Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a lap of the Nürburgring at 3am during the 24 hour race? Wonder no more, strap yourself in for a ride with Dale Lomas at the wheel of his #underdog BMW 330i. Make sure you keep an eye in the top right of screen for approaching traffic too.
Lamborghini has shown with its outrageous Aventador LP 750-4 SV that you don’t need a tricked up über hybrid to break seven minutes at the Ring. You just need a 750hp normally aspirated 6.5 litre V12.
Some pointers to note, the indicated peak speed at Schwedenkreuz was 297km/h, a staggering a 285km/h down the Fuchsröhre and 325km/h into Tiergarten.
You won’t find too many cars able to top those speeds. But with a final lap time of 6:59.73 that should come as no surprise!
[Thanks to Wayne for the tip]
The Nürburgring 24 Hour race debut of the all-new Audi R8 LMS went very much to plan with the #28 Audi Sport Team WRT entry claiming victory after controlling the last six hours of the race. It is Audi’s third win at the N24 and an R8 has claimed victory in three of the last four races.
While today’s was a victory that looked safe in the closing stages for the Audi, the winning margin of 40.7 seconds from the #25 MarcVDS BMW Z3 GT3 is the narrowest in the race’s 43-start history.
Porsche claimed the final podium position with the #44 Falken Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The relative calm enjoyed after sunrise belied the drama that took place overnight with rain and accidents causing chaos at the head of the field.
In the end a total of 156 laps were covered, three less than last year’s distance record. That’s a very good effort given the 2015 race saw the introduction of speed limits in three sections of the track (200km/h at Flugplatz, 250km/h at Schwedenkreuz and 250km/h at Döttinger Hohe) in reaction to the tragic crash which claimed the life of a spectator in the VLN1 race back in April.
Thankfully there were no major incidents in today’s 24 Hour race and it remains to be seen how much longer the speed limits will stay in force.
For now though, congratulations to the winning Audi team. May your well earned celebrations go long into the night.
Congratulations to all the Aussies and Kiwis who took part in the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hour race and especially to those who were there at hour 24.
Peter Scharmach (NZL), part of the #91 Porsche 911 GT3 MR team, was the first antipodean across the line, finishing 25th outright.
Mal Rose (AUS) and Peter Leemhuis (AUS), in the #49 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, finished first in class (SP8).
AUSringers supporter Wayne Moore (NZ) came home second in his class (SP8T) at the wheel of the #51 BMW 335i.
It’s a great effort for all of our “local” drivers to keep going back to the Ring with ever increasing demands on qualification for the race. We hope to see solid contributions from you all in years to come.
With only three hours left in the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hour race the #28 Audi R8 LMS still leads. A total of 135 laps have been completed with only the #25 BMW Z4 GT3 and #44 Porsche 911 GT3 R remaining on the lead lap.
As best as possible an updated list of Australian and New Zealand drivers is available below. Apologies for any errors. The good news is Mal Rose and his Aston Martin teammates have got themselves into the lead of the SP8 class.
There’s six hours left in the 43rd running of the Nürburgring 24 Hour race. At the moment the lead car is the #28 Audi R8 LMS which has covered 105 laps.
Throughout the previous 18 hours there has been multiple lead changes with as many as nine different cars heading the field at various stages. There’s currently five cars on the lead lap, including two BMWs, a Porsche and a Mercedes.
During the night session rain and difficult conditions claimed a number of lead cars, including the #30 Porsche of Sabine Schmitz, which crashed out while leading the race. The #1 Audi R8 also crashed out of the lead overnight.
After the break we’ve got a listing of the cars featuring Australian and New Zealand drivers. Peter Scharmach (NZL) head the antipodean list in the #91 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Class SP7).
AUSringers regulars Mal Rose (AUS) in the #49 Aston Martin V8 Vantage (Class SP8) and Wayne Moore (NZ) in the #51 BMW 335i (Class SP8T) seem to be circulating well.
Of the 10 cars featured below, as best we can tell, there’s been only two retirements so far, which is a pretty good effort. Fingers crossed all the remaining cars reach hour 24 in good health.