GT3 cars set to be slowed for 2017 Nurburgring 24h

The organisers of the Nurburgring 24 Hours plan to slow down the cars of the leading GT3 class for the 2017 running of the German endurance classic.

GT3 cars set to be slowed for 2017 Nurburgring 24h
Group 1 race start
#5 Phoenix Racing, Audi R 8 LMS: Frank Stippler, Anders Fjordbach, Edoardo Mortara, Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof
#25 Konrad Motorsport, Lamborghini Huracan GT3: Christopher Zöchling, Franz Konrad
#101 Walkenhorst Motorsport powered by Dunlop, BMW M6 GT3: Matias Henkola, Kazunori Yamauchi
#912 Manthey Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R: Richard Lietz, Jörg Bergmeister, Michael Christensen, Fred Makowiecki

The aim is to "modestly reduce top speeds", and a committee consisting of ADAC Nordrhein, the DMSB (Germany's ASN) and the manufacturers involved has been tasked to find a solution.

"The Nurburgring Nordschleife is a race track which poses a huge challenge for every driver," said race director Walter Hornung.

"All parties involved agree unanimously that a development race in the GT3 class would be counter-productive in this respect and, eventually, the cars would become too fast for the Nordschleife."

"Therefore, we took the decision to make sure the leading teams' lap times will stay within a reasonable limit."

According to the DMSB's general secretary Christian Schacht, a "sustainable" solution is being worked on.

However, details are yet to be determined as the organisers want to take their time in order to finalise next year's set of rules.

"This way we don't have to work on important parts of the rules again once they have been published," Hornung explained.

The 2017 24h race at the Nurburgring Nordschleife will take place on May 27th/28th.

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