This week, the motorsports world is looking forward to Eifel: the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring (May 26-29) will take place in the legendary Nordschleife for the 50th time. There are three powerful Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II cars in the distinctive Scherer Sport design that wants to fight for the top spots in “Green Hell”.
The 24-hour race was first held in 1970 and is considered the largest motorsport event in Germany. Nearly 140 vehicles are competing with drivers from all over the world for this year’s Anniversary – including the top stars in international GT3 racing. The team in Shearer’s colors is also impressive: together, the eleven pilots scored eight victories at the Evelmaraton.
Strong line up of drivers
The number 5 Audi lineup from Scherer Sport by Phoenix is made up of Scherer brand ambassadors Ricardo Feller (21/Switzerland) and Frank Stiebler (47/Bad Münstereifel) as well as Vincent Kolb (26/Frankfurt) and Kelvin van der Linde (25/South). Africa) together. While Feller was making his traditional debut, veteran Stipler celebrated his first show there in 1998. “I’m really looking forward to my debut at the 24 Hours,” Feller said. “Starting there for the first time in the 50th Edition makes it even more special. It shows the great tradition of racing. Every GT3 driver dreams of winning a 24 hour race someday. But it’s really hard, you can’t afford to make mistakes. I feel quite prepared, although I I haven’t driven in the rain and darkness in Nordschleife yet. That’s sure to be a challenge. But we want to be ahead.” Teammate Stipler, who has already won the 24 Hours twice, also relies on his experience: “If I’ve raced For 24 hours more than 20 times, you know what to expect and can adapt accordingly. I try to give my input even in difficult situations like unexpected weather. Of course you can sometimes be wrong in the unpredictable Eiffel weather, but experience helps In most cases.Our season hasn’t been perfect yet but this is part of motorsport.I’ve been through stages like this over and over again and I know it will end eventually.So I’m still hoping for a race this weekend.If we get a top 5 result in this strong field That would be a huge success.”
The second car lineup from Scherer Sport by Phoenix is headed up by former Formula 1 driver Markus Winkelhock (41/Berglen-Steinach). Three-time winner of the 24 Hours race shares the No. 16 Audi with Michel Beretta (27, Italy), Kopa Jermaziak (31, Poland) and Kim-Louis Schramm (24, Germany). “The 24 hour race is a great event every year,” says Winkelhock, Audi Sport driver. “Nordschleife is never bored. I always look forward to driving there. Our goal is the podium. It’s a new group of drivers for me, but everyone in our quartet knows Nordschleife well. We last showed in the 24 Hours Qualifier with fifth place on Saturday that we have Speed to achieve the best result. The key to success will be to get to the finish line with the fewest number of accidents possible. There is no point in driving 23 hours and then dropping out. You have to drive with brains and know how much risk you can take in any racial situation. Nice to come back fans, because without them the atmosphere would have been very different – especially at night in Nordschleife without fires or smoke from the grills.”
The Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II (#15) was dispatched by Audi Sport Team Phoenix with support from Scherer Sport. Audi Sport customer racing will be driven by Robin Frijns (30 / Belgium) and previous 24-hour race winners and Audi Sport drivers Kelvin van der Linde and Dries Vanthur (24 / Belgium) and Frédéric Vervich (35 / Belgium). “I finally want to be back on the podium this year,” says van der Linde of his goal. “In recent years we’ve always had a little bad luck and it’s never been enough. It’s great to start with two cars this year, like the last time in 2018, because it gives me two chances to have a top spot. Switching between the two cars is not a problem. I start the season Many different Audi R8 LMSs, and I’m already familiar with them. It’s always fun to drive on Nordschleife. It’s my all-time favorite track. Since I don’t drive there every day, every lap is always something special.”
Christian Scherer, President of Scherer Sport, is happy that things are finally getting started: “The 24-hour race is the highlight of the season. The whole team has been working on it for the past few months. Now it’s finally time. This year’s edition isn’t just exceptional because The 50th edition of the race. It is also a very special event for us. Because we are also celebrating a small anniversary: ten years ago, Scherer raced for the first time in the 24 Hours. In addition, this time we are competing under the Scherer Sport Show for the first time.”
The event will be taken over by Ernst Moser’s experienced team Phoenix Racing, the second most successful team boss in the history of the 24-hour race with five wins. “Our first goal is to get all the cars to the finish line,” Moser says. “We have a strong lineup and we want to fight for all-out victory. All of our cars have the opportunity to be ahead. We are starting for the first time with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II. We have already gained a lot of experience with the new version in previous races. Thanks to many other developments, The R8 has become stronger. The new traction control and air conditioning system will certainly make it more comfortable for drivers in hot conditions.”
TV channel NITRO will broadcast the finals on Friday and the race live from the Nürburgring on Saturday. There is also a live broadcast of the entire race this weekend at www.24h-rennen.de. Scherer Sport fans can also look forward to the live on-board broadcast of cars #5 and #15 there.
24 hour race schedule
Thursday 26 May
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Qualifiers 1
20:30 – 23:30 Qualification 2
Friday May 27
14:10 – 15:10 Qualifiers 3
5:50 PM – 8:00 PM Top Qualifiers
Saturday 28 May
11:00 – 11:45 warm-up
4:00 p.m. 24-hour race starts
Source: Scherer Sport press release
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