24h Race: Everybody ready to go

Everything is prepared for the race of the year: This weekend’s ADAC Zurich 24h Race also is a highlight of the entire motor-racing season. 150 vehicles have been entered to compete in the battle for one of the most coveted trophy in international motor sport. Works squads and works supported teams such as the one of last year’s winners Audi or Aston Martin, BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-AMG will have to face highly competitive independent teams that rely on cars of exotic manufacturers, such as Ferrari and Lamborghini, or the beautiful single copy SCG003C. Some 200.000 spectators are expected to attend the race weekend and the first of them arrived as early as this Monday. And at the latest on Thursday when the 24h-Race vehicles go out for the first time, the huge crowd will turn the woods around the Nürburgring into a massive barbecue mile.

Top-class starting grid
In the past years the 24h race altered. “The former endurance race turned into a long-distance sprint,” said BMW’s Brazilian Augusto Farfus who made the trip to the Nürburgring, like quite a number of other DTM drivers, right from Hockenheim, venue of the DTM season opener. In a BMW M6 GT3 he will be chasing last year’s winners, thus also trying to beat a DTM rival. The reigning DTM Champion, René Rast (Bregenz) joined Audi Sport Team Land who will contest the race with the car #1. Rast was teamed up with Christopher Mies (Düsseldorf) and the two South Africans Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde. Altogether, more than 30 GT3 vehicles will battle it out for the win and even the number top favourite amounts to about 12 vehicles. Porsche, for instance, sends the incredibly strong Manthey Porsche squad as spearhead into the race. The two Manthey Porsches 911 GT3 R secured the pole positions and a race win in the first two VLN rounds. Meanwhile, Mercedes-AMG won the 24h Race qualifying race courtesy of Yelmer Buurmann (NLD) who defeated his compatriot Nicky Catsburg (Rowe-BMW) in a battle to the finish line.

Time schedule with numerous highlights
It goes without saying the rest of the programme features quite a lot of other motor-racing highlights and fan entertainment. On Thursday, the motor-sport programme traditionally is kicked-off with an RCN performance test. Highlights are the qualifying session and the first of the three FIA WTCR rounds as well as the 24h-Race night qualifying from 20.30 to 23.30hrs CEST that will provide a first dose of pure endurance-race feeling. The Friday action begins with the ADAC 24h-Classic with old and younger classics on the grid and in the afternoon, the programme is continued with 24h-Race and WTCR qualifying sessions before the spectacular 24h-Race Top-30 Qualifying (from 19:00hrs CEST) makes for the highlight of the day. The action will be concluded from 19:50hrs by the Falken Drift Show. The Saturday schedule is particularly tight: before the 24 Race will be started at 15:30hrs CEST, the crowds will be entertained by the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup at the GP circuit (08:25hrs) and the second and third FIA WTCR rounds (starts at 11:00 and 12:20hrs).

Extensive and live: the 24h-Race coverage

The legendary Nordschleife – one of the toughest challenges a racing driver can rise to. And the same applies to those covering the race action on the 25.378-kilometre rollercoaster with its 73 corners and numerous dead spots in the Eifel woods. Nonetheless, the TV audience won’t miss a single second or important move of the ADAC Zurich 24h Race. This is made possible by strong partners: SPORTTOTAL.com, the German TV production company, makes for a 25-hour live coverage in Germany, plus live coverage of the qualifying sessions. Furthermore, the race action is streamed live courtesy of Vodafone. Numerous radio masts have been erected for the coverage from the difficult terrain and for the 24h race, further radio masts were added, allowing for 20 different points of view for the motor-racing enthusiasts all around the world. The great opportunities to follow the race action live will be completed by extensive live timing, race ticker, Radio Nürburgring, social-media and internet activities – up to the yearbook that will recap the weekend’s race action on 270 pages from autumn.

Vodafone to stream the race live even more extensively
Also on site with a big staff is Vodafone. The mobile-phone net providers once again demonstrate what they are able to do, this year, and provide a top-class live stream via their 4.5G LTE network. A total of 20 streams is provided in their network simultaneously. In addition to the German and the English streams, 15 live-onboard signals will be online permanently. And there is the split screen with all the onboard channels. Furthermore, a channel is reserved for the live coverage of the Nürburgring Award Night on Friday evening. A major and remarkable effort regarding both technology and staff. At existing positions around the circuit five new LTE1800 masts were erected and an additional LTE2600 cell in the start and finish area. Two new mobile masts that broadcast in the GSM and LTE1800+2600 standards will be erected extra for the 24h Race.

The live stream can be accessed via the live page of the 24h-Race website (www.24h-rennen.de, where the video feeds are completed by extensive timing and a race ticker. The 12h-Race and Vodafone YouTube channels cover the race just as the website www.featured.de/gigaspeed. At the English live stream, the race action will be accompanied by the comments of David Addison.

Tome schedule Vodafone live stream
Thursday, 05/10
09:30 – 10:50hrs Audi Sport R8 Cup, practice session
13:20 – 15:00hrs24h Race, practice session
17:00 – 18:50hrs24h-Classic, qualifying session
20:30 – 23:30hrs24h Race, qualifying session one
Friday, 05/11
08:00 – 16:45hrsAudi Sport R8 LMS Cup, Quali 1+ 2; 24h-Classic
race; Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup race; 24h Race qualifying session two
19:00 – 19:40hrs24h Race Top-30 Qualifying; Falken Drift Show in the Müllenbachschleife
from 20:30hrsNürburgring-Award-Night
Saturday, 05/12
08:00 – 10:10hrsAudi Sport R8 LMS Cup, race; 24h-Race Warm-up
from ca 14:45hrs24h-Rennen – throughout the race to the
Sunday, 05/13
ca 16:15hrs24h-Race finish and the following presentation ceremony

The fans on site also are well informed at any time
At the same time, the 24h-Race organisers also didn’t forget the 200,000 fans on site. They are kept up to date not only via live stream and TV but also via the Fan-TV that can be received with DVB-T receivers. A special radio station broadcasts in the older DVB-T1 standard and consequently also can be received with older devices can be listened to at many positions around the circuit. Here you can listen not only to the 24h Race action but to all the races of the weekend. Even more reliable is Radio Nürburgring: at VHF frequency 87.7, the local radio station broadcasts the comments of the race callers.

Competent team realises the elaborate production
The extensive live production is realised by the service provider SPORTTOTAL. The video feeds of 29 cameras positioned around the circuit converge in their OB-trucks. About 100 kilometres of cables were laid in the Eifel woods two weeks prior to the race. Cordless cameras are used in the pit lane, some of them exclusively for Vodafone. Bird’s eye view pictures are provided by three drones of 24h-Race partner DJI – by the way, for safety reasons the only drones that may get airborne during the 24h Race. They are extremely agile and can be used flexibly. In addition, the TV experts also rely on the services of a classic helicopter. It is equipped with a gyro-stabilised camera that allows – for instance – for capturing the high-speed battles at the Döttinger Höhe. Another highlight: a rope camera as it also is used in Formula One and ski jumping events has been installed across the home straight. It provides spectacular pictures and takes the audience even closer to the action – day and night. After all, the track illumination in the GP-circuit area makes sure that the cameras can provide unforgettable race pictures throughout the race.

