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Another week, another Nurburgring story, and this time it's Volkswagen and Aston doing the shouting - both
celebrating class wins at the 24hr race this weekend.
Yes, an actual race.
Not the usual 'Ring chassis development
story or vanity lap time (James
May has some words to say about this in the latest issue of Top Gear magazine)
but real, proper competition.
VW scored two victories in petrol- and gas-powered cars,
finishing 15th and 17th overall, while Aston brought its
new V12 Vantage home top in its field, 21st overall.
Lexus, meanwhile, kept ominously quiet about the two LF-A prototype
racers it lined up - without doubt the most awesome-sounding cars on the
Nordschliefe, but they finished 87th and, er, nowhere.
The overall race winner was a Porsche 911 GT3 - in fact, almost the entire top 10 was made up by teams using 911s, joined by a couple
of Audi R8 LMs and a solitary BMW Z4 M Coupe.
Overshadowed a bit by the Le Mans, the Nurburgring 24hrs is arguably
the most gruelling of the endurance races. It uses all 14-odd miles of the Nordschleife and is geared
more towards production cars and, relatively at least, amateur drivers.
But, is it better than Le
Mans? Been to either? Let us know.