The Nürburgring 24 Hours has grown in stature from a club event to one of the world’s most prestigious endurance races
“It’s not been the best of years overall, but, hey – we won the Nürburgring 24..! And if you win that race, then you don’t really need to win anything else across the season to say it’s been a good one!”
British Porsche factory driver Nick Tandy smiled intently when he said those words. After all, it had been a long wait for him. Despite making his debut in the event back in 2011 – and having won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2015 – Tandy had to wait until this year for victory in Germany’s ‘Big One’, and even then he and his Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3R team-mates Frédéric Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz had to fight back from an early accident to snatch an unlikely win.
The race was afflicted by torrential rain, leading to a lengthy red flag stoppage due to fog and the worsening conditions on Sunday morning. Tandy and co. held second place at the time, and battled past the rival Black Falcon Mercedes in the final 90 minutes.