Intensive test: The final assessment for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2021

Next to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it is the most important motorsport event of the year: the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. On 5 and 6 June, hundreds of drivers, teams and racing cars will once again go into the battle in the Green Hell. However, only a few will triumph: only those who are perfectly prepared can win.

The dress rehearsal for the cult race in the German Eifel region took place last weekend. The 6-hour qualifying race is the ultimate test for the teams and the last opportunity to test under competitive conditions. There was light and shade for the BILSTEIN teams.

“It’s extremely important that we get everything working – that the tyres work in the defined temperature windows and that our suspension set-up is correct”, explains Adam Christodoulou from the Haupt Racing Team (HRT). “Everything has to fit for the 24-hour race in a few weeks.”

At HRT, not everything was right at the prologue to the 24-hour race in the Green Hell, as Hubert Haupt, driver and team owner HRT, admits: “The car was easy to drive and the set-up was also right. However, we still have problems with our top speed, which makes it difficult in the direct duels. In four weeks’ time, the highlight of the season will be the 24-hour race – that’s where all our focus has to be.”

After six hours, the two HRT-Mercedes-AMG GT3s narrowly missed out on the Top 10. The BILSTEIN-HRT-Mercedes (#4) with Adam Christodoulou, Manuel Metzger and Patrick Assenheimer finished in P11, the second HRT (#6) with Hubert Haupt, Nico Bastian and once again Patrick Assenheimer in P12.

Things went better for the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup MR from Black Falcon: The #350 drove to 26th place overall as an SP Pro car and thus in the middle of the pack of the actually faster SP-9 cars. In the near-series V2T class, Sorg Rennsport’s fast-as-an-arrow BMW 330i (#164) managed a podium finish in third place.