Denyer to take on "The Green Hell" in first major overseas race
Fresh from his first V8 Supercar finale win at Winton Raceway recently, Grant Denyer lands in Europe this week to tackle “The Green Hell” – Germany’s famous Nurburgring 24 Hour Endurance race.
With 172 different corners, the 26 kilometre track is regarded as the most demanding race circuit in the world and the annual 24 Hour Enduro attracts over 200 entries. Teaming up with Nurburgring regulars Tony and Klark Quinn, along with New Zealander Craig Baird in the VIP Pet Foods Porsche, the Australian attack on the world famous race will be worth watching.
“I have never been to the circuit before, although I have spent the last 3 months on PlayStation trying to learn the track. With over 170 corners, this is not a race circuit for any driver with a memory lapse!” Denyer explained. “Tony and the team have done it a number of years now and had some great results. Last year they won the Dubai 24 Hour race in the same Porsche, so with a clean, lucky run and a minimum of mistakes, the team has the potential to run in the top 10.”
The race will commence Saturday morning German time, finishing 24 Hours later in front of over 200,000 spectators. Europe’s best drivers and factory backed teams enter the event each year, generally dominated by Porsche although this year also sees a return of the factory backed Aston Martin team.
Grant and the VIP Team have already has a successful history together finishing 2nd in Class and 6th Outright in the 2003 Bathurst 12 Hour race, 2nd in last years Bathurst 12 Hour event, and competed again at Bathurst this year although gearbox failure while running second forced them out.
“Tony and the team have given me a great opportunity, they love their sports car racing and Nurburgring is the pinnacle of the GT category endurance events so I am just over the moon to be part of the team.”
Straight after the German event, Grant will return to Australia for Round 2 of the MINI Challenge Series at Symmons Plains Tasmania next weekend.