Audi Sport Team Phoenix returns to victory in the Green Hell!

Three years that Audi Sport has been waiting for another success at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. It wasn’t until the 50th running of the event for the four-ring brand to return to victory. Dries Vanthoor, Frédéric Vervisch and Kelvin van der Linde win a second trophy in the Eifel and Robin Frijns opens his counter on the German classic. Audi took the opportunity to take a sixth win since 2012, and Phoenix Racing now has five wins, including three in the Audi R8 LMS. This edition was dedicated to the return of the public: 230,000 people. Fans witnessed 43 leadership changes over the 159 laps of the race. Five GT3s finished on the same lap.

Before the Nürburgring 24 Hours, it was unclear what merit the Audi R8 LMS GT3 should receive, as Audi decided to focus its efforts on fewer cars than in the past. At midnight, however, there were five R8 LMS GT3s in the top 10. The #15 led on lap 45 and never left the lead. At a time when there is more and more talk of a gradual withdrawal from Audi Sport customer races, there are four R8 LMS GT3s in the top 6 at the finish line.

Unlike last year, there was very little rain during this double strike, but on Sunday afternoon there was enough rain to brighten up the leading positions. Between slicks, recut slicks and rain the choice was difficult. Audi Sport Team Phoenix chose the recut slicks on the winning R8, GetSpeed ​​​​the slicks on the #3, the recut slicks on the #4 and Schubert Motorsport the wet tires on the #20. In this game Phoenix was able to take advantage of the situation.

A few minutes before the finish, the last stop of the leading Audi was examined. Enough to turn the head of Chris Reinke, head of customer competition at Audi. Ultimately, victory will not change sides.

We knew the Mercedes-AMG GT3s would be formidable opponents and that’s what happened, mainly Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed. The German team played seed all race but not enough to win. Adam Christodoulou, Maxi Götz and Fabian Schiller encountered the Audi. The trio has only been in the lead for 3 laps. Under the checkered flag he will have missed 55 seconds. On #4 Jules Gounon, Maro Engel and Daniel Juncadella never took the lead, but they were always in the game.

Three other Audi R8 LMS GT3s follow in the standings with Audi Sport Team Car Collection (Niederhauser, Haase, Rast, Müller), Scherer Sport Team Phoenix (Schramm, Beretta, Winkelhock, Giermaziak) and Audi Sport Team Car Collection (Kolb, Drudi) respectively. , Niederhauser, Mies). Mercedes-AMG Team Bilstein by HRT had to settle for 7th place with Raffaele Marciello, Philipp Ellis and Luca Stolz ahead of Haupt’s sister car, Piana, Dienst, Bastian.

Two brands have completely missed this 2022 edition. We expected a lot from the Porsche 911 GT3 R, but it’s a bit of a grimace for the title-holding manufacturer. The best placed rider is Falken Motorsports’ #33 shared by Pilet, Evans, Müller and Seefried, only 9th. All other Porsches members, especially Manthey Racing’s #1, retired after an accident on Saturday night. The small consolation for Porsche is to see two 992 Cups in the top 20.

The grimace is even worse in the BMW camp, which has lost everything. ROWE Racing, BMW Team Junior and Walkenhorst Motorsport retired quickly despite a good start to the race. Only Schubert Motorsport’s was still brave on Sunday morning, but an outing in the rain by Alexander Sims and then a poor tire choice caused the #20 that stopped 30 minutes from the checkered flag to deteriorate.

With only one Aston Martin Vantage GT3 on the grid for the win, we didn’t really know what to expect from TF Sport. Maxime Martin, Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen and David Pittard showed some nice things but Nicki Thiim left the track early in the evening.

The unique Lamborghini Huracan GT3 finished in the top 10, two places ahead of Glickenhaus 004C. On the other hand, not a good result for the Ferrari 488 GT3/Octane126 who started from pole.

The GT3s in the SP9 category were reliable, but about fifteen cars in the premier category were left off the track.

The 24 Hours of Nürburgring again brought many surprises.

The race standings are here