2021 Nürburgring 24 Hours - Update after 6 hours
- The Hyundai Elantra N TCR and i30 N TCR qualified first and second in the TCR class for the Nürburgring 24 Hours and started from the front row of the second starting group
- The two cars swapped the lead of the class between themselves throughout the first six hours, before the race was red flagged due to poor visibility in fog around the track
- The SP2T i20 N made consistent progress up the field early in the race, but was forced into the pits for repairs following a minor off after four-and-a-half hours.
After a strong and consistent start to the 2021 Nürburgring 24 Hours the pair of Hyundai Motorsport-entered TCR cars run first and second in class – the Elantra N TCR leading in 31st overall.
The two cars qualified first and second in the TCR class and so had the honour of the leading the second of the race’s three start groups to the green flag. Marc Basseng – starting the Elantra N TCR – jumped ahead to take the initial lead.
The early stages of the event were complicated by heavy rain that spread across the track. While other drivers struggled for grip on a suddenly wet circuit both Hyundai TCR cars pitted to swap to wet tyres with near-perfect timing, taking on a fuel top-up at the same time. However, conditions remained changeable as only a few hours later both cars returned to the pits to pit for fresh tyres. The Elantra N TCR initially opted to change only the front tyres for incoming driver Manuel Lauck, but he soon pitted once more to complete the move back to slick tyres.
The two stops allowed Hendrik Still to take the lead of the class in the i30 N TCR started by Luca Engstler, before the time lost in a minor spin was enough to hand the lead back to the Elantra N TCR squad, which they held through to the end of the first quarter of the race with Moritz Oestreich at the wheel.
The near-production i20 N, running in the SP2T class, made strong progress up the overall order in the opening stints of drivers Markus Lungstrass and Kai Jordan – aided by a decision to start on cut slick tyres which paid dividends as the conditions began to deteriorate. However, Jordan would fall foul of the still slippery track surface with around four-and-a-half hours elapsed, prompting a stay in the pits for repairs to the front-left corner of the car.
Unfortunately, exactly at the six-hour mark officials decided to red flag the race and suspend the action owing to poor visibility due to thick fog in several spots around the 25km circuit.
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2021 Nürburgring 24 Hours - standings after 6 hours
#830 - Elantra N TCR - Basseng/Lauck/Oestreich - 32 laps – 1st in TCR class
#831 - i30 N TCR - Engstler/Still/Vernay - 32 laps – 2nd in TCR class
#165 - i20 N - Ehret/Jordan/Lungstrass/Naumann - 26 laps – 1st in SP2T class