Be careful out there!

September 8th, 2014

MINI TF crash, September 2014

Here’s a stark reminder of the dangers of driving your own car on the Nürburgring, especially when the track is wet. This MINI driver didn’t do anything particularly bad, from what we can tell anyway, but the consequences were severe.

Based on the description from the YouTube clip we understand the passenger was taken to hospital. We hope he/she makes a full and speedy recovery and that the financial damage for the driver/owner can be overcome without too much difficulty.

The Nordschleife can bite hard, treat it with respect.

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In the air up there!

August 14th, 2014

Hans Stuck, BMW 3.0 CSL, 1974

Look at that! Now that is getting some air. Behind the wheel of the celebrated BMW 3.0 CSL is Hans Stuck. Who knew he could blend flying and driving at the same time!

It’s believed the photo was taken during the World Championship for Makes race held at the Nürburgring in 1974.

[Source: @classicracepics | Pic: John Dunbar, LAT Photographic]

BMW Ring-Taxi in rookie Brünnchen fail

August 4th, 2014

BMW Ring-Taxi crash, Nurburgring, August 2014

Looking at the image above there’s only one way this BMW Ring-Taxi ride is going to end. And it’s not pretty. To be fair BMW has experiences worse crashes at the Nürburgring with its famed Ring-Taxi, but this one stands out because it looks a bit like a rookie error.

The accident happened on the exit of Brünnchen; driver goes wide to the left of track on exit, gets some oversteer and then ends up shooting across the track and into the barrier on the right hand side. We’ve seen it time and time again. Unless there was some oil or fluids on the circuit you just wouldn’t expect one of BMW’s usually very adept drivers to make a mistake like that.

Thankfully, it appears as though nobody was seriously hurt in the incident. Although the driver’s pride and bank balance may have taken a blow.

Bridge to Gantry has asked the question: “What made the Ring-Taxi crash?”

[Thanks to Stu for the tip]

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Range Rover Sport SVR claims 8:14 lap time

August 1st, 2014

Range Rover Sport SVR

8 minutes 14 seconds.

That’s how fast that Range Rover Sport SVR above was able to lap the 20.832km of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. That’s pretty quick for a truck. Actually, it’s pretty bloody quick for any vehicle.

According to the unofficial list for unofficial production car lap times the Sport SVR has split the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG (8:13) and the BMW 1 Series M Coupé (8:15) right down the middle. That’s some exalted company for a motoring monolith to be mixing with around the Ring.

Of course, the secret lies, in part, in the SVR suffix which indicates this super SUV has 404kW (550PS) to play with from its fearsome sounding 5.0 litre supercharged V8. That’s an extra 29kW (50PS) more than the regular Range Rover Sport.

The JLR Special Vehicle Operations boffins who found that extra power also beefed up the SVR’s suspension for flatter cornering. Although, importantly, “this has been achieved without compromising the vehicle’s class-leading all terrain capabilities or high levels of comfort”.

Although, as the video below reveals, presumably they’re not referring to the oh so comfy racing buckets and roll cage fitted to this particular “production SUV”. Still, a sub-8:30 SUV that sounds like a thunder storm, what’s not to like!

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Audi wins 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hour race

June 23rd, 2014

2014 Nurburgring 24 Hour race

The #4 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra (Haase/Mamerow/Rast/Winkelhock) has won the 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hour race. The car took the lead early on Sunday morning and held that lead for nine hours on its way to victory.

Sunny conditions and mild weather for the duration of the race helped the winners set a new race distance record, covering a total of 159 laps, beating the old mark by three laps.

In second place was the team defending last year’s win, the #1 Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 (Bleekemolen/Simonsen/Menzel/Arnold). The car finished on the lead lap but was three minutes behind the race winner.

Third place was taken out by the #22 Rowe Racing Mercedes (Zehe/Hohenadel/Bastian/Engel), which completed 157 laps, also breaking the old distance record. Indeed, the first six cars all did 157 laps or more.

The relative comfort of the win meant the late race excitement was provided by the #007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and the #20 Schubert BMW Z4 GT3 who were dicing for fifth position during the closing stages. Only a few car lengths separated the pair until a slower car badly baulked the BMW late on the final lap thus ending a breathtaking scrap between the two.

