Nissan: 5 Reasons Why Nurburgring 24-Hr is the Hardest Race In the World
How tough is the Nurburgring 24-hour race? Nissan’s GT-R missed a top ten finish. Their goal was to be in the top 10 finishers, but they just missed and came in 11th place this weekend. It’s a grueling race and the weather didn’t help. What happened this weekend?
Torrential rains and hail turned the Nordschleife into a dangerously slippery track between a water slide and an ice rink. Nissan's GT-R driver line-up of Michael Krumm, Alex Buncombe, Kazuki Hoshino and Lucas Ordonez battled severe weather, which caused the race to be red flagged for four hours. Why is the Nurburgring 24-Hr the toughest race on the planet? Check out the Nissan GT-R team’s explanation.
The pit is crowded
Bob Neville, Team Principal for the Nissan Academy RJN says the Nurburgring 24-hour race is the toughest race in the world. Why? Neville says, there are cars everywhere and it’s hard to navigate on the track, in the pits and in the garage. He says, “Logistically it’s very difficult. The track is solid, the pit lane is solid and there’s six cars in every garage.”
The weather changes quickly
Kazuki Hoshino, NISMO team driver says the weather can change from one part of the track to another within minutes. He says, “Some parts of the track will be dry and in another second it’s suddenly raining.” Drivers experienced it this weekend when the weather turned severe after just 4 laps into the race.
Over 150 race cars
Michael Krumm, NISMO team driver says, the track is crowded with over 150 cars vying for position at the start of the race. He says, “With this many cars (over 150), it’s really the craziest race out there.”
It’s a mental and physical challenge
Alex Buncombe, NISMO team driver says, it’s mentally and physically hard on the drivers. Teams have to pull double shifts and they drive at night when they’ve had little rest. He says, “It’s so hard mentally and physically. You end up doing a double stint, which can mean you end up north of 2 hours and 30 minutes in the car.”
No room for error
Lucas Ordonez, NISMO team driver and GT Academy winner 2008 says it’s a long track with little room for mistakes because there’s nowhere to pull off. He says, “It’s the most challenging for sure. At 25 km long, it’s the longest track in the world. We have no run-offs and there’s grease everywhere.”
The Nissan GT-R Nurburgring team knows how difficult it is to get into the top ten finishers. They just missed their goal and finished 11th. The Nurburgring 24-hour is the toughest race on the planet.
Watch: 5 Reasons Why the Nurburgring 24 is the Hardest Race in the World! video.
Source: NISMO TV
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