24h Nürburgring Qualifiers 2022: Mercedes wins thanks to BMW penalty

( – On Sunday a time penalty was imposed on the BMW guys in the second 3-hour race as part of the 24h Nürburgring Qualifier 2022, the dress rehearsal of the 50th edition of the 24h Nürburgring (from 26th to 29th August ).

Maximilian Götz, Fabian Schiller, Adam Christodoulou

Christodoulou / Götz / Schiller took the victory in the second race


After another strong performance, the # 72 was the first car to see the checkered flag, just like in Saturday’s race. After Daniel Harper went 4km / h too much in a Code 60 zone, the team received a 40 second penalty, giving GetSpeed ​​a somewhat surprising victory.

“Of course I feel very, very good,” says winner Götz. “But I didn’t do the work myself. I drove the last eight laps, but the important decisions were made in advance. That was the strategy, but the other two guys in the car, Fabian and Adam, also did a super job. “It’s a super team result. Yesterday the sister car was in P3, today we are in P1, we can’t expect more “.

BMW Juniors just saved second place

“Obviously we would have liked to win, but the penalty time dropped us into second place,” said Max Hesse. “The car has worked well and we are looking forward to the 24 hour race. You can always be happy with a podium.”

BMW M4 GT3 of the BMW Junior Team

On the track, the BMW guys were also the fastest on Sunday Enlarge

The BMW penalty then led to a sort of remote photo finish. In the end, the # 24 Audi Car Collection (P. Kolb / Mies / Drudi) was 1.5 seconds from overtaking the # 72. Christopher Mies passed the sister car no. 22 (Haase / Niederhauser) in the last lap of the race at the Döttingerhöhe.

Fifth place for the best Porsche, the # 18 KCMG (Tandy / Bamber) ahead of the # 44 Falken Porsche (Kern / Picariello / Ragginger). The Phoenix-Audi # 16 (Giermaziak / Schramm / Beretta), the strong TF-Sport-Aston-Martin # 90 (Eastwood / Hasse-Clot), the Schubert-BMW # 20 (Krohn / Krütten / Klingmann) and the Schnitzelalm- Mercedes # 34 (Mettler / Stengel / Böckmann) completed the top 10.

The strategy pushes GetSpeed ​​forward

One of the keys to the final victory of the Mercedes GetSpeed, which started the race from 12th place, was a good strategy. Together with the sister car no. 4 (Engel / Gounon / Juncadella), car number 3 made its first pit stop after lap 5. Due to the short driving time, the car also had to spend less time in the pits due to the regulation, which allowed the team to recover many positions on the track.

Photo: Qualifying 24h Nürburgring 2022

The strategy could also have given GetSpeed ​​a double, as the # 4, who started from the back of the first group, was third with three laps to go. But then Jules Gunon hit the barriers on the Breidscheid bridge and retreated.

“Thanks to the team, the car was fantastic,” said third-placed Mies, praising the work of the Car Collection team. “It has always been an exciting battle with the 22. The car is better than ever. NLS1 was good, but now we have taken it one step further. The driveability is extremely good and the car performs very well which is great. it’s important, especially in the 24 hours, but the others are improving too, so we have to recover ”.

Many problems in the BMW warehouse

In the BMW warehouse today there was little light and many shadows, the latter especially with the Rowe team. On lap 8, # 99 (De Philippi / Eng / Farfus / Yelloly), who had cleared the field after the first stop, returned to the pits after a short lap on the Grand Prix circuit and disappeared into the pits. The reason for this was a faulty ABS sensor.

A few seconds later, the sister car no. 98 (Catsburg / Edwards / S. Van der Linde / Wittmann) was pushed into the garage with the left side of the vehicle damaged. During the start after the first pit stop, Nick Catsburg collided with the Porsche Cayman of the 9und11 team. After long stops for repairs, both BMWs returned to the track for test runs.

BMW M4 GT3 of the Rowe teams

Both Team Rowe’s BMW M4 GT3s had technical problems Enlarge

The # 101 Walkenhorst BMW (Krognes / Soucek / Trogen) was not lucky with pole position. The starting driver Christian Krognes led the race in the first stint, but after the driver change Sami-Matti Trogen had to pit unscheduled due to a slow flat tire. On lap 12, the Finn collided with the # 87 Opel Astra at Hedwigshöhe and retired.

Significantly more accidents than on Saturday

Other cars in the higher classes also didn’t have a chance to achieve a major result at the start. After the third lap, the Phoenix-Audi # 5 (Stippler / V. Kolb / Feller) was pushed into the pits. After replacing a faulty wheel bearing, the car resumed the race five laps later, but later retired after an accident involving Vincent Kolb in Brünnchen.

Also on lap 3 Johannes Stuck hit the guardrail with True-KTM # 117 in the Tiergarten section and was obviously able to get out of the car on his own strength. One lap later, Porsche # 33 Falken (Pilet / Seefried / S. Müller / Evans) crashed in the Klostertal area.

Serious accident of the Ferrari Octane126

Racing luck was also not good for the two Italian GT3s. On lap 12, the Ferrari # 26 Octane126 (Grossmann / Trummer / Hirschi / Ludwig) had an accident on its way to the Pflanzengarten. Simon Trummer managed to get out of the vehicle, which was completely destroyed in the front, by his own forces. Tragically, a marshal collapsed during the rescue work and subsequently died in the medical center.

In the same lap, lightning struck the Konrad-Lamborghini no. 7 (Jefferies / di Martino / Pepper), with whom Jordan Pepper had fought a useful battle in the early stages. Axcil Jefferies pitted the car at a slow pace and then reported: “We had problems with the wheel bearing, the right rear wheel came loose.”

The Glickenhaus SCG004c # 706 (Mutsch / Laser / Mailleux / Westbrook), which was 19th in the best qualifying, did not start. According to team owner James Glickenhaus, there was a problem with a wheel bearing and the car was withdrawn for safety reasons.

The teams are now preparing for the highlight of the season on the Nordschleife, which kicks off on May 28, 2022 at 4pm.

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