McLaren set the early race pace with the #66 Dörr Motorsport 12C GT3 starting from pole position, alas it was unable to finish the race, completing only 48 laps.

2014 N24h Australia/NZ update: Hour 24

June 23rd, 2014

2014 Nurburgring 24 hour race

Another endurance epic is over as Audi adds another trophy to its cabinet by taking victory in the 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hour race. A few of our Aussie and Kiwi racers will be adding silverware to their cabinets too!

Car #55 – Aston Martin V12 Vantage // Class SP8
43rd outright // 2nd in class // 136 laps
Allgäuer, Egon (SUI), Mahy, Marcus (GBR), Cate, Peter (GBR),
Talbot, Liam (AUS)

Car #83 – Porsche Cayman // Class SP6
46th outright // 2nd in class // 135 laps
Hamprecht, Fabian (GER), Viebahn, Jörg (GER), Bauer, Klaus (SUI),
Gartner, Richard (AUS)

Car #65 – Porsche 997 // Class SP7
47th outright // 11th in class // 135 laps
Bravetti, Nicola (SUI), Negroni, Sergio (ITA), Michaelian, Jim (USA),
Thomson, Rob (AUS)

Car #54 – Porsche 997 Cup // Class SP7
58th outright // 13th in class // 132 laps
Hauschild, Kim (GER), Svepes, Dieter (AUT),
Shaw, Ric (AUS), Borness, Stephen (AUS)

Car #64 – Porsche 997 Cup // Class SP7
59th outright // 14th in class // 132 laps
Thiel, Kurt (SUI), Paletto, Dario (ITA), Feccio, Roberto (ITA),
Stubber, Paul (AUS)

Car #187 – BMW 325i // Class V4
92nd outright // 5th in class // 119 laps
Meyer, Jürgen (GER), Seya, Ryu (JAP), Shimojima, Yosuke (JAP),
Stewart, Guy (NZL)

Car #70 – Aston Martin Vantage V8 // Class SP8
94th outright // 3rd in class // 117 laps
Dr. Bez, Ulrich (GER), Schuhbauer, Wolfgang (GER),
Rose, Mal (AUS), Leemhuis, Peter (AUS)

Car #183 – BMW E36 M3 // Class V5
115th outright // 3rd in class // 117 laps
Borum, Niels (GER),
Eden, Michael (NZL), O’Reilly, Maurice (NZL)

Car #41 – Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S // Class SP7
144th outright // 18th in class // 48 laps
Schelp, Marco (GER), Kräling, Frank (GER), Gindorf, Marc (MON),
Scharmach, Peter (NZL)

Car #74 – Porsche 991 // Class SP7
145th outright // 19th in class // 47 laps
Rice, Vic (USA), Lewis, Shane (USA), Veremenko, Alexey (RUS),
Chapel, Angus (AUS)

 

2014 N24h Australia/NZ update: Hour 22

June 22nd, 2014

2014 Nurburgring 24 hour race

As the 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hour race enters its final two hours we still have 8 out of the 10 cars competing who started with Australian or New Zealand drivers.

At the head of the field the #4 Audi R8 LMS ultra is looking confortable with a lead of over 2 minutes 40 seconds from the defending title holders in #1 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. Further back one lap down is the #20 BMW Z4 GT3.

Car #65 – Porsche 997 // Class SP7
46th outright // 11th in class // 123 laps
Bravetti, Nicola (SUI), Negroni, Sergio (ITA), Michaelian, Jim (USA),
Thomson, Rob (AUS)

Car #83 – Porsche Cayman // Class SP6
48th outright // 2nd in class // 123 laps
Hamprecht, Fabian (GER), Viebahn, Jörg (GER), Bauer, Klaus (SUI),
Gartner, Richard (AUS)

Car #55 – Aston Martin V12 Vantage // Class SP8
50th outright // 2nd in class // 123 laps
Allgäuer, Egon (SUI), Mahy, Marcus (GBR), Cate, Peter (GBR),
Talbot, Liam (AUS)

Car #64 – Porsche 997 Cup // Class SP7
56th outright // 13th in class // 122 laps
Thiel, Kurt (SUI), Paletto, Dario (ITA), Feccio, Roberto (ITA),
Stubber, Paul (AUS)