Time schedule for fans

Wednesday, 09th May, 2018
14:30 – 19:00hrsDSK bus shuttle Nordschleife – Adenauer Racing Day (30-minute rhythm)
from 16:00hrsAdenauer Racing Day (Hauptstraße / Marktplatz Adenau): Autographing session FIA WTCR, 24h-Korso, team and driver presentation 24h Race, Stihl Timbersports demonstrations
Thursday, 10th May, 2018
11:00 – 20:45hrsProgramme in the Fan-Arena, historic paddock
15:30 – 16:10hrsFIA WTCR: qualifying
16:30 – 17:30hrs Autographing session Falken (Fanmeile in the ring°boulevard)
17:00 – 18:30hrsOfficial autographing session ADAC Zurich 24h Race (ADAC stage, ring°boulevard)
19:45 – 20:20hrsFIA WTCR: Race 1 (3 laps)
20:30 – 23:30hrs24h Race: late-night qualifying
Friday, 11th May, 2018
10:00 – 20:45hrsProgramme in the Fan-Arena, historic paddock
12:00 – 12:45hrsRed Bull motorbike stunt riding with Arunas Gibieza (Fan-Arena)
13:30hrsAutographing session Mercedes-AMG in der AMG Event zone 3 (Fan Base, Jaguar corner)
14:55 – 16:45hrs24h Race: qualifying 2
17:00 – 17:45hrsRed Bull motorbike stunt riding with Arunas Gibieza (Fan-Arena)
17:30 – 18:10hrsPublic raffle of the Top-30 Qualifying starting order (ADAC stage ring°boulevard)
17:35 – 18:15hrsFIA WTCR: Qualifying
18:00 – 20:45hrs Stihl Timbersports show-contest timber sports (Fan-Arena)
19:00 – 19:40hrs24h Race: Top-30-Qualifying
19:50 – 21:30hrsFalken Drift Show / Red Bull FMX-Show / Party DSK tent (Müllenbachschleife)
19:55 – 20:45hrsPit-Walk (pit lane)
Saturday, 12th May, 2018
09:00 – 22:45hrsProgramme in the Fan-Arena, historic paddock
09:10 – 10:10hrs24h Race: Warm-up
11:00 – 11:35hrsFIA WTCR: Race 2 (3 laps)
12:00 – 12:45hrsRed Bull motorbike stunt riding with Arunas Gibieza (Fan-Arena)
12:20 – 13:05hrsFIA WTCR: Race 3 (3 laps)
13:30 – 15:10hrs24h Race: starting grid
from 13:30hrsCar parade on the Nordschleife
14:30 – 15:00hrsRed-Bull-FMX-Show (in front of the Mercedes grandstand)
14:30 – 15:00hrsDrift run of the Red-Bull Drift Brothers (Nordschleife)
15:10hrs24h Race: formation lap
15:30hrs24h Race: start
17:00 – 17:45hrsRed Bull motorbike stunt riding with Arunas Gibieza (Fan-Arena)
from 22:00hrsRace Night (Party in the Eifel Stadl)
Sunday, 13th May, 2018
09:30 – 10:30hrs‘Audi hour’ on the Ravenol Biog Wheel (Grand-Prix paddock)
10:00 – 15:45hrsProgramme in the Fan Arena, historic paddock
15:30hrs24h Race: finish, followed by the presentation ceremony

On the eve of the 24h-Race: The 2018 Nürburgring Awards ceremony

Following the highly appreciated debut in 2016 and the successful continuation last year, the Nürburgring Awards once again will be awarded for special motor-racing performances. On the eve of the 2018 ADAC Zurich 24h Race, on 11th May, 2018, the organisers will pay tribute to the Award winners in the three proven categories ‘Ambassador of the Year’, ‘Brand of the Year’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement’. In front of about 300 guests from the media, sports and business worlds, presenter Laura Wontorra will host the Nürburgring Award night in the ring°werk’s cinema auditorium. The top-class Nürburgring Awards jury itself, consisting of motor-racing expert and former Mercedes Formula One Boss Norbert Haug, DTM ace Timo Glock and Formula One reporter Kai Ebel, stands for legendary motor-sport moments like nearly no other committee. With their extensive knowledge of the international motor-racing world they are ideal for choosing the Award winners. Mark Webber, Ex-Formula One driver and Nordschleife fan, also is keen on attending the event to present one of the coveted Awards.

Special highlight: the Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award will make for a special moment during the one-hour Award ceremony. Following in the footsteps of Michael Schumacher (2016) and Hans Werner Aufrecht (2017), Hans-Joachim Stuck will be presented with this year’s edition of the Lifetime Achievement Award. At the age of just 19 years he won the maiden Nürburgring 24h Race for BMW – and added another two overall wins in the event in 1998 and 2004. With his sense of humour and his laid-back approach he thrilled the motor-racing enthusiasts all over the world. With this award, the motor-racing world bows to Hans-Joachim Stuck and all the terrific moments he gave us during his long career.

Further AWARD winners: to be announced during the course of the Award night
The other 2018 Nürburgring Award winners and their laudators will be announced during the event. The Nürburgring Award was jointly initiated in 2016 by the Nürburgring owners – the Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG – the ADAC Nordrhein e. V. As 24h-Race organisers, the media partners RTL and Auto Bild Motorsport as well as the Sporttotal AG as promoters and producers of the greatest car race in the world.

Live coverage via live streams

The award ceremony will BE streamed live on 11th May, 2018, from 21.30hrs by Germany’s biggest motor-sport platform, Motorsport-Total.com, by Auto Bild motorsport (Autobild.de/motorsport) and at the official Nürburgring website (Nürburgring.de).

Qualified Teams Top-30-Qualifying

The first motor-racing decisions for the 24h Race are brought about long before the weekend of the legendary race. The coveted starting positions for the Top-30 Qualifying have been assigned from the first round of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring, VLN. This means that there are – including VLN round two and the 24h Race qualifying race – three races held in the run-up to the 24h race that offer the competitors the chance of securing one of the soughtafter positions. According to the 24h-Race regulations, the four fastest teams in the VLN qualifying sessions as well as the 10 quickest in the practice session as well as the five best teams in the qualifying race secure a slot on the top-30 grid. But traditionally, not all the theoretically possible Top-30 Qualifying positions are taken. This year, 15 vehicles already secured a position for the battle for the 24h-Race pole position in the time-trial format.

