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102 Entries Confirmed for Nürburgring 24

Reduced 102-car entry to tackle 48th running of the Nürburgring 24 on Sept. 26-27…

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A total of 102 cars including a 31-car GT3 contingent has been confirmed on the entry list for the Nürburgring 24 taking place at the end of this month.

Audi is aiming to defend its crown won last year by Phoenix Racing while Mercedes-AMG, BMW, Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari teams are also shown in the top SP9 class for GT3 machinery.

Audi and Porsche have the largest presence with eight cars each, while fellow German giants Mercedes-AMG and BMW have seven and five cars respectively.

Phoenix, Land-Motorsport and Car Collection Motorsport will each run an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo with factory drivers, as previously announced.

There are also independent Audi entries for Phoenix, Car Collection and RaceIng.

KCMG and Falken Motorsports will each arrive with two Pro-class Porsche 911 GT3 Rs, in addition to a single-car effort from Manthey Racing. Frikadelli and Huber Motorsport will represent the brand in Pro-Am.

Haupt Racing Team, which is the successor to 2013 and 2016 winner Black Falcon, has three factory-supported Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evos, while GetSpeed Performance has a single works car plus two Pro-Am entries.

BMW’s Pro involvement comes in the form of two BMW M6 GT3s from ROWE Racing and one apiece for Team Schnitzer and NLS points leader Walkenhorst Motorsport.

Ferrari’s cause is driven by NLS front-runner Octane 126 and the Racing One squad, while Konrad Motorsport flies the flag for Lamborghini.

There is also the new SCG 004C from 2017 pole-sitter Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus participating in the SP-X class.

This year’s edition of the N24 is being held without spectators, while the car count is significantly lower than in recent years.

Several planned Asian-based entries, including Kondo Racing’s Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 and the factory crews from Subaru and Toyota, withdrew because of challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

While the 2020 edition will have almost 60 fewer entries than the previous year, the number of SP9 cars has only dipped by three.

A wide variety of GT4 equipment can be found across the SP8T, SP10 and single-make Cup-X and CUP3 classes with teams running vehicles from BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Aston Martin, Ginetta, Porsche and KTM.

The biggest reductions come in the touring car and entry-level ranks. For example, the SP3 category is down to five cars having posted a 13-car entry last year.

There is also a four-car TCR grid involving two official Hyundai Veloster TCRs, as well as several single-make BMWs in other classes and a handful of unique entries.

PSA Group executives Jean-Philippe Imparato, Francois Wales and Carlos Tavares will be taking part in an Opel Astra Cup car, while the fan-favorite Opel Manta is set to add another chapter to its long history at the N24 after missing the previous NLS race.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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