Aussies on the grid for German 24-hour classic. At least 13 Australian drivers will compete next weekend in one of the world's biggest motorsport events, the 30th annual Nurburgring 24-hour race in Germany - and will be sharpening their skills...
Aussies on the grid for German 24-hour classic.
At least 13 Australian drivers will compete next weekend in one of the world's biggest motorsport events, the 30th annual Nurburgring 24-hour race in Germany - and will be sharpening their skills for Australia's own round-the-clock enduro at Bathurst.
Four teams including Australians will be on the starting grid on Saturday for the ADAC 24-Hour, which is expected to see an international field of 210 cars on the challenging 25 km circuit in the Eiffel Mountains.
The Australians include several regular competitors in national championship series run by PROCAR Australia, which has announced an international 24-hour race at Bathurst on 23-24 November.
Ross Palmer, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Brisbane-based events company, was inspired to organise the Bathurst 24-Hour after competing for the past four years in the ADAC, one of only four major 24-hour races currently held around the world.
"Nurburgring is a unique event, with a huge and diverse entry list and a fantastic atmosphere among the fans. In seeking to re-create as much of that as we can at Bathurst, we'll certainly be trying to persuade many European teams to make the trip to our own famous track Down Under," Palmer said.
Palmer will share a BMW M3 coupe with fellow PROCAR competitors Peter Floyd, from Melbourne, Peter Boylan, from Sydney, and New Zealander Kevin Bell. Last year, Palmer and Floyd were classified 49th outright, but lost a higher placing when their engine failed in the closing stages of the race.
Others Australians will include the Alfa Romeo 156 team of John Cowley (Brisbane), Maher Algadri (Indonesia/Melbourne), Melinda Price (Melbourne) and Ross Zampatti (Perth).
Ric Shaw, Jamie Miller and Warwick Rooklyn, from Sydney, and Kosi Kalaitzidis, from Melbourne, will share a Group A Honda Civic for their first attempt at the German race, while Dennis Cribbin, from Moss Vale, NSW, will again join a European-based team competing in a BMW M3.
Information and results from the ADAC Nurburgring 24-Hour are available on the internet at www.24h-rennen.de.