Audi Wins Nürburgring 24 Hour Race and Finishes Second, Too
According to MotorReport.com, "Non-German marques didn't get a look in at any point during this fascinating race, which included carnage from multiple punctures in the early laps, as many as 17 GT3 cars running on the lead lap with nine hours already run – as well as a bizarre and dramatic conclusion to the battle for the final podium place."
The website added, “It was a great weekend, we had a perfect car and no problems,” said a delighted Markus Winkelhock, son of two-time N24 winner Joachim. “There are so many cars and drivers that could have won, which makes our victory even more satisfying. It means a lot for Audi, too. They've tried everything to win this race in the past and suffered a lot of bad luck, so we were under a lot of pressure this year. You need a lot of luck over 24 hours on the Nordschleife, and it was on our side this time.”
Winkelhock was joined in the winning car by his regular GT1 World Championship team-mate Marc Basseng, as well as Christopher Haase and veteran Audi test and development driver Frank Stippler.
The race kicked off in a luxurious way thanks to Audi's sister company. Modern-day Bentley Boys Juha Kankkunen, Guy Smith and Eric van de Poele joined Chairman and Chief Executive Wolfgang Dürheimer to lead all 170 competitors to the start of the legendary Nürburgring 24 Hour Race in a fleet of Bentley models.