Race “red flaged” by hailstorm drama at the Nürburgring 24 hours

The Nürburgring 24 Hours event has been »red flaged« after a huge storm caused dozens of cars to crash around the Nordschleife in the opening hour of the race.

The German endurance classic started in dry and sunny conditions, with pole sitter Maro Engel leading the way in the Black Falcon Mercedes #9, ahead of Jorg Muller’s #18 BMW M6.

Spots of rain began to fall 30 minutes into the race, which intensified dramatically over the following 20 minutes.

Just 50 minutes into the 24 hours, the race had to be stopped.

Rain turned to hail and snow at the Aremberg and Fuchsrohre sections of the track, and dozens of cars crashed out or slipped off the road into gravel traps. Hail at Adenauer Forst became so bad that the cars were unable to climb the hill, leaving the organizers with no option but to throw the red flags.

Nurburgring 24h hailstorm 1

Race leader Engel reported: “Absolute chaos! There was aquaplaning like crazy. You couldn’t go faster than 40-60km/h.”

And guess what? While all this drama was taking place, the pit lane was nice and dry. Only at the Nürburgring!

Nurburgring 24h hailstorm 2

A restart has been rescheduled for 7:20pm, local time.

Luka Hribar

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