24-hour race at the Nürburgring 2020: BILSTEIN teams aim for top positions

Keep your distance: BILSTEIN sends masked racer to the Green Hell

The Corona pandemic has upset the plans for most sporting events. The legendary 24-hour race at the Nürburgring also had to be postponed. With a four-month delay, the classic Eifel race will take place from 26 to 27 September. Together with our partners we are returning to the Green Hell – and jointly with the newly founded Haupt Racing Team we have come up with something special.

“We have a long tradition at the Nürburgring. It makes us all the more grateful that we have succeeded in making what is probably the toughest race in the world actually take place,” explains Dr. Peter Klaus Kirner, CEO of thyssenkrupp Bilstein GmbH. “Especially in this difficult situation, we have increased our commitment and are pleased that many teams are once again relying on our shock absorbers and that numerous vehicles will enter the race with our new EVO RT technology”.

Together with the Haupt Racing Team, we are competing in the classic 24-hour race with our own BILSTEIN vehicle. With its mask design, the HRT-Mercedes picks up on the current situation around Covid19: “With the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the familiar BILSTEIN colours, we want to set an example for the correct handling of the coronavirus. This simply means wearing masks and keeping a minimum distance of one and a half metres to protect yourself and others,” says Timo Krutoff, CFO of thyssenkrupp Bilstein GmbH.

“The car is also a greeting to all BILSTEIN employees and our numerous fans around the globe. Even though a lot will be different this year: Together with the fans, we are looking forward to great motor sports in all categories!”

With its 6.3-litre V8 high-revving naturally aspirated engine, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is an awesome monster. The cockpit will be shared by Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman, Nico Bastian and Philip Ellis. Like the BILSTEIN Mercedes, also the both HRT sister cars with Maro Engel, Manuel Metzger, Adam Christodoulou and Luca Stolz as well as Patrick Assenheimer, Dominik Baumann, Dirk Müller and Maro Engel as double starter are contender for overall victory in the SP9 class. Maro Engel, Manuel Metzger and others already showed in the “National Long Distance Series” with two overall victories this year that we can count on HRT.

Teams such as Black Falcon, Sorg Rennsport and Manheller Racing will also be using BILSTEIN. Down to the smaller classes, eight cars from Audi to Subaru will be fighting for class victories with BILSTEIN shock absorbers. A highlight in class SP8T is the 520 hp Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio of the Italian Lanza Motorsport Team.

Due to the corona pandemic, only grandstands around the Grand Prix circuit will open. The spectator areas around the Nordschleife, on the other hand, will remain closed. Thanks to livestreamings and live timing, racing freaks can also be up close from home. And one thing is clear: BILSTEIN rocks!