Dörr MotorsportSix hours after the start, four Dörr Motorsport cars are still contesting the race, which is currently suspended. Technical issues cause early retirement of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

The Dörr Motorsport team has completed the first quarter of the 41st ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race. Four cars are still contesting for the team from Frankfurt. However, the race was suspended just before the completion of the sixth hour due to heavy rainfall and fog.

Early retirement of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3

After technical issues had prevented Rudi Adams from setting a fast lap in yesterday’s Top40 qualifying, Peter Kox started into the 24-Hour Race from start position 39 at 5 p.m. today. The Dutchman gained a few places right away. However, the joy did not last for long. After completing only a few kilometres at the Nordschleife, the engine of the English super sports car stopped working, resulting in an early retirement for Rudi Adams, Arno Klasen and Peter Kox.

Adams explained: “It is very disappointing. The car ran really well until the last qualifying session last night. And now we have to retire early again after our short stint in last year’s 24-Hour Race.”

Uwe Isert added: “We are not sure yet, what caused the engine failure. Accepting a setback like this is very hard, especially considering the hard work our mechanics put into the car again last night.”

Z4 M Coupé lost the lead after collision

Stefan Aust, Rob Thomson, Andreas Weishaupt and Frank Weishar have faced a few challenges in the race so far: Having started the race from the first position in the respective class, the first driver, Frank Weishaupt from Ulm, was forced to pit after only three laps. After the crew of Team Principal Rainer Dörr had fixed the air vent of the radiator, the four drivers pushed hard and regained the lead. After a little more than three hours the BMW Z4 M Coupé dropped to the fourth place in its class as a result of a collision through no fault of the driver.

Toyota GT86 without problems

Two of the Toyotas GT86 were among the Top3 in their class at the time of the race suspension. Having started from the pole position in its category, the GT86 of Heldmann/Tenchini/Hofmann/Scheibner is currently in second place. Just behind it, in third place, are Hahn/Konrad/Gass/Vetter in the Toyota #211. The third GT86 with Sandritter, Möller-Sonntag, Grossmann and Naumann at the wheel was in fifth place in its class at the time of the race suspension.

It is still unclear, when the 41st ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race can be resumed.