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03 Jun 2024

Manthey EMA finish second at the Nürburgring 24h

Works drivers bring home Silver after sever fog brought the race to an early end

After just over seven hours of racing, the race director called a stop to the long-distance classic at 11.20 pm for safety reasons due to heavy fog. At this stage, Manthey EMA’s car was running third overall, with Falken Motorsports’ two vehicles in eighth and ninth. The No. 33 Porsche was shared by drivers Klaus Bachler from Austria, Frenchman Julien Andlauer, Germany’s Sven Müller and the Belgian Alessio Picariello. The sister car was crewed by Martin Ragginger from Austria and the Germans Tim Heinemann, Nico Menzel and Joel Eriksson from Sweden. Lionspeed GP and Dinamic GT were in positions 12 and 13 before the unscheduled break. Herberth Motorsport followed in 16th place with the sixth up to 416 kW (565 hp) GT3 racing car made in Weissach.

It was not until 1.30 pm that the race director gave the green flag to restart the race for five formation laps behind the safety car after a 14-hour break. However, the persistent thick fog continued to severely impair visibility, especially on the Grand Prix circuit and the “Döttinger Höhe”. Manthey EMA’s Porsche was permitted to line up behind the safety car in second place since the vehicle had pitted shortly before the early red flag and was granted a lower minimum pit stop time than the BMW in front and shuffled up the order accordingly.

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At around 3 pm after just five laps behind the safety car, the race director made the final call to stop the race. Due to differing refuelling strategies, the order had again changed with a view to a possible restart. The No. 33 Falken Porsche advanced to sixth place in the final classification of the 24-hour race, with LionSpeed GP in ninth. This earned the driver quartet Antares Au (Hong Kong), Patric Niederhauser (Switzerland), Indy Dontje (Netherlands) and Patrick Kolb (Germany) victory in the SP9-ProAm class. Tenth place went to the second car fielded by Falken Motorsports.

For the first time, the Nürburgring 24-hour race was also part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC). In this separate classification, the No. 911 entry clinched victory. Manthey EMA had won the 12-hour race of the IGTC in Bathurst, Australia, in February. Thanks to this, Porsche extended its lead in the manufacturers’ standings.

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“This race will go down in the history of the Nürburgring 24 Hours as one of the most unique,” explains Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R. “During the laps behind the safety car, our teams fine-tuned their strategies right up to the last minute in case the race was given the green flag again. Even if second place might seem disappointing at first, Manthey EMA’s podium finish is an extremely strong result. Lionspeed GP also secured the ProAm category win. We’re exceptionally proud that four of the six customer team 911 GT3 R racers that started the race finished in the top 10.”
 

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