The Hyundai i30 N became the fastest TCR car to complete a lap of the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife, when Andreas Gülden drove around the 25km road course in 9:03.206. In the process, the German driver narrowly missed out on a surprise slot in the top-30 shootout that formed the finale to the qualifying sessions.
Hyundai Motorsport entered two cars in the 6-hour Qualifying race for the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Gülden shared the #831 with Nicola Larini, Manuel Lauck and Peter Terting, while Moritz Oestreich, Jae-Kyun Kim, Byung Hui Kang and Guido Naumann took turns at the wheel of the #830.
Both the i30 N TCR cars fought against higher-spec GT4 entries throughout their stints and dominated the class for most of the race. However, minor mechanical problems meant they finished second (#831) and third (#830) in the class behind the Bonk Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS of Hermann Bock, Max Partl and Rainer Partl. The gap between the winning Audi and the first Hyundai was of only 90 seconds.
During the race, Gülden set another TCR record lap of 9:05.905.
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