Nürburgring 24h Race 2009
Endurance racing has two big 24h events in Europe, Le Mans of course and then the one raced at the ultimate racing track – Nürburgring 24h Race. This race has 200 cars driving combined GP and Nordschleife track and trying to stay alive for full 24 hours. We visited this event this year the first time and here is our story.
It seems that there are two types of visitors in this event. The ones that really are there for the race and the cars and the ones that threat this as a huge outdoor festival where music is provided by racecar engines. At the GP track area it’s very easy to follow the race and visit the pit area, have some food and drinks and look the race from the Mercedes’ big screen. Then around the Nordschleife you have huge tents, grills, towers etc built by the partypeople. The smoke from the charcoal grills will quickly make you clothes smell like barbeque food.
We watched the pratice runs at Hatzenbach, but decided to follow rest of the race mostly from the GP track. Weather was excellent, which is not usual at Nürburgring. Race started in sunny conditions and there was huge fight between the Manthey Porsche #1 and the Fort GT. Ford seemed to be quicker on the GP track and on the Nordschleife it could block the Porsche nicely. Unfortunately the fight ended with the Ford spinning at Nordschleife. Audi had decided to bring the R8 and was really trying to get win from this event. They had 4 cars with big names on the driver’s seat like Stuck, Abt, Basseng, Stippler, Ekström. Before the night was coming Audi had taken place number 1 with the car #99 and after watching the race until 01:30 we decided to head back to the hotel and wake up early.
In the morning we checked the status from DSF TV how the situation had escalated during the night. Dry weather meant there weren’t too many accidents and Audi seemed to lead still.
When getting back to the GP track there was action rightaway. Audi #99 had engine problems and Manthey Porsche took the lead again. Also Porsche #2 was gaining ground but had to pit in to change a driveshaft. So it was now clear that Manthey might take the win again if every would go as planned. And it did. Check the full results from the official site.
My personal favorite was the #69 Z4M, which in the matt black format was looking just like a challenger should. They finished 10th overall.
Enjoy our photos from the event at our gallery.