Audi is strongly represented at the 50th edition of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (May 26 to 29) with the teams Phoenix, Car-Collection and Equipe-Vitesse in the GT3 class SP9, but a team that successfully represented the four rings on the Nordschleife for years, is missing from the list of participants: Land-Motorsport.
“It was a decision by Audi,” explains Christian Land, team manager of the Westerwald-based racing team, who won the 24-hour race in 2017 and was still fighting for overall victory at the season opener of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) with Christopher Mies and Jusuf Owega had.
“The demands on teams this year were different than in the past. The assignment of the works cars was linked to the use of other customer vehicles,” explains Land. “However, a privately used car did not materialize this year.”
“Because we couldn’t meet this criterion, Audi didn’t give us the chance to field a works car,” Land continued. The three factory-supported Audis will thus be supplied by Phoenix (#15 K. van der Linde/D. Vanthoor/Vervisch/Frijns) and by Car-Collection (#22 Haase/N. Müller/Niederhauser/Rast and #24 P. Kolb/Drudi /Mies/Niederhauser).
“It’s a shame because we have great memories of our 24-hour races with Audi,” says Land. “Nevertheless, we have to accept the decision and look ahead.”
However, the year 2022 should only mark a break and not a departure from Land Motorsport from the 24-hour race. “I can already promise that we’ll be back at the start next year and fighting for victory,” said team manager Land.