24 Stunden Nürburgring 2017, Nürburgring-Nordschleife - Foto: Gruppe C Photography

News and quotes 16:30hrs

With the first hour contested, the Traum Motorsport SCG003C #704 holds the lead in the 45th ADAC Zurich 24h Race, followed by the Audis R8 LMS of WRT (#10) and Land Motorsport (#29) in second and third positions. 

1 – Engel / Christodoulou / Buurman / Metzger (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

16:16hrs Pits, driver swap. Manuel Metzger for Yelmer Buurman.

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16:23hrs Yelmer Buurman: “It was tough but nice. There were so many cars, resulting in quite a lot of chaos. You had to be really careful to avoid any contact. But we did a good job and gained several conditions. “

8 – Alzen / Arnold / Götz / van der Zande (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

16:20hr Pit stop without driver swap.

9 – Müller / Fässler / Frijns / Rast (Audi R8 LMS)

15:47hrs René Rast passes Jeff Westphal for the lead.

16:23hrs Pits from second position. Driver swap. Marcel Fässler replaces René Rast

19 – Klingmann / Müller / Edwards / Onslow – Cole (BMW M6 GT3)

16:20hrs Pit stop, no driver swap. .

34 – Saurenmann / Rocco / Koch / Slooten (Audi R8 LMS)

15:55hrs Rubbing body parts at the rear of the Audi as it was hit from behind,

16:04hrs Is cruising on the Nordschleife with damaged left rear tyre.

42 – Wittmann / Blomqvist / Tomczyk / Farfus (BMW M6 GT3)

16:15hrs Jens Klingmann replaces Martin Tomczyk and says: “Your first stint always is something special and you are more excited than in your second or third. Our goal is clear: to finish the race, if possible without any marks.”

16:24hrs Martin Tomczyk: “The tyres worked fine and so was surprised that I was called in that earl. I could have continued. But that’s the decision of our strategists.”

43 – Farfus / Lynn / Felix Da Costa / Scheider (BMW  M6 GT3)

16:25hrs Drivers swap. Felix da Costa for Farfus. Fresh set of tyres.

47 – Asch / Baumann / Hohenadel / Mücke (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

16:24hrs Pits. No driver swap, Hohenadel continues. .

50 – Baumann / Buhk / Mortara / Sandström (Mercedes-AMG GT3)

16:05hrs Following a collision in the starting period the steering wheel is askew. Has lost numerous positions and currently is 22nd.

61 – Berg / Lauck / Sczepansky / Hertenstein (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991))

16:29hrs Following its accident in the area ‘Eingang Hatzenbach’, the Porsche now is back in the pit lane.

62 – Hill / Shoffner / Klasen / Huisman (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991))

15:54hrs Collision ‘Eingang Hatzenbach’. Following a collision and after hitting the crash barriers,  #118 and #61 stop on the track.  #118 cruises slowly to the pits.

98 – Palttala / Catsburg / Sims / Westbrook (BMW M6 GT3)

15:58hrs Pits for fresh tyres.

101 – Walkenhorst / Tresson / Schiwietz / van Lagen (BMW M6 GT3)

16:10hrs Vehicle is pushed into the garage. Damaged left rear suspension must be repaired.

122 – Beckmann / Hass / Strycek / Schulten (Opel Manta)

16:14hrs Early pit stop for the Manta: Volker Strycek: “We have got misfire but this can only be a minor problem. We will continue the race before long.” Olaf Beckmann will drive the next stint.

702 – Mutsch / Piccini / Laser / Mailleux (SCG SCG003C)

16:07hrs Passes the AMG-Mercedes #3 at the entrance of the Nordschleife for 7th place.

704 – Westphal / Mailleux / Simonsen / Laser (SCG SCG003C)

15:31hrs Enters the Nordschleife as race leader. .

16:02hrs Passes #9 to regain the lead after a Code-60 zone.