[Auto House Race] From May 19th to 20th, the 40th Nürburgring 24 Hours Endurance Race was held as scheduled on the Nürburgring circuit, known as the “Green Hell”. After a day and night of fierce competition, the No. 3 R8 LMS Ultra car from the Audi Phoenix team won the championship for Audi for the first time in this “world's most difficult endurance race” with 155 laps.
★Introduction to the Nürburgring 24 Hours Endurance Race
The Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race (ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen), founded by the all-German auto club ADAC in 1970, is an endurance race involving touring cars and GT cars. The race is held at the Nürburgring North Ring circuit in Germany. The length of the single lap of the track is 25.378 kilometers. In 2012, a total of 169 cars participated.
★Video: 2012 Nürburgring 24H Endurance Race Highlights
A total of 169 cars participated in the Nürburgring 24 Hours Endurance Race, of which 111 cars completed the race, with a completion rate of 65.7%. The length of a single lap of the Nürburgring circuit (Northern Loop + GP circuit) is 25.378 kilometers. In the race, the No. 19 BMW Z4 GT3 car created the fastest lap of 8 minutes 27 seconds 161, and the highest average speed of the car was 180.142 km/h.
★The fastest lap of 6 minutes 48 seconds on the Nürburgring North Loop (20.6 kilometers) circuit was created by Radical SR8 LM on August 19, 2009.
In the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race, each participating vehicle is usually driven by 3-4 drivers in turn. This “substitution, no change” race method is absolutely essential to the reliability and stability of the car. An extreme challenge. In the first half of the race, the No. 19 BMW Z4 GT3 car that won the first place in the qualifying race has been in the lead, but the car suffered a transmission system failure in the middle, so it gave up the leading position; and its teammates were also opponents due to gearbox problems. exceed.
In the Audi camp, the Phoenix team’s No. 2 R8 LMS Ultra car slid off the track on the wet road after the rain. The race was already in the 15th hour. Subsequently, the No. 22 SLS AMG GT3 car of the Mercedes-Benz ROWE team rose to the first place, but when the final 5 hours of the race were left, the car retired due to a suspension system failure.
In the end, the Audi R8 LMS car, which participated in the Nürburgring 24 Hours for the fourth time, won the championship and runner-up. The No. 3 championship car came from the Audi Phoenix team and the second runner-up was won by the No. 26 car of the Mamerow team. Heico Hankook Team won the third place with the outstanding performance of the No. 66 SLS AMG GT3.