Audi team walks away as the winner at Nurburgring for the second time
This year's 24-hour Nurburgring race was the 42nd in a series that started way back in the 1970s, and once again the Audi team walked away as the winner. After being in the lead for a long period, Phoenix Racing's No 4 Audi R8 LMS crossed the finish line first, beating its nearest rival, Black Falcon's Mercedes, by a full two minutes.
The 2013 winner, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT 3 of the Black Falcon team, narrowly missed the win but was still able to finish the race ahead of another Mercedes vehicle, Rowe Racing's Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
This, of course, meant a double podium finish for the guys from Mercedes, similar to what the Mercedes F1 team achieved in neighbouring Austria. It was a mighty battle lasting 24 hours and it once again proved how good German car manufacturers are at building reliable vehicles.
This was the second time the Audi team had won the race; it was previously victorious in 2012. Mercedes managed to win the Nurburgring for the first time last year. At this stage, however, neither Audi nor Mercedes come close to the 19 wins clocked up by the BMW team over the years.
The Phoenix Racing Audi A8 took the lead after 17 hours, followed by the Black Falcon Mercedes in second place and the Sports Trophy BMW in third place. After incurring a ten-second penalty, the Falken Motorsports Porsche lost its fourth place position to the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 of the Rowe Racing team.