24H Nurburgring: Marino Franchitti preview

Marino Returns to the Nordschleife for the Nurburgring 24 Hours After leading the race in 2008 for 12 of the 24 hours, in weather conditions that only the Nordschleife can throw at you, Marino will be returning there again this weekend,...

Marino Returns to the Nordschleife for the Nurburgring 24 Hours

After leading the race in 2008 for 12 of the 24 hours, in weather conditions that only the Nordschleife can throw at you, Marino will be returning there again this weekend, 23rd/24th May, to see if he can conquer the infamous track which quite understandably carries the nickname "The Green Hell". The race itself is run on the old Nurburgring circuit (the Nordschleife) and the shorter Grand Prix track which together have a combined single lap distance of 24.359kms.

Some would say that the opportunity for Marino to get a good result in this race could very well be possible this year, because he will be driving with none other than Mamerow Racing, a team that has one of their racing facilities located no further than 100 metres away from the track in Adenau. With more than 25 years of experience and working with such drivers as Timo Glock, currently running in the Formula One World Championship, Mamerow Racing have several championship wins to their credit. Chris Mamerow, one of Marino's co-pilots, who took over the racing mantel formerly held by his father, Peter, finished third last year in the extremely competitive, and fastest one-make championship in the world, the German Porsche Carrera Cup.

Along with Chis Mamerow, the second of Marino's co-pilots will be none other than Porsche works' driver, Joerg Bergmeister, who only this last weekend won the GT2 category in the ALMS event in Salt Lake City and has no less than 3 ALMS GT2 Championships to his credit as well having won the GT2 category at the Le Mans 24 Hours and twice been runner-up.

Chris, Jeorg and Marino will be driving a new Porsche Cup S car in the 24 Hours event at the Nurburgring, and Marino is very happy at the prospect: "I am delighted to be going back to the Nordschleife, it's one of my favourite circuits and I love the challenge it always presents, and of course my thanks go to Dyson and Mazda for allowing me to accept the opportunity.

Mamerow Racing is a great team, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S is such a good car, and in Jeorg and Chris I have two fantastic team mates. Having lead the race for 12 hours last year, and with the problems that followed, it would be really nice to make up for it this year by getting a good result."

The race begins at 4.00pm in Germany (3.00pm in the UK) on Saturday, 23rd May, 2009.

-credit: marinofranchitti.com

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Series Endurance
Drivers Marino Franchitti , Christian Mamerow , Timo Glock