Drivers at Nurgburgring

A TEAM including three Australian drivers has claimed pole position in their class for an annual 24-hour international motor race on Germany's Nurgburgring Nordschleife circuit. The drivers, Ross Palmer, from Brisbane, and Peter Floyd and ...

A TEAM including three Australian drivers has claimed pole position in their class for an annual 24-hour international motor race on Germany's Nurgburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The drivers, Ross Palmer, from Brisbane, and Peter Floyd and Maher Algadri, from Melbourne, are teamed with German Alfried Hilger in a BMW M3 coupe in the Group N class.

Palmer, Floyd and Algadri are regular competitors in the current Australian Nations Cup and GT Production Car championships.

Overnight, Hilger set a time of 10 minutes 15 seconds in qualifying for the race, with the Australians also driving stints to learn the 25.4 km mountain circuit and gain night racing experience.

The ADAC 24-Hour race will start at 5 pm local time (1 am Sunday, Australian eastern time), with the field of 218 cars due to be flagged away in three groups 45 seconds apart. The Australian BMW will be in the first group.

Outright pole position was claimed by the Zakspeed Chrysler Viper GTS-R of Peter Zakowski, Michael Bartels and Pedro Lamy, with a time of 8 min. 50.5 sec.

Last year, Palmer and Hilger drove the BMW to 81st outright with fellow team drivers Anton Mechtler, from Sydney, and Beric Lynton, from the Gold Coast.

-Chris Nixon

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Series Supercars
Drivers Pedro Lamy , Michael Bartels , Peter Floyd , Beric Lynton , Anton Mechtler
Teams Team Zakspeed
Tags AUSGTP-P