What a Top Qualifying! Pole for Luca Ludwig in the Ferrari, joined on the front row of the grid by Augusto Farfus in the Rowe BMW M4 GT3, who backed up the strong form shown by the BMW so far this season. And then a surprise third place for Jordan Pepper in the Lambo. There was plenty to discuss in the subsequent press conference for the top qualifiers. Here are the quotes from the three fastest men on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife today.
• Two dream laps for the family tradition and the first Glickenhaus Trophy • Farfus (#99 Rowe-BMW) and Pepper (#7 Konrad-Lamborghini) narrowly beaten • Race live and in full on NITRO and in livestream
“I came to Munich on 1st May 1972,” says Jochen Neerpasch, founder of what was at the time BMW Motorsport GmbH. “The entry in the commercial register followed as soon as 24th May 1972. Back then, we had five employees.” Neerpasch is a guest at the Nürburgring this week, where he is celebrating the 50th anniversary of what is now BMW M GmbH, after the official birthday celebration took place on Tuesday (24th May) in Munich.
• Best-placed Mercedes-AMG, Audi, Porsche and Aston Martin follow in third, fourth, sixth and seventh • Racing against a worthy backdrop at last: The fans are back • Battle for pole position in Top Qualifying on Friday evening
Two records at once: record winner Manthey Racing emerged victorious from the shortest-ever ADAC TOTAL 24h race. A 14.5-hour stoppage due to fog turned the 49th edition of the legendary “Eifel marathon” into an “Eifel sprint”. After a magnificent opening phase and a faultless final stint, French driver Kevin Estre claimed the seventh win for the team from Meuspath in the Manthey Porsche #911 – the perfect gift to mark the 25th anniversary of the team’s foundation. Italian Matteo Cairoli and Danish driver Michael Christensen hailed their team-mate as Estre rolled over the finishing line in “Grello”, 8.8 seconds ahead of the Rowe BMW #98 with final driver Sheldon van der Linde, Martin Tomczyk, Marco Wittmann and Connor de Phillippi. It was the second-closest finish in the history of the race. Third place was claimed by the GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG #7. This result put three different brands on the podium.