2015 N24h Australia/NZ update: Hour 21

2015 Nurburgring 24 hour race

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.

The weather is looking good and we can hope for a tight finish for the outright lead. Remember, you can watch the race HERE and keep up to date on the leaderboard HERE.

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2015 N24h Australia/NZ update: Hour 18

2015 Nurburgring 24 hour race

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.

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2015 Nürburgring 24 Hour race 14–17 May

2014 Nuburgring 24 Hour race start

Are you ready for the Nürburgring 24 Hour race this weekend? As usual it will be a truly epic weekend of motorsport, with the added attraction of two WTCC races.

Remember, you can watch the live action for free online. In addition further coverage can be heard via Radio Le Mans and by following the N24h hashtag on twitter.

After the break there’s a 5 minute highlights package from the 2014 race, won by the #4 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra.

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VIDEO: Sebastien Loeb tackles the Nordschleife

Sebastien Loeb, Citroen C-Elysee WTCC, Nurburgring

In case you missed it the WTCC crews have been to the Nordschleife and even better they will be holding a full on race meeting there as part of this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hour support program.

With thanks to Citroën here’s a full lap of the Grand Prix track and Nordschleife with motorsport icon Sebastien Loeb at the wheel. The low angle of the camera is awesome, even if it flattens out the dramatic elevation of the Nordschleife.

For what it’s worth Loeb’s Nordschleife time is a bit over seven minutes, while his best time during the official test day for the full 25+ kilometre lap, including GP track, was 8:40.517. That’s fast for a FWD racecar and within around 20 seconds of the fastest GT3 machines.

It’s also worth noting that Sabine Schmitz will be racing a Chevy Cruze in the two WTCC races this weekend as well.

[Thanks to Stu for the tip]

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My ride in the RingTaxi.de Porsche 911 GT3

RingTaxi.de Porsche 911 GT3

Imagine driving the Nürburgring Nordschleife on the perfect line every corner. Imagine doing that in a new 991 Porsche 911 GT3. It’s got to be as close to motoring heaven as we can get here on earth.

Then, imagine if that was your day job.

If your name is Theo Kleen you don’t have to imagine it because it is your day job. Theo is well known to the Nürburgring community either as a racing driver or as the guy who rents you a car to fulfil your dreams.

Theo and Heide have been running RentRacecar for over 10 years and now, along with Dale Lomas, they’re the team behind the new RingTaxi.de venture.

BMW’s stranglehold on the RingTaxi business is over and you are the winner because now you can do your passenger lap in a Porsche 911 (GT3 or Turbo S) or a BMW M6.

I was lucky enough to experience the Nürburgring at stupid fast speeds in a 911 GT3. Well, stupid fast is an unfair description because Theo only ever planted his foot flat to the floor when he knew it was safe to do so. He always kept an eye on the traffic ahead—when you’re a pro at the wheel of a GT3 there is nothing faster than you—and only overtook the slower cars when he could, either by way of clear track or if the slower driver had indicated and moved to the right and making space for our GT3 rocket ship to blast by.

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VIDEO: Playstation GT6 v VLN racecar

Toyota GT86, Playstation GT6 v VLN race

Ever wondered how close the virtual world of the Nürburgring on Playstation GT6 is to the real world? Thanks to Dale from Bridge to Gantry we can show you a driver’s eye view answer to that question.

And it’s pretty damn remarkable how close, in lap time, the lounge room Toyota GT86 is to the race-prepped Swiss Racing Toyota GT86. The real footage was filmed during a VLN free practice session.

It’s interesting to see how smooth the driver’s hands on the wheel are in the virtual world, compared with the real world where every little bump and undulation is transferred to the steering wheel.

Very cool!

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