The #83 Gazoo Racing Lexus LFA is participating in the 24h of Nürburgring in Germany this weekend, and I’ll be following along and posting updates over the next couple days.
Before we start, there’s a few links that I recommend checking out for live coverage:
- My pal Danny Chen from Lexus Europe is at the race and will be using the @Lexus_EU Twitter account to post updates.
The following updates are in reverse order, with the lastest at the top. (Also, overall ranking is written with a P, so P32 is 32nd overall.)
8:45pm Sunday (CEST) – Time in Germany
Turns out there’s been an adjustment in the final results — the #83 Gazoo Racing LFA finished the 24h of Nurburgring 15th overall.
4:12pm Sunday (CEST) – Time in Germany
The race has finished, and the #83 LFA has finished 17th overall and 1st in the SP8 Class! Congratulations, team!
More updates shortly.
1:40pm Sunday (CEST) – Time in Germany
With just over two hours left in the race, the LFA has moved into P17 overall , and remains first in the SP8 class.
6:19am Sunday (CEST) – Time in Germany
Dawn is breaking in Germany, and the #83 LFA has clawed its way back to P21, setting its fastest time of the race with 8:47.713 on lap 86.
2:19am Sunday (CEST) – Time in Germany
Here’s video of the LFA coasting in for a refuel stop:
1:49am Sunday (CEST) – Time in Germany
Damage to the front-end of the #83 LFA required some repairs:
The bumper replacement has pushed the LFA back to P27.
11:20pm Saturday (CEST) – Time in Germany
It’s six hours into the the race and the sun has set at Nürburgring — Danny Chen has posted an update on the Toyota Europe blog that details not only the LFA’s progress, but the two Gazoo Racing GT 86s.
Currently, the #83 LFA sits at P19 overall.
8:56pm Saturday (CEST) – Time in Germany
Driver Wakisaka-san has taken over, and the LFA now sits at P20 after five hours of racing. Great progress!
Here’s the last pit stop and driver change:
6:15pm Saturday (CEST) – Time in Germany
With twelve laps done, the LFA has climbed up to P28 and is back in for a pitstop.
5:09pm Saturday (CEST) – Time in Germany
The race started at 4pm CEST (not noon as I originally thought), and the #83 LFA driven by Kinoshita-san put in three laps before requiring a pitstop, and is now running at P48.
Before the race, the LFA had a photoshoot with the Gazoo ladies:
7:32am Saturday (CEST) – Time in Germany
After two days of qualifying, the race officially kicks off at
noon CEST 4pm CEST, which is now just four and a half hours away.
The #83 LFA performed well in the qualifying rounds, finishing P32 overall and 1st in the SP8 class. As a result of finishing in the top 40, the LFA will be equipped with a blue light that signals to other slower drivers to get out of the way — here’s where it’s installed:
Because of the time difference, I’ll be missing the beginning of the race, but will update tomorrow morning with the LFA’s progress.