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Lichfield racing driver Adam Christodoulou stormed over the line to take second in the 2018 Nürburging 24 Hours race. The Mercedes AMG GT factory driver lined up alongside Maro Engel, Manuel Metzger and Dirk Muller for the race. Christodoulou’s stint saw him battling through the early evening as the team developed a two-and-a-half minute lead. But with three hours to go, dense fog forced the suspension of the race, but the clock kept ticking and finally resumed with 90 minutes to go. The Lichfield racer climbed back into the driver’s seat in a bid to re-establish the advantage that had been removed by the delay. He led for two laps but a near spin allowed a Manthey Porsche through. Christodoulou’s attempts to close the gap were eventually thwarted by rain and he was forced to settle for a second placed finish. “I’m delighted we made the podium with a strong second place,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that the elements weren’t in our favour. “It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the weekend, we fought so hard for the win – we have done so much testing in the run up, the car performed so well and the team have been exceptional. “The battle with Porsche was insane. It’s been intense but they showed pace and had the advantage in the wet with their mid-engine car giving them better drive, so their win is well deserved.” Christodoulou returns to the track this weekend in round two of the Blancpain GT Enduranceseries at Silverstone, making his debut with Mercedes-AMG Team ASP AKKA to partner with Tristian Vautier and and Raffaele Marciello.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.