Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Audi Press, Audi Sport Facebook page | posted May 18, 2015 12:10
Audi R8 LMS finished on top by 40.729 seconds
The no. 28 Audi R8 LMS won on its 24-hour race debut as Christopher Mies, Edward Sandstrom, Laurens Vanthoor and Nico Muller finished ahead of the pack by 40.729 seconds.
BMW led during the first part of the race until the no. 26 car was delayed by a pit fire. On the other hand, the no. 2 Mercedes-Benz car suffered a missing wheel which paved the way for the no. 28 Audi R8 LMS to claim pole position.
The win never came easy for the no. 28 Audi R8 LMS as Muller made a costly mistake at the Veedol chicane with five hours left on the race. Then, a flash fire occurred while the no. 28 Audi was refuelling with four hours to go. Despite these events, Mies, Sandstrom, Vanthoor and Muller were determined to give Audi's third Nurburgring 24 Hours victory.
Since then, the no. 28 Audi constantly defended its position as the no. 25 BMW Z4 did its best to take the lead. The gap between the no. 28 Audi and the no. 25 BMW Z4 of Maxime Martin, Lucas Luhr, Markus Palttala and Richard Westbrook was 42 seconds with 1 hour 45 minutes to go. The no. 25 BMW Z4 finished behind the no. 28 Audi R8 LMS by 40.729 seconds.
Taking the final spot on the podium was the no. 44 Porsche 997, driven by Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler, Martin Ragginger and Alexandre Imperatori
In fourth place was the no. 26 BMW Z4 driven by Augusto Farfus, Jorg Muller, Nicky Catsburg and Dirk Adorf. The group also suffered a flash fire during a refuelling stop. The no. 26 BMW Z4 finished 53 seconds behind the no.44 Porsche 997.
The no. 5 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG driven by Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman and Jaap van Lagen finished in fifth.