New Zealand’s Kiwi Team Nürburgring maintained their record of finishing the 24 Hours of Nürburgring at their fourth attempt at the race, in what was the fastest ever running of the 24 hour epic
Three cars entered for ’09 compared with two in 2008.
By race end, all three Kiwi cars were spread less than 10 places apart, after problems for the quickest of the three cars, the Audi RS4, early on Sunday morning.
Honda Civic number 193 took home second in class and 77th overall, closely followed by the number eleven Audi RS4, also second in class and 80th overall.
The sister Honda Civic rounded out the third car for the team, with a result of fourth in class and 85th overall.
The Audi RS4 that was secured for the first time for 2009 struck problems around 6am on Sunday morning, just over half way through the race.
Tim Martin was at the wheel of the Audi for the race start, keeping the car out of trouble and moving up to be inside the top 50 by the close of the first stint.
By sunrise, the Audi had moved up to 38th overall and second in the class placings, after competitors including both Lexus LFA’s encountered technical problems.
However 14 hours into the race, the engine of the Audi blew, with a massive cloud of white smoke signalling the end of the V8 power-plant. Luckily for the team, the failure happened on the Grand Prix section of the 25km circuit, so Tim Martin was able to coast back to the pit lane.
The Götz Motorsport team who were preparing the RS4 in conjunction with the Kiwi team quickly got to work to change the engine, completing the task in 2.5 hours. By 9am the number eleven Audi RS4 was back on track, this time with Andy Booth at the wheel, fourth in class.
Then with less than an hour remaining in the race, Lewis Scott jumped the second Lexus, bringing home the RS4 in 80th place overall.
Class winners for the SP8 class was the Aston Martin V12 Vantage team which includes Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez in the driving line-up, significantly ahead with 139 laps completed, compared with 118 laps for the RS4.
Coverage of Kiwi Team Nürburgring at the 2009 24 Hours of Nürburgring race will be shown on TV1’s Powerbuilt Tools Motorsport show on 5 July 2009.