The 17th running of the Cologne 24-hour race couldn’t have been more thrilling and dramatic. In the closest finish in the long history of the endurance racing classic, the All-Stars Team with DTM star Timo Scheider only just managed to beat the AVIA Racing squad in a nail-biting finish to clinch the overall win in front of a record crowd of 6,200 spectators in the Kartcenter Cologne.
A total of 111 drivers, split up into twelve teams, took on the challenge of racing twice around the clock in the German city. After a breath-taking race, the All-Stars team managed to repeat its victory from the previous year. Next to two times’ DTM champion Timo Scheider and the two former DTM drivers Bernd Schneider and Maro Engel, the line-up of the winning team also included the likes of Christopher Brück, who holds the track record, BMW works driver Dirk Müller and VLN driver Manuel Metzger. “Currently, I really am lost for words. In my long career in motorsport, I have seen a lot, but the two leading teams crossing the finish line right behind each other after a 24-hour race is something I have never seen before,” Brück commented. DTM driver Timo Scheider, was visibly happy, too: “It really was great fun. The performance level in Cologne is very high, we were under pressure all the time.”