With only three hours left in the 2015 NÃ¼rburgring 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.
There’s six hours left in the 43rd running of the NÃ¼rburgring 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.
With thanks to CitroÃ«n 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.
Imagine driving the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife on the perfect line every corner. Imagine doing that in a new 991 Porsche 911 GT3. Itâ€™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 donâ€™t have to imagine it because it is your day job. Theo is well known to the NÃ¼rburgring community either as a racing driver or as the guy who rents you a car to fulfil your dreams.
BMWâ€™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 NÃ¼rburgring 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 aheadâ€”when youâ€™re a pro at the wheel of a GT3 there is nothing faster than youâ€”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.