Stefan Mücke tenth at the 24 hour race on the Nordschleife

'Satisfied with a top ten placing under hard conditions'

Berlin/Nürburgring (rol/ot) With an overall position ten, the Whitsunday trip to the Nürburgring ended on Monday afternoon (20th of May) for the German sports car pilot Stefan Mücke in front of more than 200.000 visitors. The Aston Martin works driver from Berlin shared the cockpit of his Aston Martin Vantage GT3 V12 in Bilstein design at the ADAC Zurich 24 hour race on the Nordschleife with his team colleagues Darren Turner (Great Britain), Pedro Lamy (Portugal) and Allan Simonsen (Denmark). Until the interruption of the race due to bad weather with heavy rain and fog on Sunday about 10:30pm – so about five and a half hours of race time – the Vantage GT3 with starting number 007 led the field of more than 170 started cars, after he took the lead after about two hours with dry conditions coming from position two. And at the re-start on Monday morning 8am with lasting rain he could keep the lead at first.

#7 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (SP9): Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke, Allan Simonsen, Pedro Lamy
#7 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (SP9): Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke, Allan Simonsen, Pedro Lamy

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

But about half an hour after the re-start, Stefan Mücke and his AMR team colleagues lost the lead and were passed through to position 13. „We just couldn’t get the tires to work properly in the rain. Furthermore the balance of the car wasn’t ideal after a little ride into the gravel pit of Pedro“, the 31 year old Berlin explained, who was behind the wheel for about three and a half hours altogether during his two stints. With less rain the quartet could make their way up to position seven again and despite a stop-and-go-penalty of 42 seconds (too short standing time during a pit-stop) they secured position eight on the dried track. But then a tire damage and a further pit-stop brought position ten in the end.

„Under those hard conditions we can be satisfied with a top ten placing that was our goal beforehand. I never experienced such a heavy rain, aquaplaning, fog and darkness on the race track“, Stefan Mücke said, who was behind the wheel when the race was interrupted. „It was right and necessary to interrupt at this time of the race. The race was very exhausting, but it was great fun even with a relatively short driving time to drive up to the finish line on this unique race track and in front of so many visitors, who remained despite the bad weather.“ Now the Berlin looks forward to the next season highlight with the 24 hours of Le Mans (22nd/23rd of June) excitedly, which is the third season run of the long track world championship WEC.

Stefan Mücke

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Series Endurance
Drivers Darren Turner , Pedro Lamy , Eric Gilbert , Allan Simonsen , Stefan Mücke
Teams Aston Martin Racing
Article type Race report
Tags 24, 2013, aston martin vantage, gt3, hours, nurburgring, v12