisers now use ‘virtual lap times’ for evaluating the competitiveness of the individual vehicles: For the front-runners, racing in the GT3 and SP-X categories, the achieved split times are used for determining and comparing theoretical lap times. Then, 80 percent of the professional teams and 80 percent of the best amateur teams will qualify for the individual time trials. The advantage of the new mode: top amateur teams also have got the chance of battling it out for the 24h Race pole in the individual time trials. In addition, the new modus operandi is supposed to prevent the teams from hiding their real competitiveness by deliberately driving slowly to manipulate the ‘Balance of Performance’ in their favour. The lap times will be determined in the Nordschleife races prior to the 24h Race – the VLN rounds as well as the final preparation race that will be contested, as it was the case in the previous years, within the framework of the 24h Race ADAC Qualifying Race. This prologue that will be held on 18th and 19th May represents the perfect preparation for the 24h Race as it features numerous elements from the individual time trials to the six-hour feature race.

Programme complete: Full-speed show at The Ring!
Apart from the new name sponsor, TOTAL, the 2019 edition features further new main sponsors – and all the new partners have got high motor-racing affinity. Just in time for the 100-day countdown, the number of sponsors comes close to being completed and so, an important component of the race is all wrapped up. Inter alia thanks to this support by the partners, the organisers are able to provide a unique programme at constant ticket prices. In addition to the FIA World Touring Car Cup (FIA WTCR) that once again will contest three races at the Nordschleife, on the 24h race weekend, the visitors may look forward to even more top-class racing: on Friday, the three-hour ADAC 24h Classics contested on the combination of Nordschleife and GP circuit, the 24h Race Top Qualifying and the first FIA WTCR race will be the highlights. Furthermore, the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup will race at the GP circuit. Meanwhile, the RCN performance test will represent the traditional start into the 24h Race weekend. And there also is a lot going on aloof from the track. The impressive Ravenol Ferris wheel once again will be the paddock eye-catcher. Here, the visitors can make an impressive panorama ride throughout the weekend. The ‘Fan Mile’ at the ring°boulevard and the ‘Fan-Arena’ in the historic paddock also are planned to again become popular attractions for the visitors. And on Friday evening it’s time to party: the open pit lane invites the motor-racing enthusiasts to a pit walk and simultaneously, the Falken Drift Show will thrill the fans in the Müllenbachschleife.

TOTAL the new title sponsor of the 24h race

The Nürburgring 24h Race has got a new title partner: from 2019, the endurance race held at the legendary Nordschleife will bear the name of mineral-oil group TOTAL. After the expiration of the contract with the previous title sponsor, Zurich, the 2019 edition of the prestigious event will be the first that will be held – from 20th to 23rd June – under its new name, the ‘ADAC TOTAL 24h Race‘. Consequently, Germany’s biggest and greatest circuit race with some 200,000 visitors over the course of the weekend and a huge field of about 160 touring cars and GTs is in good company. After all, the internationally most tradition-rich Belgian Spa-Francorchamps 24h Race and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans in France also cooperate with TOTAL. For the brand that is mainly known to the German motorists thanks to its fuels and engine oils, the multi-year deal with the 24h Race held at the Nürburgring, the longest and most demanding racetrack in the world, represents a new challenge.

Due to the new deal, the 24h race has got a new name partner that suits the profile of the event perfectly. “With a partner that also is involved in the mobility industry, many future discussion will be very easy,” underlines Peter Meyer, the ‘ADAC Nordrhein e. V.’ Chairman. “I’m happy about the contract with a partner that not does not only appreciate the immense publicity of the Nürburgring 24h Race but also has got mobility know-how and passion in its genes.” In nearly no other event, perseverance and competitiveness are subjected to tougher test than at the legendary Nordschleife. The fight of man and material as well as the extreme challenge in the technical and racing areas in the 24h Race fascinate both hundreds of thousands of visitors on site and millions of TV viewers around the world.

