|2019 Nürburgring 24 Hours – update after 18 hours
- The Hyundai Motorsport N entered Veloster N TCR led the TCR class with six hours of the 2019 Nürburgring 24 Hours remaining
- A lost wheel forced Nico Verdonck to stop on circuit shortly before the end of the 18th hour, requiring a vehicle to tow the Veloster N TCR
- The i30 N TCR crew continue their own recovery up the order, despite an additional minor delay.
After building up a two lap lead over their nearest rivals in class a lost wheel near the end of the eighteenth hour of competition put a severe dent in the Hyundai Motorsport N team’s hopes of TCR class success at the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Having moved into the lead minutes before the half-way point the four-man crew of Marc Basseng, Manuel Lauck, Moritz Oestreich and Nico Verdonck worked on extending their advantage at the top of the class. However, as the final quarter of the race approached Verdonck was forced to stop on circuit, requiring a tow vehicle to recover the car.
Though the Veloster N TCR remained in the lead at the 18 hour mark, it did with its lead unfortunately ebbing away.
The margin was initially gained despite the team opting to change the front brakes, as they were able to complete the switch in less time than it took to refuel the car in the pitlane.
The i30 N TCR ran faultlessly on its return to the circuit following overnight repairs to damage sustained on Saturday evening. Unfortunately a routine precautionary check during a pitstop revealed a water leak, a hangover from yesterday’s accident. The necessary fix caused another delay for the team before they could return to the circuit.
The team repaired the car to return to the race, though the time lost dropped the car from the lead of the class to third. Shortly after, and now inside of the last six hours of the race, the i30 N TCR returned to the garage, the after effects of the previous accident continuing to hound the car.
Attention now turns to the final hours of the race, with the focus on trying to make up the lost time to score the best result possible, both in the TCR class and overall.
Hyundai Motorsport N positions after 18 Hours
#170 – Hyundai i30 N TCR
66 laps completed
TCR class: 4th
Overall position: 114th
#171 – Hyundai Veloster N TCR
103 laps completed
TCR class: 1st
Overall position: 41st