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Manthey Leads The N24 At The Quarter Mark

Big off for Dries Vanthoor


The #911 Manthey Porsche continues to lead the 2018 ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24 Hours after six hours of racing.

After five pitstops and 39 laps, the car held a strong lead from the Black Falcon Mercedes with Adam Christodoulou behind the wheel. Christodoulou was battling with Kevin Estre in the #911 but lost out when he missed the end of the slow zone and was overtaken by the Porsche.

The big news over the previous three hours was the retirement of the #8 WRT Audi with Dries Vanthoor behind the wheel. The retirement was caused by a sizeable off after he suffered a puncture after a slight touch when lapping a slower car.

The incident happened at Döttinger Höhe, a fast part of the track. Fortunately Vanthoor is ok. The Rowe Racing BMW that was being towed back to the pits at the three-hour mark has not been out on track during the last three hours.

There was an interesting moment for Norbert Seidler and the #31 Frikadelli Racing Team meanwhile. Seidler took to the grass to avoid hitting a slower car in traffic and promtly filled the radiator with a truck load of grass. With his engine obviously overheating, he pulled to the side of the track to empty the radiator of grass before going back to the pits to ensure there was no greater damage.

There was also bad news for the TCR Opels with the #174 spinning into the barrier, losing a wheel just after three hours of running. At the same time, the other team car, the #173 hit technical issues.

The GTronix 360 Team leads the SP-X class, the #57 Gigaspeed Porsche leads SP-7 and the #175 Prosport Audi leads the TCR class.