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Podium for Verdonck and Hyundai Motorsport at the 24H of the Nürburgring

Nico Verdonck, together with Marc Basseng, Manuel Lauck and Moritz Oestreich in a Hyundai Veloster N TCR, gained a 2nd place in the TCR category of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring. Although the foursome only just missed the victory, the Belgian looks back at the team’s performance with a positive feeling.
 
The 24h of the Nürburgring is a mythical and atypical race. The famous Nordschleife, aka the Green Hell by Jackie Stewart, always holds many surprises. This extraordinary circuit in the Eifel, extremely demanding for human and machine, requires respect and humbleness. 
 
Nico, this year driving for Hyundai Motorsport, knows the Nordschleife and the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring very well. This 2019 edition was not a flawless race, but Nico looks back at it with enormous satisfaction.  
 
"We were among the quickest in TCR, but we’ve encountered two serious problems,” explains Nico. “On Saturday we lost about half an hour to repair a technical issue, but we fought back with a flawlessly running car and by Sunday morning we even managed to take the lead in TCR with our Veloster N TCR. Together with my teammates, we drove comfortably, which is not easy in this race, as you have to be quick, but also take into account the other 160 cars on the circuit.  Our mechanics did a super job and kept the car running smoothly. Unfortunately, a second technical problem set us back on Sunday morning, but we still managed to finish 45th overall and 2nd in TCR. A very strong result for this new model developed by Hyundai Motorsport."
 
Globally speaking, Nico once more had a fantastic experience at the Nordschleife. "Working together with Hyundai Motorsport was a true pleasure," smiles the Belgian. "The team was extremely professional and I felt very confident at the wheel of the Veloster N TCR. Although we did not win the race because of the trouble on Sunday morning, I feel the car has great potential to win in its category. That only motivates for potential future races!"
 
Nico himself has two important endurance races coming up next. Together with Rodrigue Gillion, who he has been coaching since end 2018, he will participate in the 24H of Portimao from 5 till 7 July. For the occasion of this race of the 24H Series, the duo will defend its leading position in the GT4 category with PROsport Performance’s Aston Martin Vantage. Only one week later, Rodrigue and Nico will start the longest race in the world, aka the 25 Hours VW Fun Cup, in the team of DRM Motorsport. Holidays have obviously not started yet… but that is not a worry for Nico who has always appetite for the next race.
 

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