Nurburgring 24h: Race halted by hailstorm drama

The Nurburgring 24 Hours has been suspended after a huge storm caused dozens of cars to crash around the infamous Nordschleife in the opening hour of the race.

Nurburgring 24h: Race halted by hailstorm drama
Group 1 race start
Pole award
Castle Nurburg statue
#88 Haribo Racing Team-AMG, Mercedes-AMG GT3: Uwe Alzen, Lance David Arnold; Maximilian Götz, Jan Seyffarth

The German endurance classic started in dry and sunny conditions, with polesitter Maro Engel leading the way in the Black Falcon Mercedes #9, ahead of Jorg Muller’s #18 BMW M6.

Spots of rain began to fall 30 minutes into the race, which intensified dramatically over the following 20 minutes.

Just 50 minutes into the 24 hours, the race had to be stopped.

Rain turned to hail and snow at the Aremberg and Fuchsrohre sections of the track, and dozens of cars crashed out or slipped off the road into gravel traps.

Race leader Engel reported: “Absolute chaos! There was aquaplaning like crazy. You couldn't go faster than 40-60kph.”

A restart has been rescheduled for 7:20pm, local time.

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