The race begins on June 21st 2014 and 190 participants from around the world will compete at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Like last year, five Audi teams, supported by Audi Sport customer racing, will be putting a total of eight Audi R8 LMS ultra cars on the grid of the classic ‘marathon’ in the Eifel.
The 24-hour race will be preceded by a ‘little brother.’ In the qualification race on the 25km version of the Nurburgring on April 5th and 6th, the teams will have a valuable opportunity for testing without the pressure of a championship. Many of the teams that will be running in the 24-hour race are using the event with its free practice and two qualifying sessions plus the six-hour race to prepare for the main event. In the qualification race, the organisers will be awarding ten of the total of 30 grid positions for the top-30 qualifying session in June that will decide the starting order for the 24-hour race. In addition, drivers will be able to demonstrate that they possess the Nordschleife routine required by the regulations. Last weekend, Audi managed a good beginning of the season on the Nordschleife when Marc Basseng/Frank Stippler/Laurens Vanthoor (D/D/B) in the Audi R8 LMS ultra won the first round of the Endurance Championship.
Audi R8 LMS Ultra
The Audi customer teams in the 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours:
Marc Basseng/Marcel Fässler/Frank Stippler/Laurens Vanthoor (D/CH/D/B)
Christopher Haase/Chris Mamerow/René Rast/Markus Winkelhock (D/D/D/D)
Prosperia C. Abt Racing
Marco Seefried/Peter Terting/NN/NN (D/D)
Christer Jöns/Christopher Mies/Nicki Thiim/NN (D/D/DK)
Audi race experience
Dominique Bastien/Christian Bollrath/Christiaan Frankenhout/Rahel Frey (USA/D/NL/CH)
Felix Baumgartner/Frank Biela/Pierre Kaffer/Marco Werner (A/D/D/D)
Nico Müller/Stéphane Ortelli/Roman Rusinov/Edward Sandström (CH/MC/RUS/S)
Twin Busch Motorsport
Dennis Busch/Marc Busch/Manuel Lauck (D/D/D)