***With its sixth victory at the Nürburgring 24, Phoenix Racing equaled the distance record set in 2014. Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, Rene Rast and Markus Winkelhock completed 159 laps, exactly the same number achieved by this year’s winning team.
***Robin Frijns, Frederic Vervisch, Dries Vanthoor and Kelvin van der Linde also completed exactly 100 laps more than 2021 winners Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Matteo Cairoli, who won the shortest edition of the N24 for Manthey Racing.
***The winning Audi Sport Team Phoenix battled a power steering issue for most of the race. That’s why Phoenix mechanics removed the engine cover of the #15 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II for inspection at every pit stop.
*** Kelvin van der Linde explained the problem: “The pump was losing oil and we lost power steering, so we were refueling every stop. It was quite alarming at the start of the race, as we weren’t sure we could feed him for 20 hours.
*** Van der Linde added that his road to N24 glory was a personal “roller coaster” that required great mental toughness given he crashed out of the race in the #5 Phoenix Racing car before taking the #15 machine to the checkered flag. “I’m sorry about that [No. 5] crew because now they have to see us win on the podium,” he said.
*** Audi has now taken six wins in the N24, moving it away from Ford as number three in the list of manufacturers with the most wins. It is still a long way behind BMW and Porsche, who hold 20 and 13 wins respectively.
***GetSpeed Performance was the first team to place two of its cars on the N24 podium without winning since fellow Mercedes-AMG Black Falcon finished second and third in 2018.
*** Despite a competitive run from GetSpeed, Mercedes-AMG continued a winless streak at N24, which is the longest of the four major German manufacturers. It has now been six years without a win, his last victory with Black Falcon in 2016.
***Adam Christodoulou, one of the drivers of this winning formation in 2016, finished second overall. “GetSpeed did a brilliant job of providing us with a crazy fast car so we were able to push and we were able to close the gap,” the Briton told Sportscar365. “It’s just when there are changing weather conditions, it’s always going to be a bit of a gamble and a bit of a hard pill to swallow, but we’ll learn from it and come back stronger next year.”
***Fans turned out in droves for the first N24 without capacity restrictions since 2019. Event organizer ADAC Nordrhein reported an attendance of 230,000 spectators over the weekend.
*** In a traditional part of the N24, fans stood on the edge of the track for parts of the formation lap to shake up the terrain around the Nordschleife.
***Aston Martin Racing published pictures on board Nicki Thiim’s accident which caused the abandonment of TF Sport after just over seven hours. The Danish driver reported oil on the track surface before going off the road at Galgenkopf.
*** Another car to crash at the same corner, albeit in the final hour, was KCMG’s Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Dennis Olsen. The team is investigating the cause: “It didn’t appear to be a mechanical failure; maybe there was something on the track,” said crew chief Matt Howson. “He just had a sudden slip on the Dottinger Hohe. We had incidents with oil overnight so that could have been a factor. But we haven’t seen the in-car video yet.
*** KCMG endured a turbulent weekend which began with a toe-bind issue in qualifying which saw them fail to reach the crucial top 20 in penalties. After correcting this, he then had a crash during warm-up which caused mostly cosmetic damage, before encountering engine mount failure during the race due to repeated beatings. “All that contact clearly caused a miss and we were just on the back foot,” Howson assessed. “It was just a very trying day.”
*** Manthey was one of many top Porsche cars that ran into trouble, resulting in only one 911 making it into the top 10. It was car # 33 from Falken Motorsports.
***Konrad Motorsport’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo was the only non-German car in the top 10. Jordan Pepper drove it to the finish line, following fellow South African van der Linde. Pepper went to congratulate his compatriot during a post-race television interview.
***As desired by several pilots before the weekend, this edition of the N24 took place without any red flag interruptions. In 2020 and 2021, the race was red-flagged due to inclement weather, although rain played a part in determining the overall winner.
*** Frijns took his first N24 win, having been the only rider in the winning quartet not to have won it before. The Dutchman came closer in 2017 when he notably lost to none other than future team-mate van der Linde on the final lap of the race.
***On the other hand, Vervisch, Vanthoor and van der Linde all won their second N24 crown. Van der Linde took his first win with Land-Motorsport in 2017 while Vervisch and Vanthoor were part of Phoenix Racing’s 2019 triumph.
***The trio join an exclusive club of riders who have twice won the Eifel Classic. Other two-time winners include Bernd Schneider, Lucas Luhr, Uwe Alzen, Roberto Ravaglia and the late Sabine Schmitz.
***Glickenhaus 004C finished 12th overall in its third N24. Franck Mailleux was racing in the top 10 when he had an accident after colliding with another car around 1.30am. The impact ripped off the diffuser and sent Glickenhaus back in order.
***Team owner Jim Glickenhaus told Sportscar365 that the SCG 004C won’t feature at the rest of this year’s NLS rounds as a factory, but he didn’t rule out the car could make an appearance in the hands of customers.
*** Two FIA World Endurance Championship Hypercar competitors converged in one of the pit garages, as Glickenhaus shared the workspace with a car driven by a team of Stellantis executives, including Jean -Marc Finot, who heads Peugeot’s LMH program.
***The #89 Opel Astra Cup that Finot shared with Jean Philippe Imparato, Carlos Tavares and Francois Wales finished 79th overall and fifth in the SP3 class.
***Tavares, the CEO of Stellantis, had a scare in the night when he collided with the stationary Porsche #44 Falken. The Porsche had been spun by Audi Sport Team Car Collection’s Nico Mueller, who received a hefty stop and go penalty.
***Several key Audis incurred penalties during the race. Car Collection’s #22 machine was then given a 32-second penalty for failing to flag signal. The no.16 Audi Phoenix received the same type of penalty in the 18th hour, en route to finishing 5th. There was also a two-and-a-half-minute stoppage for the #5 Phoenix car, also for disrespecting the flags. And finally, the winning Phoenix R8 received an inconsequential penalty 32 seconds after the race for running the engine during refueling during the final pit stop.
*** Class winners in some of the other categories included one-two finishes for Doerr Motorsport (SP8T) and Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Thailand (SP3). The AT category for alternative fuel cars was won by the #320 Four Motors Bioconcept-Car Porsche 991 GT3 Cup.
***Out of 129 cars at the start of the race, 93 of them were classified as finishers. The lowest-placed car was Ring Racing’s #84 Toyota GR Supra GT4, which was notably driven by former podium general Lance David Arnold.
***The fan-favorite Dacia Logan #118, which raced in the SP3 class, reached the finish and finished 88th overall. He finished 67 laps behind the leading GT3 racers and set a personal best lap time of 1:11.41.713.
*** Besides the winning Audi, eight other SP9 cars took the overall lead in the race at some point during the 24 hours. These include Octane126’s pole position Ferrari, Lamborghini Konrad, ROWE Racing’s #99 BMW, TF Sport’s Aston Martin, Porsche Manthey, Schubert Motorsport’s BMW , Audi #22 Car Collection and Mercedes-AMG GetSpeed #3.
*** There have been reports on social media of viewers watching the YouTube live stream of the start of the race, only to be told the broadcast was geo-blocked. Sportscar365 understands that the original ability to view the race in restricted territories was accidentally allowed and later corrected. YouTube streaming of the race was unavailable in some markets, including the United States, where MotorTrend hosted coverage. This agreement was in place prior to the occurrence.
Daniel Lloyd contributed to this report