24H Nurburing: Event final qualifying report

Ford GT secures pole at the Nordschleife In the second qualifying session for the ADAC Zurich 24h Race, the Raeder Team Ford GT caused a major stir by embarrassing all the favourites and securing the pole position: one perfect lap in the opening...

Ford GT secures pole at the Nordschleife

In the second qualifying session for the ADAC Zurich 24h Race, the Raeder Team Ford GT caused a major stir by embarrassing all the favourites and securing the pole position: one perfect lap in the opening stages of the session was enough for Dirk Adorf to secure pole with a lap time of 8:36.536 minutes.

Thanks to this achievement, the Ford GT raced by Nurburgring architect Hermann Tilke, Dirk Adorf, Marc Hennerici and Thomas Mutsch will share the first row on the grid with the Porsche 911 GT3-RSRs of last year's winners, Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Marcel Tiemann. The top three were completed by the Audi R8 LMS of Marc Basseng, Marcel Fassler, Mike Rockenfeller and Frank Stippler. And the qualifying times promise a thrilling race: having completed their flying laps on the 25.378-kilometre combination of Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit, the top three were split by just 1.017 seconds and the fastest nine teams by 9.251 seconds. The 37th edition of the ADAC Zurich 24h Race will be started on Saturday (23rd May) at 16:00hrs CEST (15:00hrs BST), with German sports channel covering the event live from 15:00hrs CEST. For additional information and a 24-hour live stream please visit www.24h-rennen.de in the World Wide Web.

Most of the top positions on the grid for the 24h race were secured right at the beginning of the two-hour qualifying session. The 20 fastest teams of the field were granted the privilege to go out first for their flying qualifying laps -- and provided a spectacular high-speed battle. "We knew that we are fast but we didn't know what our competitors would be able to do," pole-sitter Adorf said after the session. "Nonetheless, I have to admit that I hadn't been able to deliver this dream lap without slipstreaming Timo Scheider. He was dragging me all along the Dottinger Hohe. And when I crossed the line my Team Principle screamed into my ear with joy." Meanwhile, slipstream provider Scheider had to settle for qualifying fifth -- and was happy, nevertheless. "We've made it to the first rows on the grid and that's exactly what we wanted to achieve," said the reigning DTM Champion. The three sister cars of his Audi also will be among the front-runners in the race as the four Audis secured third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions on the grid: behind the third-placed Phoenix car of Marc Basseng & Co, his team-mates, the Abt-Sportsline R8 raced by Christian Abt, Jean-Francois Hemroulle, Pierre Kaffer and Lucas Luhr secured fourth position on the grid -- in the dying seconds of the session. And Scheider's Abt-Sportsline entered R8 LMS was followed by the Phoenix car of German motor-racing legend Hans-Joachim Stuck and his team-mates. Meanwhile, last years winners, Manthey-Racing, also were happy with what they had achieved. "This will be a 24-hour sprint race," predicted Team Principal Olaf Manthey, "But we are well prepared with our two Porsches. Our approach is clear: the two spearheads will push as hard as possible while the Wochenspiegel-Porsche, the third string to our bow, is supposed to keep contact to the front-runners."

Extensive live coverage

The ADAC Zurich 24h Race will be covered live extensively. Those who aren't on site can follow a lot of the action live on German sports channel DSF. In addition, there is a live stream that will be available throughout the race.

Coverage times DSF
Friday, 22nd May
22:00 to 22.45hrs 24h Nurburgring preview

Saturday, 23rd May
15.00 to 17.30hrs Start ADAC Zurich 24h Race live
20.30 to 22.00hrs 24h Race live
00.00 -- 00.30hrs 24h Race live and round-up of day one

Sunday, 24th May
07.00 to 09.15hrs 24h Race live and round-up of the night
13.30 -- 16.30hrs 24h Race live: final stages, finish, presentation ceremony

-credit: adac.24h-rennen.de

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Series Endurance
Drivers Hans-Joachim Stuck , Marcel Tiemann , Lucas Luhr , Marcel Fassler , Christian Abt , Timo Bernhard , Marc Lieb , Romain Dumas , Pierre Kaffer , Marc Hennerici , Frank Stippler , Marc Basseng , Jean-François Hemroulle , Olaf Manthey , Dirk Adorf , Thomas Mutsch