Racing, rain and red flags – that was the Nürburgring 24-hour
Six of the seven Porsche 911 GT3 R finished one of the toughest ever 'Ring 24-hour races.
In some of the toughest conditions ever seen at the Nürburgring 24-hour race, Porsche and its customer teams managed to get six of the seven 911 GT3 R to the finish line. Frikadelli Racing's Mathieu Jaminet, Lars Kern, Lance David Arnold and Maxime Martin were the top Porsche and finished seventh. In the Pro-Am category in the GT3 class, Huber Motorsport bagged a class win thanks to the efforts of Patrick Kolb, Marco Holzer, Nico Menzel and Lorenzo Rocco di Torrepadula.
Rain was a threat throughout the race but, after a mixed qualifying for all the teams, the KCMG cars in particular were making good progress through the field. Timo Bernhard, Jörg Bergmeister, Earl Bamber and Dennis Olsen had got up to fifth place just before midnight, while the No. 19 sister car of the double-starter Olsen, Josh Burdon, Alexandre Imperatori and Edoardo Liberati was ninth.
But then the rain really hit, so much so that the race director decided to red-flag the event, a pause that lasted for nearly nine hours.
Frikadelli Racing Team (#30): Klaus Abbelen, Alexander Müller, Robert Renauer and Norbert Siedler
At the restart at 08:00, the KCMG cars continued to move up the field – Olsen made it into third place before various factors ended his progress: an unfortunate choice of tyres, a pit stop penalty and, last but not least, a collision while lapping another vehicle. Sadly, the team's No. 19 entry was out after a collision with a slower car.
That left the No. 31 911 of Frikadelli Racing at the spearhead: Jaminet brought the GT3 R over the line in sixth place, but a retrospective one-minute time penalty dropped them to seventh. 10th and 11th went to the two 911 GT3 R campaigned by Falken Motorsports.
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “The ADAC Nürburgring 24-hour race – that was an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved. Punctures, penalties and the not always correct tyre choice led to a fight for the lead in a race that was simply not meant for us. Anything can happen in the ‘Green Hell’ and it hit us hard this year. Still, we’re delighted with Huber Motorsport’s first place in the Pro-Am category. That gives us extra motivation to fight for victory again next year.”