For the sixth time in a row, the Subaru team has taken up the challenge of the world-famous long-distance classic on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, which has been extended by the Grand Prix circuit, and which therefore has an exact overall length of 24 kilometers in the configuration for the 25,359-hour race .
The entire team has fully prepared for the race on the upcoming long Pentecost weekend. The background to this is an ambitious goal: the hat trick - the third win in a row - in the SP3T class is to be achieved. Due to the large number of much more powerful cars from other brands, this is an ambitious but feasible plan, as the two victories in the previous years impressively demonstrate.
The team focuses on two things: Firstly, experience. In 2011, the dedicated crew was able to join the illustrious circle of manufacturers with a class win for the first time, who had the nose of their racers right at the front after 24 hours. Accordingly, the team with the same line-up started last year: The driver quartet consisting of Toshihiro Yoshida (Japan), Kouta Sasaki (Japan), Carlo van Dam (Netherlands) and Marcel Engels (Willich, Germany) managed to repeat this great success as planned .
So it was in a press release from SUBARU before the 24-hour race. An 49. Starting position after qualifying (9: 13,083) promised a possible fulfillment of the project, as well as the modest weather forecast. The weather god thought it was good with the team of SUBARU Tecnica International.
In the end, however, it was not enough to win the class in SP3 T - the Raeder Motorsport team took it 54 seconds ahead of the second - the SUBARU. After 24 hours, 54 seconds is a very close result! In the overall result a respectable 26th place jumped out for the team!