BILSTEIN Equipped Teams Dominate the Podium at the Nürburgring 24 Hours Race

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 team claims first ever victory at the grueling event with the help of BILSTEIN MDS shock absorbers

Team Black Falcon

Overall, five of the top ten teams were BILSTEIN-equipped.

After one of the most dramatic 24-hour races to date at the famed Nürburgring race track, the five-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider and his teammates Sean Edwards, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Nicki Thiim steered their Mercedes-Benz SLS to victory, just two minutes and 39 seconds ahead of a hard charging BMW Sports Trophy team. The Mercedes, part of the Black Falcon Racing Team, was equipped with BILSTEIN MDS adjustable shocks absorbers. It was the first win for Mercedes-Benz at the 24 Hours Nürburgring since the series started in 1970.

Overall, five of the top ten teams were BILSTEIN-equipped. Team G-Drive Racing by Phoenix in the Audi R8 LMS Ultra finished in fifth and ninth place while Team Phoenix Racing in another Audi R8 LMS Ultra crossed the line in eighth place. The BILSTEIN-sponsored Aston Martin Vantage GT3 ended up in the tenth position after leading the race from the second hour until the event was red flagged due to impossible weather conditions. Unfortunately, when the race was resumed, the Aston tapped the barriers, resulting in the tenth place finish. All three Audi R8s and the Aston Martin were equipped with the BILSTEIN MDS adjustable coilover monotube shocks with independent 10-way rebound and 10-way compression double adjustable shafts.

“After a successful start to the racing season with a third consecutive victory in the 24 at Daytona, we’re thrilled to report these results,” said Steven Beaty, Aftermarket and Motorsport President of BILSTEIN. “We’re on track to delivering an exciting year of racing in 2013.”

The Nürburgring, one of the most difficult and challenging racetracks in the world, is used as a testing facility for many of BILSTEIN’s products. This rigorous proving ground provides valuable data that allows BILSTEIN to develop products, which deliver winning results for all types of competition. The knowledge gained and technology developed here is applied throughout the BILSTEIN line to improve every customer’s experience no matter what they drive.

About BILSTEIN
Founded in 1954, BILSTEIN is the world’s leading manufacturer of monotube gas pressure shock absorbers. With their main headquarters located in Germany, BILSTEIN is an original equipment supplier to BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, GM, Chrysler, Ford, Toyota and many others. Today, BILSTEIN of America has grown to nearly 75 employees located in two locations around the United States and distributes over 3,000 part numbers into the US aftermarket. BILSTEIN operates within ThyssenKrupp Component Technologies Group. For more information, please visit http://www.bilsteinUS.com.

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