24 Hours of Nurburgring: VAG Class-by-Class Breakdown Share Comments There are just so many reasons to be enthralled by the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. There’s the stunning track itself, the throngs of fans spread out across the local mountainous real estate and of course the cars. Volkswagen came with factory-built Golf GT-24s and CNG-powered Sciroccos. Audi brought its R8 LMS and the new TT RS racer. The whole shooting match was won by a Porsche 911 piloted by mostly Audi factory Le Mans drivers. To say there’s some VAG DNA in these hills is an understatement, but the above only tells a small part of the story. Below is a breakdown of cars of interest that competed in this year’s event, cars that are of interest to Volkswagen and Audi enthusiasts. Be they Volkswagens, Audis, cars powered by VAG engines or cars driven by familiar factory drivers, this class-by-class breakdown shows just how deep the story goes. Worth noting, in summarizing these vehicles we barely even cracked the surface of this year’s race in its entirety. Class Details: SP9 To be eligible for SP 9 (FIA GT3), cars must have gone through FIA Balance of Performance of the current year and be homologated in group GT3. Vehicles Competing in Class Audi R8 LMS, BMW Z4 GT3, Lamborghini Gallardo LP600, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S, Porsche 997 GT3 R Podium Results (Rank, Number, Drivers, Car, Laps Completed, Time Gap) 1) 14 Basseng Fässler Piccini Stippler Audi R8 LMS 155 24:02:31.681 2) 15 Stippler Hennerici Haase Winkelhock Audi R8 LMS 155 24:11:35.965 9:04.284 +9:04.284 3) 16 Ekström Scheider Werner Abt Audi R8 LMS 154 24:05:01.220 1 Rd. +5:29.139 Class Race Summary As a class of racing, the GT3 field is effectively on fire. GT3 series are popping up all over Europe and many places in the rest of the world. Manufacturers continue to roll out factory-built GT3-spec cars like the Audi R8 LMS so it’s no surprise that this is one hotly contested class and in serious contention for an all-out win. The aforementioned R8 LMS returned this year campaigned effectively by factory efforts. The two DTM squads of Abt Sportsline and Team Phoenix each fielded a pair of R8s, alongside the Audi Race Experience and its Joest-backed squad that fielded a third pair of R8s as part of the racing school program it’s been managing for Audi. As is typical with Audi, the six cars Audi teams weren’t short on driver star power. GT3 driver squads were bolstered with DTM stars such as Matthias Ekstrom, Timo Scheider, Markus Winkelhock, Christian Abt and Nurburgring regular Frank Stippler. Le Mans stars in the mix included this year’s Le Mans winner Marcel Fassler and previous Le Mans winner Marco Werner. The rest of the GT3 field was filled with factory-built cars from BMW, Mercedes and Porsche and a lone Lamborghini managed by Reiter Engineering. In addition to its Audi Brand Group DNA, the lone Reiter Gallardo also set off our radar thanks to its driver lineup headlined by Audi icon Hans-Joachim Stuck. Rumor is this is Stuck’s last official race, which made things even more special. Were you to measure the race on qualifying positions, things looked very good for the Mercedes-Benz SLS, positioned 2,3,4 on the overall grid and ahead of the fastest Audi in the seventh slot. As is usual though, grid isn’t everything and the R8s showed their dominance with strong pace and reliability to the end, sweeping the class podium and finishing 1,2,3,7 and 10, with one of the Audi Race Experience R8s retiring early following an accident when a tire failed near the Tiergarten on the 11th lap. As for