After 26 years an Italian racing driver claimed the victory at the 24H Nürburgring. The last time it was in 1995 when Roberto Ravaglia secured the first position. A quarter of century later Matteo Cairoli did it again.
The Como-based racer - who started the season with the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup win at the Monza opener - finished first on the 25.378 kms of the Nordschleife circuit driving the Manthey Racing's Porsche 911 GT3 R alongside his team-mates Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen and Lars Kern.
The seventh victory for the German squad at the 24H Nürburgring - the first for the Porsche brand since 2018, came at the end of a very unusual edition of the race that was stopped after the six opening hours due to the misty and rainy conditions. The race was resumed the day after and the Manthey Racing's Porsche took the flag with less than nine-second gap over the Rowe Racing's BMW completing a total of 59 laps.
"It was a memorable weekend. I haven't yet realized it", commented the Italian, who turned 25 six days ago. "It is a dream that comes true. Nevertheless it was a very short edition and I only drove on Saturday, we clinched a very valuable success. I think this victory could help my career. I'm really very happy and I hope to continue the season in this manner as it started in the best way".
The next commitment for Matteo Cairoli is scheduled this weekend at the 8H Portimão, the second of the 2021 FIA WECrounds, sharing a Project 1 Porsche in the LMGTE Am with Egidio Perfetti and Riccardo Pera.