“We truly are looking forward to shaping the future of the Nürburgring 24h Race together with ADAC Nordrhein,” said Bruno Daude-Lagrave, Managing Director of TOTAL Deutschland GmbH, on the occasion of the signing of the cooperation deal in Berlin. “Our premium fuel, Excellium, and our engine oil, TOTAL Quartz, are particularly designed to protect the longevity of the engines. That’s our natural association with endurance racing. We already are cooperating with Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps and are proud to now also support the third mega-event among the international 24h races as partners.”

The signing of the deal with the new partner makes an end to the long-term cooperation of the Nürburgring 24h Race with the insurance group Zurich. “We’d like to thank Zurich for the long and amicable cooperation,” said Matthias Wurm, Managing Director of Sporttotal Live GmbH, the promoter of the 24h race. “We are really delighted with having found TOTAL as new partner we now will open a new chapter with and particularly press ahead with the internationalisation.”

New qualifying mode for the 24H Race makes for a better-balanced grid

It’s a constant of the 24H Race like fried sausages and motor-racing party: the Top-Qualifying represents the thrilling climax in the prelude of the endurance-racing classic. The battle for pole that is popular with both fans and drivers also will be contested in the time-trial format, in the future – but the regulations for 2019 have been clearly refined. In the regulations worked out by the 24H Race organisers in cooperation with technology experts and team representatives, the transparency regarding the true competitiveness of a vehicle represents a top priority, just as the promotion of the amateurs in the fast car categories. The qualifying in the VLN rounds held prior to the 24H Race as well as the 24H Qualifying Race will remain part of the schedule but here, theoretical lap times – the addition of the best split times set in the qualifying sessions and races – will be taken into account. Furthermore, a specified contingent of Top-Qualifying positions will be secured for Pro-AM teams what means that the fastest of them definitely will have the chance of being a factor in the battle for pole. At the same time, the number of cars contesting the Top-Qualifying will be flexible, in the future. It will amount to 80 percent of the entries of Pro and Pro-AM teams. For information on the 24H Race and the latest state of affairs regarding the 24H Race please visit www.24h-rennen.de.

The gambling in the run-up to the 24H Race traditionally is booming. After all, no team is ready to disclose the true competitiveness of its car before it has to go out in anger in the legendary endurance-racing classic. A fact Race Director Walter Hornung is well aware of: “On the one hand, nobody is ready to put their cards on the table and on the other, there is this persistent belief that the parameters for the Balance of Performance are derived directly from the lap times – what hasn’t been the case any more for a long time.” Therefore, the course of the grid positions has been refined and is no longer determined by the full lap times. Three of the Top-Qualifying positions will be secured in each of the VLN rounds held prior to the 24H Race and further eight in the 24H Qualifying Race. One of the three positions available per VLN race meeting will be secured in the qualifying session and the other two in the races, while the fastest theoretical lap of a vehicle being used as criterion. This is used as average of the best split times set in the qualifying sessions and races respectively. In the 24H Qualifying Race, the three fastest teams in the Top-30-Qualifying of the event will secure a position for the Top Qualifying and the other five in the race – and once again by means of the fastest theoretical laps. “The procedure is transparent as it eliminates many disruptive factors or reduces their impact, at least,” explains the Race Director. “Those who are on the way to setting a great lap but are hampered in a section of the Nordschleife will like the new approach. At the same time, we also diminish the deliberate decelerations to hide the own competitiveness.”

In the future, 80 percent of the Top teams will contest the Top-Qualifying
With the three VLN rounds and the 24H Qualifying Race contested, 17 positions for the Top-Qualifying are secured (three in each of the VLN meetings, eight in the 24H Qualifying Race). The actual number of competitors will be determined as soon as the 24H Race entry list is closed – it will amount to 80 percent of the Pro and Pro-AM teams. The comparison with the teams already qualified will result in the still available Top-Qualifying positions for the two categories. These positions will be assigned based on the results in the two qualifying sessions and once again based on the fastest theoretical laps generated by the five fastest split times. ”This sounds fare more difficult in theory than it really is,” says Walter Hornung. “I definitely am happy that we ensure this way that the Top Qualifying isn’t a closed session for the pros but that the international stars will have to keep on fighting against amateurs and Nordschleife specialists. At the same time, we also set our focus on encouraging the competition on the track. After all, the direct battles between fascinating vehicles at the greatest racetrack in the world is exactly what everybody involved wants to see – from the Race Director to the fans.”

