Farnbacher Ferrari F458 Italia leads after 4 hours

We are now a sixth of the way into the 2011 ADAC 24h Rennen on the Nürburgring, and I'm exhausted already!

The lead has been bouncing backwards and forwards - with 6 changes of the lead within the first 90 minutes! 

This year, by the time the cars came off the GP Strecke, rather than it being the Manthey car which had leapt through the field, it was just Mamerow in his #30 Mercedes SLS passing the Ferrari F458 for the lead.

Mamerow Mercedes leading from Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, BMW at the start

There were some changes further back, with for example Claudia Hürtgen leaping forward to 5th ovverall in the #76 Schubert BMW Z4, in the tricky conditions.

Despite a little bit of lingering drizzle, a dry line soon formed, and the lap times started tumbling, in this, the BMW M3 GTs took initial advantage, charging forward, with the #7 car taking the lead after 4 laps, with the #1 car running in 2nd behind it.

Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 R has now retired, as Olaf Manthey favours his RSR for the race instead.

At this point the #11 Manthey Porsche GT3 R was running in 3rd, but was unable to break free in the front, and so after 13 laps it was retired - confirming suspicions that with the 'red' wing mirrors switching to the #18 Porsche GT3 RSR for the race indicated that the RSR would be Olaf Manthey's favourite car for the race. (it was the plan to run both cars for the first stint to see which one had the chance of doing the best).

The weather continued to improve as afternoon descended into evening, and the lead continued to flip back and forth between cars. Currently the Ferrari just leads out from the #9 Porsche GT3 R Hybrid with a margin of about 30 seconds.

The top 10 is below, but first a couple of Interesting facts on the race so far:

  • 15 cars are still on the lead lap
  • 4 Brands in the top 10 (Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes, Audi)
  • Highest placed BMW is a Z4 in 11, with the quickest M3 now in 12th
  • Best Golf GT 24 is in 16th
  • The Stuck Lamborghini is in 17th
  • Evo Journalists Dickie Meaden (#5 Aston Martin V12 Zagato) and Chris Harris (#56 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) are 31st and 32nd respectively, and just a couple of seconds apart!
  • The experimental P4/5 Competizone  is 43rd, 2 laps behind the leaders.
Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid is running 2nd

After 25 laps, and 4 hours the top 10 for the race is as follows:

1: #2 Farnbacher Ferrari F458 (Farnbacher/Melo/Simonsen/Seefried)
2: #9 Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid (Bergmeister/Leitz/Holzer/Long)
3: #18 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Lieb/Bernhard/Dumas/Luhr)
4: #30 Mamerow Racing Mercedes SLS AMG (Mamerow/Hahne/Kaffer)
5: #16 ABT Sports Line Audi R8 LMS ( Ekström/Scheider/Werner/Abt)
6: #14 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS (Basseng/Fässler/Piccini/Stippler)
7: #22 Black Falcon Mercedes SLS AMG ( Heyer/Jäger/Bleekmolen/Seyffarth)
8: #32 Heico Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG (Arnold/Margartis/Brück/Frankenhout)
9: #15 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ( Stippler/Hennerici/Haase/Winkelhock)
10: #8 Haribo Team Manthey Porsche GT3 R (Westbrook/Menzel/Sturgsberg/Riegel)