After two years with Corona-restrictions for spectators, the fans came back to the track in 2022 for the 50th anniversary of the endurance classic event. Around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife the well-known and so painfully missed image of campers, self-built grandstands, flags and fireworks showed up. Loud music until the early hours of the morning and the smell of grilled meat wafted across the route and every passing vehicle could finally be properly celebrated again.
Not only on, but also off the track, the neon green crowd favorite from Manthey-Racing was on everyone's lips and could be seen on thousands of caps, shirts and sweaters. Over the past few years, a dedicated fan base has developed around the eye-catching Porsche 911 GT3 R, which was driven in the 24-hour race by Frenchmen Kévin Estre and Frédéric Makowiecki, Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium and Denmark's Michael Christensen.
After the victory in the previous year, in 2022 it was clear for the Manthey-Racing-Team that defending the title was the least they could do in order not to disappoint the fans of the yellow-green racer. However, luck did not go along with the racing team from Meuspath in 2022 and the "Grello" should make the headlines and get undivided attention for reasons other than defending the title.
Already in qualifying, a speed violation by works driver Kévin Estre meant that the experienced driver quartet had to start the race from the end of the first starting group. This promised an exciting race to catch up and plenty of excitement for the spectators along the route. After less than four hours, the "Grello" had already made it to fifth place overall. At the time, the Belgian Laurens Vanthoor was behind the wheel.
Over many kilometers, he persistently fought against his brother Dries in the blue Phoenix Audi R8 LMS for fourth place. On the straight of the Döttinger Höhe Laurens could use the slipstream of the Audi. For a very short moment it looked like as if he could challenge his brother for the position. But in the section Tiergarten it then came to the show-down of the brother-duel. A touch of the cars driving parallel at the narrow place turned the "Grello" onto the green at high speed and led to the early retirement of the previous year's winner.
For real "Grello" fans there is the official Manthey Racing product with starting number one from Ixo in the usual high quality in the scales 1:43 and 1:18.
Porsche 911 GT3 R #1 24h Nürburgring 2022 Manthey Grello 1:18 Ixo, RRP 99,95 €, item-no.: MG-I-911-24h-22-1801
Porsche 911 GT3 R #1 24h Nürburgring 2022 Manthey Grello 1:43 Ixo, RRP: 39,95€, item-no.: MG-I-911-24h-22-4301
|Porsche 911 GT3 R #1 24h Nürburgring 2022 Manthey Grello 1:18 Ixo||79,96 €|
|Porsche 911 GT3 R #1 24h Nürburgring 2022 Manthey Grello 1:43 Ixo||31,96 €|