Manthey Porsche, Michelin capture Nurburgring 24 win

May 14, 2018

Manthey Porsche, Michelin capture Nurburgring 24 win

May 14, 2018

The Nurburgring “Green Hell” lived up to its nickname at this weekend’s ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, where Porsche and Michelin prevailed at the tough track, interrupted by heavy rain, fog and a red flag.

Ultimately the Manthey Racing quartet took the win, with Fred Makowiecki, Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz sharing the No. 912 Porsche 911 GT3 R. It’s Porsche’s first overall win at the Nurburgring 24-hour race since 2011. Porsche, Mercedes-AMG and Aston Martin all combined to lock out the top five positions for Michelin.

Tandy, Pilet and Makowiecki shared the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March, where they won that major endurance race on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar. This marks both Porsche’s and this trio’s second major endurance win of the year.

The line that 24-hour races have in part become sprint races proved true here over the final hour. Black Falcon’s No. 4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 lost a four-minute plus lead that was erased under the red flag, which was displayed due to the rain, fog and unsafe track conditions.

Makowiecki in the No. 912 Porsche made a decisive, forceful pass of Adam Christodoulou’s No. 4 Mercedes at Turn 1. Christodoulou spun slightly on corner exit after clipping the curb, and fell back. The final margin of victory was just 26.413 seconds, a very tight margin after 24 hours.

“That was truly a race of the century, simply indescribable under the circumstances: with the rain, the red flag and that incredible final spurt.” said Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars.

“At no other endurance race in the world do you get two drivers sprinting against each other for one and a half hours. Fred secured this triumph with his sensational overtaking maneuver. We hope that Dr. Wolfgang Porsche is pleased with this belated present for his 75th birthday.”

Dirk Mueller, who races for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in IMSA, was part of the Mercedes lineup that finished second.

A second Black Falcon Mercedes was third, ahead of the venerable Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in its final Nurburgring 24 start and a third Black Falcon Mercedes in fifth.

Manthey’s other Porsche, the No. 911 car shared by Romain Dumas, Kevin Estre, Earl Bamber and polesitter Laurens Vanthoor, crashed out overnight when Dumas lost control of the car on a slick oil patch. It wiped out a several-minute lead after this car had led most of the race from the start.

The ROWE BMW team also had a tough race. Connor De Phillippi was unable to defend his win here of a year ago and had small contact with another car. He explained what happened, below. The sister car also had a tough race, and slowed with a mechanical issue.

Full results are linked here.

Here’s a highlights package of the race, from the race’s official social media channel.

All Photos Courtesy of Porsche Newsroom 

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