Audi triumphed at Nürburgring 24 Hours for the fifth time
It’s the fifth win at Nordschleife’s 24-hour race for Audi. The manufacturer from Ingolstadt previously has won in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Among four drivers in the victorious car, three of them have won for the first time (Kaffer, Vervisch, Vanthoor), only Frank Stippler experienced victory before, winning the race in 2012.
The #4 Audi inherited the lead from the #911 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R when Laurens Vanthoor was forced to serve 5.32min penalty for not respecting speed limit during flag signals. Prior to that, the #911 Porsche was in the lead for most of the race. In the end, the #911 car crossed the finish line in the second place, driven by Kevin Estre. The other two drivers of the #911 were Earl Bamber and Michael Christensen.
Audi and Porsche crews were joined on the podium by the drivers of the #3 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3: Hubert Haupt, Maxi Buhk, Thomas Jager and Luca Stolz.
German manufacturers occupied the first eight positions, with Car Collection’s #14 Audi in P4, Manthey Racing’s #12 Porsche in P5, Falken Motorsport’s #33 BMW in P6, GetSpeed Performance’s #18 Mercedes in P7 and Phoenix Racing’s #5 Audi in P8. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus took the ninth place with the #705 SCG003C, ahead of Kondo Racing’s #45 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.
The TCR class victory went to the #172 Honda Civic of the Team Castrol Honda Racing, driven by Tiago Monteiro, Dominik Fugel, Markus Oestreich and Cedric Totz.