Published on May 18th, 2013 | by FZanier0
One Ring to Rule Them All
176 entries, a 25.5 kms track, 90 corners and an average race distance of 155 laps, meaning nearly 4.000 kms covered by the winning car: the Nürburgring 24 Hours is a race of big numbers and possibly the year’s most awaited event for endurance anoracks, together with Le Mans and Sebring.
The only major endurance race to field GT cars alongside race-prepped everyday commuters (Seat Leon, Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 and so on), the N24 is a huge challenge for teams, cars and drivers. As if racing for 24 hours straight on the Green Hell wasn’t enough, traffic and very changeable weather can turn every corner into a trap, and things get even worse at night.
2012 saw Audi sweep the podium with a 1-2 (Team Phoenix and Mamerow Racing), and this season the boys from Ingolstadt have deployed their best line-ups to make sure they can bring it home again. Mercedes has some very good chances too with a couple of SLS GT3 fielded by Black Falcon (#9 and #10) and in general, given how hard the race is, any car boasting a strong line-up can’t be ruled out.
So Aston Martin has chances too with the #7 driven by Turner-Mücke-Simonsen-Lamy, as well as Bmw with the #19 Z4 GT3, Jörg Müller, Dirk Müller, Uwe Alzen and Augusto Farfus sharing the wheel. Oddly enough, the Brazilian driver (together with fellow Bmw racer Martin Tomczyk) will be flown to the ring on Sunday afternoon after performing his DTM duties at Brands Hatch, Audi doing the same with Mike Rockenfeller.
Last but not least, the #18 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 could also be part of the fight: they aren’t in the top class (SP7) but Olaf Manthey knows how to win this race and the line-up couldn’t be better: Lieb-Dumas-Luhr-Bernhard are the best factory drivers Porsche could provide.
There’s only way to realize why the Nurburgring 24 Hours is one of the few races that can still be tagged as heroic, following it. Luckily, technology has made that easier. Here is a bunch of useful links.
The Entry List
The Live Video Feed + Live Timing
The official Twitter feed
And finally the GPS Tracker. But be aware that with 179 cars on track it could be quite a mess!