6th November 2018

24h-Race winners’ press conference

#912 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R / Richard Lietz
“I think it was a perfect weekend – for us and for Porsche. We witnessed new track records in the qualifying sessions. This also was very special for us as the level of this circuit and this event is extremely high. This is one of the biggest race – not only nationwide but internationally too. At the beginning, a tyre puncture made us drop back to 90th position but then we battled our way back up. Then, however, we received the time penalty and we’d like to apologise for the offense. But things like that can happen when you are pushing to the max. The team provided us with a perfectly prepared car and in the end, this win is the icing on the cake for this weekend and something very special for us.“

#912 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R / Patrick Pilet
“That’s motor racing! Just incredible and this result is something really special, particularly at this circuit. We are really happy about this success as the race was virtually nullified, after the red flags. I didn’t watch the race at the moment when it was red flagged but I think it was the appropriate decision. It is a pity for the AMG guys but sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. And this race was just crazy.”

#912 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R / Fred Makowiecki
“Our engineer made the decision that I should drive the final stint as I had been driving prior to the red flags and therefore was the one who remembered the track conditions best. Following the puncture in opening stages there was just one strategy for us: every lap flat out. An approach that paid off, in the end – although you have to admit that a dose of luck also was involved. After all, so many things can happen in the wet and fog.”

#912 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R / Nick Tandy
“The strategy was clear as early as at the end of lap one: give your very best and secure the best possible result. Okay, there were situations in the race when we had to repair the car and had difficulties. It was an interesting race and winning the 24h Race is particularly difficult. Therefore, sitting here makes us particularly proud.”

#4 Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Maro Engel
“Another great weekend, the Nürburgring 24 Race just beats everything! A huge compliment to the crowds who stayed on site even in the bad weather we had to cope with. Yes, it was tight – but the colleagues were just faster than we had expected. Of course it was a pity that we lost our lead due to the red flags. Had we raced the full 24 hours, we possibly could have won.”

#4 Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Adam Christodoulou
“When we made our final stop we didn’t know if it would be for one or two laps. And to be safe we refuelled the car with some extra litres! On the one hand this resulted in a gap and to be honest, the tyre performance also began to decrease. I nonetheless gave my very best but in the end, it wasn’t enough. We pushed throughout the race and occasionally too hard – this also was the reason for my shot excursion onto the grass. But congratulations to the winners. I was a great race and I already look forward to next year. Then we will give them a hard time.”

#4 Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Manuel Metzger
“You never know how the weather will be in such a race. So many things can happen in a 24h race. This time, the rain came earlier than expected and so, we arguably stopped a lap too late. Apart from that we were ready for everything and also succeeded in solving all our problems well. Up to the red flags we hadn’t made any mistakes and our car hadn’t a single mark. Afterwards we gave our very best. At the end of the day, finishing second in the greatest and most demanding race in the world is not too bad, is it?”

#4 Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Dirk Müller
“I have mixed emotions. On the one hand we lost first place but on the other we won second. And finishing in a battle like the one we witnessed out there today is extremely great. On the other hand, our lead at the point in time when the race was red flagged amounted to nearly four minutes. Without the red flags we could have won the race – but it wasn’t to be. We are happy nevertheless. Now I want to thank my team-mates and the entire team. You really have to praise everybody who belongs to the team. And of course our fans who always are loyal.”

