Manthey Porsche winning the ADAC 24h Rennen 2011 on the Nürburgring

4 Starts, 4 Wins.

The Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 RSR has an unrivalled record in the ADAC 24h Rennen on the Nürburgring. It has been champion in 2007, 2008, 2009 and now 2011 as well.

It didn't run last year, as the balance of performance favoured the GT3 R (GT3 Spec) over the RSR (GT2 spec). This year however, with the performance of the GT3 R reined in, following the revised balance of performance, it was possible, to return the RSR to action,with a little ingenuity on the part of Olaf Manthey, and no doubt Porsche themselves.

Going for more power was not an option here, the RSR having to run at 430bhp only with restrictors to enforce that so the solution for performance was found through aerodynamics - keeping the high downforce which makes the RSR unbeatable through the corners, but reducing drag, to improve economy and top speed.

The top 3 finishers! Porsche, BMW, Audi!

It was an unbelievably close race though, with last year's winner - the BMW M3 GT #1 finishing 2nd, just 4 minutes behind, after a record setting 156 laps of the hallowed circuit through the Eifel.

After strong performances throughout the race, last our gremlins pushed the #32 Heico Mercedes SLS down to 7th, and thus enabling the #14 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS to take the last spot on the podium

The podium!

As a closing comment, it has been an awesome race from start to finish this year, definitely rivalling those of the last two encounters. The determination of the contestants - for example the #2 Farnbacher Ferrari, which fought up to finish 8th, after the set back it suffered in early evening, and also the #4 Falken Motorsports Porsche GT3 R, which was at the back after a requiring an engine swap out overnight, but continued putting quick laps in throughout.

Top 10 - Results

1: #18 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Lieb/Bernhard/Dumas/Luhr)
2: #1 BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT (Müller/Farfus/Alzen/Lamy)
3: #14 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS (Basseng/Fässler/Piccini/Stippler)
4: #15 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ( Stippler/Hennerici/Haase/Winkelhock)
5: #16 ABT Sports Line Audi R8 LMS ( Ekström/Scheider/Werner/Abt)
6: #22 Black Falcon Mercedes SLS AMG ( Heyer/Jäger/Bleekmolen/Seyffarth)
7 #32 Heico Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG (Arnold/Margartis/Brück/Frankenhout)
8: #2 Farnbacher Ferrari F458 (Farnbacher/Melo/Simonsen/Seefried)
9: #26 Frikadelli Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (Abbelen/Schmitz/Kentenich/Bergmeister)
10: #12 Wochenspiegel Team Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 MR ( Weiss/Kainz/Jacobs/Krumbach)