ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours 2022 – Audi takes N24 victory
Audi Sport wins the 50th instalment of the famous N24
Audi Sport has taken victory at the 2022 ADAC TotalEngeries 24h Nürburgring, beating Mercedes-AMG and Porsche in the 50th instalment of the famous endurance race. A total of 138 cars tackled the full 15.8-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife and Grand Prix loop, with top contenders covering over 2000 gruelling miles day and night.
Fighting for overall victory were contenders in the SP9/GT3 class, including the Audi R8 LMS GT3, 991.2 GT3 R, BMW's new M4 GT3 and the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The rest of the grid consisted of everything from TCR to GT4 and Cup cars, with close-to-production privateer contenders like the SP3-class Dacia Logan also sharing the circuit.
The increasingly popular customer touring car, or TCR racing car is also becoming more common at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, with Hyundai, Volkswagen and Audi just a few of the car manufacturers producing race-ready touring cars for sale, which pass various racing series’ regulations and therefore are able to easily be entered into the N24.
It’s this variety, as well as the sheer number of cars on track that makes up some of the magic of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Keep reading below for a brief overview, as well as a Twitter feed with all the latest from the racing weekend.
A brief history of the Nürburgring 24 Hours
The Nürburgring 24 Hours as we know it first appeared on the motorsport calendar in 1970, organised by the ADAC, or the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club, if you want to be specific. Before 1970, endurance racing events on the Nürburgring were far more sporadic, made up of 12, 24, 36, 84 and even 96 hour events that were not overseen by a single governing body.
Today, the race is held on the Nordschleife, or north loop, integrating the GP circuit on its southern edge. The Nürburgring itself might have a sinister reputation, but part of its difficulty is the varied weather conditions that tend to douse the track in rain, fog and sunshine in unequal measure, and often all at the same time on different parts of the track.
The Nürburgring 24 Hours show
There is a tangible excitement when it comes to 24-hour endurance races, and the Nurburgring 24 Hours is no different. Aside from the racing, the journey to the track, party-like atmosphere and trackside camping (if that’s your thing) all contribute to the experience. Typically, there are hotels around the track for those who prefer Egyptian cotton and bathroom suites to quick-dry microfibre towels and a short walk in the woods, but whatever your preference or budget, the N24 is one of the truly great weekend experiences in motorsport.