Richard Meaden at the Ring 24 hours
Find out the latest news from Richard Meaden and his Aston V12 Vantage at the Nurburgring 24 hours
The Nurburgring. The Green Hell. The world's longest and most challenging race track. Of course we love it, ask anyone who's been there and they'll tell you how absurdly addictive it is. But it's one thing to go on a public day and drive your own car around, quite another to compete in the fabled 24 hour race against 230 other cars.
This year three of those cars will have evo team members in them. Here you can keep a track on Richard Meaden's progress in his Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Updates work from most recent at the top. Times are CET German time, so chop an hour off for BST...
I'm due in our Aston V12 next, after Chris Porritt's done his first stint. All being well, that'll be around 5.15pm (4.15 UK time). Chris is also driving Aston's other works car, a Rapide, mainly to cover Dr Bez during the night shift. Aston's CEO doesn't like driving in the dark...
It means we're effectively doing double stints all race, heading out for around 2 hours 15 mins, close to the maximum permitted length. So we'll head out with a full tank of fuel, come in for a fill up, and head out for another half tankful before we have to switch pilots.
It's not so efficient in terms of stops, driver changes and refills normally combined, but it does mean we're not driving to a fuel reading each lap, so we have the freedom to run a bit faster. Bring on an hour's time...
'I did my first N24 race in 2006, with Maserati, and have done every race since with Aston Martin. Won the SP8 class last year, was third in the same class in 2008. This year Aston has developed an aero package for the V12 Vantage, so we should be quicker still, but the competition is much more intense. There's nothing like 24-hour racing, and nowhere like the Nürburgring. It's a real privilege to be back here again.'