The winners of the 43rd ADAC Zurich 24h Race on the Nürburgring are Christopher Mies, Edward Sandström, Nico Müller and Laurens Vanthoor. In the Audi R8 LMS (# 28) of Audi Sport Team WRT, Mies crossed the finish line after 156 laps on the 25,378 kilometer combination of Grand Prix circuit and Nordschleife.
The lead over second-placed Maxime Martin in the BMW Z4 GT3 (# 25) of the BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS with the drivers Maxime Martin, Lucas Luhr, Markus Palttala and Richard Westbrook was 40,729 seconds - also the tightest finish line of all time. Third place celebrated Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler, Martin Ragginger and Alexandre Imperatori in the Porsche 911 GT3 R (# 44) from Falken Motorsports.
At the end of the unique motorsport marathon, perseverance was required. The podium positions were occupied by exactly the three teams that were able to drive through the entire distance with consistently fast lap times and, above all, without any problems. Due to changeable weather conditions - especially at night - the race was one of the most demanding in the recent past. A large number of favorites had to give up prematurely. The power density in the field was huge.
In the meantime, sports cars from seven different manufacturers were in the top 10. The lead changed 35 times during the course of the race - that is also a record for the Eifel classic.
“Victory in the 24h race, simply unbelievable,” cheered DTM driver Nico Müller. “It was the first 24h race for the new Audi R8 LMS, and it really wasn't an easy one. We were always under pressure. It's great that the car held out like this. It was only my second 24h race and it was an honor for me to be part of it. ”Team mate Christopher Mies added:“ I got goose bumps on the last lap. ”
Great joy in the BMW warehouse too. “This is a fantastic result for the BMW Z4 GT3 in its last factory-supported outing - also in view of the tough competition,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, commenting on Marc VDS 'second place. "Even if it wasn't quite enough for our 20th overall victory, the combination of a flawless job by the team, drivers and a stable, well-engineered vehicle kept the race extremely exciting right through to the end." Falken Motorsports achieved fourth place last year this time the jump on the podium. “The drivers and the entire team are very happy. The entire team did their job very well for 24 hours, ”said Peter Dumbreck. “With the changing weather conditions, it was sometimes very demanding, especially at night. We always had a lucky hand when it came to choosing tires, and the Falken tires mastered the challenges very well. We didn't have any major problems over the entire distance - we actually only did the routine stops. "