Lucas Luhr suffered a difficult end to the Nürburgring 24 Hours last weekend (May 28/29).
The #100 Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 the German was sharing with John Edwards, Jens Klingmann and Martin Tomczyk retired from the race with six hours remaining, when he was caught up in someone else’s accident.
The crash occurred just after Luhr had emerged from the pits following a very rapid stint that had seen him come in from third.
The crew had survived a torrential rain and hail storm after 50 minutes which sent a large number of cars spinning into the barriers at Aremberg. The #100 M6 GT3 escaped damage but was trapped on the climb up Fuchsröhre, unable to make any traction on slick tyres with the circuit covered in chunks of ice.
After a three-hour red flag period, Luhr and his crew-mates were in seventh place and climbed up into the top-five overnight by running quickly but safely in the dark.
However, with the podium position in sight and just six-hours left to run, Lucas came upon slower cars on the Grand Prix circuit. Lining up to pass to the right of the traffic, the two backmarkers made contact, with one being spun across track straight into Luhr. The M6 GT3 hit the barriers hard, but the strength of the BMW meant the 36-year old emerged without injury.
“I am a positive person, so I will take the positives from this race. The brand-new BMW M6 GT3 proved its potential and showed that it is competitive on the Nordschleife. We can build on that, looking ahead,” said Luhr.
“The collision was obviously unnecessary. The other car came from nowhere and ploughed into me. I had no chance, and it was a big impact. It is a shame that we were unable to convert the strong performance we showed over the course of the race into a good result.”
To celebrate 10 years since his first Nürburgring 24 Hours victory, Lucas offered his fans a chance to design his new Stilo helmet for this year’s event. “I really wanted to involve my incredible fans and do something cool for them, so I’m honoured to wear this helmet,” commented Luhr.
“I chose Andy Werner’s design because he put a lot of thought into it, and a lot of hard work. It looks fantastic, it’s really sharp, and it gives me a real sense of pride. I hope it brings me more success in the future than at this 24-hour race.”
Lucas will return to action in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen (June 30/July 3).