The most difficult and demanding sim-race of the year took place last weekend with the 2018 iRacing Nurburgring 24 being run and won. Joseph Burton-Harris took to the 26 km (16 mi) circuit along with his Wyvern Racing teammates Alex Ellis and Juliano Romagnuolo in a Mercedes AMG GT3 car in the GT3 category. 4 classes of cars competed in this years race, the top class being the GT3 category (Mercedes AMG GT3, Ferrari 488 GT3, Audi R8 GT3). Class 2 being the Porsche GT3 Cup Car. Class 3 being the KIA Optima and finally class 4 being the Global Mazda MX5 Cup Car.
Full race report: Qualifying 7th in Split 3 out of 9 meant that track position wasn’t issue at the beginning of the race however when it comes down to a 24 hour race around an 8 minute roller coaster track position means nothing in the long run. Trouble first hit the car at the 90 minute mark with a failed strategy call attempting to double stint tyres then further hitting the wall not long after. JBH stepped into the car 4 hours into the race and immediately had issues with an out lap spin at the famous Karussell corner. The Wyvern Racing Mercedes fell as far down as 13th out of the 55 car field however thanks to the good speed in the Merc Juliano and JBH managed to get the car back into the top 5 over the next 8 hours. Alex took over for the night shift with a couple of good stints and managed to move the car into the top 3 just three minutes behind the leader. Unfortunately throughout the last 4 hours mental fatigue resulted in a couple of incidents which mean the Wyvern Racing Mercedes dropped out of the top 3 and ended up finishing 4th. Due to some scheduling conflicts JBH ended up driving 12 out of the 24 hours.
We were not quite as prepared for the race as we should have been but it will still a really fun race and everyone did their best. I made way too many mistakes throughout the race and should have driven better but looking forward to the Spa 24 hour with better preparation hopefully we will be in a higher split with more consistency. Driving 1 hour around the Nordschleife is hard enough but driving 12 hours with 2 back to back 4 hour stints meant I was absolutely brain dead by the end of the race. At least next weekend we get a break before the Indy 500. Still a 4th place finish is way better than what we expected! “