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24h Nürburgring: Crazy world with weather chaos

In the second long-distance classic within a week, Porsche again has bad luck in the higher classes. In the GT4 and Pro-Am classifications of the GT3 class, however, it is probably the craziest 24-hour race ever at the Nürburgring.

Text: Alfred Rzyski Photo: Porsche 28.09.2020 2 min

That the 2020 edition of the Nürburgring 24-hour race would be a special one? That was clear from the outset. But that the race would effectively last only 15 hours due to torrential rain? Nobody had expected that. Except probably Fabio Grosse: »Two teams, two parties and now time to sleep,« says the racer and instructor. That's what you call a clever solution - because the Nürburgring based driver has reached the podium at the wheel of a Bavarian car as well as in a 718 Cayman GT4. Meaning: Second place in Porsche and »Cup 3«, third place in the Cup classification of the BMW 240i. But above all: double the yield with almost half the race time. The Porsche teams with the GT3 cars of the SP9 class didn't do quite as well: the best results are seventh place for the starting number #31 of Frikadelli Racing and tenth place for the number #44 of Falken. But even here there was a ray of hope respectively a class win: the Huber-911 which finished in P15 secured the victory in the ProAm category of the GT3 class. True to the saying »the last will be first«.

Overall Result:

  1. Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly/Eng (GB/NL/GB/A), BMW M6 GT3 #99
  2. Bortolotti/Frijns/Haase/Winkelhock (I/NL/D/D), Audi R8 LMS GT3 #3
  3. Farfus/Klingmann/Tomczyk/Van der Linde (BR/D/D/ZA), BMW M6 GT3 #42 ...
  4. Arnold/Kern/Jaminet/Martin (D/D/F/B), Porsche 911 GT3 R #31
  5. Bachler/Ragginger/Dumbreck/Müller (A/A/GB/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R #44*
  6. Engelhart/Müller/Werner/Bachler (D/D/D/A), Porsche 911 GT3 R #33
  7. Bamber/Bergmeister/Bernhard/Olsen (NZ/D/D/N), Porsche 911 GT3 R #18
  8. Menzel/Holzer/Kolb/Rocco di Torrepadula (D/D/D/I), Porsche 911 GT3 R #25