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2011 24 Hours of Nürburgring – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 24 Hours of Nürburgring race came to a close under sunny skies today, with a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR taking the overall win after setting a new distance record of 156 laps (2,511 miles) of the grueling 16.1-mile track. A BMW M3 GT finished in second, while third was captured by an Audi R8 LMS.

Check out our huge gallery, including the sequence of shots after a Seat Supercopa crashed in front of us in "flugplatz" (roughly translates to "fly and splat" airport). The driver seemed to be physically uninjured, but the emotional stress is obvious in the pictures.

Click past the jump for the top 15 finishers.

The final top-15 standings:
  1. 18 Lieb/Luhr/Bern/Duma 156 9:50.166
  2. 1 Mül/Farf/Alze/Lamy 156 9:24.921
  3. 14 Bass/Fäs/Picc/Stip 155 9:37.582
  4. 15 Stip/Henn/Haas/Wink 155 12:03.884
  5. 16 Ekst/Sche/Wern/Abt 154 10:37.689
  6. 22 Heye/Jäg/Blee/Seyf 153 9:03.563
  7. 32 Arno/Marg/Brü/Fran 153 11:05.863
  8. 2 Farn/Simo/Seef/Melo 152 9:43.708
  9. 26 Abbe/Schm/Kent/Berg 152 9:36.345
  10. 12 Weis/Kain/Jaco/Krum 151 10:44.891
  11. 21 Meht/Bres/Bres/Rös 150 9:33.726
  12. 17 Ludw/Mies/Jön/Abt 149 11:29.063
  13. 8 West/Menz/Stur/Rieg 149 9:29.581
  14. 125 Amme/Biel/Klin/Tomc 148 9:26.303
  15. 34 Stuc/Stuc/Stuc/Rost 148 9:48.516

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      your translation of Flugplatz is a little too rough ;) a Flugplatz is an aerodrome or airfield - and apparently the track section is called that because there was an airfield for gliders close by. Nothing to do with the little jump, that's still part of Quiddelbacher Hoehe
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW M5 ring time is 7:55
        • 3 Years Ago
        24h track includes part of GP track, much longer.
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        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd rather see a car win that I can go out and buy. The LMP and Prototypes are purpose built race cars that will never be seen on the street. The fact that I can go purchase a 911 that shares much of its DNA with the victor of this race is why I like this series over Nascar. There is nothing "Stock" about any of the cars in Nascar.
          • 3 Years Ago
          your argument is valid when it comes to F1 cars. The Le Mans prototypes tho ARE relevant for the development of future road cars, engines, safety aspects etc. even if they don`t refer 1:1 to models on the streets. some statement of Audi MS Boss Ullrich: [ Audi motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich has said that the manufacturer is not interested in F1. His latest comments seemingly contradict those made at the end of January, when he refused to rule out the possibility of the brand entering F1 in future despite its success in other formulae [see separate story - click here]. Speaking in an interview earlier this month though with Car Magazine he said F1's main issue is relevance – or the lack of it. “There's a very good reason why we are not in F1,” he explained. “There's no relevance to the road. “Audi has always been engaged in motorsport that's relevant to our customers such as rallying and touring cars, which brought quattro, FSI and TFSI to our road cars. This is why in 1999 we decided against F1. Instead we decided to take on the greatest race in the world. We went for Le Mans.” “Our goal is track to road technology,” he added. “The best proof of technology is success in motorsport. Lightweight construction, downsized engines and greater economy – they are as relevant for the road as they are for the track.' “At Le Mans, one of our cars will cover 325 miles more than an F1 car will cover in an entire season, our average speed including pits stops will be 20mph higher than an F1 car and we will use 42 per cent less fuel. You cannot argue with those figures,” Ullrich concluded. ]
          • 3 Years Ago
          Perhaps. I think though that the diesel Le Mans Prototypes do have their roots in regular engines and are often used as testbeds for future technologies for Audi and Peugeot diesel engines.
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          i'm with you on this one, the GT3 RS 4.0 is as close as it gets to race technology applied on road cars. it would be great to see a carbon fiber diesel supercar on the roads as a direct result of the R18 project.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lol audi already ate Porsche in case you missed the news, and give the Audi fanboys a call when Porsche figures out how to win lmp1 (or even compete, genesis for thrcarrera gt anyone) and manage a class victory at the ring. We'll cheer you on as we are all one happy family now ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche FTMFW!
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're all lucky Jake didn't show up and crash the party.
      Brad Klodowski
      • 3 Years Ago
      Excellent race, I'm glad the Porsche took the victory! BMW being second is pretty nice too :) On another note, my eyes hurt after looking through 20+ unsharp overhead panning shots. Photogs: If you can't get sharp pans, just don't. Blurry cars don't look good. I fully understand this probably has nothing to do with skill, just a function of where the photographer is in relation to the car. But still, I wouldn't even submit half of those to a newspaper, let alone post them in high-res on the web.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Um... Flugplatz would transplate to flying place.
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