Hans-Joachim Stuck, his team made up of two sons Ferdinand and Johannes, as well as Reiter regular Peter Kox managed an impressive 9th place in class. And when it came to the overall win, Audi’s fastest #14 car boasting Fassler on its roster managed third overall. In the end, GT2-spec cars from Porsche and BMW nabbed the top two spots primarily due to superior fuel efficiency, though the leading R8 was only one lap down by the end of 24 hours. #14 Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS Engine: 10 cyl. / 5.200 ccm Weight: 1300 kg Drivers: Marc Basseng (D), Marcel Fassler (CH), Frank Stippler (D) Results: 3rd Overall, 1st in Class, 155 Laps Completed #15 Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS Engine: 10 cyl. / 5.200 ccm Weight: 1300 kg Drivers: Christopher Haase (D), Marc Hennerici (D), Frank Stippler (D), Markus Winkelhock (D) Results: 4th Overall, 2nd in Class, 155 Laps Completed #16 Abt Sportsline Audi R8 LMS Engine: 10 cyl. / 5.200 ccm Weight: 1300 kg Drivers: Christian Abt (D), Matthias Ekstrom (S), Timo Scheider (D), Marco Werner (D) Results: 5th Overall, 3rd in Class, 154 Laps Completed #17 Abt Sportsline Audi R8 LMS Engine: 10 cyl. / 5.200 ccm Weight: 1300 kg Drivers: Christian Abt (D), Christer Joens (D), Luca Ludwig (D), Christopher Mies (D) Results: 12th Overall, 7th in Class, 149 Laps Completed #28 Audi Race Experience R8 LMS Engine: 10 cyl. / 5.200 ccm Weight: 1300 kg Drivers: John Barker (GB), Christian Bollrath (D), Frank Schmickler (D), Rudi Speich (D) Results: 18th Overall, 10th in Class, 145 Laps Completed #29 Audi Race Experience R8 LMS Engine: 10 cyl. / 5.200 ccm Weight: 1300 kg Drivers: Emin Akata (D), Wolfgang Dess (D), Florian Gruber (D), Chris Vogler (D) Results: DNF, 10 Laps Completed #34 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 Engine: 10 cyl. / 5.211 ccm Weight: 1350 kg Drivers: Peter Kox (D), Ferdinand Stuck (D), Hans-Joachim Stuck (D), Johannes Stuck (D) Results: 15th Overall, 9th in Class, 148 Laps Completed Class Details: SP8T To be eligible for SP 8T 2500-4000, cars must have a turbocharged engine with displacement between 2,500 and 4,000 cc. Vehicles Competing in Class Audi RS 4, Nissan GTR, Golf GT 24 Podium Results (Rank, Number, Drivers, Car, Laps Completed, Time Gap) 1. 71 Schulze Schulze Yamamoto Yamauchi Nissan GT-R 134 24:02:26.954 2. 72 Scott Owers Schley Millener Audi RS4 130 24:07:32.915 4 Rd. 4 Rd. 3. 73 Kohlhaas Duffner Rice Lewis Audi RS 4 126 24:05:58.301 8 Rd. 4 Rd. Class Race Summary The SP8T class may not be a terribly deep class, but the cars comprising it are one of the most interesting mixes on the table. Think three factory-backed all-wheel drive Volkswagen Golfs, a Nissan GTR and a pair of Audi RS 4s. First and foremost, there was were the trio of factory-backed Golf GT-24s. Though they were hastily built by Volkswagen Motorsport in time for this year’s race, the hardware is hard to ignore. Under their carbon fiber hoods beats the Audi 2.5 TFSI. And, unlike TTRS racers built by quattro GmbH, the Golf GT-24 boasts all-wheel drive. That current Audi DTM driver Edoardo Mortara was named on the driver roster of two of the cars and former Audi Le Mans driver (R8 era) Johnny Herbert was also on the list added lift to the high expectations of this trio. Of course there were also two Audis in the field in the form of the pair of B7 RS 4s fielded by Gotz Motorsport. Though not factory backed, Gotz is a regular in the VLN and at the Nurburgring. Things didn’t go easily for the Audi-powered Golfs in their first outing. First came a gearbox failure on one car after just six hours of racing. The