2012 N24h Australia/NZ update: Hour 16

2012 Nurburgring 24 hour race

Rain has been the big story since our last update and has caught a number of drivers out while still racing on slicks. Including former race leader Christopher Mies in the #2 Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS, who crashed out at Pflantzgarten not long after the rain began to fall. The car is back out again now but lost five laps while being repaired.

The #22 Rowe Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is now in lead having completed 103 laps. There are five other cars still on the lead lap, including two Audis, two Porsches and a BMW.

As we type this update the #214 BMW with two Aussies and a Kiwi in the crew has crabbed its way back into the pits and went straight into the garage. They were running fourth in class.

Meanwhile the #70 BMW M3 GT4 with Paul Stubber (AUS) in the team has worked its way to the top of the SP 10 class.

We’ll check back in another four hours, where we should start to have a clearer picture as to who may win. Remember you can keep an eye on the placings via the official live timing feed.

Car #14 – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup // Class SP 7
22nd outright // 2nd in class (96 laps)
Frank Kräling (GER), Marco Schelp (GER), Marc Gindorf (MCO),
Peter Scharmach (NZ)

Car #24 – Audi R8 LMS ultra // Class SP 9
20th outright // 18th in class (96 laps)
Florien Gruber (GER), Alexander Yoong Loong (MAS), Warren Luff (AUS),
Luca Cappellari (MCO)

Car #70 – BMW M3 GT4 // Class SP 10
33rd outright // 1st in class (91 laps)
Damien Flack (AUS), Silvester Wolf (GER), Emin Akata (GER), Mario Merten (GER)

Car #85 – Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 // Class SP 8
40th outright // 3rd in class (89 laps)
Jürgen Stumpf (GER), Mal Rose (AUS), Rob Thomson (AUS), Peter Cate (GB)

Car #99 – BMW M3 // Class SP 6
57th outright // 2nd in class (85 laps)
Roberto Feccio (ITA), Dario Paletto (ITA), Richard Purtscher (GER),
Paul Stubber (AUS)

Car #103 – BMW M3 // Class SP 5
121st outright // 4th in class (65 laps)
Richard Gartner (AUS), Garth Duffy (AUS), Allan Shephard (AUS)

Car #117 – Subaru Impreza WRX // Class SP 3T
83rd outright // 7th in class (81 laps)
Martin Bailey (AUS), Mike Reedy (AUS), Ross Lilly (AUS)

Car #130 – Seat Leon Supercopa // Class SP 3T
144th outright // 12th in class (34 laps)
Malcom Niall (AUS), Brett Niall (AUS), Clint Harvey (AUS), Mark Pilatti (AUS)

Car #202 – BMW 320i // Class SP 3
122nd outright // 13th in class (64 laps)
Axel Burghardt (GER), Jürgen Meyer (GER), Guy Stewart (NZ), Toshiya Ito (JPN)

Car #214 – BMW 325i // Class V4
87th outright // 4th in class (80 laps)*
Bastian Hüttinger (GER), Peter O’Donnell (NZ), Matthew Hansen (AUS),
Angus Chapel (AUS)

Car #215 – BMW M3 // Class V5
94th outright // 6th in class (78 laps)
Niels Borum (DEN), Maurice O’Reilly (NZ), Wayne Moore (NZ), Michael Eden (NZ)

*Note: Cars #103 and #202 look as though they may have struck trouble of some sort, if you have any word on their progress, please leave a message in the comments section below.