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Giti featured two Audi R8 vehicles in the race, both performing impressively in their SP8 class throughout 24 hours race.
Giti Tire’s third appearance at the ADAC Total 24 Hours Nürburgring turned out to be a huge success with its high-powered Audi duo excelling in the very competitive field to finish first and second in class. At the same time, Giti’s ground-breaking all-female VW Golf team overcame a severely damaged engine by working for 13 hours to overhaul the damaged engine and finish the race with great determination.
From 20th-23rd June, an intensive round of activities and practice races at Nürburgring concluded in the highly-anticipated 24 Hours race. This year, Giti Tire sponsored four teams, with all vehicles fitted with GitiCompete GTR1 tyres and carrying full Giti branding. Taking place at the ‘Green Hell’ Nürburgring Nordschleife Racetrack – the longest track in the world – the 24 Hours Race is among the toughest and most famous endurance races globally, with this year’s event attended by 230,000 spectators over the weekend.
Giti featured two Audi R8 vehicles, both performing impressively in the SP8 class throughout 24 hours of intense conditions and competition. In the end, Giti’s Audi R8 LMS Ultra manned by Rahel Frey, Bernhard Henzel, Pavel Lefterov and Frank Schmickler delivered the top finish in the group, including a highly impressive 20th place finish in the overall Nurburgring standing that included 160 entrants. This Audi, featuring a V10 5.2L DOHC engine with 570HP, turned heads among spectators and viewers online with a consistent and highly-efficient performance, overcoming track challenges and other obstacles to topple the others in the field.
Coming in second was Giti’s Audi R8 GT4, which packs 495HP with its V10 5.2L DOHC engine. The combined China and Hong Kong team, who included Rainey He, Sunny Wong, Andy Yan and Li Fei as drivers, also achieved a great performance and ensured that Giti achieved the top two places in the group.
Giti Tire broke the mould this year by featuring an all-female Volkswagen Golf team with WS Racing, for which the drivers, technical support and track crew were all women. Led by Team Chief Ellen Lehmann, this was the first time such a team had raced in Nürburgring in its long and illustrious history. The ‘Giti’s Angels’ team received a high level of attention leading up to the race, including at the Nurburgring where they were often sought out for autographs and photos with guests.
Following the successful testing rounds in the days prior, the driver team of Jasmin Preisig, Carrie Schreiner and Ronja Assmann was very optimistic for their performance. Starting off the grid, the team looked strong and their VW Golf GTI was running smoothly. However, disaster struck when flying debris from another accident hit the Giti VW’s radiator, blowing the engine. With extensive damage to the inside of the car, many teams would be finished for the day. However, the Giti’s Angels did not quit – with their hard-working crew spending 13 hours repairing the engine and replacing the damaged parts to get the car running again. After the successful fix, the ‘Girls Only’ team returned to the track and finished the remainder of the race, drawing great respect from all attending the event.
In addition to the all-female team’s performance, Giti’s other VW Golf 3 vehicle finished the entire gruelling 24-hour endeavour with success, placing 5th in the SP3 class.
The 24-hour race demonstrated that Nürburgring is among the best tyre testing ground in the world. With a mix of extreme and constantly changing sun, rain, heat and cold conditions, the GitiCompete GTR1 tyres were put to intensive tests during each lap. Giti says that simply completing the race over 24 hours was a terrific accomplishment and for all four vehicles to perform so well demonstrated the high performance and success of Giti’s tyres.
The same technology used to develop these racing tyres is also used for the regular tyre range, providing great value to all drivers who benefit from racing at the ‘Ultimate Proving Ground’. In addition, the results and data obtained from the testing are used for future product development and improvements.
Besides this 24 Hours race, numerous additional motor sports activities are held globally using Giti tyres. This includes the Giti-sponsored Formula 3 Asian Championship, which took to the tracks of Suzuka, Japan in exciting action in the same month. This racing series also included GitiCompete GTR1 tyres on all vehicles and would conclude this year’s calendar in September.
从6月20日至23日于纽博格林举行的24小时耐力赛已圆满结束。今年，佳通赞助4个车队，所有车队都配备GitiCompete GTR1 轮胎，并涂装佳通黑黄品牌色。该24小时耐力赛是全球最著名和最艰难的耐力赛之一，在号称“绿色地狱”，世界最长的赛道--Nürburgring Nordschleife 赛道举行。今年的赛事，吸引了来自世界各地的230，000名观众。
佳通有两辆奥迪R8赛车参加，在24小时耐力赛的SP8组有不俗表现。最终，由Bernhard Henzel、Rahel Frey、Pavel Lefterov、Frank Schmickler驾驶的奥迪R8赛车，实力斩获SP8冠军，并在全部160辆参赛车中排名第20位。该奥迪R8 GT4的V10 5.2L DOHC引擎可输出570马力，以其优越的高效性能，克服赛道上的挑战和其他障碍，击败现场的其他车队，让观众和线上观众看得目不转睛。
佳通奥迪R8 GT4 则屈居亚军。该赛车搭载V10 5.2L DOHC引擎,可输出495马力。这支由中国和香港车手何晓乐、甄卓伟、王日昇、李斐组成的车队，也战出好成绩，使佳通夺得SP8组冠亚军。
佳通轮胎与WS 赛车车队合作，组成首支全女性赛车手及技师的大众Golf车队。 这支由车队负责人Ellen Lehmann领队的车队，是纽博格林悠久历史中的首支全女子车队。该备受瞩目的“佳通天使”车队引起高度关注，在纽博格林时，有许多嘉宾纷纷向她们要求签名和拍照。
比赛前的成功测试，让车手Jasmin Preisig、Carrie Schreiner及Ronja Assmann对她们的表现感到乐观。该车队一开始表现强劲，她们的大众Golf GTI行驶得相当顺畅。可惜的是，另一个事故飞出的碎片，破坏了佳通大众赛车的散热器，导致引擎障碍。如此这般严重的汽车内部坏损，许多车队一般都会弃战。然而“佳通天使”却没有放弃，她们全力抢修13个小时，替换引擎损坏的零部件。最终在修复故障后，重回赛道，完成比赛。她们的精神获得了观众的尊重与喝彩。
此外，佳通的另一部大众Golf 3 赛车也在该24小时耐力赛中斩获SP3组第五名。
这个24小时的耐力赛，显示了纽博格林是全世界最佳的轮胎测试场。极端和经常变化的天气，阳光、雨水、热与冷，使GitiCompete GTR1 轮胎每跑一圈都在进行密集的测试。佳通说，单单完成这个24小时的耐力赛就已经是一个了不起的成就，更何况他们所赞助的四辆车都能拥有如此亮丽的表现，显示佳通轮胎的性能和成功。
除了这个24小时的耐力赛，佳通轮胎也被广泛用于其他的全球汽车运动。这包括了在同一个月于日本Suzuka赛车场举行，佳通赞助的第三方程式亚洲锦标赛（Formula 3 Asian Championship）。该赛车系列也包含在所有的汽车上采用GitiCompete GTR1 轮胎，此系列赛将在9月结束。
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