Anyone who believed to have seen all in the Internationales ADAC
Zurich 24h-Rennen was proven wrong once again in the 45thrunning of the
event. Until one hour before the end, it was as warm as it had last been
back in 1986 and as dry as in 2001, but then, the weather turned things
upside down. A brief, but heavy downpour from Adenauer Forst to
Breidscheid and from Hoher Acht to Galgenkopf considerably mixed up the
In front of 205,000 spectators, the number 29 Land Motorsport Audi
had spent the most time in the lead up to that point. Then, Connor De
Philippi, Christopher Mies, Markus Winkelhock and Kelvin van der Linde
lost two places due to an engine problem. Mechanics were shedding tears
as they were so close to victory in the most important race of the year.
With rain setting in, the team from the Westerwald region went nap: the
tyre choice proved to be exactly right and on the penultimate lap, van
der Linde moved back up into the lead. Tears were shed once again in
Wolfgang Land’s team, but this time, they were tears of joy! What an
But the hot action wasn’t just limited to the battle for the overall
lead. The numerous classes, the support races, the paddock or the
Adenauer Racing Day that opened the mega event on Wednesday afternoon
had plenty in store as well. And not to forget the live TV coverage by
RTL nitro with over 25 hours of live coverage, like in the previous year
and on 3sat back in 1987.
As usual, the official annual has captured everything in images and words, including the unique results and statistics section.