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The 2009 ADAC 24h Nurburgring starts Saturday 10 am edt USA time, 23 May

Training and qualifying started on Thursday.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport):
"The 24 hours on the Nürburgring are the ultimate endurance test for our new R8 LMS customer sport project. We know that this circuit is particularly demanding and that it’s really one of the toughest races in existence. We’ll go there with our partner teams to give the R8 LMS its definitive fine-tuning before delivering larger volumes of the car to our customers next year. For me, personally, this will be the first 24-hour race on the Nürburgring. I’m very excited about it."


http://www.endurance-info.com/version2/news-detail.php?VARnewsID=1263



The main 24H race starts on Sat. at 10AM EDT

Here is a link to the official ADAC Nurburgring website

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and the race schedule:
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Result 1st & 2nd training
Pos. Nr. Marke Runde Zeit
1 40 Ford GT 8 8:36.536
2 1 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 12 8:36.727
3 99 Audi R8 LMS 17 8:37.553
4 97 Abt Audi R8 LMS 14 8:38.181
5 100 Abt Audi R8 LMS 14 8:38.965
6 98 Audi R8 LMS 17 8:39.618

7 2 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S 16 8:41.241
8 5 Porsche 911 GT3 16 8:44.299
9 6 Porsche 997 GT3 7 8:44.391
10 25 BMW Alpina B6 GT3 23 8:45.787
11 26 BMW Alpina B6 GT3 16 8:47.567
12 123 Porsche 997 Cup S 12 8:49.203
13 19 Porsche GT3 Cup S 17 8:49.401
14 18 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 10 8:49.439
15 31 Porsche 997 11 8:50.669



 

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WOW! What racing. I'm watching the 2nd place Porsche trying like crazy to pass the 9th* place Audi R8. Another R8 is in 1st place! This 2nd place Porsche is doing everything possible to get around the 9th* place R8, lap after lap, as they go full speed thru the other slower traffic,... but nothing works! There is a live driver car cam in this leading Porsche, so you see everything from the driver position as well as from a helicopter up above... Very VERY intense racing against the two most perfect of new rivals ( Audi vs Porsche) on the most perfect of all race circuits, the Nordschleife!
Currently Audi R8's are in 1st and 4th, with 2 Porsches 2nd and 3rd. All 4 of these cars are on the SAME LAP! The top 10 cars are 3 Audi R8's and 7 Porsches! Sweet Stuff!

* Correction... This "9th place R8" was actually running in 4th place when I saw it. The live video feed had no English commentary. This car eventually finished 2nd! When I saw these two cars racing so closely, this R8 was trying to slow down the Porsche and thus increase the lead for the R8 that was running in 1st place at that time. That 1st place R8 later lost position with a wheel bearing problem, and finished 5th. I hope will be able to see these same two cars racing in some edited parts of the race on YouTube. It was great stuff!

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Well the R8 gave quite a good fight for its first 24HR race on the Nurburgring. Four R8's entered the race and all four finished! The "99" R8 led the race for almost all of the 1st 115 laps of the 150 total laps, and set the fastest laps for the race, but had a wheel bearing prob and finished 5th. The "97" Audi R8 finshed in 2nd place! The "98" R8 had a tranny prob.They replaced the whole tranny during the race and the car still finished in 12th place! The 4th R8 failed at the race's sart, but finally got going, and made up over 120 positions, and finished in the top 25. Despite a few endurance probems, all four Audi R8's finished the race with some great results.

After the race I think the biggest raves about the new Audi R8 LMS, came from the 3 time winning, Porsche Manthey Team. All of their drivers repeatedly mentioned that they have all become very aware that they now have a very serious new rival in these Gt3/GT2 endurance races.

Also I learned that the current R8 LMS cars are NOT sold to these private teams. These first R8 LMS cars are being given to select private teams to race in partnership with Audi Sports in an effort to finish the development of the R8 LMS before they are actually sold to the public. I think the car itself will finally be available for purchase sometime in the Fall. Its a great start for this fantastique car.


1st place Manthey Porsche!

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Body shapes surprisingly similar.Good looking out with the info. Win on Sunday sell on Monday.Too bad Audi/Vw/Lambo/Porsche don't give Formula One a try !!!.Formula One is still my favourite form of racing. It really brings the racing world together. Italians Germans,Australians,Americans drinking beer together watching the race is what it's all about. Todays race (Monaco) came on at 5:00 am. our time.:cool:
 
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