The much anticipated Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie (NLS Race) took place on the 27th of June 2020 with a thoroughly revised paddock arrangement than ever before. This only allowed for cars to refuel and all garage facilities were available in a separately controlled paddock which was accessible to the racers via the first two pit garages.
This race featured an impressive lineup of cars with sixteen of these vehicles listed as pro sub-class entries, along with the only non-German model that took part which was of course the Ferrari (which entered two 488 GT3’s). Other pro cars that were on display included the Porsche GT3, the Mercedes AMG – which featured a quarter of Evo Spec GT3 – and the BMW SP8T class.
This race was a great opportunity for drivers such as Esteban Guerrieri and Tiago Monteiro to get the practice in for the WTCR race due to support the N24 this September. The weather was also in favour as the conditions remained dry on the day after some early rain at the very beginning of the race. The forecasted storms never arrived and all 132 starters of the race achieved a steady pace throughout.
At the very early stages of the race, Assenheimer was in a comfortable and steady position, easing nicely into the lead position with a healthy ten second lead time ahead of his competitors. His faith was known by the twelfth lap when he began to lose his position for the remaining fifteen laps left in the race, which was a result of his two pit stops and the stop that sustained the penalty.
This opened up a window of opportunity for David Pittard who achieved an impressive pace from fifth to second place, an impressive move from a fellow starter who continued on to win the race as number 34 in the BMW M6 GT3. The Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed earned the remaining title on the podium against the Phoenix Audi who unfortunately ended up in a collision on the 27th lap, finishing in a bruised 7th place.
The NLS race saw over one-hundred vehicles pass through an entirely different paddock which had some initial cause for concern, although the race resulted in a huge success where many motorsport fans were pleased to see its return; with the hopes to be back on more racetracks again in the near future!
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