second dropped out after a massive accident with Mortara at the wheel and involving a different car trying to enter the pits when a slower car intervened. The third experienced a failed differential at the eighteenth hour of the race, taking out the final Golf 24. On top of all that, a rabbit (the animal kind) also ran in front of the number 3 car before it retired, but managed not cause significant damage. The Golf 24 cars were very strong runners during the race, often seen pulling on the Porsche 911 GT3 R cars up hills. Aerodynamics on the cars was reportedly a bit tricky at high speeds compared to the dedicated sportscars running on the circuit. Volkswagen is talking about returning again next year and our guess is that the mechanical issues will be sorted out by then. In a 24-hour race, running fast is important but running strong and finishing is even moreso. And in a class field of five, the strategy likely becomes just a bit more conservative when three cars drop out of the race. For the remaining pair of Audi RS 4s and single Nissan GTR, this may have been the case. Each finished, netting first place for the Nissan, second for the #72 RS 4 and third for the #73 RS 4. #35 Volkswagen Motorsport Golf GT24 Engine: 5 cyl. / 2.510.5 ccm, turbo Weight: 1300 kg Drivers: Edoardo Mortara (IT), Rene Rast (D), Peter Terting (D), Nicki Thiim (DK) Results: DNF, 40 Laps Completed #72 Gotz Motorsport Audi RS 4 Engine: 8 cyl. / 3.960 ccm Weight: 1350 kg Drivers: Scott Lewis (NZ), Stuart Owers (NZ) Results 59th overall, 2nd in Class, 130 Laps Completed #73 Gotz Motorsport Audi RS 4 Engine: 8 cyl. / 3.960 ccm Weight: 1350 kg Drivers: Axel Duffner (D), Christian Kohlhaas (D), Shane Lewis (USA), Victor Rice (USA) Results 59th overall, 2nd in Class, 130 Laps Completed #135 Volkswagen Motorsport Golf GT24 Engine: 5 cyl. / 2.510.5 ccm, turbo Weight: 1300 kg Drivers: Fredrik Ekblom (S), Edoardo Mortara (IT), Thomas Mutsch (D), Patrick Simon (D) Results: DNF, 37 Laps Completed #235 Volkswagen Motorsport Golf GT24 Engine: 5 cyl. / 2.510.5 ccm, turbo Weight: 1300 kg Drivers: Patrick Bernhardt (D), Mark Blundell (D), Johnny Herbert (UK) Results: DNF, 112 Laps Completed Class Details: SP8 To be eligible for SP 8 4000-6200, cars must have an engine with displacement between 4,000 and 6,200 cc. Vehicles Competing in Class Aston Martin GT4, Aston Martin V12 Zagato, Chevrolet Corvette C6 GT4, Ferrari F 458 Italia GT, Holden Commodore, Ledus IS-F, Lexus LF-A, Nissan 370 Z Podium Results (Rank, Number, Drivers, Car, Laps Completed, Time Gap) 1. 2 Farnbacher Simonsen Seefried Melo Ferrari F458 Italia GT 152 24:06:55.591 2. 82 Guttroff Fübrich Kiesch Keilwitz Chevrolet Corvette C6 GT4 140 24:00:39.410 11 Rd. 11 Rd. 3. 88 Iida Ishiura Oshima Lexus LF-A 133 24:06:24.507 19 Rd. 7 Rd. Class Race Summary Normally we’d likely not cover a Lexus LF-A in such a wide field, but when said Lexus boasts a current Le Mans-winning driver from Audi Sport and one who put down a truly impressive show of force in the final hours at La Sarthe, we’ll happily add it to the list. Andre Lotterer has a kinship for Japan. The German-born driver boasts a long resume of racing victories in the land of the rising sun and even calls it his current home. In as much, we weren’t all that surprised to see Andre return to Nurburgring again in a Lexus LF-A fielded by Gazoo Racing and even compete against Le Mans teammate Marcel Fassler who was there with Audi. Early in the race, the SP8 class rival Hankook Ferrari showed an overall dominance. It led the field for a while before falling back due to mechanical difficulties. That car finished