Stefan Aust, Rob Thomson, Frank Weishar and Andreas Weishaupt secured the class victory at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race. Four Dörr Motorsport cars finished the race.
Dörr Motorsport entered five cars for the 41st ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race. The conditions were a challenge for the drivers due to heavy rainfall, starting at sunset. For safety reasons, race control decided to suspend the classic endurance race shortly before 11 p.m. until 8 a.m. the next morning
The drivers faced difficult conditions again in the second part of the race. However, all drivers handled them well.
Eighth class victory at the 24-Hour Race
Stefan Aust, Rob Thomson, Frank Weishar and Andreas Weishaupt at the wheel of the BMW Z4 M Coupé had ups and downs during the 41st ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race. Having started from the first position in their class, Weishaupt from Ulm was forced to pit after only a few minutes, when the air duct near the radiator became loose. The four drivers managed to regain the lead in their class during the next few hours, until they dropped to fourth place and lost valuable time due to a collision through no fault of their own.
Stefan Aust took the Z4 M Coupé over for the restart of the race at 8.20 a.m. on Whitsunday, pushing forward to the third place. Subsequently, the four drivers were able to gradually gain places. Team Manager Uwe Isert acknowledges the performance of his drivers, especially considering the changing weather conditions: “Our drivers did a fantastic job, despite the difficult conditions. They were able to push forward during the final hours due to their consistent performance.”
In the end, the last driver, Stefan Aust, grabbed the lead shortly before driving across the finish line, securing the eighth class victory for Dörr Motorsport at the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race. The Z4 M Coupé finished 61st in the overall standings.
Collective team performance of the Toyotas GT86
The drivers of the three Dörr Motorsport Toyotas GT86 secured places two to four in their category.
Having started from the fourth position in their class, Hans-Martin Gass, Heiko Hahn, Roland Konrad and Kristian Vetter finished second, the best result of the three Dörr Motorsport Toyotas. Just like their team-mates, the four drivers did not face major issues during the race. The four drivers also shared the podium with their team-mates Dirk Heldmann, Alexander Hofmann, Rolf Scheibner and Giampaolo Tenchini, who finished third.
Narrowly missing the podium, Markus Grossmann, Dierk Möller-Sonntag, Guido Naumann and Maximilian Sandritter finished fourth in their class of the production cars with a cylinder capacity of up to 2 litres, which topped off the result for Dörr Motorsport.
The only downside: the McLaren was forced to retire early
After technical issues had prevented Rudi Adams from setting a fast lap during the Top40 qualifying, Peter Kox took over the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 during the first part of the race. Starting from start position 39 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.
Team Manager Uwe Isert described the situation after the 41st ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race: “We have worked for months in order to prepare for this event, and we were pretty confident after the first practice sessions. Retiring that early without being able to show what we are capable of is very disappointing, considering the work we had put in.”
Team Principal Rainer Dörr praised the work of his team: “It was a tough weekend and everybody in the team gave their all. We were extremely disappointed by the early retirement of the McLaren. However, the class victory of the Z4 M Coupé and the great results achieved by the Toyotas motivate us for future races.”