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Vanthoor: Conflict with brother in N24 “a black day in my profession”

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 caused Laurens Vanthoor to spin and make heavy contact with the barriers.

Dries Vanthoor continued unscathed and went on to secure his second victory in the 50th edition of the German endurance classic, along with Kelvin van der Linde, Frederic Vervisch and Robin Frijns, after a late rain bathe turned tyre alternative 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 12 months 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 cause behind is that I used to be racing my brother. My feelings took over and my mind stopped working.

“We’ve been competing towards one another since we have been children, by no means backing off and slightly 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

#1 Manthey-Racing GmbH Porsche 911 GT3 R: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Frédéric Makowiecki, Laurens Vanthoor

Picture 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 can have every others’ again as a substitute of combating one another.

“Immediately 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 challenge supervisor Sebastian Golz stated: “We have been stricken by unhealthy luck on Saturday and Sunday. We misplaced six vehicles in accidents, most of which have been concerned in collisions by way of no fault of their very own.

“We very clearly witnessed simply how robust our GT3 buyer groups and our vehicles have 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 in a position to flip our competitiveness into a good end result.”

BMW “may have finished considerably higher”

One other marque left upset on Sunday was BMW, which was anticipated to fare effectively on the debut of its new M4 GT3 after the Rowe vehicles had shone in qualifying.

However solely considered one of its vehicles made the end, with the #102 Walkenhorst Motorsport automotive 26 laps down in 15th 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 Crew automotive that was later crashed by Max Hesse, and an issue with the front-right suspension in the course of the evening brought about 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

#98 Rowe Racing BMW M4 GT3: Nicky Castsburg, John Edwards, Sheldon van der Linde, Marco Wittmann

Picture 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 remaining hour as a consequence of an overheating engine.

BMW Motorsport boss Andreas Roos stated: “Sadly, that was a really disappointing race for us and we may have finished considerably higher. Our expectations have been excessive after the nice, intensive preparations noticed us present good tempo and file some high outcomes.

“It’s notably galling that we misplaced two vehicles early on as a consequence of our personal errors. We allowed ourselves to be influenced by the hectic occasions on the monitor.

“The very optimistic 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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