The Timbuli Racing Porsche 997 GT3 R set the pace during the first 90 minute practice session for the 2012 Nurburgring 24 Hours, grabbing the fastest time by nearly 4.5 seconds.
The Timbuli team comprised of Marc Hennerici, Marco Seefried, Dennis Busch and Norbert Siedler jumped to the top of the times with a lap of 8:31.058 late on pulling out an advantage, that even on the Nordschleife, was made to look enormous my the dwindling gaps splitting the chasing pack.
Behind the pace setters just 0.156 seconds split the next four, the no.11 Team Manthey Porsche (Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas, Lucas Luhr, Richard Leitz) in third just two-thousandths of a second shy of the Audi Sport Team Phoenix no.2 (Marcel Fassler, Christopher Mies, Rene Rast, Frank Stippler) in second place (8:35.458) . The BMW Team Schubert Z4 (no.20 Claudia Hurtgen, Dominik Schwager, Nico Bastian, Dirk Adorf) in fourth.
With Aston Martin and Mercedes' top representatives in sixth and seventh respectively and the Haribo Racing Team Corvette (no.90 Richard Westbrook, Tommy Milner, Jan Magnussen, Daniel Keilwitz) in tenth making it sixth different marques in the top ten. Furthermore the best McLaren MP4-12C – that of the Nick Heidfeld featuring Gembella Racing team – in twelfth (8:38.995).
The top 21 cars in the times where all SP9-GT3 cars, the hybrid P4/5 Competizione in 22nd. Gazoo Racing's Lexus LFA was 30th overall, leading in the SP8 class (8:54.079), one place ahead of the SP7 car of Manthey Racing.
Team Mathol Racing's Aston Martin Vantage was 50th fastest – the best SP10 GT4 car (9:31.709) with the Nova Racing Ginetta – featuring Michael Simpson – third in class albeit ten seconds and six places further back, the Aston Martin Zagato one of the cars filling the gap.
Running for the 189 cars (according to the results of practice) continues tonight with a four hour session taking them into the darkness.