#5 Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3 / Yelmer Buurman
“Of course the red flags improved our chances of making it to the podium and therefore it suited us rather well – what can be said about our team-mates racing #4. In turn one, right after the restart, I was hit from behind and spun. Afterwards I squeezed the maximum out of the car, closed the gap and was able to pass the two cars ahead of me. It was really annoying that I crossed the line one second before the race was over as this meant that I had to do another lap. It’s a situation you only can l lose in but I took it easy, lifted and secured the third place.

#5 Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3 / Thomas Jäger
“All the manufacturers work hard to prepare for this race. Nonetheless, everybody including the customer teams is well aware how difficult this race and planning it is. To secure two podiums in this race is really great. Congratulations to Porsche on their win. We started from fifth position into the final hour and made it to the podium, in the end – just great. We are virtually over the moon and will return perfectly prepared, next year.”

#5 Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3 / Jan Seyffarth
“It’s my goal to definitely sit in the middle after having finished first. [laughs] next time. So I will be back next year by all means! Up to the red flags I was determined to make it to the podium but to really sit here, now, feel just amazing. This race is the highlight of every year and we are working on the preparations for 12 months. Therefore, we soon will begin with the preparations for the 2019 edition before long.” .

#5 Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3 / Luca Stolz
“I wasn’t in the car in the final hour but I think that I can speak for all of us. Our pulse was at least as high as Yelmer’s. We shared the thrill with him in the garage, contributed to the strategy decisions and to the planning. We were extremely nervous but we knew that we could trust him. And he did it.”

Manthey-Porsche establish new record with lap No 6

The 46th ADAC Zurich 24h Race ended with a 90-minute final spurt. The race was red-flagged for about two hours due to rain and then, the Manthey-Porsche #912 defeated the Black-Falcon-Mercedes #4 in a spectacular sprint battle and gave the team the record-breaking sixth overall win. After the restart at 13:59hrs CEST, these two cars were the only ones in the same lap and thrilled the 210,000 spectators on site and the millions at home in front of their TV sets or mobile devices with a fierce fight that was won at the end of the day by Frenchman Fred Makowiecki for Manthey. For the team that is based in Meuspath, right at the Nordschleife, it was the first triumph since 2011. It was the sixth win for the squad that established a new record with this success and is the exclusive record holder, now. At the same time it was the 12th win for Porsche. The 47th edition of the legendary event will be held from 20th to 23rd June, 2019.

“What a race! Very emotional, great for Porsche and the entire motor-sport,” said the Briton Nick Nandy, 2015 Le Mans winner, who won the race together with Richard Lietz (Austria), Patrick Pilet (France) and Makowiecki. “A win for the entire team. This is one of the toughest races in the world, virtually everything can happen and there are so many potential winner cars on the grid. In your life you possibly have two or three chance of winning such a race. It’s fantastic.” For all the four victorious drivers it was their debut win in the ADAC Zurich 24h Race. “It couldn’t have come any better regarding the 70th birthday. We credit this win to Dr Porsche on the occasion of the next decade in his life We established a new lap record and wouldn’t mind to continue like this,” said Porsche Sport Director Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser.

Crucial move at the Mercedes-Arena
The crucial overtaking manoeuvre was made by ‘Mako’ with 1:11 hours to go at the entrance of the Mercedes-Arena. The two rivals touched and the Mercedes-AMG spun, with the Porsche taking the lead. But Christodoulou wasn’t ready to give in and pressurised his rival to the max. Even a slight crash-barrier contact didn’t stop the Briton. In the end, however, Makowiecki crossed the line 26.413 seconds before Christodoulou, thus making for the second-closest finish in the history of the race. The closes was the Black Falcon win in 2015 with a 5.697 lead.

“I tried absolutely anything but there was nothing I could do. We’ll be back next year,” said Christodoulou who failed – just as Maro Engel (Germany), Manuel Metzger (Germany) and Dirk Müller (Germany) to win the race a second time. Third place was secured in a just as thrilling battle by Dutchman Yelmer Buurman in the Black-Falcon-Mercedes #5, followed by the Aston Martin #007 and the Black-Falcon-Mercedes #6. Last year’s winners, the Audi Sport Team Land Audi R LMS #1, finished sixth, thus being the fourth manufacturer among the top six.

