The #99 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 of Alexander Sims, Nick Yelloly and brought home by Nicky Catsburg has won the 2020 Total Nürburgring 24 Hours, the 20th overall win for BMW, their first since 2010 and the first for the marque in a GT3 car.
The final tyre call of the rain-interrupted race made the difference, Audi’s call to leave Christopher Haase out for an additional lap costing the #3 Audi Sport Team Car Collection the lead and a significant on-track deficit to the charging BMW that, despite Haase’s best efforts he could not close. He, Mirko Bortolotti and Markus Winkelhock having to be as content as possible with second place – they finished 15 seconds back.
In frigid, drizzly and, at times rainy conditions there was plenty of the usual drama despite a much-reduced 97 car entry, and despite the correct call for a 10 hour overnight halt following heavy rain that caused several high-speed incidents before 10 pm.
The podium was completed by the #42 BMW Team Schnitzer M6 GT3, Augusto Farfus (sharing the car with Jens Klingmann, Martin Tomczyk and Sheldon van der Linde) passing and then fending off Marco Wittmann in the second, ROWE BMW.
More later including a round-up of the other classes.