Qualified teams Top-30 Qualifying prior to the 24h Race:

Qualified in the VLN 1 qualifying session
1#911Manthey RacingLaurens VanthoorPorsche 911 GT3 RSP9
2#22WochenspiegelJochen KrumbachFerrari 488 GT3SP9
3#102WalkenhorstChristian KrognesBMW M6 GT3SP9
4#47Mercedes AMG HTPDominik BaumannMercedes-AMG GT3SP9
Qualified in the VLN 2 qualifying session
5#912Manthey RacingPatrick PiletPorsche 911 GT3 RSP9
6#4Mercedes AMG HTPDirk MüllerMercedes-AMG GT3SP9
7#48Mercedes AMG HTPMaximilian GötzMercedes-AMG GT3SP9
8Not assigned
Qualified in the 24h Race qualifying session
9#31Frikadelli RacingNorbert SiedlerPorsche 911 GT3 RSP9
10#7Aston Martin RacingNicky ThiimAston Martin GT3SP9
11#5Mercedes AMG Black FalconYelmer BuurmanMercedes-AMG GT3SP9
12#99Rowe RacingMartin TomczykBMW M6 GT3SP9
13#705Scuderia GlickenhausAndreas SimonsenSCG 003CSP-X
14#44Falken MotorsportsSven MüllerPorsche 911 GT3 RSP9
15#8Audi Sport WRTRobin FrijnsAudi R8 LMSSP9
16#98Rowe RacingNicky CatsburgBMW M6 GT3SP9
17Not assigned
18Not assigned
Qualified in the 24h Race qualifying race
19Not assigned
20Not assigned
21Not assigned
22Not assigned
23Not assigned

Top-30 Qualifying: The regulations.
The time trials for the 24h Race pole are one of the highlights of the weekend. On Friday evening (11th May) from 19:00hrs (CEST), Race Director Walter Hornung sends the 30 fastest Nordschleife teams of the season out for two flying laps that are not only crucial for the positions at the front end of the 24h-Race grid but also in the fight for the Glickenhaus Trophy: the coveted challenge cup for the fastest Nordschleife driver of the season will be awarded to the best driver in the Top-30 Qualifying. Prior to the 24h-Race weekend, up to 23 positions for the time trials are assigned according to the following format:

  • Four positions each for the four fastest teams in the qualifying sessions for the VLN rounds one and two.
  • 10 positions for the fastest teams in the Top-30 qualifying of the 24h-Race qualifying race.
  • 5 positions for the five best-placed teams in the 24h qualifying race.
  • The teams must have registered for the assigning procedure prior to the respective event. Nobody will be moved up. This means that – for instance – the fifth placed teams in the VLN qualifying sessions will go away empty-handed.
  • All the Top-30 qualifying positions not secured prior to the 24h-Race weekend will be assigned according to the aggregated results of the first and second qualifying sessions.

2018 ADAC Zurich 24h Race date scheduled

The 2018 ADAC Zurich 24h Race will be held from 10th to 13th May 2018. ADAC Nordrhein, the organisers of the tradition-rich endurance race, succeeded in scheduling the 46th edition of the Nürburgring Nordschleife season highlight for the long Ascension Weekend. This means that the race will be held somewhat earlier than this year when it was contested in late May. Apart from that, the proven package remains untouched. And the 2018 preparation phase once again will feature the qualifying race. On 14th and 15th April, the drivers, teams and fans have the chance of preparing extensively for the race highlight held at the 25.368-kilometre combination of Nordschleife and GP circuit.

“We are delighted with having been able to determine the 24h-Race date that early,” Race Director Walter Hornung said after the successful conclusion of the deal. “This allows the teams and fans to begin their planning for the 2018 season as early as now. With the date determined, all those involved also are offered the opportunity to being their detail planning as early as now. The first details of the support programme that features the ‘Youngtimer’ und ‘Oldtimer’ (younger and older classic cars) races as well as the RCN Performance Test as constants also have been fixed: “The cooperation with further race series and the detail planning with TV partner RTL and other partners can begin right now,” Hornung said. “And we are highly optimistic that we will be able to create a package as attractive as this year.” The respective details will be announced in the coming months, with the information being made available here at the official website.

Land Audi prevails in dramatic Finale

From deep frustration to virtually over the moon in 20 minutes: Thanks to quick-witted move in the tyre gambled during the final pit stop – with just two more laps to go – Markus Winkelhock, Kelvin van der Linde, Christopher Mies and Connor de Phillippi celebrated the win in the 45th ADAC Zurich 24h Race that already seemed to be lost. 90 minutes before the end of the race a defective sensor cost the Team Land’s Audi R8 LMS #29 the lead that it had held for many hours and the dream of the race win seemed to be over. But when rain suddenly began to fall, the team used an originally already mulled pit stop to equip the car at the last moment with wets. The result: the team did not only close in on the rivals that had seemed to be uncatchable but even passed them to regain the lead. The WRT-Audi #9 that held the lead at this point on time went off on its slick and hat no chance of keeping the Land sister car at bay. René Rast who drove the final stint even lost second position to Nick Catsburg in the Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 #98 after both cars had switched to wets for the final lap.

“I just don’t know what to say as I believed the race to already have been lost for us” said Markus Winkelhock who was virtually lost for words after his third win in the endurance classic, following the ones in 2012 and 2014. For Christopher Mies (2015) it was the second 24-Race triumph while Kelvin van der Linde, Connor de Philippi and Team Principal Wolfgang Land celebrated their firs 24h-Race win – in front of 205,000 spectators on site.

Hitchcock thriller in the final minutes
“Now I finally know why they call the Nordschleife ‘The Green Hell,’ said de Phillippi. And van der Linde who drove the final stint, added: “I only heard the order ‘Push, push, push!’” Team Principal Wolfgang Land also was delighted. “This was a true Hitchcock thriller,” he said. “Now it’s party time.”
Three-time Le Mans winner Marcel Fässler, who raced the Audi #9 together with Rast Nico Müller and Robin Frijns once again had to leave the Nürburgring empty-handed, on the day after his 41st birthday. But despite all his disappointment, he didn’t begrudge the fellow Audi drivers the win ”As they really deserved it.”
At the same time, the Rowe Racing squad also was in party mood. “That was pure chaos,” said Team Principal Hans-Peter Naundorf after his team’s best 24h-Race result to date that was secured by Catsburg, Markus Palttala, Alexander Sims and Richard Westbrook. “The decisions were made intuitively and the second place is a success for everybody. The show was huge. That was motor racing on the highest level.“

“This was literally hot race weekend. Fantastic weather, tough battles up to the final minute of the race and fans that partied to the max, The 24h Race truly was a huge motor-sport festival,” said Race Director Wolfgang Hornung who witnessed – after 23.75 hours in sunshine that was anything but the your typical Eifel weather – a spectacular finale in the wet. As a downpour in the closing stages jumbled the result. While Rast and Catsburg on their slick were virtually helpless and drove at snail’s pace, around the Nordschleife, van der Linde in the Land Audi that was shod with wets battled his way back up to the lead.

The best Mercedes-AMG was last year’s winner, the Black Falcon #1 in fifth position, followed by the Frikadelli Porsche #31 that finished sixth. The Wochenspiegel-Ferrari #22 came seventh and the best Bentley was the Abt Bentley #37 in 16th position.

Winners’ press-conference quotes

That’s what the drivers of the top-placed teams in the 45th ADAC Zurich 24h Race at the Nürburgring had to say.

Connor De Phillippi (Audi Sport Team Land): “The tyres were of major significance, this year. We tested quite a number of different tyres, over the weekend, and found the definitely best solution for the race.”

Christopher Mies (Audi Sport Team Land): “Having been the leaders for such a long time it’s really disappointing to see that the car suddenly doesn’t produce stops to perform. Fortunately our guys didn’t give up and found the problem quickly. And in the last pit stop we were just lucky. At first we had a refuelling problem and we already had shod the car with slicks but at the last moment we opted for switching to wets. And that proved to be the crucial move for our win.”