Even before the race was temporarily red-flagged – incidentally the first time since the Black Falcon win and the only seventh since the races debut edition in 1970 – the famous Eifel weather displayed even its most notorious facets – from brilliant sunshine to thunderstorm-like heavy rain.

“This was one of the most thrilling 24h races of all times and one of the most nerve-wrecking four all those involved,” said Race Director Walter Hornung: “It featured everything that’s making motor racing so fascinating. Sensational drivers, great racing cars, weather gods that provided the most different conditions and a circuit that takes the drivers to their limits in every single second.”

Mega fast opening stage
The race was started on Saturday afternoon in brilliant sunshine with a spectacular show of Kevin Estre in the Manthey-Porsche #911. The Frenchman took the lead from the pole and was virtually flying, broke the lap record – that had been established by Augusto Farfus in 2015 – two times and quickly opened a gap on the rest of the field, thus laying the basis for the comfortable lead of his team in the following hours. The #911 controlled the field until late in the night but then, Romain Dumas lost in on a trail of oil, crashed – and the race of #911 was over.

Afterwards, the sister car, #912, stepped into the breach. Due to different pit-stop rhythms, #912 and the Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3 #4 alternated in the lead but then, Patrick Pilet in the Porsche accelerated to early out of a Code-60 zone. As it was about the lead, the offense was investigated by the race control extensively by dint of GPS data, vehicle data and video footage – but in the end, all these data confirmed the offense (82kph in a Code-60 zone) and the team received a 3:32-minute time penalty. The battle for the win seemed to be over, but then, the red flags due to the dense fog 20.5 hours into the race nullified the gap between the two cars that still were racing on the same lap.

News and quotes after 24 hours

In a spectacular final spurt, the Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R #912 wins the 46th ADAC Zurich 24h Race, with the two Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 #4 and #5 finishing second and third respectively. In the final appearance of the V8 Vantage GT3, Aston Martin Racing secure fourth place and the best Audi, the R8 LMS #1, comes sixth.

14:10hrs the first lap after the restart has been completed. The Black Falcon Mercedes #4 holds the lead, the Manthey-Porsche #912 is second. The Black Falcon Mercedes #6, the Aston #7 and the Black Falcon Mercedes #5 follow in third, fourth and fifth positions.

14:20hrs At the end of the home straight, Makowiecki goes for it in the #912 and succeeds in passing Adam Christodoulou in the #4 despite a slight collision. #4 spins but continues.

14:28hrs Christodoulou slightly touches the crash barriers in the Schwalbenschwanz area, continues.

15:01hrs On the wet track, Fred Mackowiecki sets a 9:55.854-minute lap, is nine seconds faster than Christodoulou.

#25 – Audi R8 LMS (Mücke,Jöns,Fässler,Kaffer)
14:27hrs Marcel Fässler spins at the exit Kesselchen.
14:34hrs pits after the impact with massively damaged rear wheels.

#912 – Porsche 911 GT3 R (Lietz,Pilet,Makowiecki,Tandy)
15:24hrs In the final pit stop, the Porsche of the leaders is refuelled with just 21 litres.

News and quotes 21 hours into the race – Dense fog: race is red-flagged

Safety first: Due to dense fog, the race control opted for red-flagging the 46th ADAC Zurich 24h Race at 11:59hrs CEST. The race couldn’t be continued as the marshals couldn’t see the next post what made the communication between the marshals impossible. At this point in time, the Manthey-Porsche #912, the Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 #4 and the third-placed Aston Martin V8 Vantage #7 entertained the crowds with an intense and thrilling battle for the lead. Around 12:30hrs, the Porsche lost the lead to the Mercedes-AMG due to a 3:32-minute time penalty for speeding in a Code-60 zone.

