For the first time, fans of the Nürburgring Endurance Series can look forward to a 12-hour race that will be held in two parts over six hours on Saturday and Sunday. We have all the info in the preview.
So far, the 6-hour race was considered the highlight of the season in the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS). This coming weekend, viewers will be offered this program twice. In the new season highlight, the 12-hour race, the vehicles are waved off on Saturday evening at 8.30 p.m. after six hours and are sent back onto the track over the same distance on Sunday.
Falken Motorsport in the circle of favorites
The special feature: They get back on the track at exactly the same intervals as when they crossed the finish line on Saturday evening. The pit lane starts with the appropriate intervals and initially drives with code 60. As soon as all the cars are rolling, the limit is lifted and racing speed is the order of the day. Parc fermé prevails overnight, so no work is allowed on the vehicles.
A total of 15 participants are registered in the GT3 class. One of the favorites is the team that clinched the last NLS win. Falken Motorsport has two Porsche 911 GT3 R at the start again. Joel Eriksson, Jaxon Evans, Sven Müller and Alessio Picariello share a penalty. The others Klaus Bachler, Ayhancan Güven, Come Ledogar and Martin Ragginger. Another racer from Weissach comes in a Pro-Am line-up from Huber Motorsport.
Vanina Ickx with comeback
Mercedes is also represented with three AMG GT3. Two are provided by Schnitzelalm Racing and one by Landgraf Motorsport. The Scherer Sport Team Phoenix (Stippler/Kolb and Giermaziak/Schramm) are there with the four rings. Lionspeed by Car Collection also relies on two Audi R8 LMS. Prosport brings some color to the field with the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Octane126 returns to the Nordschleife like racing One with the Ferrari 488 GT3. Walkenhorst is bringing two BMW M4 GT3s with him.
For the teams fighting for the championship, the 12-hour race is of particular importance. You can collect 30 points in a class with more than seven vehicles and thus position yourself well in the table. Daniel Zils, Oskar Sandberg and Sindre Setsaas are currently leading the championship with a BMW 330i for the Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive in the VT2-R+4WD. Their pursuers Mauro Calamia, Ivan Jacoma and Kai Riemer from the Cup3 class are 17 points behind.
With Vanina Ickx, a well-known name is returning to the Eifel. The former DTM driver grabs the steering wheel from Pit Lane in the Toyota GT86. Lena and Robin Strycek are also back and share the Opel Astra J OPC with their father Volker.