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24h Nürburgring: Highs and lows for Phoenix Racing at the 24-hour race
29.05.2017
After a 24-hour race with highs and lows, all three cars entered by Phoenix Racing reached the finish of the endurance classic in the Eifel.

The number 5 Audi R8 LMS, driven by Dennis Busch, Nicolaj Møller Madsen, Mike Rockenfeller and Frank Stippler, fought amongst the leading pack to begin with. The Audi R8 LMS, with Nicolaj Møller Madsen at the wheel, occupied third place, until the Dane lost control of the vehicle in his out-lap shortly before 9.00 p.m. in the Hatzenbach section of the track, consequently hitting the barriers. The subsequent repair stop knocked the car back far down the order. The Audi quartet, however, delivered a fightback and battled their way back to 19th place.

The two new Audi R8 LMS GT4 cars, under the supervision of Audi Sport Team Phoenix, celebrated their race debuts on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Both vehicles lost time in the first third of the race: Joonas Lappalainen went off the track with the number 17, and thus had to make an unplanned pit stop. The sister car also had to make a premature stop, this time due to a tyre puncture. Both new Audi R8 LMS GT4 cars reached the finish at their race premiere. The number 17 Audi with Joonas Lappalainen, Alexander Mies, Peter Terting and Alex Yoong occupied 67th place, whilst the sister car, number 18, driven by Christian Abt, Rahel Frey, Patrick Huisman and Peter Terting, drove to 32nd.

Ernst Moser: “We had a super quick car here with the number 5. Unfortunately, we were pushed down the order due to a driver error. But the drivers battled back all the way until the end to 19th place. It was painful to see how exciting the race end was, and all that was going on, when we couldn’t fight amongst it. Our GT4 project got off to an unfortunate start – in the first two hours, a lot of things over which we had no control went awry. Afterwards, however, the cars performed very well, with only small, expected issues, and finished in the first two places of its class.”

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