Sportscar-Info.de has made a nifty spotter guide for the N24h the weekend of May 16th available for download as a PDF or to be browsed on their web site at: http://www.sportscar-info.de/portal/index.php/starterlisten/154-starterlistenergebnisse/24-stunden-auf-dem-nuerburgring/4913-24-stunden-auf-dem-nuerburgring-starterliste-2015
What’s really cool about this spotter guide is that it illustrates like a million cars due to participate in the 24 hour race around the Nordschleife and I will be a very happy camper blue flagging the crap out of most of those cars to facilitate the faster cars making it through the turn on the bridge in Adenau and up the hill past post #120 quickly and safely.
Unlike other endurance races like the 24h of Le Mans, N24h has many more classes of cars racing than just the 3 major types within WEC with a possible new class introduced soon including: (P1HY, P1, P2, (P3?), GT-Pro, GTPro-Am). The most interesting cars to me will be the SP9’s which are the FIA GT3 equivalent, and the SP10’s which are the SRO GT4 equivalent. But basically there are four classes (VLN Production, VLN Special, Group H (historic) and Cup classes) that are further broken down based on engine and fuel capacity. Read up on the classes on the VLN web site which is the sanctioning body that organizes this race weekend: http://www.vln.de/en/info/spectators/division-into-classes.html
Last year I was very keen to see the Lexus LF-A cars race as well as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, BMW Z4 GT3, Audi R8 LMS, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Porsche GT3 R, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, Audi TT RS and Seat Leon Supercopa.
This year I’m looking forward to seeing those above as well as the Bentley Continental GT3, and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhouse SCG003C. I’m surprised that the McLarens decided not to return.
According to the spotter guide, there will be 159 cars total:
Cup 1: 4
Cup 5: 16
And based on my own counts, there will be:
8 – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
7 – Audi R8 LMS
6 – BMW Z4 GT3
3 – Bentley Continental GT3
and a bunch of other cars. I genuinely cannot wait to be trackside!
Oh and as far as WTCC goes, only 4 different cars including Honda Civic, Citroën C-Elysée, Lada Sport Vesta and a Chevy Cruze. I don’t anticipate there to be much lapping in this support race, but I am excited to finally see them in the flesh.
More about WTCC drivers here: http://www.fiawtcc.com/drivers/