Nürburgring 24 Hour, 2012 (40th Anniversary Edition) – Event information, live coverage

It’s the 40th anniversary edition this year. There’s multiple significant (yet subtle) differences within this year’s event, as compared to that of 2011 – particularly in the fight for overall honours. The distinct lack of factory supported GTE/2 machines suggests a near certainty 2012 will see the first overall victory from a GT3 machine.

There’s a decent volume of factory-supported entries from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. AMR fields a factory supported 2012 Vantage GT3 (via Young Driver AMR). Porsche’s factory efforts remain within the Manthey stable. There’s also a GT3 Corvette laden with works drivers (Milner, Magnussen, Westbrook and Keilwitz) entered under the Haribo banner.

Schnitzer’s migrating to full-time DTM operations has triggered BMW’s shift from the M3 (GTE/2) to the Z4M (GT3) as BMW’s primary (works-supported) endurance effort within Europe. Schubert takes the reigns as BMW’s primary factory outfit, and assumes factory drivers from the M3 programme. MarcVDS, and Vita4One also field factory-supported Z4M GT3 entries.

Despite an earlier reported boycotting of the event by Porsche (in factory capacity – the stated result of Manthey’s BoP disenchantment), there’s a considerable factory (driver) presence within multiple Manthey entries.

Audi’s efforts are primarily represented by affiliate entries via Phoenix and WRT outfits, as Abt no longer serves the factory within GT racing. Raeder, and Mamerow also field supported entries on behalf of the marque.

Mercedes hopes rest with affiliate entries from Heico, Black Falcon, and Rowe racing. Within which there exists a not-so insignificant volume of factory drivers and, hired guns of a free-roaming nature.

Relevant details below.

Live Video:
– Official ADAC stream
– Audi.tv
– SportAuto
– PistonSpy (KabelEins TV feed)

*There’s a considerable likelihood of additional streams emerging.

Live Audio:
– Radio Le Mans (English)

Live Timing:
– Live timing is embedded within the ADAC official stream page linked above.
 – Independent live timing (ADAC)

GPS Entry Tracking:
– http://www.24stundenonline.de/event.php

Event timetable:
– Time plan (PDF)

Enjoy,

Sportscargeek

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VLN: Lowndes/Luff rejoin Audi Race Experience for Nürburgring debut.

Lowndes & Luff celebrate their podium finish with fellow team mates following the 2011 Bathurst 12 Hour. - Image courtesy Bathurst12H.

Lowndes & Luff celebrate their podium finish with fellow team mates following the 2011 Bathurst 12 Hour. - Image courtesy Bathurst12H.

Following a highly successful showing at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour event, V8SC regulars Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff are now set to etch another milestone to their already impressive list of achievements.

Having achieved a second-placed finish on their maiden appearance with Audi’s R8 GT3 chassis, the duo appear to have stamped quite an impression in the sportscar racing fraternity.

After successfully integrating with the AudiSport operation on their debut, both drivers have been selected for an additional appearance with the marque.

Despite originally being selected for the Bathurst 12 hour event on a standalone basis, the Australian pairing have now secured a further competitive outing with the AudiSport (Race Experience Team Joest) squad.

On this occasion the Australian duo will make their paired Nürburgring debut, competing in the SP9 (GT3) category within Germany’s highly-competitive VLN endurance series.

Despite Lowndes having never driven the Nürburgring, the event marks Luff’s third appearance at the legendary circuit. With Luff’s most recent, competitive outing having been with (the now down-scaled) Australian-based Juniper Racing, during the 2008 edition of the Nürburgring 24 hour event.

Lowndes and Luff will take command of the R8 LMS GT3 chassis once more, rejoining the Odenwald-based outfit for a four hour event at round four of the VLN (Langstreckenmeisterschaft) series this May (27/28).

VLN/ADAC/Euro-GT Open news.

In a recent announcement, Peugeot motorsport has revealed plans to bring the RCZ HDi platform to the 2010 Nürburgring 24 hour classic, this May, as part of the manufacturers 200 year birthday celebrations. Fitted with a 2.0L HDi-FAP engine, the RCZ is capable of producing an impressive 147kW/200hp of power.

Peugeot RCZ Rear

Peugeot RCZ HDi.

The French marque will be represented by two RCZ HDi’s, supported by separate teams whose identities are not yet known.

After recently unveiling the GT3 variant of their SLS AMG coupe, German Automaker Mercedes unveiled additional plans today which will see the car participating in the final three rounds of the 2010 VLN series, providing Mercedes the ability to prove itself against long time rivals Audi/BMW, as well as Porsche and Ferrari.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3 Coupe

Image courtesy of Insideline

While Norbert Haug (Head of Mercedes Motorsport)  has made his opinions on the Nürburgring 24H event clear in the past, having referred to the event as ‘a fair’, a return to the green hell would now seem much more likely for the iconic marque.

In other news,  five-time Nürburgring 24 hour champion, Marcel Tiemann has announced his 2010 plans. The German driver will continue to drive for the Manthey team in both the VLN and Nürburgring 24 hour events, alongside team mates Marc Lieb, Timo Bernhard, and Romain Dumas.

Marcel Fassler

Image courtesy of Autobild.

In addition to this, Tiemann will also compete in the International GT Open championship with Team Phoenix Racing, partnering Jim Matthews in the Audi R8-LMS.

Porsche announces all-star Nürburgring 24H lineup.

 

 

GT3-R Hybrid

Porsche's GT3R Hybrid. - Image Courtesy PorscheAG.

 

Early last week, Sportscargeek covered Manthey racing’s announcement to support eight cars for the Nürburgring 24 hour, one of those cars being the recently unveiled GT3-R Hybrid. Yesterday, Porsche Motorsports announced the all-star lineup that will handle driving duties during the legendary 24 hour race.

The crew consists of Porsche factory heavyweights Jörg Bergmeister, Richard Lietz, Martin Ragginger, and Porsche-Junior team driver, Marco Holzer.

The quartet has no shortage of experience, Bergmeister having achieved back to back ALMS championships with the Flying Lizard team, Lietz taking victory in the 2009 LMS championship (with partner Marc Lieb, also part of the Manthey squad), Ragginger managing two podiums during the 2009 FIA-GT season, and Holzer recently achieving victory in the Dubai 24 hours, all drivers are well versed in the art of endurance.

Manthey Racing outlines 2010 plans.

Manthey Racing has recently outlined their plans for the VLN series, and Nürburgring 24H assault.

Manthey_24h_Nürburgring_2009

Image courtesy of Speedheads.de.

Olaf Manthey has confirmed the team will run eight cars throughout the 2010 season. Reigning champions Marcel Tiemann, Marc Lieb, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas will pilot Weissach’s latest GT3-spec variant, the GT3-R.

Two GT3-R chassis supported by ‘Haribo’ will consist of the following driver lineups:

– Georg Weiss, Michael Jacobs, Peter-Paul Pietsch, and Oliver Kainz.

– Richard Westbrook,  Alexandros Margaritis, Christian Menzel, and Lance David Arnold.

‘Moskovskaya’ will support a fourth GT3-R for the team (not to appear until the third round of the series), to be driven by Armin Hahne, Jochen Krumbach and Marc Gindorf.

Two Cup cars will also be utilised by the team. The first car will be shared by Gary Williams, Daniel Cook, Tim Perry and Julian Raven, while Martin Ragginger, Rainer and Marc Holte Porsche will share the second.

In addition to the above, Manthey will also provide logistical/technical support to the Porsche factory, with plans to run the recently unveiled GT3-R Hybrid, as well as a GT3-RS to be driven by two time World rally champion, Walter Röhrl.