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.
After a flying start on both Saturday and after the restart on Sunday, the #4 Mercedes-AMG crashed out of the race while virtually leading and with a potential victory within reach.
Adam Christodoulou: “The 24-hour did not go to plan. It’s a real shame about the red flag, I think that obviously added a lot of pressure especially when in theory we were leading just before, but they went two laps back so we ended up in second. But with the additional pitstop times that a few BMWs had around us, we were looking to be in a strong position, I think it was going to be us versus the Grello car.
“It’s just a real shame. As in any race, I suppose, one little mistake can be vital and unfortunately there just wasn’t enough space to get past the Opel. I’ve seen the video and they just clipped the rear tyre of Maro and sent them both off and that was the race over.
“Thankfully the car did its job and was strong enough and Maro got out uninjured.
“Myeah, it’s really frustrating. It’s the third year in a row where we’ve basically been in the lead or fighting for the lead and we haven’t managed to finish.
“It’s not ideal and just a real shame because the team have worked extremely hard – all of the Mercedes-AMG and HRT guys. Mercedes supplied us with a brand-new car, a winning car, we just haven’t managed to convert it in the last three years when each year we had a real chance of winning. We’ll come back stronger, that’s all we can do.
“I’ve got a few NLS races planned for the rest of the year so I look forward to getting back in the car for some of those, and I’ve got a few other things coming up in a few countries that I’ve never raced in before, so I’ve got that to look forward to as well.
“Like I said, it was not the ideal finish, but what can we do now – we’ll just have to come back stronger next year!”
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