Markus Winkelhock (Audi Sport Team Land): “I’m absolutely happy. We held the lead for 22 hours – nearly throughout the race. And then we dropped back to third due to a technical problem . If you contest the 24h Race you just want to win it. Finishing second or third also is nice but this race is very special and you can win it only once a year. And when the rain began to fall we other drivers already sat in the truck and couldn’t believe what was going on out there. To be honest I still am lost for words.

Kelvin van der Linde (Audi Sport Team Land): After the sensor problem I honestly stopped thinking. The only thing I did was pushing. We wanted to pass the BMW ahead of us at all costs. During the final stop we had a minor refuelling problem and spontaneously opted to switch to wets. A decision that proved to be just perfect, with hindsight.”

Markus Paltalla (Rowe Racing): “The Land Motorsport Team has been racing in a class of its own since Friday and was extremely strong, in the warm conditions. But they also were really good in the night. We made the maximum out of our performance and are happy with our achievements.”

Nick Catsburg (Rowe Racing): “It was a great weekend for me. At first the WTCC wins and now on the 24h-Race podium. Although I have to admit that we didn’t really expect to secure such a good result, on Saturday.”

Alexander Sims (Rowe Racing): “Spa and the Nürburgring are the greatest GT3 races in the world. To have made it to the podium in both races is just fantastic. We didn’t expect to make it to the Nürburgring podium but we firmly believed that we could do it. An excellent result.”

Richard Westbrook (Rowe-Racing): “We had a very good and strict schedule for this race but in the closing stages we unfortunately had implementing problems. We tried to push to the max but the heat made a bigger impact on our tyres than we would have guessed. I think we delivered in great style. These guys next to me are my team and everybody gave their very best.”

Nico Müller (Audi Sport Team WRT): “The team performance was great. Everybody did a perfect job. Apart from the final decision. The race ran perfectly for us. The result really hurts.”

Marcel Fässler (Audi Sport Team WRT): “A really successful weekend, the 24h Race is just unique. More than 30 GT3 vehicles on the grid. This figure alone is something special. On Wednesday we drove around the entire Nordschleife on mountain bikes and already could feel the outstanding atmosphere. And I think that’s what’s making the Nürburgring so special. The race itself is hardcore motor racing. You have to assess the risk when and where you should overtake. If you don’t, your race can come to an early and sudden end. And it’s incredibly thrilling. And at the end of the day – I have to admit it – the right squad as won. Although it hurts us at a team.”

Robin Frijns (Audi Sport Team WRT): „It hurts to have been so close and not have made it, in the end. It goes without saying that we would have loved to cross the finish line as race winners. We also would have deserved the win as we tried really hard. Unfortunately we made the wrong decision in the wet and that cost us dearly.”

René Rast (Audi Sport Team WRT): “Throughout the race we were close behind the Land Audi. Due to yellow-phases the gap the hey a one-minute lead over us and although we tried hard to close the gap we couldn’t With 90 minutes to go we could take the lead due to a technical problem at Land. When we came in for the final stop, the track still was widely dry. This was the moment we made the wrong decision. We should have switched to intermediates. In the end, our result gives me mixed emotions.”

News and quotes 15:30hrs

Following a dramatic final phase, Audi Sport Team Land won the 45th ADAC Zurich 24h Race with their Audi R8 LMS #29. Second place was secured by the BMW M6 GT3 #98 for Rowe Racing and Audi Sport Team WRT’s #9 came third.  

1 – Engel / Christodoulou / Buurman / Metzger (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

14:40 Uhr Mo driver swap. Engel will drive the final stint.

15:12 Uhr Accident at the Metzgesfeld.

8 – Alzen / Arnold / Götz / van der Zande (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

14:44hrs Lance David Arnold to drive the final laps.

9 – Müller / Fässler / Frijns / Rast (Audi R8 LMS)

15:08 Uhr Pit stop: slicks for Rene Rast.

15:22 Uhr Comes in for another stop..

19 – Klingmann / Müller / Edwards / Onslow – Cole (BMW M6 GT3)

15:25 Uhr Cruises following a crash in the Tiergarten area with heavily

damaged rear along the Döttinger.

22 – Weiss / Kainz / Keilwitz / Krumbach (Ferrari 488 GT3)

14:40 Uhr Krumbach for Keilweitz.

29 – De Phillippi / Mies / Winkelhock / van der Linde (Audi R8 LMS)

15:11 Uhr Pit stop. The team initially opts for slicks to then review its decision and equip the car with wets. Background: In the refuelling hectic Team Land lost second by second, thus allowing Rowe Racing #98 to pass them. Now Team Land hopes to be able to make up for the lost ground and re-gain the position in the wet sections

15:19 Uhr The Land Audi is virtually flying. Thanks to the decision to opt for wets, the Land Audi R8 LMS can go flat out while #9 already had an off-track moment..

15:20 Uhr Maximum attack of the Land Audi. Passes the sliding Rowe BMW #98 .

15:22 Uhr Takes the lead while #9 pits.

15:23 Uhr Land is back in the lead. Thanks to the switch to wets the team was able to strike back on the crucial l lap while the WRT Audi #9 and the Rowe BMW #98 had to come in for tyre changes. Pure drama.

30 – Abbelen / Schmitz / Ziegler / Müller (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

15:01 Uhr Klaus Abbelen for: Sabine Schmitz.

31 – Christensen / Bachler / Siedler / Luhr (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

14:44 Uhr Klaus Abbelen: “This was our final stop. Klaus was replaced by Lucas,. #30 currently is raced by Sabine but I will drive the final stint in this car. If we finish as it currently looks I will be really happy.”

33 – Dumbreck / Imperatori / Dusseldorp / Seefried (BMW M6 GT3)

14:59 Uhr The Falken BMW pits for splash&dash.

15:02 Uhr Driver swap: Dusseldorp for Dumbreck.

42 – Wittmann / Blomqvist / Tomczyk / Farfus (BMW M6 GT3)

15:07 Uhr The team gets a set of wets ready.

15:15 Uhr Is driving with damaged rear.

15:17 Uhr Switches to wets

48 – Heyer / Schneider / Dontje / Assenheimer (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

15:25 Uhr Switches to wets

50 – Baumann / Buhk / Mortara / Sandström (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

14:44 Uhr Maxi Buhk to drive the final stint.

15:10 Uhr Loses it on the wet track at  the entry Adenauer Forst and hits the crash barriers.

98 – Palttala / Catsburg / Sims / Westbrook (BMW M6 GT3)

14:30 Uhr Rowe Team Principal Hans-Peter Naundorf: “We haven’t got any chance of winning the race and the battle for second place is tough, in particular as the team have opted for different strategies. I think it will be really close, in the end.”

14:44 Uhr Pit stop. Nick Catsburg remains in the car and gets a fresh set of tyres. For the time being, the car is passed by the Land Audi #29.

15:22 Uhr Pits for wets.

15:27 Uhr At the Adenauer Forst the Rowe BMW passes the WRT Audi #9 for second place and finishes in this position.

News and quotes 14:30h

The 23rd hour of the 45th ADAC Zurich 24h Race made for a true drama: At 14:01hrs, the Audi R8 LMS of Audi team Land that held the lead had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop. Following a short check the team diagnosed an electronics problem, a sensor was reset and the car rejoined the race – but the lead was gone, with the sister car of Audi Sport Team WRT taking the lead, followed by the Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3.  The Land Audi now holds third position..

