It’s called the Green Hell for a reason, some 50 minutes after the start of the 44th Nurburgring 24 Hours, hailstorm struck the forest covered track making it completely impossible for the cars to drive through. The start was smooth, dry conditions prompting most teams to run on slicks, at first this was a good choice but when the rain came all hell broke loose.
Cars could barely hold it on the track and there were a number of crashes and heavy traffic on some sections that eventually caused the race to be red flagged. The red flag lasted for 3-4 hours before restart at 19:20 hours. Maro Engel took the lead again in the #9 Haribo Mercedes-AMG GT3, leading Jörg Müller in the #18 BMW M6 GT3 and the #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Maximilian Götz (HTP Motorsport).
With 16 hours left in the race, the top five positions are held by Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars.