2020 ADAC TOTAL 24h-Rennen Nürburgring


A Green Hell of a ride.


It is considered as one of the world’s biggest motorsport events: the ADAC TOTAL 24h-Rennen at the Nürburgring. Like no other circuit, the race track in the Eifel is the epitome for fascinating motorsport, major achievements and unforgettable moments, but also for harsh defeats and bitter tragedies. As the world’s longest permanent race track, just the Nordschleife already covers 20.832 relentless kilometres. With 73 corners and a difference in altitude of 300 metres, it requires the full skill set and utmost concentration from the drivers. This year, the endurance race had its 48th running and again attracted a high-class field of competitors to the Eifel. Spread out over 100 cars from various classes, almost 400 drivers took their chance and literally wentthrough the ‘Green Hell’ of the legendary Nordschleife while doing so. 

A pair of top ten results in a highly turbulent 24-hour race

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport fell short off of the high goals it had set itself for this year’s ADAC TOTAL 24h-Rennen. The season highlight at the Nürburgring was marked by extreme weather conditions that led to retirements for the race-leading cars by the Mercedes-AMG Team HRT (#2) and the Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed (#9) and resulted into the race being suspended over nine hours. Once the racing had resumed, Patrick Assenheimer (GER), Dominik Baumann (AUT), Maro Engel and Dirk Müller (both GER) of the Mercedes-AMG Team HRT AutoArenA (#6) finished in eighth place, the best result for the Mercedes-AMG GT3s from Affalterbach. The team’s sister car (#2) with Nico Bastian (GER), Yelmer Buurman (NED), Hubert Haupt (GER) and Philip Ellis (SUI) behind the wheel finished in ninth place, 10Q Racing Team (#22) just missed out on the podium due to a late retirement. In the SP8T category, Black Falcon Team Textar celebrated second place in class with its #38 Mercedes-AMG GT4.

Line-up

Nr.

Car

Team

Drivers

2

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HRT

Nico Bastian (GER)

Yelmer Buurman (NED)

Philip Ellis (SUI)

Hubert Haupt (GER)

4

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HRT

Adam Christodoulou (GBR)

Maro Engel (GER)

Manuel Metzger (GER)

Luca Stolz (GER)

6

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team HRT AutoArenA

Patrick Assenheimer (GER)

Dominik Baumann (AUT)

Maro Engel (GER)

Dirk Müller (GER)

8

Mercedes-AMG GT3

GetSpeed Performance

Emmanuel Collard (FRA)

Christer Jöns (GER)

François Perrodo (FRA)

Matthieu Vaxiviere (FRA)

9

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed

Maximilian Buhk (GER)

Maximilian Götz (GER)

Raffaele Marciello (ITA)

Fabian Schiller (GER)

10

Mercedes-AMG GT3

GetSpeed Performance

Markus Palttala (FIN)

Janine Shoffner (GBR)

John Shoffner (USA)

Maxime Soulet (BEL)

22

Mercedes-AMG GT3

10Q Racing Team

Sebastian Asch (GER)

Kenneth Heyer (GER)

Thomas Jäger (GER)

Daniel Juncadella (ESP)

38

Mercedes-AMG GT4

Black Falcon Team Textar

Mustafa Mehmet Kaya (TUR)

Reinhold Renger (GER)

Mike Stursberg (GER)

Tristan Viidas (EST)

Maiden victory 2013

In 2013, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport scored its maiden overall win in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. The Black Falcon car with starting number 9, driven by Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Sean Edwards (GBR), Bernd Schneider (GER) and Nicki Thiim (DEN), started sixth on the grid and after 88 laps finished with a margin of over two minutes on the second-placed team. Third place for ROWE RACING’s #22 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 rounded out the success by securing the double podium finish.

Historic quadruple victory in 2016

In 2016, Mercedes-AMG celebrated its biggest success to date since the inception of its Customer Racing Programme. In the 44th running of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, the first four places and sixth position went to teams with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 that therefore enjoyed a perfect debut in the 24-hour race. In a thrilling finale, the #29 with Christian Hohenadel, Marco Seefried, Christian Vietoris (all GER) and Renger van der Zande (NED) and the #4 with Adam Christodoulou (GBR), Maro Engel, Manuel Metzger und Bernd Schneider (all GER) alternated in the lead. The final two laps were the exciting highlight: after a splash-and-dash fuel stop a few minutes before the 24 hours had elapsed, final driver Hohenadel initially just maintained the lead from Engel. A last-gasp overtake then saw Engel take the lead to bring the victory for AMG-Team BLACK FALCON home after 134 laps.

A convincing GT4 debut in 2018

The debut of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the Nürburgring 24-hour race was a very successful affair. In the 46th running of the endurance racing classic, the #190 entry of the Mercedes-AMG Team Driving Academy scored an undisputed SP8T class win with a nine-lap margin. In the SP10 class, the new race car from Affalterbach achieved a 1-2 straight away: BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA (#66) secured first place while Mathol Racing e.V. finished second with its entry carrying starting number 75.