Posted by: porschebahn | June 26, 2011

Nürburgring 24 hour race – Interim report after 15 hours

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR defends its lead during the night

Stuttgart. The Porsche teams made it through the night without problems at the Nürburgring 24 hour race. Manthey Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR took over the lead of the long distance classic in the Eifel on Saturday at 23.25 hours, further extended its advantage at the top, and after 15 hours and 96 laps sits 6:32.7 minutes ahead of its rivals. Sharing the cockpit of the front-runner are Marc Lieb (Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) together with Lucas Luhr (Switzerland).

After suffering a broken differential flange on Saturday night, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid lost over an hour with two pit stops, but is now reliably running without problems in its hunt for better positions. After the race car with its innovative drive concept fell back to 105th place, the Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria), Marco Holzer (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) ploughed through the field during the night to now sit 29th.

Running in eighth is the Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Haribo Team Manthey with drivers Richard Westbrook (Great Britain), Christian Menzel (Germany), Mike Stursberg (Germany) and Hans Guido Riegel (Germany). One other Porsche currently ranks in the top ten: The 911 GT3 R of the Wochenspiegel Team Manthey squad, with the all-German line-up of Georg Weiss, Oliver Kainz, Michael Jakobs and Jochen Krumbach, sits in tenth place.

Quotes from the drivers

Timo Bernhard (No. 18, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Manthey Racing): “I drove a double stint, that’s almost three hours at once. The car ran without any problems. It was huge fun extending our advantage. I hope that we can continue our good streak.”

Richard Lietz (No. 9, Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, Porsche Team Manthey): “We’ll keep running as we are and see what happens. After our problems we’ve done well in getting ahead, but of course it always becomes more difficult to make up more positions.”

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