Few 24 hour races are quite as mad as the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and this year’s race certainly delivered yet another classic. It’s hard to pick a stand-out moment from the race, but what we’re looking at here is quite possibly the most unusual.
It all started when the number 48 HTP Mann-Filter Mercedes-AMG GT3 shed a left rear while leaving the pits. Some of the pit crew then ran out of the pits to come to the aid of driver Max Goetz. Yep, a bunch of mechanics heading onto live race track. In the dark. With a load of tools.
Goetz had to come back to the pits anyway to have a missing spacer fitted, using the GP loop and bypassing the Nordschleife to return much faster. All told, the team lost around 30 minutes.
Race organisers were - understandably - less than amused by the stunt, and slapped the team with a €2000 fine.
The race was won by the Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 of Frederic Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet, Richard Lietz and Nick Tandy, following a lengthy red flag period brought on by heavy rain.