Although there were some nail biting moments, two Audi R8 teams prevailed and one took home the top spot.
While the weather wasn't the best this past weekend, two Audi R8 LMS ultra GT3 racers prevailed and came home with a one-two finish at this year's Nurburgring 24 Hours. The competition in the GT3 class was quite high this year as expected, and many of the teams experienced various technical issues along the way. As usual, there were also a few accidents that ended any chance of victory for some.
It was quite a 24 hours, as the winning Audi Sport Team Phoenix took their R8 LMS ultra around the notorious Green Hell for a total of 155 times. Audi proudly states that the winning team achieved their victory through a combination of balanced pace, clever driver and reliable pit work. Dieter Gass, Head of Racing Commitments at Audi Sport, proclaimed: "We are absolutely delighted about this long desired victory. For three years the Audi R8 LMS was always the best GT3 car at the Nurburgring. Now we have taken overall victory in the fight with seven other brands.
Our victorious drivers and teams produced a fantastic, consistent and error free performance." To add some more icing to the cake, the second place team, Team Mamerow Racing, was also piloting an R8 LMS ultra. Particularly disappointing for another R8 LMS ultra team was when their car was hit by a competitor in the rain while leading the race. The repairs lasted for 53 minutes and took away any chance of victory. In the end that team, which came from Belgium, finished fifth. Still, it was a wonderful event for Audi and we congratulate them on their victory.