eighth overall, but the rest of the SP8 class didn’t fare as well. Though wide and also impressive a class field with effective factory-backed efforts from both Lexus and Aston Martin (including the handsome V12 Zagato), the best of the rest in SP8 was 23rd overall and the Lotterer LF-A finished just 42nd, though it did nab third in class. #88 Gazoo Racing Lexus LF-A Engine: 8 cyl. / 4.805 ccm Weight: 1450 kg Drivers:, Takayuki Kinoshita (J), Andre Lotterer (D), Juichi Wakisaka (J) Results: 42nd Overall, 3rd in Class, 133 Laps Completed Class Details: SP7 To be eligible for SP7 3500-4000, cars must have an engine with displacement between 3,500 and 4,000 cc. Vehicles Competing in Class Artega GT, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Porsche 997 Cup, Porsche 996 GT3 Cup, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche 997 GT3, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, Porsche 911 GT3 R Podium Results (Rank, Number, Drivers, Car, Laps Completed, Time Gap) 1. 18 Lieb Luhr Bernhard Dumas Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 156 24:01:51.598 2. 12 Weiss Kainz Jacobs Krumbach Porsche 911 GT3 MR 151 24:01:52.062 5 Rd. 5 Rd. 3. 55 Bourdeaux Kikireshko Forbes Feidt Porsche 997 Cup 145 24:09:29.225 11 Rd. 6 Rd. Class Race Summary With one exception, SP7 might as well have been called the Porsche class. With the exception of a lone Audi-powered Artega, the rest of the field was entirely made up of 911s. Of course, amidst that pack of slope-backed Porsches there was one that demanded attention from the outset. As the winningest team at the Nurburgring, Manthey Racing is an odds-on favorite from the outset. That it’s got some of the winningest drivers of the Nurburgring 24 Hours as well as Audi Sport Le Mans regulars doesn’t hurt either. Audi Sport alum Lucas Luhr joined two of the Audi R18 #1 drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, as well as Manthey regular Marc Lieb to form likely the most potent driver team on the grid. Not surprising then that the quartet took the overall win that moved Bernhard up to tie the win record here for a single driver. Now boasting five wins, Timo matches Marcel Tiemann and Pedro Lamy. The lone exception to the otherwise all-Porsche field in SP7 was an Artega GT fielded by Team Uwe Nittel with backing from Continental Tires. With an Audi 3.6-liter V6 as seen in the Q7 and design by Fisker, we’ve long been fans of the Artega and it’s good to see it in competitive trim. This particular Artega was a second mission at the Nurburgring beyond just finishing the race. Continental used the outing as a promotional tool, running street legal ContiForce tires throughout the race. As other teams scrambled throughout a mix of weather to choose rain tires or intermediates, the Artega just kept going on its ContiForces and managed 73rd overall, seventh in class. #18 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Engine: 6 cyl. / 3.996 ccm Weight: 1300 kg Drivers: Timo Bernhard (D), Romain Dumas (D), Marc Lieb (D), Lucas Luhr (D) Results: 1st Overall, 1st in Class, 156 Laps Completed #53 Team Uwe Nittel Artega GT Engine: 6 cyl. / 3.246 ccm Weight: 1350 kg Drivers: Christian Gebhardt (D), Uwe Krumscheid (D), Dierk Moller-Sonntag (D), Uwe Nittel (D) Results: 73rd Overall, 7th in Class, 126 Laps Completed Class Details: SP4T To be eligible for SP 4T 2000-2500, cars must have a turbocharged engine with displacement between 2,000 and 2,500 cc. Vehicles Competing in Class Audi TT RS, Audi TTS, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, Ford Focus ST, Volvo C30 T5 Podium Results (Rank, Number, Drivers, Car, Laps Completed, Time Gap) 1. 