WATCH: Porsche Pulls Off Amazing Overtake on Mercedes at the Nurburgring

Published 06/23/2019, 6:01 AM EDT


The 24 Hours of Nurburgring 2019 is currently ongoing at the iconic Nordschleife. During the early part of the race, one of the Porsche cars pulled off an insane overtake on the leading Mercedes. The Manthey Racing Porsche snatched the lead of the Nurburgring 24 Hours after just six hours. At the time, Kevin Estre was piloting the car when he put two wheels on the grass to overtake the Black Falcon Mercedes.

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Intially, pole man Maro Engel led after a hectic first stint around the legendary 25 kilometre circuit. However, the German did not have it easy as he had to fend off the Manthey Racing duo. Sadly, he lost the lead after the first stint, but regained it, courtesy a flat tire for the #1 Manthey Porsche. The drivers of car were Frederic Makowiecki, Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy.

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Soon, the race settled into a steady rhythm in the next few hours until the #911 decided to shatter the monotony. Kevin Estre took over at the wheel of the car from teammate Laurens Vanthoor. The French driver set off a blistering series of fast laps to slash down a gap of nearly twenty seconds to Dirk Müller.

Smelling blood, he pounced and passed the German with a gutsy move on the Dottinger Hohe, with half of his car on the grass. Just like that, Estre swooped into the lead and would remain there for a while.

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However, for rival manufacturer, BMW, all was not well in their camp, with four cars out. Suspension issues and collisions were the main culprits, and their hopes of conquering ‘The Green Hell’, evaporated.

Meanwhile, the best Audi in the race was in sixth place after six hours with Frederic Vervisch in the #4 Team Phoenix car. Black Falcon had a total of three cars in the top 10, with the #6 of Patrick Assenheimer, Yelmer Buurman, Nico Bastian and Gabriele Piana in seventh place, just in front of the sister car driven by Thomas Jager, Hubert Haupt, Maxi Buhk and Luca Stolz.

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