Porsche reigns supreme in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring

The Manthey team achieved their seventh overall victory in the mythical endurance test, which was interrupted for more than 14 hours by bad weather.

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The trio formed by the French Kévin Estre, the Danish Michael Christensen and Italian Matteo cairoli, alternating in the conduction of a Porsche 911 GT3 R. of Manthey Racing, they were left with the absolute triumph in the 49th edition of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.

With this seventh victory, Manthey extends its record as the most successful team in the most important event in German motorsport. It was also the thirteenth time a Porsche has won the overall.

Porsche NurburgringOn Saturday afternoon, bad weather forced the race to be suspended for more than 14 hours. Consequently, the total competition time was reduced to about nine and a half hours with only 59 laps completed by the leaders. Consequently, this 24 hour version has remained the shortest in history ...

The endurance race started on Saturday afternoon in difficult conditions. Estre had a brilliant performance on a partially flooded track: in four laps, the Frenchman went from eleventh to first place.

The thick forced the prolonged parenthesis of the competition. In the resumption, shortly before noon on Sunday, Estre again made the nearly 10.000 spectators in the stands enjoy an exciting race.

Porsche NurburgringThe 32-year-old raced from sixth to first, before handing the car over to Christensen. The Dane continued with a high pace, signed some fast laps and kept the lead.

Estre successfully defended himself from all attacks in the final hour of the race to reach the flag with a margin of 8,817 seconds over Martin Tomzyc, Connor by Phillippi, Sheldon van der Linde y Marco Wittmann (BMW M6 / Rowe Racing). The podium was completed Daniel Juncadella, Maximilian Götz y Raffaele Marciello (Mercedes AMG GT3 / Team GetSpeed)

For his part, the Argentine Nestor Girolami made podium in the TCR class with the Honda Civic of the German team Autohaus Fugel. Bebu shared a Honda Civic TCR with Tiago monteiro, Dominik fogel y Cedrik totz. The quartet finished 43rd overall.

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