You should not miss the 50th edition of the 24-hour race. Without the restrictions of Corona, fans are making it what it is again: a crazy spectacle. 138 Beginners Anniversary.
Telephone booths have been converted into bathrooms, smoking barbecues, and garden fences made of bottle caps. As fans pitched their camp tents, the Nürburgring 24-hour race was finally back in the atmosphere it deserved once again. Just in time: The Ring Classic is celebrating its fiftieth birthday. The question is: Who will put his name on the list of winners?
One thing’s for sure like an amen in church: you’ll be a GT3 racer. With 33 cars, Class 1 makes up nearly a quarter of the field of participants. The narrower group of favorites includes Porsche, BMW, Audi, Mercedes and, most recently, Aston Martin, who are sending a powered team to Eifel with the TF Sport. Exotics like Ferrari or Lamborghini should not be underestimated.
If you just look at the results from the NLS Championship preliminaries and qualifying race, BMW should be the favorite to start the race. Finally, you dreamed correctly. And with a BMW M4 GT3 from Rowe Racing, a BMW Junior Team and a Schubert and Walkenhorst competing in Yokohama, you’re also in the perfect position.
BMW surprise for kids
The sensation of the season was definitely the little ones, who aren’t around anymore. They can easily keep up with old hands. “But we have very little or no experience in the rain and at night, because in the last two years we’ve hardly been driving at night,” Max Hess says.
Does BMW already have the trophy in its pocket? never. First, the reliability of the new GT3 model remains a concern. In addition, the results for prelims are rarely very relevant to the classic 24 hours itself. While some at the circuit said that BMW was already very fast, you had to ask another way about who stepped on the gas.
Especially since the entire BOP has been mixed up because Michelin has set new camber and air pressure values for all manufacturers for qualifying races. Is this a welcome reason for all BOP-goers to use this as an excuse for slower lap times – and then let Lutzi go off in the big race?
How good is Mercedes?
Problems initially arose in Audi and Porsche, where there were punctures. Although no one could explain this, the French gave the same specifications for hot, medium and cold slippery vehicles.
Mercedes has looked deeper into the qualifying races. Before he appeared to have lost in the NLS races. Remember: On the qualifying weekend you had the same weight as in 2021 and a slightly larger curb. And last year, many praised the BOP – even if it wasn’t driven forever. Especially since a new GT3 team like Schnitzelalm Racing put him in the lead in qualifying early on.
In a short time, the BOP makers allowed the Star Warrior to operate the second limiter also 0.5 mm more. AMG hot iron: GetSpeed and HRT with two cars each and Landgraf, although there’s a slightly weaker layer here. GetSpeed and HRT have only three drivers per car. Philip Ellis will replace Manuel Metzger, who fractured his thoracic vertebrae in the qualifying race. Marvin Denst took his place in the second car with HRT at the last second.
Audi and Porsche 24 hours ago
There is no clear picture in Audi. What’s new is that only two factory cars are supported through the Phoenix and Car Collection. Fans should do without Land-Audi. As mentioned earlier, there were also tire issues to deal with. While the successes on Nordschleife with the Evo II update are long overdue, you’re on the move internationally. “We’re picking up time in the slow corners on the Nordschleife,” says Audi driver Patrick Niederhauser. “Outside the corners there is a lack of torque. It’s tough in 2nd, 3rd and 4th gear traffic.” Before the 24-hour race, you can now offload ten kilos.
And what can Porsche do? This is also questionable. This is mainly because the spearhead and same-time winner from Manthey last year were missing out on the 24-hour qualifying race. Reason: dates overlap with WEC. Toksport WRT, new to the Porsche team with a promising professional lineup, experienced in steering problems. At Falken, the preparation phase went unplanned due to delivery problems and numerous accidents. The two Dinamic 911 models only play a supporting role with Pirelli tyres. And unlike Huber-Porsche, KCMG has not made it to the top of the qualifiers, but is fighting for one of the four coveted places.
Will Aston Martin win the race in the end? The downside: you only have one car. The advantage: With TF Sport as well as Nicki Thiim, Maxime Martin, Marco Sørensen and David Pittard, there are experts at work. They were in qualifying races at WEC, which is why only NLS 3 was such a real preparation. Where Aston Martin dominates the BOP games is as it is in Le Mans. The Britons got more boost after the qualifying weekend.
Information 24 hours of the Nürburgring
Wednesday 25 May:
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Adenauer Race Day, Adenau
Thursday 26 May:
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: 24 Hours Race, Qualifying 1
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM: 24 Hours Qualifying Race 2
Friday 27 May:
9:20 AM – 12:20 PM: 24 Hours Classic Race 1
2:10 PM – 3:10 PM: 24 Hours Race, Qualifying 3
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Touring Car Legends Race
5:50 PM – 8:00 PM: Top qualifiers for the 24-hour race
Saturday 28 May:
08:50 – 09:15: Legends Touring Car Race 2
10:00 – 10:35 FIA WTCR 1
12:35 PM – 1:10 PM: FIA WTCR 2 . Race
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: BMW M Race of Legends
4 p.m.: The 24-hour race begins (ends on Sunday at 4 p.m.)