Lichfield driver celebrates dramatic success in Nürburgring 24 Hours race

A dramatic final lap saw Lichfield driver Adam Christodoulou become only the fourth British winner of the Nürburgring 24 Hours race.

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The AMG-Team Black Falcom claimed the narrowest victory in the race’s history as the city speedster clocked up the biggest win of his career.

The dramatic finale to 24 hours of racing saw Christodoulou’s team-mate Maro Engel pass AMG-Team HTP Motorsport’s Christian Hohenadel in the dying moments.

“It all came down to whether we were going to do an extra lap or not,” the Lichfield driver said. “We had the fuel to do it, but we were uncertain whether the other car did, so we had to keep the pressure on.

“But once we realised that the opportunity was there and we could force an extra lap out of the race, of course we went for it.

“Maro drove his socks off and was hunting him down, he saw the gap and he went for it. Those last two laps went from wanting the race to go on longer to carry on the fight, to the flag not coming soon enough.”

Earlier in the race, Christodoulou had worked the car up to tenth in the first two laps after starting 17th on the grid.

Poor weather provided a tough test, but as a number of cars aquaplaned off the track the AMG-Team Black Falcon man slowed the pace to keep the car on the road.

Christodoulou’s second stint saw him enjoy a drying track, while his third outing involved a battle for the lead of the race.

But has he exited the race with five hours to go, all the Lichfield man could do was see if his team-mates could deliver the glory.

He said: “I think every driver gets nervous before a race, but watching from the pits I was falling apart starting to realise we might pull this off.

“The last two laps are always chaos because if you don’t cross the line you aren’t classified, so suddenly with five minutes to go there must have been 20 cars that shot out of the pit lane, so you just hope that you don’t catch any of them at a bad point.

“In the end my team-mates did a stunning job, every stint they did was full attack.”

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