The trio started the race from eighth on the grid and ran constantly in the leading group. In the exciting closing stages, the Phoenix Audi made its final pit stop from the lead and benefited when the closest rival retired 25 minutes before the end of the race. Rockenfeller, Møller Madsen and Busch won by 18.87 seconds from their Audi stablemates Nico Müller and Frédéric Vervisch and the Falken-Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“We has a fantastic weekend,” said a delighted Mike Rockenfeller. “Our goal was to make the top 10 in qualifying, and we achieved this in eighth place. As a result we have qualified for top-30 qualifying at the 24h race. After that we specifically wanted to get through unscathed and finish the race, so that every driver could get practice around the Nordschleife. We managed all this and it was great fun. Now we are in a good position to tackle the 24h race.”
“All three drivers drove a faultless race,” said Team Manager Dirk Theimann. “Rocky was strong as expected. Nicolaj Møller Madsen, who only came to the Nordschleife with us last year, adapted quickly and also Dennis Busch drove a strong stint. The 24-hour race lasts four times as long as today and it’ll certainly be more than four times harder because of the strong competition. We’ll work on small details before the final weekend in May and hope that we can conserve our performance.”