Ferrari Finishes 12th in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring

Ferrari finished 12th in the 2024 edition of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, which was halted after seven and a half hours due to fog. The race, never resuming, was declared over after five safety car laps at 3 p.m. on Sunday. During green flag conditions, Frikadelli Racing Team’s 296 GT3 remained among the leaders before slipping back due to a stop during the final five laps.

The traditional German endurance event featured 130 cars across 23 classes, with 240,000 spectators attending over the weekend. It concluded with a new record for the fewest laps completed—just 50, surpassing the 59-lap record of the 2021 edition. Remarkably, just a year ago, Frikadelli’s Ferrari set the record for the most laps completed, an impressive 162.

Starting from sixth, Daniel Keilwitz performed well in the initial wet track conditions. The race’s early hours saw very changeable weather, including intermittent rain. The 296 GT3 maintained a strong position thanks to the careful driving of Keilwitz, Luca Ludwig, Nicolas Varrone, and Felipe Fernandez Laser. At 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, the race was red-flagged due to dense fog reducing visibility to nearly zero. The cars restarted at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, with the Ferrari in sixth place, to complete five laps behind the safety car to assess conditions. Race Direction decided not to resume the race, declaring the final results shortly after 3 p.m. The Frikadelli Racing car, requiring a pit stop under the safety car, finished twelfth overall and in the SP9 class for GT3 cars.

This year, the 24 Hours of Nürburgring joined the Intercontinental GT Challenge for the first time. Along with the 12 Hours of Bathurst in February, the championship includes the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on 29-30 June and the 8 Hours of Indianapolis on 6 October.

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