After racing 24 hours on the world’s toughest track, Manthey Racing won their forth consecutive Nurburgring victory for Porsche. Their RSR inherited the lead with five hours remaining after Audi LMS #99 slowed with technical difficulties. This let the sister Manthey Racing Cup-S take third place.
With full factory backing, Audi were aiming high. All four R8s finished the race and the one reliable car won the GT3 class. Volkswagen Motorsport also beat much faster entrants with their 2.0-liter Scirocco by finishing 15th overall and first in class.
With the introduction of GT3 and GT4 cars in 2009, the Nurburgring 24h featured many new cars and some old workhorses as well. Almost all the 180 or so entrants are in this week’s feature gallery by Dirk de Jager. He visited famous spots like the carousel and Pflanzgarten to capture the cars in the air.