Several Asian drivers and teams will be competing in this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours. Asian Motorsport previews the action ahead of an exciting weekend at the Nordschleife.

By Nida Anis

The 52nd edition of the Nürburgring’s headline event will take place from 30 May to 2 June 2024. 130 cars are set to take part in the 24-hour race, which is expected to attract over 200,000 visitors to the infamous “Green Hell”.

Teams and drivers to watch

Arjun Maini part of two Mercedes-AMG SP 9 Pro GT3 line-ups

Indian driver Arjun Maini will be part of not one, but two, GT3 line-ups. He will be piloting the #3 Mercedes-AMG Team Bilstein Mercedes-AMG GT3, as well as the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT car.

In addition to the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Maini currently competes in DTM, NLS, the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup, and the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Hong Kong driver Antares Au joins Lionspeed GP SP 9 Pro-AM entry

Antares Au, from Hong Kong, will drive the #24 Lionspeed GP Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) car at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours. 2024 has already seen the FIA Bronze driver race in NLS, the 24H Series Middle East Trophy, and the Asian Le Mans Series.

Ryusho Konishi takes on SP 8T with Adrenalin Motorsport

Ryusho Konishi will take on the SP 8T class in the #160 Adrenalin Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 entry.The man from Kobe has competed in several editions of the Nürburgring 24 Hours before, having most recently achieved 9th in the competitive SP 10 class.

Japanese drivers Sasaki and Kubo set to drive a Subaru in SP 4T

Japanese drivers Kota Sasaki and Rintaro Kubo are part of the #9 Subaru Tecnica International Subaru WRX entry. 53-year-old Sasaki, from Tokyo, was the 2005 Super GT champion in the GT300 class. He currently also holds the 2023 Formula Beat single-seater title.

Kubo currently competes in Super Taikyu for Porsche Team EBI, where he drives a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport. He previously competed in the 2020 Super GT series in the GT300 class, where he achieved a best race finish of 13th.

2023 N24 SP 7 champion Jang Han Choi represents Korea in Cup 2 Am

Korean driver Jang Han Choi, from Seoul, Korea, will drive the RPM Racing’s #106 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) car. The 49-year-old won the 2023 Nürburgring 24 Hours with the same team in the SP 7 class, and will no doubt be hoping to replicate this success in Cup 2 Am in 2024.

Japanese drivers Okumura and Fukada to form part of Cup 3 Pro line-up

Japanese drivers Koichi Okumura and Kohei Fukuda will form part of the #945 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport (Type 982) entry, together with two additional drivers from Germany. As yet, the #945 does not have a team entry associated with them.

Three Hyundai Motorsport N entries in TCR with one all-Chinese entry

Reigning TCR champions Hyundai Motorsport N have entered three Hyundai Elantra TCR cars into the class for 2024. The #830, driven by a European line-up of Mikel Azcona, Marc Basseng, and Manuel Lauck, will aim to defend their title from last year. The team also run an all-North American line-up in the #831.

Notably, Hyundai Motorsport N’s new entry for this year is an all-Chinese and Hong Kong team in the #832. Comprised of reigning CTCC champion Hongwei Cao and touring car veterans Xiaole He, Zhendong Zhang, and Cheuk Wai Yang, the four drivers are certainly an exciting line-up.

With its largest team yet in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, South Korean manufacturer Hyundai are seeking their fourth consecutive class win in the Nordschleife’s headline event.

Turkish racer Asari will pilot Max Kruse Racing’s #10 AT3 VW Golf car

Emir Asari, from Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the four drivers who will pilot the Max Kruse Racing #10 Volkswagen Gold 7 GTI TCR DSG car in the AT3 category for cars with alternative fuel systems. This car’s powertrain runs on E20 bioethanol fuel, which reduces CO2 emissions by 35 to 40 percent compared to traditional bioethanol fuels.

All-Asian line-up to take on VT2 Hecka class in a BMW

An all-Asian line-up of Japanese drivers Takashi Ito and Masato Mitsuhashi, as well as Malaysian racer Kiat Wai Chong, will take on the VT2 Hecka class in the #268 BMW. Like the #945 Porsche in Cup 3 Pro, the #268 BMW does not yet have a team entry associated with them.

How can I watch the Nürburgring 24 Hours?

As was the case in previous years, livestreams of the event will be available on the official Nürburgring 24 Hours YouTube channel.

For those wishing to attend the event in-person, tickets are still available for sale on the official Nürburgring 24 Hours website. Prices start from €34 for a day pass.

Header photo credit: Hyundai Motorsport N

Editor’s note: This article has been revised from an earlier edition published on the 27th May 2024.

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