Audi wins 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hour race

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Watch the fastest lap of the 2013 N24h

BMW at the 2013 Nurburgring 24 hour race

Now that that other 24 hour race is out of the way it’s time to focus on the world’s best endurance race, which takes place this weekend. Last year the undoubted star was Maxime Martin. Despite not winning the race the Belgian’s thrilling driving provided some of the best highlights.

After the break you can ride a full lap of the Nordschleife with Martin. And not just any lap, it was the fastest lap recorded from last year’s Nürburgring 24 hour race.

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Mal Rose prepares to turn it up to 11

Mal Rose

International endurance racing specialist Mal Rose will line up for his 11th consecutive start in the world’s largest endurance racing event, the Nürburgring 24 Hour (19–22 June). Rose will drive a V8 Vantage (SP8 Class) with the Aston Martin Test Centre team for the third successive year.

Prior to 2012, Rose competed at the Ring in his own cars, debuting in 2004 aboard a Mitsubishi Mirage Cup Car. From 2007–09 and again in 2011 he raced a Commodore V8 Supercar, while he drove a Subaru WRX in 2010.

Rose has notched up four class podiums, and finished every race bar one. He says the Nürburgring 24 Hour is the pinnacle of endurance racing anywhere in the world.

“The Nürburgring is a phenomenal circuit; a lap of the track is 26 kilometres and there are 186 corners,” Rose said.

“Every year, the race attracts over 200 entries and there is a massive diversity in speed between the fastest and the slowest cars, so experience is critical in being able to stay out of trouble.”

Rose, by far the most experienced Australian driver in the event, says international endurance races became very attractive about a decade ago, due to the changing local landscape.

“After about 2002, there were no major endurance races in Australia for people like me,” Rose said.

“So I decided to travel overseas and race on some of the world’s most famous tracks, first in my Mirage Cup Cars and then in the Holden V8 Supercars.

“I was the first person to run a Holden at the Nürburgring in 2006, and I also ran my cars at Spa Francorchamps in Begium, the Dubai Autodrome and Sepang in Malaysia.

“Apart from our F1 stars, no other Aussie driver has raced at so many overseas tracks, and I’m looking forward to continuing the trend this year.”

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 to tackle 24 hour race

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

Here’s a story that’s been a long time coming, the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 will be taking on the Nürburgring 24 hour race in the GT3 class. A total of three GT-Rs will line up in the premier category including a two-car entry from Nissan GT Academy Team RJN, along with a third car entered by Schulze Motorsport.

The factory-backed GT Academy team will include former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld in its ranks.

“I’m delighted to increase my involvement with Nissan from my judging role on the German GT Academy show to now also include racing the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 at the Nurburgring 24 Hours,” said Heidfeld.

#80 Nissan GT Academy Team RJN
Nick Heidfeld, Florian Strauss, Lucas Ordanez, Alex Buncombe

#30 Nissan GT Academy Team RJN
Michael Krumm, Kazuki Hoshino, Katsumasa Chiyo, Tetsuya Tanaka

The full lineup for the Schulze Motorsport entry is yet to be announced but will include the creator of Gran Turismo, Kazanori Yamauchi and the 2009 winner of GT Academy, Jordan Tresson.

Nissan has long used the Nordschleife to market its road-going GT-R, which has a best lap time of 7 minutes 8 seconds, so we think it’s great to finally see a serious attempt to take on the best from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche in the 24 hour race. Nissan’s absence to this point has been noted.

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Has the LaFerrari XX lapped the Ring in 6:35?

LaFerrari XX

Just days before the LaFerrari has its global media launch a rumour has emerged that a LaFerrari XX prototype has lapped the Nürburgring in 6 minutes 35 seconds.

In case you were wondering, that’s a bloody quick lap time. There’s still a way to go, but we’re getting ever closer to Stefan Bellof’s 6:11 benchmark.

Like the 599XX before it—itself a sub-7 minute Ring hero—the hybrid XX, due for release in 2015, will be track-only and in some ways that renders its Nürburgring lap time irrelevant. Except it doesn’t, not to us anyway, because anything that lap the Ring well under seven minutes deserves repsect and attention. No matter what it is, no matter who can or can’t buy it.

We look forward to learning more about the LaFerrari XX and its reported lap time as time passes.

[Source: Autoblog | Pic: CarPix]