The Nürburgring 24 Hour Race weekend is now over. When the clocked ticked over to zero, the GAZOO Racing Team LFA #88 (driven by Akira Iida, Hiroaki Ishiura and Kazuya Oshima) crossed the finish line in 41st position overall after 133 laps and more than 24 hours on the track. Our second car, LFA #87 came through to finish 134th overall, despite having to have its engine replaced during the race. It even clocked in a fastest lap time of 8:52.204 (just 14 seconds off its qualifying pace). LFA #88 and #87 came through in 3rd and 8th in the SP8 Class respectively.
Dawn has broken over the Nürburgring and I thought I’d add a new post, since a rather emotional moment for the team happened just minutes ago. Intending to go visit the pits and see how the team progressed, I happened across LFA #87 – which suffered an engine problem earlier in the race. The car was in the pit box and was being prepared for its return to the track.
As promised, here’s our exclusive interview with GAZOO Racing Driver, and 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, André Lotterer. We spoke to him shortly after lunch, before he started to prepare for the big race ahead. Unfortunately, the LFA #87 developed some engine problems around three and half hours ago. It is now being tended to by GAZOO Racing’s expert engineers and mechanics. I really hope I’m not becoming a “driver’s back luck charm”…
The race has started here at the Nüburgring Nordschleife circuit for the 24-hour race that everyone has been looking forward to. The conditions are rather greasy with bit of drizzle coming down every so often.
It was quite a thrill walking down the pit straight at this legendary circuit. The stands are packed to the rims, even though it’s really quite chilly outside. The busy pit lane shifted on to the track while the cars were lining up on the grid before the off.
Last night, after the final round of Qualifying for the Nürburgring 24 Hour Race, GAZOO Racing Team Manager and Driver of LFA #88, Akira Iida sat down with us to share his views on the team and how the race weekend has progressed so far. During the interview, he also gave us a rare insight on the team’s strategy and the outlook for the race starting this afternoon.