El Porsche 911 GT3 R. conducted by Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz y Frédéric Makowiecki won the 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, the most important competition in German motorsports.
The Manthey-Racing team's nine-eleven took the lead with 70 minutes remaining in the race and crossed the checkered flag in that position. This is Porsche's first victory at the legendary track since 2011 and marks the brand's twelfth triumph in the Green Hell.
The No. 911 Porsche 3 GT912 R started the race on Saturday, at 15:30, from sixth on the grid and in bright sunshine, but was severely delayed by a puncture. During the night, its pilots caught up with the leading group and placed second, despite a penalty.
When the race resumed at 13.45:135 PM on Sunday after it was stopped by fog, the last driver to get into the car, Makowiecki, took the lead with a masterful overtaking and crossed the finish line first with XNUMX laps completed.
“It was truly the race of the century, just something indescribable under the circumstances: rain, red flag and that incredibly tough finish. In no other endurance event in the world are two pilots competing in sprinting for an hour and a half. Fred has achieved the victory with his sensational overtaking. I hope Wolfgang Porsche is satisfied with this present (which is a little late) for his 75th birthday. ", he claimed Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President of Motorsport and GT Vehicles.
The 24 Hours of Nürburgring is one of the most important motor races in the world and this year attracted 210.000 viewers. In the classic Eifel event, more than 500 drivers in 148 cars. With 43 vehicles, Porsche was the brand with the strongest representation in this authentic marathon.
|TEAM||PILOT 1||PILOT 2|
|Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton (ING)||Valtteri Bottas (FIN)|
|Ferrari||Sebastian Vettel (ALE)||Charles Leclerc (MON)|
|Red Bull||Max Verstappen (HOL)||Pierre Gasly or Alex Albon|
|Renault||Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)||Esteban Ocon (FRA)|
|Racing Point||Sergio Pérez (MEX)||Lance Stroll (CAN)|
|McLaren||Carlos Sainz (ESP)||Lando Norris (ING)|
|Toro Rosso||Daniil Kvyat (RUS)||Pierre Gasly or Alex Albon|
|Alfa Romeo Racing||Kimi Räikkönen (END)||¿?|
|Haas||Kevin Mangnussen (DIN)||Romain Grosjean (FRA)|
|Williams||George Russell (ING)||Nico Hülkenberg?|