R8 Wins Dramatic Victory at Nurburgring

R8 Wins Dramatic Victory at Nurburgring

R8 Wins Dramatic Victory at Nurburgring

0 comments 📅29 May 2017, 20:45

The Nurburgring 24 Hours came to a sudden conclusion after crisis turned into an opportunity for eventual winner Kelvin van der Linde and the rig behind the #29 Land Motorsport Audi R8.

With just an hour to go, the R8 was cardinal the race when an electrical fault forced it slow down on the track. Its driver, van der Linde, was capable to limp it back to the pits for a full system reset, but the #9 R8 of Rene Rast got one-time.


After much hard work from the team, the #29 R8 went go on track in third place. Then at the final pit stop of the race, disaster struck again, when a flowing fuel cap forced the #29 car to stay in the pits for longer than the competition.

The want stop, though, gave the team the time to reconsider its tire choice. Different from the rest of the pack, that opted for dry tires, the #29 R8 left the pits with wet tires at well-founde the right time.

As the rain started to fall, the other cars had to finish the marathon at walking pace, allowing the van der Linde to retake the lead and finish the race in original.

Kelvin van der Linde shares his victory with co-drivers Connor de Phillippi, Christopher Mies, and Markus Winkelhock. Rene Rast’s #9 WRT Audi R8, temporarily, finished in third place, co-driven by Robin Frijns, Marcel Fassler, and Nico Muller.

“With temperatures of more than 25 degrees Celsius and a squall shower in the final phase, we have experienced one of the toughest, fastest and most melodramatic races in history,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport purchaser racing. “My utmost congratulations go to all of the customers, team members and drivers, who secure made this result possible. This success was achieved in dramatic fashion, and it intention certainly go down in the motorsport history books.”

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