1 – Engel / Christodoulou / Buurman / Metzger (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

13:32hrs Maro Engel for Adam Christodoulou,

13:46hrs Adam Christodoulou: “The first part of my double stint was really nice. I don’t know if all the cars were driven by other drivers in the second part but I nearly had an accident twice. It’s not easy if the others don’t use their rear-view mirrors. But the car isn’t damaged and that’s the most important fact. We have to keep on pushing as everything can happen in a race like this one.”  .

3 – Müller / Jäger / Engel / Seyffarth (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

13:44 Uhr Thomas Jäger for Dirk Müller.

8 – Alzen / Arnold / Götz / van der Zande (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

14:06 Uhr Lance David Arnold prior to his final stint: “To drive the final stint and be the one to finish the race is nice. I really look forward to doing so. It’s a pity we are slightly behind the front-runners, following the time penalty we received yesterday and couldn’t make up for the lost ground.’

9 – Müller / Fässler / Frijns / Rast (Audi R8 LMS)

13:58 Uhr Rene Rast for Nico Müller.

14:12 Uhr At the end of lap 149 we have got the 20th change in the lead.

14:26 Uhr With 70 more minutes to go, the race leaders have completed 151 laps.

19 – Klingmann / Müller / Edwards / Onslow – Cole (BMW M6 GT3)

12:40 Uhr Scheduled stop. .

13:48 Uhr Onslowe-Cole for Klingmann.

22 – Weiss / Kainz / Keilwitz / Krumbach (Ferrari 488 GT3)

13:32 Uhr Driver swap Daniel Keilwitz  for Georg Weiss, Weiss: “I don’t know our exact position. The car runs flawlessly and that’s really pleasant. But we have to wait and see. After all. There still are two hours to go.”


29 – De Phillippi / Mies / Winkelhock / van der Linde (Audi R8 LMS)

12:56hrs Scheduled stop.

14:00hrs Back to the pits after one race on the GP circuit..

14:05 Uhr Major disappointment at Land. The car rejoins the race after a sensor reset but the lead is lost. The power problems seem to be over.  .

14:12 Uhr Kelvin van der Linde tries hard to close in on the leaders

14:14 Uhr Markus Winkelhock: “We fought for 23 hours and no we have to cope with such an end. That’s really bitter. But that’s racing. My team-mates cried and that’s allowed in such a situation. But we possibly could make it to the podium that would be a minor dose of solace. Nonetheless, if you contest this race you also want to win it.”

30 – Abbelen / Schmitz / Ziegler / Müller (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

13:06 Uhr Andreas Ziegler gets into the cockpit for the final time.

31 – Christensen / Bachler / Siedler / Luhr (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

13:21 Uhr Pit stop. Klaus Bachler drives the next stint.

33 – Dumbreck / Imperatori / Dusseldorp / Seefried (BMW M6 GT3)

12:40 Uhr Scheduled pit stop, Seefried for Imperator.

13:55 Uhr Peter Dumbreck for Marco Seefried. Seefried: “What a nice and interesting stint. I had a battle with a Schubert BMW. But passing him was impossible or extremely risky. And I didn’t want to take this risk.”

42 – Wittmann / Blomqvist / Tomczyk / Farfus (BMW M6 GT3)

12:39 Uhr Wittmann: “Winning the race by our own effort is impossible. The gap is far too big. We had problems with the gas pump that cost us 3.5 to four minutes – exactly the time we would need to make it to the podium. Nonetheless, we delivered by battling our way back up from 13th to fourth.

98 – Palttala / Catsburg / Sims / Westbrook (BMW M6 GT3)

13:31hrs Team Principal  Hans-Peter ‘H’” Naundorf: “Everybody tends to moan in the run-up. But you have to take the things as they come and make the best of it. The last 12 hours were really stressful. You fight and fight but the gaps just don’t get smaller. That’s really exhausting as you wait and wait and wait.”

13:37hrs Nick Catsburg for Alexander Sims following a double stint. Catsburg is supposed to finish the race.

News and quotes, quotes from 12:30hrs

The 45th ADAC Zurich 24h Race slowly is approaching its home straight. 138 laps into the race, Audi Sport Team Land’s #29 still are the dominating leaders. In the past 21 hours of racing, the experienced Nordschleife specialists Christopher Mies, Connor De Phillippi, Markus Winkelhock and Kelvin van der Linde opened a 2:15.071-minute gap over the second-placed WRT Audi #9.  With three more hours to go, the lead of the two best-placed teams over the Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 #98 in third position amounts to more than a lap, with the Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon #1 following another three minutes behind..

1 – Engel / Christodoulou / Buurman / Metzger (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

11:21hrs Adam Christodoulou for Manuel Metzger.

12:27 Uhr Scheduled stop.

9 – Müller / Fässler / Frijns / Rast (Audi R8 LMS)

10:33hrs Driver swap, Marcel Fässler for Robin Frijns.

29 – De Phillippi / Mies / Winkelhock / van der Linde (Audi R8 LMS)

10:32hrs Scheduled stop, no driver swap.

11:20hrs The leading Audi increase its lead over its toughest rival, #9, by at least five seconds per lap.

30 – Abbelen / Schmitz / Ziegler / Müller (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

10:35hrs Andreas Ziegler: “A good stint. I had to be careful while overtaking and let the leaders pass – and I succeeded in doing so. It’s really hot in the car – like going to sauna, dress yourself and go in for sports.”

30 – Abbelen / Schmitz / Ziegler / Müller (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

11:45hrs Alex Müller for Klaus Abbelen .

31 – Christensen / Bachler / Siedler / Luhr (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

10:50 Uhr Lucas Luhr: “We can’t match the pace of the leaders but want to continue on a consistent level and finish the race. We know from the past that the Green Hell tends to absorb some cars at the very end of the race.

Let’s hope that we aren’t one of them and we will be able to gain some positions, instead. .

11:0hrs Norbert Siedler for Lucas Luhr.

33 – Dumbreck / Imperatori / Dusseldorp / Seefried (BMW M6 GT3)

11:01hrs Alexandre Imperatori for Stef Dusseldorp.

11:14hrs Hits the rear the Manthey-Porsche #150 under yellow.

11:16hrs The Falken BMW has to take the emergency exit in the Veedol Chicane.

11:31hrs Following the off-track moment, resulting in a damaged tyre, the team checks the right rear-wheel suspension and brakes before the car is sent out again without fixing two cooling hoses. Team-Manager Sven Schnabl: “It must work for one stint. We hadn’t the hoses available and didn’t want to lose even more time. We will fix them after this stint.”


42 – Wittmann / Blomqvist / Tomczyk / Farfus (BMW M6 GT3)

12:18hrs Blomqvist for Wittmann.

98 – Palttala / Catsburg / Sims / Westbrook (BMW M6 GT3)

12:20hrs Stop without driver swap. Sims is driving a double stint..

704 – Westphal / Mailleux / Simonsen / Laser (SCG SCG003C)

11:03hrs Accident in the Flugplatz area. The car went off in the second kink, crashed backwards into the crash barriers and must be salvaged, now. The driver, Andreas Simonsen is okay and gets out of the car.

