Austrialian driver's update Nurgburgrin 24 hours

A TEAM including three Australian drivers was leading its class at the half-way point in an annual 24-hour international motor race on Germany=B9s Nurgburgring Nordschleife circuit today. The drivers, Ross Palmer, from Brisbane, and Peter Floyd...

A TEAM including three Australian drivers was leading its class at the half-way point in an annual 24-hour international motor race on Germany=B9s Nurgburgring Nordschleife circuit today.

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.

The race on the historic 25 km mountain circuit started at 5 pm local time yesterday (1 am Australian time) and at the 12-hour mark the team was 39th outright in a field of 218 starters.

They also were leading their class by one lap, despite losing a total of 13 minutes overnight repairing throttle cable and wheel bearing problems.

=B3We=B9re having a great run,=B2 said Palmer, who finished 81st outright in the same car last year.

=B3We started on pole in our class and 52 nd outright and have managed to sta= y out of trouble during the night. We=B9ve all driven stints during the night and avoided a fair bit of carnage out there.=B2

Outright pole sitters Peter Zakowski, Michael Bartels and Pedro Lamy were leading the race in a Chrysler Viper GTS-R.

Palmer, Floyd and Algadri are regular competitors in the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship and Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship.

-Chris Nixon

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Series Road racing
Drivers Pedro Lamy , Michael Bartels , Peter Floyd , Algadri Maher