N24 Team Fined After Running Out Of The Pits To Fix An AMG GT3

After an AMG GT3 lost a wheel while exiting the pits, the team ran over to fix it, prompting a fine from race organisers

Remind me later

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.

Source: Jalopnik