11:07hrs The car is towed away.

News and quotes 10:30hrs

19 hours into the race the two Audis still are the dominating leaders of the 45th ADAC Zurich 24h Race. The Land vehicle #29 leads, 1.26.301 ahead of the WRT R8 LMS #9.  Meanwhile, BMW had to cope with bad news: following an accident, the previously partly third-placed BMW M6 GT3 (#43) of BMW Team Schnitzer Motorsport dropped out of the contention for a podium position. Consequently, Rowe Racing (#98) and Falken Motorsports (#33) gained a position. However, their gap to the leaders amounts to a lap. And while the race to date was held in perfect conditions, fans and drivers now nervously observe the sky. The weather forecasters expect thunderstorms for the time around noon – what could massively jumble the order.  

1 – Engel / Christodoulou / Buurman / Metzger (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

09:06hrs Metzger for Buurman.

09:11hrs Buurman: “Driving the car feels nice. I think that we are slightly slower than Audi and BMW. With just six more hours to go, attacking now will be difficult. We would need a dose of luck.”

4 – Haupt / Al Faisal / Stolz / Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

08:57hrs Hubert Haupt gets behind the wheel.

09:19hrs Pit stop.

8 – Alzen / Arnold / Götz / van der Zande (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

10:24hrs Pit stop, Maximilian Götz remains in the car for the second half of a double stint.

19 – Klingmann / Müller / Edwards / Onslow – Cole (BMW M6 GT3)

09:02hrs Onslow-Cole for Edwards.

10:15hrs Scheduled stop. John Edwards remains in the car to complete his double stint.

10:23hrs Torsten Schubert: “We currently hold sixth position, with #19. A position we can’t be happy with. We wanted to be a factor in the battle for the win but failed to achieve this goal. But we hope that our BMW colleagues will be able to attack the two leading Audis.

22 – Weiss / Kainz / Keilwitz / Krumbach (Ferrari 488 GT3)

09:55hrs Oliver Kainz for Georg Weiss.

29 – De Phillippi / Mies / Winkelhock / van der Linde (Audi R8 LMS)

08:37hrs With 8:22.120 minutes, the current leaders set a new fastest race lap.

09:22hrs Kevin van der Linde for Christopher Mies.

09:31hrs Mies: “Yes, we are followed by another Audi but at the end of the day we both want to win the race. And don’t forget the BMW behind us. So, the race is not yet over. We are just discussing which will be the next car I will race in.  Here or in the #28? But currently the #29 has got priority.”

30 – Abbelen / Schmitz / Ziegler / Müller (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

09:14hrs Stops for fresh tyres, fuel and new brakes. Andreas Ziegler to drive the next stint.  .

09:19hrs Sabine Schmitz: “My stint was fine but there were a lot of incidents, out there, The tyres still work well but in the closing stages of a stint it’s getting more difficult.

10:28 Uhr Driver swap Klaus Abbelen for Ziegler

31 – Christensen / Bachler / Siedler / Luhr (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

09:54hrs Lucas Luhr for Klaus Bachler, Bachler: “Driving this stint was big fun. The track is good, the car runs flawlessly. We are positioned between eighth and tenth position. There still are six hours to go and we wouldn’t mind to continue this way.”

37 – Brück / Menzel / Verdonck / Jöns (Bentley Continental GT3)

09:39hrs Christian Menzel for Christer Jöns.

42 – Wittmann / Blomqvist / Tomczyk / Farfus (BMW M6 GT3)

08:52hrs Martin Tomzcyk for Blomqvist.

43 – Farfus / Lynn / Felix Da Costa / Scheider (BMW  M6 GT3)

10:13hrs Farfus who was battling out for a podium finish crashes in the Breitscheid area. The car is standing and must be towed away. Team-mate Timo Scheider: “Augusto apparently had a close encounter with another car, resulting in a close encounter. The result: more than just damaged tyre. Suspension parts also seem to be broken.”

98 – Palttala / Catsburg / Sims / Westbrook (BMW M6 GT3)

09:37hrs Team Principal Hans-Peter Naundorf: “If you have been one of the front-runners you must have done many things right. Nonetheless, we believed that we would be able to pressurise the Audis on a higher level. Nonetheless we are close together and still a lot of things can happen.”

10:03hrs Scheduled stop for fuel and driver swap. Richard Westbrook for Markus Palttala: “We have got no problems, the car is running perfectly. But it’s difficult to still try to in the race. Nonetheless, all the drivers are highly motivated. We are swapping the drivers every hour, now.”

99 – Eng / Sims / Martin / Basseng (BMW M6 GT3)

09:44hrs Philipp Eng for Maxime Martin.. Maxime Martin: “We currently have no problems. But we are far behind and can’t make up for the lost ground, But there are some other BMWs among the front runners.

702 – Mutsch / Piccini / Laser / Mailleux (SCG SCG003C)

09:39hrs Thomas Mutsch for Andrea Piccini.

09:51hrs Andrea Piccini: “The car is running well but we are hampered by the well-known refuelling problem. It’s a pity that the team won’t be fully rewarded as our pace is competitive. A double stint isn’t easy as driving this car is very exhausting. And now, the temperatures are rising again.”

704 – Westphal / Mailleux / Simonsen / Laser (SCG SCG003C)

08:42hrs Franck Mailleux: I had a lot of Code-60 zones. Some teams are driving rather slowly but we really go for it. The car running well and without the close encounter in the early stages we possibly could hold a top-five position.”

09:54hrs Andreas Simonsen rein – Felipe Laser.

10:04hrs The Glickenhaus goes off the track while approaching the Adenauer Forst and skids across the grass.

News and quotes 08:30hrs

With seven more hours to go, the race leader of Audi Sport Team Land has completed 111 laps. Less than a minute behind (50.586 seconds), the #9 of Audi Sport Team WRT still holds second place.  Following a collision while lapping another car the Schnitzer BMW #43 has lost its third position and dropped back to fourth and so, thus opening the Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 #98 the chance of moving up to third.  With consistent times, the Falken Motorsport M6 #33 worked its way up to fifth. And the independent Wochenspiegel Ferrari 488 GT3 – surrounded by works cars – holds sixth position.  

4 – Haupt / Al Faisal / Stolz / Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

08:09hrs Luca Stolz replaces Abdulaziz Al Faisal. Stolz: “I drove into the morning and doing so was really nice. Apparently many people get tired, now, and as a result we witness more accidents. It’s fun to race although our pace isn’t quite up to the task.

9 – Müller / Fässler / Frijns / Rast (Audi R8 LMS)

07:08 Uhr Stops for new brakes. Nico Müller for Marcel Fässler.

07:10 Uhr Fässler: “Currently the race is running rather well for us but we have to stay careful. We will try to close the gap.

08:09 Uhr Scheduled stop. .

29 – De Phillippi / Mies / Winkelhock / van der Linde (Audi R8 LMS)

06:53 Uhr The race leader pit. Christopher Mies for Markus Winkelhock.

33 – Dumbreck / Imperatori / Dusseldorp / Seefried (BMW M6 GT3)

07:18 Uhr Marco Seefried for Alexandre Imperatori.

