2012 N24h Australia/NZ update: Hour 20

2012 Nurburgring 24 hour race

The sun has returned, the rain gone away and a clear favourite for the race has finally emerged. It’s the #3 Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS ultra. The car just came into pits from the lead on lap 130 and had enough time up its sleeve to return to the race in P1.

However, should the Audi falter the #20 Team Schubert BMW Z4 GT3 and #65 Hankook-Team Heico Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 will pounce.

All but one of the Aussie/Kiwi cars are still out circulating. Warren Luff (AUS) in the #24 Audi race experience R8 is the highest place, 16th outright, while Damien Flack (AUS) and his mates still lead the SP10 class in their BMW M3 GT4.

With just four hours to go we’ll be back to check on the Aussies and Kiwis after hour 22. Remember you can keep an eye on the placings via the official live timing feed.

UPDATE: Just as we went live with this post it appears the #20 BMW, previously in second place, has hit trouble. The live timing screen has it down in P7 now, three laps behind the leading Audi.

Car #14 – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup // Class SP 7
20th outright // 2nd in class (121 laps)
Frank Kräling (GER), Marco Schelp (GER), Marc Gindorf (MCO),
Peter Scharmach (NZ)

Car #24 – Audi R8 LMS ultra // Class SP 9
16th outright // 14th in class (122 laps)
Florien Gruber (GER), Alexander Yoong Loong (MAS), Warren Luff (AUS),
Luca Cappellari (MCO)

Car #70 – BMW M3 GT4 // Class SP 10
31st outright // 1st in class (115 laps)
Damien Flack (AUS), Silvester Wolf (GER), Emin Akata (GER), Mario Merten (GER)

Car #85 – Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 // Class SP 8
39th outright // 3rd in class (113 laps)
Jürgen Stumpf (GER), Mal Rose (AUS), Rob Thomson (AUS), Peter Cate (GB)

Car #99 – BMW M3 // Class SP 6
56th outright // 2nd in class (99 laps)
Roberto Feccio (ITA), Dario Paletto (ITA), Richard Purtscher (GER),
Paul Stubber (AUS)

Car #103 – BMW M3 // Class SP 5
115th outright // 4th in class (86 laps)
Richard Gartner (AUS), Garth Duffy (AUS), Allan Shephard (AUS)

Car #117 – Subaru Impreza WRX // Class SP 3T
84th outright // 6th in class (102 laps)
Martin Bailey (AUS), Mike Reedy (AUS), Ross Lilly (AUS)

Car #130 – Seat Leon Supercopa // Class SP 3T
145th outright // 12th in class (38 laps)
Malcom Niall (AUS), Brett Niall (AUS), Clint Harvey (AUS), Mark Pilatti (AUS)

Car #202 – BMW 320i // Class SP 3
117th outright // 13th in class (85 laps)
Axel Burghardt (GER), Jürgen Meyer (GER), Guy Stewart (NZ), Toshiya Ito (JPN)

Car #214 – BMW 325i // Class V4
103rd outright // 7th in class (95 laps)
Bastian Hüttinger (GER), Peter O’Donnell (NZ), Matthew Hansen (AUS),
Angus Chapel (AUS)

Car #215 – BMW M3 // Class V5
96th outright // 7th in class (98 laps)
Niels Borum (DEN), Maurice O’Reilly (NZ), Wayne Moore (NZ), Michael Eden (NZ)