11:59hrs race is red-flagged

#1 – Audi R8 LMS (Mies,van der Linde,van der Linde,Rast)
11:47hrs Christopher Mies spins while braking into the Adenauer Forst and hits the crash barrier to the right. He can continue right away and lost only some 15 seconds.

#3 – Audi R8 LMS GT3 (Haase,Stippler,Vervisch,Müller)
11:39hrs Frederic Vervisch: “I try to survive. It’s extremely slippery. You try to be fast and keep the car on the track at the same time. I had some moments. Remember: anything still can happen.”

#4 – Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Engel,Christodoulou,Metzger,Müller)
10:59hrs Dirk Müller: “Just crazy! A fantastic team effort. We knew exactly when the rain would come. I save a lot of fuel and so, we could do a nine-lap stint. I drove from the wet into the dry and back into the wet. Pure madness. We had shod the car with the proper tyres at the perfect point in time.”

#5 – Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Buurman,Jäger,Seyffarth,Stolz)
11:28hrs Yelmer Buurman following his stint: “The conditions changed lap by lap. I opted for going out on intermediates and driving with them proved to be difficult on the first lap – but got better afterwards. From the fourth lap the rain got heavier and I had to pit for wets. Nonetheless I had aquaplaning and was struggling. But I think my pace was good and that felt great.”

#16 – Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Heyer,Asch,Sandström,Vautier)
11:11hrs Tristan Vautier: “It’s my first Nürburgring 24h Race. My mission is clear: to take the car back to the pits unharmed and learn a lot. We now are in the top 10 – with big gaps to the cars ahead and behind. We just want to make it to the chequered flag.”

#24 – Audi R8 LMS (Winkelhock,Rockenfeller,Haase,Müller)
10:35hrs Spins in the Ravenol-Curve

#102 – BMW M6 GT3 (Farfus,Palttala,Krognes,Schiller)
10:39hrs Augusto Farfus: “I was sliding around massively, during my stint, as I had opted for the wrong tyre compound. The team asked me to stay out, nevertheless – and so I just gave my best.”

#912 – Porsche 911 GT3 R (Lietz,Pilet,Makowiecki,Tandy)
11:30hrs Pits and serves – at first – its 3:32-minute time penalty for Code-60-zone speeding.

News and quotes 19 hours into the race

Black Falcon’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 #4 takes the lead while Manthey’s #912 receives a time penalty for a Code-60 offense. Also drama at Audi Sport Team Land: Kelvin van der Linde loses the #1 in third position – resulting in a repair break. The car rejoins the race in eighth place. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3 #7 that also still races on the same lap as the leader, keeps on delivering in flawless style. In addition to their race leader, #4, Black Falcon now have succeeded in also bringing their Mercedes-AMG GT3 vehicles #5 and #6 to the top flight. While Audi’s spearhead now is the Audi Sport Team Phoenix R8 LMS #3 in sixth position.

#1 – Audi R8 LMS (Mies,van der Linde,van der Linde,Rast)
08:3hrs Pit stop of the still reigning champions. Kelvin van der Linde who stays behind the wheel after having worked his way up to third.
09:43hrs Kelvin van der Linde spins into the crash barriers while approaching the Hohe Acht. As the grass is wet he can’t get back from the grass strip. Team Principal Wolfgang Land on the crash of Kelvin van der Linde: “We don’t know if the wheels still are standing straight. Things like that happen if you have to take risks. We were racing on slicks.” Van der Linde cruises back to the pits. The left side of the car is massively damaged, the left rear wheel is standing aslant.
10:06hrs René Rast rejoins the race for the reigning champions.

#30 – Porsche 911 GT3R (Arnold,Müller,Henzler,Campbell)
08:56hrs Team Principal Klaus Abbelen: “We had hoped for more. But I’m quite happy with the current race situation of our #30. We had a few tyre problems as we didn’t always opt for the perfect tyre compound.”

