The inaugural Hankook 16H Hockenheimring was won outright by a Porsche 911 Cup car in a record-breaking moment for the 24H Series.
NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing claimed the first-ever outright win for a Porsche Cup car after both of the GT3 contenders lost a significant amount of time with dramas.
The No. 991 Gijs Bessem, Harry Hilders and Marcel van Berlo driven Porsche 911-II Cup entry clocked 470 laps en-route to overall victory beating its nearest rival by a lap.
A second Porsche Cup car had also been in contention for the overall win, however, Andrey Mukovoz, Sergey Peregudov and Stanislav Sidoruk in the No. 909 DUWO Racing machine had to make a splash for fuel in the closing stages allowing the No. 991 entry a clean run to the flag.
NKPP’s win is an historic moment for the 24H Series, with a Porsche Cup car’s previous best result in the overall standings being second place.
CP Racing had been leading at three-quarters distance with the No. 85 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo but the long-time race leading car went off at Sachs corner.
The Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub, Joe Foster and Shane Lewis Mercedes was six-laps clear at the time but lost more than 45-minutes to repairs before radiator issues saw them lose more time later in the race and ultimately finish 7th outright.
Equipe Verschuur’s No. 9 Renault R.S.01 GT3 of Harrie Kolen, Erik van Loon and Mike Verschuur had a rough run from pole position.
Following on from driveshaft failure on Saturday the squad reportedly had the exact same issue on Sunday which led to their retirement from the race.
RESULTS: 16H Hockenheimring