24 Hours of Nürburgring: 138 cars at the start of the fiftieth edition this Saturday; BMW on provisional pole

Friday 27 May 2022 by Philippe Brasseur

This weekend will certainly be one of the busiest of the season in motorsport, in addition to being the most mediatised with the holding of the Indy 500, the 600 miles of Charlotte in the NACAR Cup and the Monaco Grand Prix in F1. But another star event is added to the international calendar this weekend: the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

This will be the 50th edition and, after two years of restrictions, it will see the return of spectators everywhere around the circuit which combines the Grand Prix layout and the famous northern loop (Nordschleife) for a lap of around 25 km.

138 crews are registered, 13 more than in 2021 but less than in the previous two decades when more than 200 cars were sometimes on the track! That said, no less than 33 GT3s and 3s in the SPX class will compete for the honors of overall victory.

German manufacturers are obviously the best represented, with a multitude of Audi R8 LMS, BMW M4 GT3, Mercedes AMG GT3 and Porsche 911 GT3 R. Some of these cars are entered by official teams, proof of the importance of this race , both commercially and sportingly. Note also the commitment of Hyundai Motorsport with two TCR category cars), Toyota with 2 Supra GT4s and Glickenhaus, which, alongside its Hypercar program in the World Endurance Championship, will run a 004c ( SPX class non-homologated GT cars) at this event.

The supporting series include the WTCR (World Touring Car Championship), historic races and a regularity event for amateurs with GTs and Touring cars). In total, more than 200,000 spectators are expected at the event.

This Friday was the last qualifying session, reserved for the 30 fastest cars at the end of the qualifying race. Already fastest in free practice yesterday, the No.98 Rowe Racing BMW M4 (pictured above) driven by Nicky Catsburg took pole position. Sheldon van der Linde, winner of the last two DTM races, Marco Wittmann and John Edwards are his teammates.

The first official Mercedes (that of Jules Gounon, Maro Engel and Daniel Juncadella), another BMW and the first Porsche complete the Top 4. The first Audi is in 8th place, one row ahead of the 1st Lamborghini. Aston Marti and Ferrari complete the GT3 field. Discover our exclusive photo gallery of these qualifications, by clicking here.

Later in the evening, there will still be the Super Pole to determine the final starting grid for this 2022 edition, the start of which will be given tomorrow at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. Quebec time). This 50th edition of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring can be seen live and in full on the Youtube page of the Nürburgring or on the website www.24hrennen.de. For practice, qualifying and hour-by-hour rankings during the race, click here.

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