125 Ammermüller Biela Klingmann Tomczyk Audi TT RS 148 23:58:50.705 2. 124 Brenndörfer Müller Eickholt Andree Volvo C30 T5 131 24:03:08.267 17 Rd. 17 Rd. 3. 126 Hohenadel Johansson Molina Piccini Audi TT RS 128 24:03:06.953 20 Rd. 3 Rd. Class Race Summary Though its highly unlikely a car classified in SP4T would vie for an outright win at Le Mans, the formula for the small displacement turbocharged class is a potent one. Audi in particular made news this year with the return of its quattro GmbH-developed TT RS racers. Running against these cars was a longe TTS, a Volvo C30 and a mix of Ford Foci. Raeder Motorsport fielded a pair of silver TT RS with some factory backing as well as some drivers. Audi DTM points leader Martin Tomczyk joined Frank Biela to bolster the #125 squad while Miguel Molina joined the crew of the #126. A third TT RS was fielded by Team Weininger and is an effort orchestrated by the Audi IT team. That Audi’s IT department has gone racing is reason enough to make the #122 TT RS a fan favorite, but going and painting the car in vintage Audi rallying racing stripes helps seal the deal. The #11 Pro Handycap is TTS is a returning Nurburgring regular and consistent performer as well. Not surprisingly, the Tomczyk-led #125 Raeder TT RS dominated the class and most of the field. It eventually won the class and managed an impressive 14th overall. Its sister car the #126 also managed podium with third place, split on the winner’s stand by the crew of the Heico Sportiv Volvo C30. #111 Pro Handycap e.V. Wolfgang Muller Audi TTS Engine: k.A. Weight: k.A. Drivers: Peter Hohensteiger (D), Wolfgang Muller (D), Oliver Rudolph (D) Results: 110th Overall, 6th in Class, 114 Laps Completed #122 Team Wieninger Stefan Audi TT RS Engine: 5 cyl. / 2.000 ccm, turbo Weight: 1200 kg Drivers: Rudolf Brandl (D), Ludger Henrich (D), Torsten Kratz (D), Jurgen Schulten (D) Results 171st Overall, 8th in Class, 50 Laps Completed #125 Raeder Motorsport Audi TT RS Engine: 5 cyl. / 2.480 ccm, turbo Weight: 1100 kg Drivers: Michael Ammermuller (D), Frank Biela (D), Raphael Klingmann (D), Martin Tomczyk (D) Results:14th Overall, 1st in Class, 149 Laps Completed #126 Raeder Motorsport Audi TT RS Engine: 5 cyl. / 2.480 ccm, turbo Weight: 1100 kg Drivers: Christian Hohenadel (D), Jimmy Johansson (S), Miguel Molina (E), Andrea Piccini (I) Results:63rd Overall, 3rd in Class, 128 Laps Completed Class Details: SP3T To be eligible for SP 3T 1750-2000, cars must have a turbocharged engine with displacement between 1,750 and 2,000 cc. Vehicles Competing in Class Audi S3, Audi TT, MINI Cooper, Opel Astra OPC, Renault Clio RS, SEAT Leon, SEAT Leon Supercopa, Subaru Imreza GVB WRX, Volkswagen Golf GTI Podium Results (Rank, Number, Drivers, Car, Laps Completed, Time Gap) 1. 155 Yoshida Sasaki Engels van Dam Subaru Impreza WRX 142 23:58:44.763 2. 133 Deegener Wohlfarth Breuer Haugg Audi TT S 140 24:01:42.094 2 Rd. 2 Rd. 3. 134 Wasel Wasel Löhnert Löhnert Audi TT S 137 23:59:30.197 5 Rd. 2 Rd. Class Race Summary Another wide class is that of SP3T. Made for cars with small displacement turbocharged engines, the field is littered with a host of privately developed Volkswagen Group models including two Audi TTS, a TT and an S3 along with a Volkswagen GTI and several SEATS. Factory-developed cars from MINI, Subaru and SEAT don’t make things any easier either. Even with the heavy competition, the independent cars managed a strong showing. And, thanks to a second place by the #133 Raeder TTS and a third place score by the #134 Scuderia Colonia TTS, Audi can boast a third class of