|2019 Nürburgring 24 Hours – update after 6 hours
- The Hyundai Motorsport N team started the 2019 Nürburgring 24 Hours strongly, with the i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR first and second in their class throughout the opening stint
- While leading the TCR category the i30 N TCR was involved in an accident with a GT car at Brünnchen
- Rebounding from a minor technical issue the Veloster N TCR crew have climbed back to third in class, and 70th overall.
The pair of Hyundai Motorsport N TCR cars started the 2019 Nürburgring 24 Hours strongly after qualifying first and second in the TCR category of the race.
Through the opening stint both held the same positions. Peter Terting, starting the i30 N TCR led the class, with Marc Basseng first at the wheel of the Veloster N TCR. As they built up a lead in the class they were also able to move up the overall order.
With drivers Hari Proczyk and Andreas Gülden following Terting into the cockpit of the i30 N TCR the car led the class through most of the first five hours of the race, interrupted only by scheduled pitstops. However, shortly before the five hour mark, while leading the TCR class, it was involved in a collision with a SP9 class GT entry in the Brünnchen area of the circuit. The Hyundai was left stranded on track, leaving the team to wait for it to be recovered to the paddock before assessing the damage.
The Veloster N TCR was also delayed in the opening hours, losing around 15 minutes in the pits to a minor technical problem before returning to the race outside of the top 100 overall. Once back on track the crew began to make rapid progress up the order, regaining second in the class shortly before the end of the first quarter of the event, only for a schedule pitstop to drop the – temporarily – back to third.
The car, crewed by Basseng, Manuel Lauck, Moritz Oestreich and Nico Verdonck reached the end of the first six hours in 70th overall.
Hyundai Motorsport N positions after 6 Hours
#170 – Hyundai i30 N TCR
27 laps completed
TCR class: 4th
Overall position: 123rd
#171 – Hyundai Veloster N TCR
34 laps completed
TCR class: 3rd
Overall position: 70th