Strong performance Yelmer in 24h Nurburgring
Nürburgring, June 22, 2014 - For the second year in a row Dutch racing driver Yelmer Buurman participated in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, with 175 competing teams, the largest international long-distance race in the world. Last year Yelmer and his teammates managed to finish second at the legendary circuit in the Eifel, unfortunately this year Yelmer remained unrewarded for his efforts. Yelmer showed an excellent performance at the starting phase of the race in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of the German team Black Falcon, which he shared with the German Hubert Haupt, Englishman Adam Christodoulou and Saudi Arabian Abdulaziz bin Turki al Faisal. A podium place seemed within reach for a long time. Unfortunately during the night hours teammate Adam Christodoulou was involved in a collision, which damaged the left rear suspension of the Mercedes-Benz so badly that the team had to stop the fight. "It’s such a shame, but you know that in a race like this these things can happen", said Yelmer, who nevertheless was very disappointed. "In terms of speed we certainly battled for the podium."
Experts agreed that this year’s 24-hour race at the Nürburgring had the strongest field of GT3 competitors in history. With factory and factory-supported teams including Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche the competition was extremely tough. In this competitive field, the team qualified fourth in the so-called "Top 30-qualifying", making them the fastest Mercedes-Benz in qualifying.
Buurman accounted for the starting phase of the race in the gullwinged sports car, in which he belonged to the fastest and most exquisite drivers in the field amidst the strong competition. “I could immediately keep up with the pace, but there was a lot going on in the early laps of the race” he said. "However, I managed to stay out of trouble and even drove in the lead, which surely is a special experience in such a big race."
The Black Falcon team then continued the strong performance until the collision in which Adam Christodoulou was involved, around 3:00 pm this meant the premature end of the race. "Adam reported that another car hit the left rear suspension, which thereby broke. Then he spun and went off the track, where he hit a wall. “Adam first tried to get back to the pits and later to repair the car on site, which was eventually not successful because we had already lost 25 laps” Yelmer explained. "Very disappointing, because we were really fast and fighting for a very strong result, which we unfortunately failed to fulfil."
Yelmer was very enthusiastic about his first 24-hour race with the German team Black Falcon. "The collaboration with the team went well. They perform things very professionally and they were also very satisfied with me. It would be nice if there is a follow up to this!"