Ever since winning the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2016, Adam Christodoulou has been chasing his second triumph. Always a contender for the win and coming close many times since, bad luck has kept him from becoming the first British driver to put two ‘N24’ titles to his name. Back this year aboard the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo with his trusty teammates Maro Engel and Manuel Metzger with whom he won five years ago, and again joined by Luca Stolz, Adam gives it another go.
Starting position: P3.
Adam Christodoulou: “Qualifying was pretty interesting conditions! The Nürburgring didn’t disappoint and decided to throw about 20 million gallons at the Nordschleife.
“Q1 was pretty interesting. Obviously, there was the intense situation where it was going to rain at some point, we just didn’t know when. Everyone decided to go onto slicks and it was the right choice. Some people only managed one lap, others managed two.
“Maro managed to get the #6 [Mercedes-AMG Team HRT] into Q2 which gets them the blue light which is going to be a huge advantage for the slower cars when we are catching up because that basically tells everyone on track that you are one of the fastest cars on circuit – so we’ll get the blue flashing light in the windscreen tomorrow.
“And then Manuel was in for Q2 in the #4 car. The conditions were pretty horrific. I was honestly surprised that it went ahead, part of me was thinking that maybe it won’t happen. But anyway, it did.
“Manuel was the last one out in qualifying as he ended up drawing the card number 30 in the raffle. We were trying to figure out if that was good or not. If it was a drying circuit it’s a massive advantage, if it was a situation where it was gradually getting wetter that would be bad news. It seemed to be pretty stable all the way through.
“We just watched the onboard footage and jeez, it looked horrendous out there – aquaplaning everywhere! He put in a stellar lap to put us on third on the grid, which is great.
“If it is wet tomorrow there will possibly only two cars with spray in front of us, which I suppose is better than anyone else who’s behind us who’s going to have to deal with three or more cars with spray.
“I think it’s a great starting position. The other car was also only two positions behind us, so it’s good that we are right at the strong end of the field.”
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