podium dominance with SP3T. #133 Raeder Audi TTS Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.994 ccm Weight: 1100 kg Drivers: Christoph Breuer (D), Elmar Deegener (D), Wolfgang Haugg (D), Jurgen Wohlfahrt (D) Results: 24th Overall, 2nd in Class, 140 Laps Completed #134 Scuderia Colonia e.V. I ADAC Audi TTS Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.984.3 ccm Weight: 1100 kg Drivers: Marcus Lohnert (D), Roman Lohnert (D), Matthias Wasel (D), Thomas Wasel (D) Results: 29th Overall, 3rd in Class, 137 Laps Completed #149 Team Haakon Schjaerin Audi TT Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.984.3 ccm Weight: 1101 kg Drivers: Atle Gulbrandsen (N), Christian Krognes (N), Hakon Schjaerin (N) Results: DNF, 27 Laps Completed #150 MSC Adenau e.V.I. Audi S3 Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.984 ccm Weight: k.A. Drivers: Bolck Bora (D), Mike Jager (D) Results: 158th Overall, 16th in Class, 67 Laps Completed Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.984 ccm Weight: 1160 kg Drivers: Armin Holz (D), Maik Potzl (D), Thomas Scheimann (D), Martin Zandler (D) Results: DNF, 118 Laps Completed Class Details: SP3 To be eligible for SP 3 1750-2000, cars must have an engine with displacement between 1,750 and 2,000 cc. Vehicles Competing in Class Honda S2000, Opel Manta, Renault Clio Cup, Renault Clio RS III, Renault Clio, Volkswagen Golf III 16V, Volkswagen Golf III Kit Car Podium Results (Rank, Number, Drivers, Car, Laps Completed, Time Gap) 1. 170 Schmid Jacksties Lorenzo Mihm Honda S 2000 132 23:58:01.898 2. 165 “Rennsemmel” Peter Schmidtmann Renault Clio 129 23:58:50.496 3 Rd. 3 Rd. 3. 167 Hancke Zuhour Dr. Steidel Al-Azhari Renault Clio 117 23:58:50.501 15 Rd. 12 Rd. Class Race Summary With small displacement and no turbos, SP3 is a popular class for teams with smaller budgets. Even the fastest cars here are not often highly placed in overall ranks, but that doesn’t stop the more amateur efforts from slogging through the event and working as hard as everyone else… maybe harder. Not surprisingly, the affordability of SP3 means Volkswagen is a popular marque in the ranks of SP3. Two mark III Golfs joined the field alongside the likes of the Honda S2000, Opel Manta and a host of Renault Clios. The pair of Volkswagens both managed to bring it home, ranking sixth and seventh in class and showing older generation cars are still quite capable of completing the grueling 24 Hours of the ‘Green Hell’. #159 AC Mayen e.V. Volkswagen Golf III 16V Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.984 ccm Weight: 1030 kg Drivers: Bernd Albrecht (D), Florian Effertz (D), Gustavo Fontana (RA), Jose Visir (RA) Results 131st Overall, 6th in Class, 107 Laps Completed #163 AC Team Andreas Dingert Volkswagen Golf Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.996 ccm Weight: 1025 kg Drivers: Andreas Dingert (D), Eric Freichels (D), Sven Kurtenbach (D), Rolf Weissenfels (D) Results: 134th Overall, 7th in Class, 106 Laps Completed Class Details: D1T To be eligible for D1T 1750-2000, cars must have a turbocharged diesel engine with displacement between 1,750 and 2,000 cc. Vehicles Competing in Class Alfa Romeo 147, BMW 120d, Peugeot RCZ HDI, SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI, Volkswagen Golf TDI, Volkswagen Golf R-TDI Podium Results (Rank, Number, Drivers, Car, Laps Completed, Time Gap) 1. 201 Bohrer Caillet Nett Premat Peugeot RCZ HDI 130 24:00:45.597 2. 182 Kirsten Walter Schula Alfa Romeo 147 127 24:02:58.254 3 Rd. 3 Rd. 3. 