In the final part of our 2012 in review series, Martin Spain and Chris Ratcliff share their favourite photographs from the 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race.
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Alastair Preacher explains why he believes the Nürburgring 24H race is the best endurance race in the world. Yes, even better than the one in France.
Check back here throughout the day to follow all the happenings at this year's N24.
Reporting from the first day's action at the 2012 Nürburgring 24H.
We're headed back to Germany for the N24 soon, and this time we'll be bringing you the story of scrappy SP10 class team in a Porsche 911 GT3!
Superb archive footage from the Nurburgring 1000Km held as part of the World Sportcars Championship in 1971. 1971 was the last year that the monster 5.0 litre Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512 were allowed to compete in the championship. Despite this Porsche considered the smaller more nimble Porsche 908/3 to be more suitable for the circuit that the 5.0 litre monsters, although private teams still entered them.
Ferrari was already looking to the next season and had handed the big 512s over to private teams to concentrate on developing the 3.0 312PB. It was the sole 312 driven by Jacky Ickx and Clay Regazzoni that took pole (with a lap of 7 minutes and 36 seconds). To complete the works teams Alfa Romeo entered three T33/3s.
Straight from the start it was clear that Ickx and the 312PB were the class of the field and after four laps had a lead of over 25 seconds. The new car was rather fragile though and at the end of the sixth lap Ickx came into the pits with overheating problems. The mechanics entered added more water and Ickw rejoined in fourth place. By Lap 12 Ickx was back in the lead, and had again built up a lead of some 25 seconds when he handed over to Regazzoni on lap 15. This gallant effort all came to nought though as the overheating returned and the Ferrari was out of the race on lap 21.
Vic Elford and Gerard Laurousse would take the win in a Porsche 908/3 from Pedro Rodriguez and Jo Siffert in their sister car.
The cause of the overheating in the Ferrari was diagnosed as a failed cylinder sealing ring
Reference Scarlet Passion by Anthony Pritchard
Drive Cult takes a roadtrip to the Nürburgring 24H 2011.
Drive Cult's crack photography squad, Martin Spain and Chris Ratcliff, present their favourite photographs from the race.
The N24 is like no other race in the world. The Nürburgring plays host to 250 race cars and hundreds of thousands of fanatical fans from all over the world. This is the N24 through our eyes.