43 – Farfus / Lynn / Felix Da Costa / Scheider (BMW  M6 GT3)

07:58 Uhr The third-place BMW suffers a puncture right rear tyre at the Döttinger Höhe. Is back in the pit-lane..

07:59 Uhr Alex Lynn for Felix Da Costa.

08:02 Uhr Antonio Felix da Costa: “I had a close encounter with another car, resulting in a puncture. He didn’t see me and touched my rear.”

48 – Heyer / Schneider / Dontje / Assenheimer (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

07:43 Uhr Patrick Assenheimer for Indy Dontje.

07:45 Uhr Indy Dontje: “No problems in my double stint. Everything went really well. Driving into the sunrise was fantastic. I could set good times and in the second stint I was faster than in the first.”

702 – Mutsch / Piccini / Laser / Mailleux (SCG SCG003C)

07:34 Uhr Andrea Piccini replaces Thomas Mutsch who says: §The car is running really super and lap-times-wise we can match the leaders. Unfortunately we had fuel-tank capacity problems from lap one. We can’t refuel enough fuel for eight laps and consequently lose a lot of time.

704 – Westphal / Mailleux / Simonsen / Laser (SCG SCG003C)

08:29 Uhr Pit stop for new brakes. .

News and quotes 20:30hrs

After five hours into the race, Audi Team Land Motorsport holds the lead in the 45th ADAC Zurich 24h Race. The team from the Westerwald region has completed 32 laps on the 25.378-kilometre combination of GP circuit and Nordschleife with its Audi R8 LMS #29 and has got a 24.379-second lead over the second-placed WRT Audi #9.  Third place still is held by the Haribo Racing Team’s Mercedes-AMG #8. The racing at the front end of the field still is very close, with the first 23 cars still racing on the same lap. 

1 – Engel / Christodoulou / Buurman / Metzger (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

18:35hrs Pit stop: Christodoulou for Metzger

8 – Alzen / Arnold / Götz / van der Zande (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

20:32hrs Pit stop for tyres and a driver swap. Renger van der Zande for Maxi Götz.

9 – Müller / Fässler / Frijns / Rast (Audi R8 LMS)

18:50hrs Scheduled pit stop.

10 – Stippler / Rast / Vervisch / Müller (Audi R8 LMS)

19:01hrs Pit stop with driver change. Stippler for Verwisch

19:05hrs Frederic Vervisch: “We had a problem at the beginning. A wheel was loose and we lost a lot of time. Afterwards, the stint was okay.”

20:30hrs Collides while lapping with the Renault Clio #125. Hits the crash barriers and spins across the track. Nico Müller tries at first to continue but realises that he can’t control the car and gets out.  The Audi is towed away by the ‘DMSB-Staffel’. At the point in time of the crash it held fourth position.

19 – Klingmann / Müller / Edwards / Onslow – Cole (BMW M6 GT3)

18:49hrs Tom Onslow: “This is my first Nürburgring 24h Race and the fat that I’m here alone is a dream come true!  My stint ran rather well. I just love being here. The sun is shining but it’s not too hot in the car as we have got air condition. It’s neither a sauna nor a fridge. And now it should get cooler and easier.”

20 – Krohn / Müller / Spengler / Wittmer (BMW M6 GT3)

19:53hrs Was hit from behind during a Code-60 phase. Bruno Spengler: “Fortunately he hit me straight into the rear, so the damages should only be cosmetic.”

22 – Weiss / Kainz / Keilwitz / Krumbach (Ferrari 488 GT3)

20:23hrs Oliver Kainz for Daniel Keilwitz. Keilwitz: “My stint actually was quite alright and I gained several positions. I occasionally had some bad luck with the traffic but that’s a problem everybody has to cope with. The car runs flawlessly and we are really quick.”

28 – De Phillippi / Mies / Haase / Kaffer (Audi R8 LMS)

18:31hrs Christopher Haase: “It’s rather hot and the pace is really high. The car is running well and the balance is fantastic. The traffic currently is okay but the situation certainly will be more demanding in three to four hours. ”

18:53hrs Scheduled pit stop

29 – De Phillippi / Mies / Winkelhock / van der Linde (Audi R8 LMS)

20:12hrs Pits from the lead, #9 and #5 arguably will follow soon.

30 – Abbelen / Schmitz / Ziegler / Müller (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

19:29hrs Team Principal Klaus Abbelen gets behind the wheel. For the Frikadelli team everything is running as scheduled.

31 – Christensen / Bachler / Siedler / Luhr (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

19:06hrs Driver swap: Lucas Luhr for Klaus Bachler.

20:19hrs Pit stop, Norbert Siedler for Lucas Luhr.

33 – Dumbreck / Imperatori / Dusseldorp / Seefried (BMW M6 GT3)

19:05hrs Pit stop, Dusseldorp for Dumbreck

37 – Brück / Menzel / Verdonck / Jöns (Bentley Continental GT3)

19:47hrs Driver swap, Christian Menzel for Nico Verdonck .

38 – Jöns / Mamerow / Pepper / Brück (Bentley Continental GT3)

18:51hrs Crashes in the Kallenhard area

19:06hr Pit stop with driver swap:  Jordan Pepper for Chris Brück.

19:18hrs Chris Brück: “My toughest race to date. It’s hot, very hot in the car. Usually we drivers can drive back-to-back stints but if we did so we would be too tired in the night. Therefore we changed our strategy and drive single stints, now.

19:52hrs Technical defect in the Breidscheid section.

20:19hrs Exits the pit lane and skids in turn one with locked wheels right into the gravel.

19:57hr Pit stop, no driver swap. .

43 – Farfus / Lynn / Felix Da Costa / Scheider (BMW  M6 GT3)

18:51rs Alex Lynn for Timo Scheider

18:54hrs Timo Scheider after his first stint: “We have to be slightly more careful and have to opt for a somewhat more conservative approach due to the high temperatures to go easy on our rear tyres. Should we do so we shouldn’t have problems to survive the night.”

44 – Ragginger / Werner / Bergmeister / Vantoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

19:37hrs Following an accident Jörg Bergmeister stands in the Kesselchen area.

19:42hrs Update: Jörg Bergmeister informs the team via radio that he was hit by another car while lapping in the Klostertal area and crashed into the crash barriers.

47 – Asch / Baumann / Hohenadel / Mücke (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

19:42hrs Stands in the garage, with mechanics working hard in the engine bay.

48 – Heyer / Schneider / Dontje / Assenheimer (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

19:19hrs Patrick Assenheimer for Kenneth Heyer

20:33hrs Schneider for Assenheimer.

50 – Baumann / Buhk / Mortara / Sandström (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

18:37hrs Pit stop, no driver swap, Baumann continues.

702 – Mutsch / Piccini / Laser / Mailleux (SCG SCG003C)

19:09hrs The sixth-placed Glickenhaus pits.

19:24hrs Felipe Laser for Andrea Piccini and the latter says: “It’s super hot in the car. The BMW and the Audi behind me pressurised me quite a lot. And even more so as I was driving on used tires. Therefore, the last two laps were anything but easy. But we are happy with the race so far.”

704 – Westphal / Mailleux / Simonsen / Laser (SCG SCG003C)

19:32hrs Pit stop with driver swap. Westphal for Mailleux

911 – Dumas / Makowiecki / Pilet / Lietz (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

20:11hrs The damage is beyond repair. The end of the race for the Manthey Porsche.

