The 2015 Nurburgring winner had taken over the #911 Manthey Porsche from Kevin Estre and was battling for third along with his youthful brother’s Phoenix Audi on lap 23 once they made side-to-side contact within the quick sequence of bends approaching the Hohenrain chicane.
The contact between the Audi’s left rear and Porsche’s proper entrance prompted Laurens Vanthoor to spin and make heavy contact with the obstacles.
Dries Vanthoor continued unscathed and went on to safe his second victory within the fiftieth version of the German endurance basic, along with Kelvin van der Linde, Frederic Vervisch and Robin Frijns, after a late rain bathe turned tyre selection right into a lottery.
Writing on social media on Sunday, Laurens Vanthoor defined that the need to beat his brother meant “feelings took over and my mind stopped working”.
“What occurred yesterday was a nightmare,” stated the Belgian, who’s racing within the DTM this yr with SSR Efficiency.
“I do know I’m smarter, I do know you don’t take that quantity of danger in a 24h race.
“It’s painful to be this open in public however the purpose behind is that I used to be racing my brother. My feelings took over and my mind stopped working.
“We’ve been competing in opposition to one another since we had been children, by no means backing off and fairly breaking a leg then [sic] loosing to one another.
#1 Manthey-Racing GmbH Porsche 911 GT3 R: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Frédéric Makowiecki, Laurens Vanthoor
Photograph by: Andreas Beil
“Sadly this competitiveness took the higher hand yesterday. I remorse it badly, it was unprofessional.
“I’ve completely no onerous emotions in the direction of Dries. Within the opposite, I’m a really proud brother. Sooner or later we could have every others’ again as a substitute of combating one another.
“As we speak was a black day in my profession. I’ll remorse it for a really very long time however that’s how life works.”
The most effective-placed Porsche after a disappointing 24 Hours for the Weissach marque was Falken Motorsports’ instance in ninth.
Porsche 911 GT3 R undertaking supervisor Sebastian Golz stated: “We had been affected by unhealthy luck on Saturday and Sunday. We misplaced six automobiles in accidents, most of which had been concerned in collisions by no fault of their very own.
“We very clearly witnessed simply how robust our GT3 buyer groups and our automobiles had been within the race from the highest positions of Manthey and Toksport WRT, which makes it all of the extra disappointing that we weren’t capable of flip our competitiveness into a good end result.”
BMW “might have finished considerably higher”
One other marque left dissatisfied on Sunday was BMW, which was anticipated to fare nicely on the debut of its new M4 GT3 after the Rowe automobiles had shone in qualifying.
However solely one in every of its automobiles made the end, with the #102 Walkenhorst Motorsport automobile 26 laps down in fifteenth place after quite a few contenders hit hassle.
Early contact for Nick Yelloly put the #99 Rowe entry out, fellow Briton Dan Harper was delayed by contact within the RMG-run Junior Staff automobile that was later crashed by Max Hesse, and an issue with the front-right suspension in the course of the night time prompted Sheldon van der Linde to crash the #98 Rowe machine.
#98 Rowe Racing BMW M4 GT3: Nicky Castsburg, John Edwards, Sheldon van der Linde, Marco Wittmann
Photograph by: Markus Toppmöller
The #20 Schubert entry of Jesse Krohn, Alexander Sims, Jens Klingmann and Niklas Krutten was set to complete fourth when it retired within the ultimate hour as a result of an overheating engine.
BMW Motorsport boss Andreas Roos stated: “Sadly, that was a really disappointing race for us and we might have finished considerably higher. Our expectations had been excessive after the nice, intensive preparations noticed us present good tempo and document some prime outcomes.
“It’s notably galling that we misplaced two automobiles early on as a result of our personal errors. We allowed ourselves to be influenced by the hectic occasions on the monitor.
“The very constructive facet is that our new BMW M4 GT3 has proven that it has the potential to win this race, being proper up there in qualifying and within the race.”
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