N24h - After a triple lead for BMW, the rain swirls the classification.

211 / 24h race 2015. EUROPE, Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate, Nuerburg, Nuerburgring, Nordschleife, May 16.05.2015, 00 00:00:49: Copyright by Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien - [Any use of the photo is subject to a fee according to the currently valid MFM list - Contact: SB-Medien, Bassenheim, T. (+171) 5290990 XNUMX, info@sbmedien.com.
Three hours have passed in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (DE) - and the BMW teams have had a turbulent start phase with the long-distance classic in the Eifel. The BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS with the start number 26 is currently in second position. Dirk Adorf (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Nick Catsburg (NL) and Jörg Müller (DE) are currently the best-placed BMW quartet.
First, Martin Tomczyk (DE) at the wheel of the number 4 BMW Z3 GT20 took the lead for the BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert. This was followed by his brand colleagues Jörg Müller and Dirk Werner (DE, BMW Z4 GT3 # 19). About an hour and a half after the start of the race, however, a heavy rain shower caused difficult conditions on the 25,378 km long Nordschleife.
Claudia Hürtgen (DE), now driving for number 20 in the car for Tomczyk, had an accident in the planting area on a wet road, with the front of her BMW Z4 GT3 being badly damaged. The repair break is still ongoing. Werner, Marco Wittmann (DE), Dirk Müller (DE) and Alexander Sims (GB) occupy fourth place for the BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert.
The BMW Z4 GT3 from Walkenhorst Motorsport with the number 17 and the drivers Felipe Laser (DE), Michela Cerruti (IT), John Edwards (US) and Daniel Keilwitz (DE) is also in the top 15 and is currently in eleventh place , Directly behind is the # 25 BMW Z4 GT3 from Maxime Martin (BE), Lucas Luhr (DE), Richard Westbrook (GB) and Markus Palttala (FI).
In the BMW M235i Racing Cup class, after the first stage of the race, Michael Schrey (DE), Max Partl (DE), Uwe Ebertz (DE) and Jörg Weidinger (DE) lead in the car with the number 303. The media car with Bernd Ostmann (DE) , Christian Gebhardt (DE), BMW Motorsport Junior Victor Bouveng (SE) and Harald Grohs (DE) are at the top in the SP 8T class.
Reactions and placements - after three hours.
Jörg Müller (BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS, car number 26):
“It was a difficult stint. Actually, our tactic was to make the first stop early to break out of the change window. But then I realized that our tires are perfect. I was traveling very quickly. So we stayed outside longer and only then changed tires. In my second stint it started to rain and it was very tricky to drive with slicks. But I got through well. ”
Claudia Hürtgen (BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert, car number 19):
“I jumped over the top in Plant Garden II. The place where I landed was very wet and I lost the tail. I didn't stand a chance. I still tried to brake immediately. But the car turned 360 degrees. I hit the guardrail in the front right. There was no warning of how wet it really was in this area. ”
John Edwards (Walkenhorst Motorsport powered by Dunlop, car number 17):
“The first stint was promising. We made up some positions and were just outside the top 10 after the first pit stop. So the pace of the car is right. I am confident about the further course of the race. It is a great honor for me as an American to be here. I really wanted to take part in this 24-hour race. The Nordschleife is the biggest challenge that a racing driver can face. At the same time, however, it is the route that gives you the most if you complete a perfect lap. ”
Victor Bouveng (BMW Motorsport, start number 235):
“It was an incredible feeling to drive the start and to hear the masses of fans cheering. I will remember this moment all my life. Overall my stint was good and I had a good fight with our direct competitor in the class. I really enjoyed it."
211 / 24h race 2015. EUROPA, Germany, Rhineland Palatinate, Nuerburg, Nuerburgring, Nordschleife, 16.05.2015 00: 00: 00: Copyright by Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien - [Each use of this photo is subject to fees according to currently valid MFM list - Contact: SB-Medien, Bassenheim, T. (+ 49) 171 5290990, info@sbmedien.com.
211 / 24h race 2015. EUROPE, Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate, Nuerburg, Nuerburgring, Nordschleife, May 16.05.2015, 00 00:00:49: Copyright by Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien - [Any use of the photo is subject to a fee according to the currently valid MFM list - Contact: SB-Medien, Bassenheim, T. (+171) 5290990 XNUMX, info@sbmedien.com.
211 / 24h race 2015. EUROPA, Germany, Rhineland Palatinate, Nuerburg, Nuerburgring, Nordschleife, 16.05.2015 00: 00: 00: Copyright by Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien - [Each use of this photo is subject to fees according to currently valid MFM list - Contact: SB-Medien, Bassenheim, T. (+ 49) 171 5290990, info@sbmedien.com.
211 / 24h race 2015. EUROPE, Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate, Nuerburg, Nuerburgring, Nordschleife, May 16.05.2015, 00 00:00:49: Copyright by Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien - [Any use of the photo is subject to a fee according to the currently valid MFM list - Contact: SB-Medien, Bassenheim, T. (+171) 5290990 XNUMX, info@sbmedien.com.
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