Young Audi driver Laurens Vanthoor is competing in the race over 24 Hours, maybe the most difficult and challenging race in the world.
The legendary 24 Hours of the Nürburgring takes place this weekend, which is maybe the most difficult and challenging race in the world. One of the brave Belgians competing in the race over 24 Hours this weekend, is young Audi driver Laurens Vanthoor. He steps into the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Ultra together with reigning champion at the Ring Christopher Haase, as also the very experienced Edward Sandström and Christopher Mies. “This race deserves respect”, is Vanthoor’s basic thought prior to heading off to the ‘Ring.
How did you prepare for this race and is it possible to prepare for the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring?
Is this race very different from other races over 24 hours?
“I think it is. The length of the track, the number of cars – over 200! – and the fact that is maybe still the most dangerous racetrack in the world, are things you have to know before starting here. In a way, this race deserves a lot of respect. The race is also a permanent balance between going flat out and being somewhat conservative in traffic. You can lose a fair amount of time in traffic, but if you go off, whilst being in too much of a hurry, almost certainly means you will write off your car. Another aspect is your lap times, you have to keep in mind that with every lap you are more than 20 kilometres away from the next time you come past the start/finish line and the pit lane. If you have a flat tyre or if you miss a refuelling, it can well turn out to be a small drama…”
What’s your ambition?
“This is pretty difficult to answer … so I’ll do it with a cliché”: if we stay out of any sort of trouble we can finish high up in the rankings.”