Car #54 – Porsche 997 Cup // Class SP7
63rd outright // 14th in class // 119 laps
Hauschild, Kim (GER), Svepes, Dieter (AUT),
Shaw, Ric (AUS), Borness, Stephen (AUS)

Car #70 – Aston Martin Vantage V8 // Class SP8
84th outright // 3rd in class // 113 laps
Dr. Bez, Ulrich (GER), Schuhbauer, Wolfgang (GER),
Rose, Mal (AUS), Leemhuis, Peter (AUS)

Car #183 – BMW E36 M3 // Class V5
100th outright // 3rd in class // 109 laps
Borum, Niels (GER),
Eden, Michael (NZL), O’Reilly, Maurice (NZL)

Car #187 – BMW 325i // Class V4
102nd outright // 5th in class // 108 laps
Meyer, Jürgen (GER), Seya, Ryu (JAP), Shimojima, Yosuke (JAP),
Stewart, Guy (NZL)

Car #41 – Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S // Class SP7
143rd outright // 18th in class // 48 laps
Schelp, Marco (GER), Kräling, Frank (GER), Gindorf, Marc (MON),
Scharmach, Peter (NZL)

Car #74 – Porsche 991 // Class SP7
144th outright // 21st in class // 47 laps
Rice, Vic (USA), Lewis, Shane (USA), Veremenko, Alexey (RUS),
Chapel, Angus (AUS)

 

2014 N24h Australia/NZ update: Hour 20

June 22nd, 2014

2014 Nurburgring 24 hour race

It’s a bit of a shame the first Aussie/Kiwi update is after 20 hours of the race have gone by—and I’m relying solely on the info from the live timing page—but here goes.

Green text beneath the car indicates the crew is still running, red text means, as best we can tell, the car is no longer circulating.

Car #65 – Porsche 997 // Class SP7
40th outright // 9th in class // 113 laps
Bravetti, Nicola (SUI), Negroni, Sergio (ITA), Michaelian, Jim (USA),
Thomson, Rob (AUS)

Car #83 – Porsche Cayman // Class SP6
50th outright // 2nd in class // 112 laps
Hamprecht, Fabian (GER), Viebahn, Jörg (GER), Bauer, Klaus (SUI),
Gartner, Richard (AUS)

Car #55 – Aston Martin V12 Vantage // Class SP8
51st outright // 2nd in class // 112 laps
Allgäuer, Egon (SUI), Mahy, Marcus (GBR), Cate, Peter (GBR),
Talbot, Liam (AUS)

Car #64 – Porsche 997 Cup // Class SP7
60th outright // 13th in class // 110 laps
Thiel, Kurt (SUI), Paletto, Dario (ITA), Feccio, Roberto (ITA),
Stubber, Paul (AUS)

Car #54 – Porsche 997 Cup // Class SP7
70th outright // 14th in class // 107 laps
Hauschild, Kim (GER), Svepes, Dieter (AUT),
Shaw, Ric (AUS), Borness, Stephen (AUS)

Car #70 – Aston Martin Vantage V8 // Class SP8
82nd outright // 3rd in class // 104 laps
Dr. Bez, Ulrich (GER), Schuhbauer, Wolfgang (GER),
Rose, Mal (AUS), Leemhuis, Peter (AUS)

Car #183 – BMW E36 M3 // Class V5
100th outright // 3rd in class // 98 laps
Borum, Niels (GER),
Eden, Michael (NZL), O’Reilly, Maurice (NZL)

Car #187 – BMW 325i // Class V4
105th outright // 5th in class // 97 laps
Meyer, Jürgen (GER), Seya, Ryu (JAP), Shimojima, Yosuke (JAP),
Stewart, Guy (NZL)

Car #41 – Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S // Class SP7
143rd outright // 18th in class // 48 laps
Schelp, Marco (GER), Kräling, Frank (GER), Gindorf, Marc (MON),
Scharmach, Peter (NZL)

Car #74 – Porsche 991 // Class SP7
144th outright // 21st in class // 47 laps
Rice, Vic (USA), Lewis, Shane (USA), Veremenko, Alexey (RUS),
Chapel, Angus (AUS)

 

2014 N24h Australia/NZ updates

June 20th, 2014

Nurburgring 24 Hour race

For the past six years I’ve done my best to keep AUSringers readers abreast of the progress of the Aussie and Kiwi competitors in the Nürburgring 24 Hour race. That’s not going to stop this year, although I do admit I’ve got myself into a bit of a pickle. I’ll be in Sydney this weekend and offline for the bulk of this year’s race with limited internet access.