183 Bergamaschi Wartenberg jun. Radulovic Schröder Volkswagen Golf V R-Tdi 120 23:55:49.195 9 Rd. 6 Rd. Class Race Summary Diesel may dominate other series such as Le Mans, but the diesel classes at the Nurburgring 24 Hours aren’t quite as dominant. Even still, diesel is a popular choice on German roads and not surprisingly also on the tarmac of the Nordschleife. This small displacement diesel class features a wide range of entrants, ranging to include entries bearing badges such as Alfa Romeo, BMW, Peugeot, SEAT and, of course, Volkswagen. Three different Golfs spanning Mark IV to Mark V contested D1T and the H&R-backed #183 Golf V R-TDI even managed a podium spot of 3rd in class. #178 Pistenclub e.V.I Volkswagen Golf IV R-TDI Engine: k.A. Weight: k.A. Drivers: Paul Martin Dose (D), Andreas Hetzel (D), Samo Mazi (D), Dankwarth Weyand (D) Results: 162n Overall, 8th in Class, 63 Laps Completed #180 AMC Hoyel e.V. Volkswagen Golf V TDI Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.968 ccm Weight: 1268 kg Drivers: Sebastian Flint (D), Achim Johanns (D), Maik Knappmeier (D), Marco Knappmeier (D) Results: 132nd Overall, 6th in Class, 106 Laps Completed #183 H&R Spezialfedern Volkswagen Golf V R-TDI Engine:Weight: k.A. Drivers: Herwarth (D), Zoran Radulovicz (D), Robert Schroder (D), Jun. Wartenberg (D) Results: 92nd Overall, 3rd in Class, 120 Laps Completed Class Details: AT To be eligible for AT class, cars must have an alternative fuel engine. Vehicles Competing in Class Audi A4 quattro, Volkswagen Scirocco GT24-CNG, Volkswagen Scirocco Podium Results (Rank, Number, Drivers, Car, Laps Completed, Time Gap) 1. 117 Sainz AL-Attiyah de Villiers Niedzwiedz Volkswagen Scirocco GT24-CNG 139 23:55:55.784 2. 116 Niedzwiedz Ickx Wyss Ostmann Volkswagen Scirocco GT24-CNG 132 24:00:24.677 7 Rd. 7 Rd. 3. 202 Hanisch Leinfelder Keutmann Trenery Audi A4 quattro 117 24:00:25.022 22 Rd. 15 Rd. Class Race Summary Putting the ‘Green’ in ‘Green Hell’ are alternative fuel class of AT. The AT class was a mix between Volkswagen Sciroccos factory and independent and a lone Audi A4 by the Tuning Akademie team that made the jump over from diesel where they’d competed last year. Not surprisingly, the factory-backed Volkswagen Scirocco GT24-CNG trio running compressed natural gas were the odds on favorites to win and they met expectations nabbing first and second in class and with driver lineups such as Volkswagen Dakar star Carlos Sainz and former Audi DTM driver Vanina Ickx. Impressively, the heavier #202 Tuning Akademie Audi A4 having jumped from last year’s position in a diesel class netted third place in this class. #116 Volkswagen Motorsport Scirocco GT24-CNG Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.984,3 ccm Weight: 1200 kg Drivers: Vanina Ickx (B), Bernd Ostmann (D), Peter Wyss (CH) Results: 47th Overall, 2nd in Class, 132 Laps Completed #117 Volkswagen Motorsport Scirocco GT24-CNG Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.984,3 ccm Weight: 1200 kg Drivers: Nasser Al-Attiyah (QA), Giniel De Villiers (ZA), Klaus Niedzwiedz (D), Carlos Sainz (E) Results: 27th Overall, 1st in Class, 139 Laps Completed #202 Tuning Akademie Audi A4 quattro Engine: 6 cyl. / 2.967 ccm Weight: 1550 kg Drivers: Thomas Hanisch (D), Hans Keutmann (D), Klaus Leinfelder (D), Spencer Trenery (USA) Results: 98th Overall, 3rd in Class, 117 Laps Completed #205 Team Smudo Volkswagen Scirocco Engine: 4 cyl. / 1.964 ccm Weight: 1000 kg Drivers: Tim Schrick (D), Charlotte Wilking (D), Smudo (D), Thomas (D), Von Lowis of Menar (D) Results: 190th Overall, 4th in Class, 25 Laps Completed For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums to the left. 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