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The 24 Hours of the Nurburgring is an annual endurance race on the Nordschleife of the Nurburgring. Its mainly for GT and Touring cars run on the track of over 25 km (15.5 mi) in length.
It has been held since 1970 and has entries of over 200 cars and 700 drivers.

The track has varied in length over the years due to carious chnages made for the Grand Prix races from the original 22.835 km (14.189 mi) to nearly 26 km (16.2 mi) of the maximum length configuration which was in use in 2002 and 2003, after the GP track had been extended by the Mercedes Arena. In 2005 the track length was 25.3 km (15.7 mi), this was due to changes made at the Arena section to use as extra paddock zone for the competitors of the support races, it is bypassed with a sharp Z-shape chicane.

It is Officially called the ADAC 24h Rennen Nurburgring in German ('ADAC 24 hour Race Nurburgring') its previous interations were of 12, 24, 36, 84 and 96 hours in length. It was a substitute for the Liege-Rome-Liege and Liege-Sofia-Liege rallies was held on the Nurburgring from 1965 to 1971.

ADAC held its first 1000 km Nurburgring sports car racing event in 1953

The race is mainly aimed at amateurs, in order to fill a starting field of around 200 cars and is officially an international event, Typical entries range from second hand standard road cars to European Touring Car Championship vehicles and GT3 sports cars.

The participation of manufactures and professional teams and drivers has varied over the decades. As the spectator numbers dropped in the 1990s when only the FIA Group N cars competed, more spectacular vehicles were admitted in 1999, like the Chrysler Viper GTS-R, turbo-charged Porsche, modified Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters cars from Opel and Abt Sportsline-Audi, and the Schnitzer Motorsport BMW M3 GTR V8 that had been run in the 2001 American Le Mans Series.

For practice, 230 cars are allowed, 210 qualify for the race, driven by 800 or more drivers, as 2, 3 or 4 can share a car. One driver is allowed to drive 150 minutes non-stop, and can enter on two cars, yet a rest time of at least 2 hours has to be observed between two turns of the same driver.

Race Winners
Year Car Drivers Distance Speed
miles mph
1970 BMW 2002 TI H-J.Stuck, C.Schickentanz(D,D) - -
1971 BMW 2002 F.P von Hohenzollern, G.Pankl (D,A) - -
1972 BMW 2800 CS H.Kelleners, G.Pankl (D,A) - -
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL N.Lauda, H.P Joisten (A,D) - -
1974 - NO RACE - -
1975 - NO RACE - -
1976 Porsche 911 Carrera F.Muller, H.Hechler, K-H Quirin (D,D,D) - -
1977 Porsche 911 Carrera F.Muller, H.Hechler (D,D) - -
1978 Porsche 911 Carrera F.Muller, H.Hechler, F.Geschwendtner (D,D,D) - -
1979 Ford Escort H.Kummle, K.Mauer, W.Vogt (D,D,D) - -
1980 Ford Escort RS2000 D.Selzer, W.Wolf, M.Schnieder (D,D,D) - -
1981 Ford Capri H.Doring, (D,D,D) - -
1982 Ford Capri D.Gartmann, K.Ludwig, K.Niedzwiedz (D,D,D) - -
1983 - NO RACE - -
1984 BMW 635 CSi A.Felder, F-J.Brohling, P.Oberndorfer (D,D,D) - -
1985 BMW 635 CSi A.Felder, J.Hammelmann, R.Walterscheid-Muller (D,D,D) - -
1986 BMW 325i M.Oestreich, O.Rensing, W.Vogt (D,D,D) - -
1987 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth K.Ludwig, K.Niedzwiedz, S.Soper (D,D,GB) - -
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR E.Doren, G.Holup, P.Faubel (D,D,D) - -
1989 BMW M3 E.Pirro, R.Ravaglia, F.Giroix (I,I,F) - -
1990 BMW M3 Evo 2 A.Heger, J.Winkelhock, F.Schmickler (D,D,D) - -
1991 BMW M3 Evo 2 K.Nissen, J.Winkelhock, A.Hahne (DK,D,D) - -
1992 BMW M3 Evo 2 J.Cecotto, C.Danner, J-M Martin, M.Duez (V,D,B,B) - -
1993 Porsche 911 Carrera F.Katthofer, T.De Azevedo, F.Conrad, O.Wirdheim (D,B,A,S) - -
1994 BMW M3 F.Katthofer, K-H Wlazik, F.Rosterg (D,D,D) - -
1995 BMW 320i R.Ravaglia, M.Duez, A.Burgstaller (I,B,D) - -
1996 BMW M3 E36 J.Scheid, S.Reck, H.Windman (D,D,D) - -
1997 BMW M3 E36 J.Scheid, S.Reck, H-J.Tiemann, P.Zakowski (D,D,D,D) - -
1998 BMW 320d M.Duez, A.Bovensiepen, C.Menzel, H-J.Stuck (B,D,D,D) - -
1999 Chrysler Viper GTS-R P.Zakowski, H-J.Tiemann, K.Ludwig, M.Duez (D,D,D,B) - -
2000 Porsche 911 GT3-R B.Maylander, M.Bartels, U.Alzen, A.Heger (D,D,D,D) - -
2001 Chrysler Viper GTS-R P.Lamy, P.Zakowski, M.Bartels (P,D,D) - -
2002 Chrysler Viper GTS-R P.Lamy, P.Zakowski, R.Lechner (P,D,D) - -
2003 Opel Astra V8 Coupe M.Reuter, T.Schnieder, M.Tiemann (D,D,D) - -
2004 BMW M3 GTR P.Lamy, D.Muller, J.Muller, H-J.Stuck (P,D,D,D) - -
2005 BMW M3 GTR B.Said, D.Huismann, A.Priaulx, P.Lamy (USA,NL,GB,P) - -
2006 Porsche 996 GT3-MR L.Luhr, T.Bernhard, M.Rockenfeller, M.Tiemann (D,D,D,D) - -
2007 Porsche 996 GT3-RSR R.Dumas, M.Lieb, T.Bernhard, M.Tiemann (F,D,D,D) - -
2008 Porsche 996 GT3-RSR R.Dumas, M.Lieb, T.Bernhard, M.Tiemann (F,D,D,D) - -
2009 Porsche 996 GT3-RSR R.Dumas, M.Lieb, T.Bernhard, M.Tiemann (F,D,D,D) - -
2010 BMW M3 GT2 J.Muller, U.Alzen, A.Faufus, P.Lamy (D,D,B,P) - -
2011 Porsche 996 GT3-RSR R.Dumas, M.Lieb, T.Bernhard, M.Tiemann (F,D,D,D) - -
2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra M.Bassang, C.Hasse, F.Stippler, M.Winkelhock (D,D,D,D) - -
2013 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3 B.Schnieder, J.Bleekermolen, S.Edwards, N.Thimm (D,NL,GB,DK) - -
2014 Audi R8 LMS Ultra C.Hasse, C.Mamerow, R.Rast, M.Winkelhock (D,D,D,D) - -
2015 Audi R8 LMS N.Muller, E.Sandstrom, L.Vanthoor, C,Mies (CH,FIN,B,D) - -
2016 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3 M.Engel, B.Schnieder, A.Christodoulou, M.Metzger (D,D,GB,D) - -
2017 Audi R8 LMS C.De Phillipi, C.Mies, M.Winkelhock, K.Van De Linde (USA,D,D,SA) - -
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