Interesting report here of the Audi R8 LMS from the 24h of Nurburgring. Enjoy!
Forget what you know about stereotypes. Germanic order seems to be lost on the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. This iconic racecourse aptly named ‘Green Hell’ features 14+ miles of winding undulating graffiti-marked pavement and turns known crassly as the ‘Toilet Bowl’. The 24-hour race that happens here each year features 20-some classes with a field of about 200 racecars encompassing a little bit of everything. One need only look at the burgeoning field of factory and privateer Audis to witness the eclecticism of the mix – from D1 V8 to brawny R8 LMS in full FIA GT3 spec plus a few extra driving lights for blasting through the mountains in the middle of the night. It seems like chaos. Then again, maybe this race couldn’t be anywhere other than Germany. Only the most orderly could pull it off – organizing the chaos as it were.
No less than19 Audis hit the tarmac for the 24-hour enduro this year, up considerably from an already impressive13 in 2009. Leading the charge were no less than seven R8 LMS racers in the oft-victorious SP9 GT3 category. Another lone R8 4.2 FSI racer, likely a Dubai 24H veteran, joined that aforementioned D1 Audi V8, a D2 Audi A8 W12 and an RS 4 in the SP 8 class. A lone TTS contested SP 4T, while a raft of A3s, TTs and second TTS heavily populated the turbocharged sub 2-liter SP 3T class. And just like last year, a lone A4 3.0 TDI fought for the D 3T against a mix of all BMW diesels.