The time has come, the engines have started and the air is burning at the Nürburgring. And - if you look at the sky like this, it may be a rainy racing weekend. No matter what the weather does, this is now about the hottest motor sport that we have in Germany. N24H - The race of the year - finally it starts!
After yesterday's preparation for the Adenauer Racing Day, the action on the track starts today. 160 vehicles are available for the hunt twice a day. They hit the track for the first time today at 15:45 p.m. before the first qualifying session at 20 p.m. tonight. Everything important about the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race including live timing, live ticker and video stream is available throughout the weekend ww.24h-rennen.de.
Start free at 15:45 - the preparations for the longest night are in their final phase. The mood in the paddock is bubbling with tension.
The pilots start their first free practice session at 15:45. When darkness falls over the Eifel later, the first qualifying session is on the program from 20:00 p.m. to 23:30 p.m. Victory will again be made by the GT3 vehicles among themselves. Audi naturally wants to repeat last year's success with the R8 LMS. "I want a podium again," said last year's winner Nico Müller. "Preferably in the middle." The Ingolstadt-based manufacturer brought the further development of its GT2015 racing car to the Nordschleife in 3. Some manufacturers will follow suit this year.
Austrian Martin Ragginger starts in the new Porsche 991 GT3 R: “The team is highly motivated and the new car is a huge step forward. Personally, I don't care about the BoP - I sit down and step on the gas. ”The latest vehicle is the BMW M6 GT3. The DTM Campion of 2014, Marco Wittmann, still wants to attack fully. "Of course we want to win, but we also want to advance the car." Mercedes driver Thomas Jäger, on the other hand, is holding back a little: "A podium would be nice." It is also the first 3-hour race on the Nordschleife for the Mercedes AMG GT24.
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All photos: SB-Medien, Stefan Baldauf, Guido ten Brink