24H
WITH RED BULL AND LAMBORGHINI ON THE NORDSCHLEIFE

Abt has been competing in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring together with Lamborghini since 2023. In 2024, the Red Bull Team ABT finished fifth overall in a curious race at Germany's biggest sporting event. The ABT Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 was driven by Marco Mapelli, Jordan Pepper and Kelvin van der Linde.

 

The 24-hour race on the famous Nürburgring-Nordschleife is regarded as one of the greatest motorsport challenges of all. ABT Sportsline can look back on eleven appearances in the “Green Hell”. The best result so far was two second places in the 2003 and 2009 editions.

THE DRIVERS

 

With DTM star Kelvin van der Linde and the two Lamborghini factory drivers Marco Mapelli and Jordan Pepper, ABT Sportsline is relying on three strong drivers at the Eifel Marathon. The trio is regarded as one of the strongest on the grid.

Kelvin van der Linde

 

Kempten is Kelvin van der Linde’s second home. Ever since he came to Germany from South Africa as a 17-year-old, he has been supported by ABT. He has already won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring twice. The South African is also competing again in the DTM for ABT Sportsline in 2024 and is also involved in ABT Sportsline’s Formula E project as a simulator and reserve driver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Pepper

 

Jordan Pepper is an old acquaintance of ABT Sportsline: in 2014, Kelvin van der Linde’s former flatmate won the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup organised by ABT before competing for the team from Kempten in the ADAC GT Masters and in the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa. The South African has been a member of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse factory driver line-up since 2023.

Marco Mapelli

 

Marco Mapelli has been a Lamborghini factory driver since 2017 and is considered one of the most experienced GT3 drivers in the world. He competes around the globe for the Italian brand – whether in North America, Asia, Europe or Australia. The Italian’s biggest success to date is winning the Pro classification of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Kelvin van der Linde

Kempten is Kelvin van der Linde’s second home. Ever since he came to Germany from South Africa as a 17-year-old, he has been supported by ABT. He has already won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring twice. The South African is also competing again in the DTM for ABT Sportsline in 2024 and is also involved in ABT Sportsline’s Formula E project as a simulator and reserve driver.

Jordan Pepper

Jordan Pepper is an old acquaintance of ABT Sportsline: in 2014, Kelvin van der Linde’s former flatmate won the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup organised by ABT before competing for the team from Kempten in the ADAC GT Masters and in the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa. The South African has been a member of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse factory driver line-up since 2023.

Marco Mapelli

Marco Mapelli has been a Lamborghini factory driver since 2017 and is considered one of the most experienced GT3 drivers in the world. He competes around the globe for the Italian brand – whether in North America, Asia, Europe or Australia. The Italian’s biggest success to date is winning the Pro classification of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in 2019.

 

THE CAR
LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN GT3 EVO2

The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 was designed and developed by Lamborghini Squadra Corse on the basis of the Huracán STO, with which it shares important design elements, the rear-wheel drive and the naturally aspirated V10 engine. The GT3 racing car with up to 585 HP has been in use in this form since 2022 and is closely related to the Audi R8 LMS. On the Nordschleife, the EVO2 reaches a top speed of around 275 km/h.

PARTNERS
SUCCESSES

The 2024 24-hour race will be ABT’s eleventh appearance in the endurance classic. The debut was in 1999 with an Audi A4 quattro powered by natural gas – the race with the innovative drive concept was a little sensation at the time. This was followed by outings with the Abt-Audi TT-R from the DTM, the Audi R8 LMS and the Bentley Continental GT3. The best results so far were two second places in the 2003 and 2009 editions. Last year, ABT Sportsline finished ninth in the 136-car field in the Lamborghini’s first outing at the Nürburgring after tyre damage in the early stages and a 21-hour race to catch up.