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Turbulent 24h race at the Nürburgring

Zimmermann-Porsche Cayman saw chequered flag and won class

The Zimmermann-Porsche 718 Cayman S (starting number 300) was one of 135 starters at the 50th anniversary of the 24h race at the Nürburgring. The car entered by Mathol Racing in the VT3 class was driven by Argentine Marcos Adolpho Vasquez and the Germans Max Walter von Bär, Thorsten Held and Matthias Trinius. Team boss Matthias Holle before the event: "We want to bring the fast Zimmermann Cayman to the finish and win the class."

The Zimmermann Porsche was fastest in the VT3 class in practice, finishing 89th overall, and was the best car in the group of production-based vehicles. Team boss Holle: "A practice session without any major problems. We concentrated on race preparation and were well prepared for the race."

Punctually at 4 p.m. on Saturday, the 50th Eifel Marathon at the Nürburgring started in front of full grandstands for the first time in two years. The Zimmermann Porsche got off to a good start and improved its position in the early stages. It was a tough race without any interruptions. The GT3 cars were fast and drove extremely hard. Numerous accidents were the result. During the night the temperatures dropped towards zero and towards the end of the race there was even some rain for a short time.

The Zimmermann Porsche did not go the distance unscathed. First, debris lying on the track destroyed the rear left wheel arch and severed an important electrical line. But after the repair break, the Porsche continued its journey. On Sunday there was another longer repair stop after the Porsche had landed in the guardrails due to a drive fluid spill. But in the end the Porsche saw the chequered flag and won the VT3 class (84th overall). Team boss Holle: "That was certainly not the way the race was planned. But the team did a fantastic job, so we were able to bring the Zimmermann Porsche to the finish."

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