News and quotes 18:30hrs

With three hours of the race contested, the Rowe Racing BMW #98 holds the race lead. At the end of lap 19, the Audi teams Land and WRT hold second and third positions while the pole sitters, the Traum Motorsport SCG003C #704 had to cope with a setback: the car was hit from behind and had to pit for a short repair stop – but rejoined the race just seven minutes later. 

3 – Müller / Jäger / Engel / Seyffarth (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

17:54hrs Thomas Jäger takes over.

18:01hrs Pits with damaged car .

18:04hrs The radiator is damaged. Thomas Jäger had hit the #70 from behind.

18:17hrs Thomas Jäger: “The collision occurred in the NGK Chicane. #704 braked hard under yellow and I had no chance of avoiding it. Now the car is broken.”

18:21hrs The car is repaired following the collision with #704.

8 – Alzen / Arnold / Götz / van der Zande (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

17:10hrs Pits top, Alzen takes over.  .

18:18hrs Pit stop with driver swap. Maximilian Götz for Alzen.

10 – Stippler / Rast / Vervisch / Müller (Audi R8 LMS)

16:31hrs One lap after the sister car, Nico Müller also pits.

20 – Krohn / Müller / Spengler / Wittmer (BMW M6 GT3)

16:37hrs Jörg Müller: “My first stint ran flawlessly. But this is the definitively hottest 24h Race I contested at ‘The Ring’. Therefore, the tyre management represents the top priority – and I think I did quite well in this area.”

22 – Weiss / Kainz / Keilwitz / Krumbach (Ferrari 488 GT3)

16:37hrs Is hit at the right rear wheel by #59 at the end of the home straight and spins – needs a minute to continue.

28 – De Phillippi / Mies / Haase / Kaffer (Audi R8 LMS)

17:38hrs Driver swap Christopher Mies for Christopher Haase.

30 – Abbelen / Schmitz / Ziegler / Müller (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

16:44hrs Pits after seven laps. Sabine Schmitz for Alex Müller.

17:53hrs Driver swap: Andreas Ziegler for Schmitz.

31 – Christensen / Bachler / Siedler / Luhr (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

16:43hrs Pits after seven laps Michael Christensen for Norbert Siedler

17:53hrs Klaus Bachler for Christensen.

33 – Dumbreck / Imperatori / Dusseldorp / Seefried (BMW M6 GT3)

17:49hrs Driver swap: Peter Dumbreck for Marco Seefried.

36 – Kane / Smith / Soulet (Bentley Continental GT3)

16:51hrs Drives slowly in the Bellof-S area.

16:58hrs Is pushed into the garage. Team assumes a drive-shaft damage.

17:13hrs Rejoined the race after the repair

18:21hrs Driver swap, Guy Smith replaces Steven Kane.

37 – Brück / Menzel / Verdonck / Jöns (Bentley Continental GT3)

17:20hrs Christer Jöns for Christian Menzel.

17:35hrs Christian Menzel: “It was a tough stint. It’s very hot and the heat makes the racing even more exhausting. The tyres cope really well with the track temperatures. We will keep on pushing and hope that our pace will be even better when it’s getting cooler.”

38 – Jöns / Mamerow / Pepper / Brück (Bentley Continental GT3)

17:11hrs Christopher Jöns spins into the gravel at the end of the home straight.

17:54hrs Chris Brück for Christian Mamerow.

42 – Wittmann / Blomqvist / Tomczyk / Farfus (BMW M6 GT3)

17:32hrs Blomqvist for Wittmann..

43 – Farfus / Lynn / Felix Da Costa / Scheider (BMW  M6 GT3)

17:37hrs Pit stop: Antonio Felix da Costa is replaced by Timo Scheider.

44 – Ragginger / Werner / Bergmeister / Vantoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R)

17:39hrs Martin Ragginger: ”I was in the traffic all the time and so, I never could really go for it. But we want to contest this trace with a prudent approach to finish, in the end – just as we did in the previous year.”

17:41hrs Driver swap: Martin Ragginger is replaced by Laurens Vanthoor.

47 – Asch / Baumann / Hohenadel / Mücke (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

17:3hrs Pits

48 – Heyer / Schneider / Dontje / Assenheimer (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

18:17hrs Bernd Schneider: “I’m happy with my stint. The car has got a good balance but is too slow on the straights.”

50 – Baumann / Buhk / Mortara / Sandström (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

17:19hrs Pits. Dominik Baumann takes over.

17:25hrs Maximilian Buhk: “My start wasn’t so good as I collided with a Manthey Porsche. I think that the driver didn’t see me. But now our steering wheel is  standing askew and the balance also suffered. I didn’t come in, we have to race with the car like it is.”

17:26hrs Pit stop: Dominik Baumann for Maximilian Buhk.

98 – Palttala / Catsburg / Sims / Westbrook (BMW M6 GT3)

16:44hrs During the pit stop,  Rowe steals the lead from the previous leaders, the team of the pole sitters around Jim Glickenhaus.

17:10hrs Driver swap and tyre change. Catsburg for Sims.

17:20hrs Alexander Sims: “A good stint. Other than the others we stopped early. We wanted a free track and this plan worked really well. To be honest, I didn’t even realise that I held the lead until the team told me via radio. The lead certainly was the result of the short stop.”

101 – Walkenhorst / Tresson / Schiwietz / van Lagen (BMW M6 GT3)

16:44hrs The team apparently solved the operating-voltage problem and the car rejoins the race.

122 – Beckmann / Hass / Strycek / Schulten (Opel Manta)

18:10hrs The iconic coupe crashes backward into the crash barriers but the Opel can continue with damaged rear and slowly returns to the pits.

702 – Mutsch / Piccini / Laser / Mailleux (SCG SCG003C)

16:38hrs Felipe Laser:”My start was quite alright and I succeeded in avoiding all the turmoil. It was important for us to just to not be too aggressive but opt for a somewhat conservative approach. Furthermore it’s really warm. I again and again went out of the slipstream to cool the engine. And in the closing stages of my stint I even had some nice overtaking manoeuvres.”

16:40hrs Pits for tyres, driver swap: Thomas Mutsch for Felipe F. Laser.

17:28hrs Pits for the second time.

18:18hr Pit stop with driver swap: Andrea Piccini.

18:25hrs Thomas Mutsch: “The car runs sensationally and the circuit is really great. In my first set of tyres the pressure was slightly too high but we corrected that for the second. We want to finish the race but definitely will push. You mustn’t use part throttle, here.”

704 – Westphal / Mailleux / Simonsen / Laser (SCG SCG003C)

16:43hrs The race leader pits. New tyres and driver swap, Andreas Simonsen for Jeff Westphal.

16:50hrs Jeff Westphal: “It was a long stint. I used the first laps to find a rhythm. On the one hand, everybody tries to go easy on their cars but on the other, they all are pushing. I also tried to find the balance between taking it easy and pushing. The traffic is incredible and you quickly lose time. And of course you don’t want to take too many risks although this means that the others can close in on you. I see us in the top five.”

18:01hrs After lap 16, the car is pushed with damages on the right rear into the garage.

18:08hrs Following a fast repair the car rejoins the race.