2012 N24h Australia/NZ update: Hour 24

2012 Nurburgring 24 hour race

Wow, what an amazing finish. First it was an historic win for Audi, and hearty congratulations to them. But that battle for third place between the Porsche and Mercedes was crazy. Not sure if we should laugh or cry at the Clio that clipped the Manthey Porsche, which had come to a stop metres after the start/finish line.

Now that the dust has settled we’ve gone through the timing feed and come up with the finishing positions for the teams featuring drivers from Australia and New Zealand.

Congratulations to Peter Scharmach (NZ) for being the first in the “AUSringers” group to cross the line. His #14 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was 18th outright and third in class. While Damien Flack (AUS) and his teammates drove their BMW M3 GT4 to victory in the SP 10 category.

Well done to all the drivers and crew who made the long trek from down under to race. Regardless of whether you finished or not, you have our admiration and ongoing support. It’s a massive effort, thank you!

Car #14 – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup // Class SP 7
18th outright // 3rd in class (145 laps)
Frank Kräling (GER), Marco Schelp (GER), Marc Gindorf (MCO),
Peter Scharmach (NZ)

Car #24 – Audi R8 LMS ultra // Class SP 9
114th outright // 16th in class (129 laps—retired, broken gearbox)
Florien Gruber (GER), Alexander Yoong Loong (MAS), Warren Luff (AUS),
Luca Cappellari (MCO)

Car #70 – BMW M3 GT4 // Class SP 10
23rd outright // 1st in class (139 laps)
Damien Flack (AUS), Silvester Wolf (GER), Emin Akata (GER), Mario Merten (GER)

Car #85 – Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 // Class SP 8
33rd outright // 3rd in class (135 laps)
Jürgen Stumpf (GER), Mal Rose (AUS), Rob Thomson (AUS), Peter Cate (GB)

Car #99 – BMW M3 // Class SP 6
83rd outright // 2nd in class (117 laps)
Roberto Feccio (ITA), Dario Paletto (ITA), Richard Purtscher (GER),
Paul Stubber (AUS)

Car #103 – BMW M3 // Class SP 5
96th outright // 4th in class (106 laps)
Richard Gartner (AUS), Garth Duffy (AUS), Allan Shephard (AUS)

Car #117 – Subaru Impreza WRX // Class SP 3T
73rd outright // 6th in class (122 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
98th outright // 11th in class (105 laps)
Axel Burghardt (GER), Jürgen Meyer (GER), Guy Stewart (NZ), Toshiya Ito (JPN)

Car #214 – BMW 325i // Class V4
86th outright // 7th in class (115 laps)
Bastian Hüttinger (GER), Peter O’Donnell (NZ), Matthew Hansen (AUS),
Angus Chapel (AUS)

Car #215 – BMW M3 // Class V5
84th outright // 6th in class (116 laps)
Niels Borum (DEN), Maurice O’Reilly (NZ), Wayne Moore (NZ), Michael Eden (NZ)