#48 – Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Hohenadel,Dontje,Götz,van der Zande)
09:54hrs Maximilian Götz: “I think my stint was not too bad. I love these conditions. I was racing on slicks and that was mega. The perfect choice. In the past 2.5 hours we did a really great job.” Indy Dontje gets into the cockpit.

#33 – BMW M6 GT3 (Dumbreck,Dusseldorp,Imperatori,Klingmann)
09:12hrs 89-second time penalty for falling below the pit-stop minimum time.

#912 – Porsche 911 GT3 R (Lietz,Pilet,Makowiecki,Tandy)
08:46hrs Once again on a watch due to a potential Code-60 offense.
10:15hrs At 04:17hrs, #912was clearly too fast (82.6kph) in a Code-60 zone at post 70 (Hatzenbach). The 3:32-minute time penalty will have to be taken during the next pit stop. As the car is the current race leader, the incident was investigated particularly extensively – but the GPS data, vehicle data and video footage all confirmed the offense.

News and quotes 17 hours into the race

The 11th hour of the race proved to be disastrous for the long-term leaders, the Manthey Porsche #911. An accident forced the car into retirement and the deck for the battle for the lead was re-shuffled. In the following hours, the second Manthey Porsche, car #912, and the Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 #4 alternated as race leaders several times, with the Audi Sport Team Land Audi R8 LMS #1 working its way up consistently. In the morning hours, the Audi holds fourth position, behind the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3 #7.

#1 – Audi R8 LMS (Mies,van der Linde,van der Linde,Rast)
02:55hrs Rene Rast pits again. This means that he pitted three times during the course of five laps.
07:17hrs Christopher Mies: “The conditions range from abysmally wet to still wet. I have to admit that I was wrong when I claimed that one manufacturer was classified too well. The difference arguably was caused by the suspension setup as no BoP can work in wet conditions.”

#2 – Porsche 911 GT3 R (Jans,Böckmann,Slooten,Luhr)
07:14hrs Steve Jans for Marek Böckmann. Böckmann: “I had to work hard to keep the car on the road. You mustn’t make any mistakes. In addition, we had some tyre problems. But altogether it ran not too bad for the conditions.”

#4 – Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Engel,Christodoulou,Metzger,Müller)
03:07hrs Manuel Metzger passes Richard Lietz in the Porsche #912 at Wehrseifen for the lead. The 15th time the lead was stolen – in 76 laps.
07:25hrs Der Black Falcon Mercedes completes lap 100 with eight more hours to go.
08:06hrs Adam Christodoulou: “The race is running rather well for us although the conditions are really difficult. The track changes lap by lap and so, adapting is difficult. It’s mad out there. But we are in a good position, it depends on the pit stops who is holding the lead.”

#7 – Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (Martin,Sorenson,Thiim,Turner)
02:46hrs On the previous lap – including pit stop for wets – Nicki Thiim crossed the line in 11:11 minutes. The two leaders, #912 and #4, needed 11:09 minutes each – on slicks and without pit stop.
05:35hrs Maxime Martin once again confirms his reputation as wet-race expert. With his 10:01.072-minute lap, the Belgian is 20 seconds faster than the race leaders.

#11 – Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Assenheimer,Schmid,Bleekemolen,Marciello)
01:07hrs the car that broke down at the Kesselchen continues.

#31 – Porsche 911 GT3R (Siedler,Seefried,Laser,Jaminet)
02:12hrs M. Jaminet reports that the 911 GT3 R hasn’t got propulsion any more. The car currently is standing at Aremberg

#911 – Porsche 911 GT3 R (Estre,Dumas,Vanthoor,Bamber)
01:36hrs the previous race leader is standing in the Schwalbenschwanz area after having crashed into the crash barrier. Romain Dumas lost it while lapping a slower car and crashed without external influence.

#912 – Porsche 911 GT3 R (Lietz,Pilet,Makowiecki,Tandy)
06:56hrs Collision with the Renault Megane #165 in the Hatzenbach area. After having spun, Nick Tandy can continue. The incident should have cost him some 30 seconds.