2012 N24h Australia/NZ update: Hour 22

2012 Nurburgring 24 hour race

With only two hours of 24 remaining the #3 Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS ultra continues to head the field. You can never count on anything in endurance racing, but we’d forgive Team Phoenix for at least starting to think about what it might be like to win the greatest motor race their country has to offer.

The #3 R8 has completed 142 laps and enjoys a reasonably comfortable lead over the #65 Hankook-Team Heico Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. Now in third is the #26 Mamerow Racing Audi R8.

All remaining Aussie and Kiwi crews seem to be charging towards hour 24 in good health and it was pleasing to hear Wayne Moore (NZ) speaking to Radio Le Mans a little while back.

Remember you can keep an eye on the placings via the official live timing feed.

UPDATE: Turns out the #24 Audi with Warren Luff on board had to retire after hour 21. Confirmed by Luff on twitter.

Car #14 – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup // Class SP 7
20th outright // 3rd in class (132 laps)
Frank Kräling (GER), Marco Schelp (GER), Marc Gindorf (MCO),
Peter Scharmach (NZ)

Car #24 – Audi R8 LMS ultra // Class SP 9
22nd outright // 16th in class (129 laps)
Florien Gruber (GER), Alexander Yoong Loong (MAS), Warren Luff (AUS),
Luca Cappellari (MCO)

Car #70 – BMW M3 GT4 // Class SP 10
28th outright // 1st in class (126 laps)
Damien Flack (AUS), Silvester Wolf (GER), Emin Akata (GER), Mario Merten (GER)

Car #85 – Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 // Class SP 8
38th outright // 3rd in class (122 laps)
Jürgen Stumpf (GER), Mal Rose (AUS), Rob Thomson (AUS), Peter Cate (GB)

Car #99 – BMW M3 // Class SP 6
62nd outright // 2nd in class (115 laps)
Roberto Feccio (ITA), Dario Paletto (ITA), Richard Purtscher (GER),
Paul Stubber (AUS)

Car #103 – BMW M3 // Class SP 5
112th outright // 4th in class (96 laps)
Richard Gartner (AUS), Garth Duffy (AUS), Allan Shephard (AUS)

Car #117 – Subaru Impreza WRX // Class SP 3T
82nd outright // 6th in class (111 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
115th outright // 13th in class (94 laps)
Axel Burghardt (GER), Jürgen Meyer (GER), Guy Stewart (NZ), Toshiya Ito (JPN)

Car #214 – BMW 325i // Class V4
101st outright // 7th in class (103 laps)
Bastian Hüttinger (GER), Peter O’Donnell (NZ), Matthew Hansen (AUS),
Angus Chapel (AUS)

Car #215 – BMW M3 // Class V5
98th outright // 7th in class (105 laps)
Niels Borum (DEN), Maurice O’Reilly (NZ), Wayne Moore (NZ), Michael Eden (NZ)