All going well I will be back home in Canberra with full net coverage at around about Hour 17, leaving seven hours of live action to update, at which point I expect normal service to resume.

In the meantime you can use our live streaming guide for all the best coverage options and resources.

2014 Nürburgring 24 hour race LIVE streaming

June 20th, 2014

Audi at the 2013 Nurburgring 24 hour race

In preparation for this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 hour race here’s how you can watch and listen to the race online.

It’s likely that more options will become available once the race gets underway, so make sure you bookmark this page for future reference. Feel free to add any new links in the comments section.

You can plan your weekend around the event timetable (338kb PDF) for this year’s race. A reminder, too, Germany is eight hours behind (AEST).

The Top 30 qualifying will start at 1:10am Saturday 21 June (AEST) and the race will start at midnight on Sunday 22 June and finish at midnight Monday 23 June.

2014 Nürburgring 24 hour race—Live streaming

Other resources

2014 Nürburgring 24h final entry list

June 20th, 2014

2013 Nurburgring 24 hour race

Ahead of this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hour race here’s the latest list of entries (96kb PDF). Listed below are all the Australian and New Zealand drivers taking part.

Sometimes the entry list can be a little fluid, even at this late stage, so if we missed anyone or you know of any late changes please drop a line in the comments section.

Entires from our parts seem to be down a little and this is the first time in a long time that Wayne Moore is not racing. If you’re readin Wayne, we trust all is well and you’re just having a weel earned break.

To those of you taking part, we wish you all the best and hope all your expectations are exceeded.

Car #41 – Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S // Class SP7
Schelp, Marco (GER), Kräling, Frank (GER), Gindorf, Marc (MON),
Scharmach, Peter (NZL)

Car #54 – Porsche 997 Cup // Class SP7
Hauschild, Kim (GER), Svepes, Dieter (AUT),
Shaw, Ric (AUS), Borness, Stephen (AUS)

Car #55 – Aston Martin V12 Vantage // Class SP8
Allgäuer, Egon (SUI), Mahy, Marcus (GBR), Cate, Peter (GBR),
Talbot, Liam (AUS)

Car #64 – Porsche 997 Cup // Class SP7
Thiel, Kurt (SUI), Paletto, Dario (ITA), Feccio, Roberto (ITA),
Stubber, Paul (AUS)

Car #65 – Porsche 997 // Class SP7
Bravetti, Nicola (SUI), Negroni, Sergio (ITA), Michaelian, Jim (USA),
Thomson, Rob (AUS)

Car #70 – Aston Martin Vantage V8 // Class SP8
Dr. Bez, Ulrich (GER), Schuhbauer, Wolfgang (GER),
Rose, Mal (AUS), Leemhuis, Peter (AUS)

Car #74 – Porsche 991 // Class SP7
Rice, Vic (USA), Lewis, Shane (USA), Veremenko, Alexey (RUS),
Chapel, Angus (AUS)

Car #83 – Porsche Cayman // Class SP6
Hamprecht, Fabian (GER), Viebahn, Jörg (GER), Bauer, Klaus (SUI),
Gartner, Richard (AUS)

Car #183 – BMW E36 M3 // Class V5
Borum, Niels (GER),
Eden, Michael (NZL), O’Reilly, Maurice (NZL)

Car #187 – BMW 325i // Class V4
Meyer, Jürgen (GER), Seya, Ryu (JAP), Shimojima, Yosuke (JAP),
Stewart, Guy (NZL)

Renault Megane RS 275 sets new FWD record

June 16th, 2014

Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R

Ever since the Seat Leon Cupra 280 knocked off the Megane RS 265 as the fastest production-based front-wheel drive car around the Nordschleife it was only a matter of time until Renault fought back. And now that time has come, with thanks to the Megane RS 275 Trophy R.

A distinction needs to be made here, it’s the Trophy R model which set the record and not the more sedate Trophy. The R is a track-focused two-seat version of the company’s hero hot hatch tipping the scales at 1297kg and has 275hp to play with. So let’s see how it goes shall we!

The new FWD mark is 7 minutes 54.36 seconds, or four seconds faster than the Seat. Video of the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R can be seen below.

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