RE: Hans Stuck in an M3 GTR: Time For Coffee

RE: Hans Stuck in an M3 GTR: Time For Coffee

Tuesday 24th April

Hans Stuck in an M3 GTR: Time For Coffee?

The N24 is but a few weeks away, so here's a great vid to get you in the mood...



There really is nothing like the Nurburgring 24-Hour race. It might sounds like an obvious point to make, but it has a very distinct character even to those day-and-night enduros at Spa or Le Mans. You could go to Le Mans and have a great weekend without even a casual interest in cars, yet N24 feels unapologetically devoted to the motorsport fans - everybody there loves cars passionately, obsessively, never endingly.

No doubt there will be more on PH in the coming weeks around the magic of the N24, but this little story is going to focus on the track itself; specifically when Hans Joachim Stuck set a lap record of 8:19.49 in the BMW M3 GTR during practice for the 2004 race.


This video is an onboard from that incredible lap, with commentary recorded from Stuck as well. It's 10 minutes (with a warm up lap) very, very well spent. It's hard to know what brings a bigger smile to your face: the bizarre array of cars passed during a full N24 lap, the outrageous corner speed generated by the M3, or the infectious enthusiasm of Stuck as narrator. Having had the privilege to meet him in real life, it's nice to confirm that he really is like this face to face: just in love with motorsport, hugely knowledgeable and incredibly eager.

It's really hard to draw yourself away from this one; not just because of driving on display, not just because of the insightful and entertaining guidance, but for those aforementioned car spotting opportunities too: don't 993s look small now? How many E36 3 Series can be in one race? Is that really an A4 Avant in practice for the Nurbugring 24-Hour? Brilliant stuff.

Just think, too, that if you watch this and feel mildly exhausted, that the drivers in a little more than a fortnight's time will be doing this for lap after lap and hour after hour, in even faster cars. With traffic. Madness. Beautiful, glorious madness. 18 days to go...

 

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paua

Original Poster:

608 posts

76 months

Tuesday 24th April
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Bloody excellent

drewbagz

176 posts

97 months

Tuesday 24th April
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The mind boggles! Awesome entry speeds, great little vid.

Gary29

1,552 posts

32 months

Tuesday 24th April
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Petrolhead heaven.

Evoman

66 posts

130 months

Tuesday 24th April
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Wow! I was truly along for the ride there, wow, like reliving a lap of the Ring. What a great watch over a cuppa though I didn't even touch my tea I was so gripped. So neat all the way and brilliant oversteer moment for that extra squirt of well adrenaline mainly

rtz62

1,479 posts

88 months

Tuesday 24th April
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That. Is. Stunning!
Tell me that the commentary was added over the top of the engine noise, please; I can’t comprehend how a human being could not only drive at Warp Factor 4 and provide a composed commentary like that!!!
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RDMcG

12,586 posts

140 months

Tuesday 24th April
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I have had the pleasure spending time with Hans, and he is an incredible person one of the most helpful people you could meet.

in 2010 I as at the N24 and he invited me to watch it from the pits an unforgettable experience.

TheJimi

13,714 posts

176 months

Tuesday 24th April
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rtz62 said:
That. Is. Stunning!
Tell me that the commentary was added over the top of the engine noise, please; I can’t comprehend how a human being could not only drive at Warp Factor 4 and provide a composed commentary like that!!!
I can’t comment either way as to whether it was added retrospectively, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if the commentary was done in real time, whilst driving.

Folk like top racing drivers and fast jet pilots tend to have a lot of spare mental capacity while they’re “on it”.    

That aside, I *love* this video, it’s been a favourite of mine since I first saw it years ago.  Easily on a par with my other favourite, Climb Dance cloud9



essayer

5,336 posts

127 months

Tuesday 24th April
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rtz62 said:
That. Is. Stunning!
Tell me that the commentary was added over the top of the engine noise, please; I can’t comprehend how a human being could not only drive at Warp Factor 4 and provide a composed commentary like that!!!
It is added, I have the original DVD with both versions

Dinoboy

1,374 posts

150 months

Tuesday 24th April
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Fantastic.

Obi Wan

1,872 posts

148 months

Tuesday 24th April
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Great video! Loved the m3 gtr after reading about it in Evo where Richard Meadean drove for a couple of laps. It’s an epic car. Also Hans can peddle for sure.

Mr.Jimbo

1,668 posts

116 months

Tuesday 24th April
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Awesome, I was looking around this car (or a very very good rep) at the BMW museum on Saturday, absolutely awesome car and mental in the flesh, so much different to a standard E46 it's unreal.

Ref the Avant A4 though, when we raced there in 2012 (and won D3T class cool) there was an Audi A8/S8 of considerable vintage, and during the pitstop the driver would get out, open the boot and change the CD changer cartridge hehe - Drove to and from the race on the road as well.

Matt Bird

1,004 posts

138 months

PH Reportery Lad

Tuesday 24th April
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Mr.Jimbo said:
Awesome, I was looking around this car (or a very very good rep) at the BMW museum on Saturday, absolutely awesome car and mental in the flesh, so much different to a standard E46 it's unreal.

Ref the Avant A4 though, when we raced there in 2012 (and won D3T class cool) there was an Audi A8/S8 of considerable vintage, and during the pitstop the driver would get out, open the boot and change the CD changer cartridge hehe - Drove to and from the race on the road as well.
That sounds brilliant! Love the N24 for stuff like that.

CSLchappie

320 posts

137 months

Tuesday 24th April
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Awesome, just ate my dinner in the study watching that again!

Another favourite of Herr Stuck's, no where near as epic but still brings a chuckle at the end

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh4mr1A2n3k

And172940

165 posts

81 months

Tuesday 24th April
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I normally get bored watching 'ring laps, especially the more modern stuff, but I was glued to that. Fantastic

darreni

2,250 posts

203 months

Tuesday 24th April
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Wow! Incredible speed, scary to watch.

FourWheelDrift

75,020 posts

217 months

Tuesday 24th April
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There's also his Nordschlieffe lap driving the Le Mans V12 engined X5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG1MYieGj60 6.0 litre and 700 bhp. Lapped in 7m 50s top speed 192mph.

ArnageWRC

889 posts

92 months

Tuesday 24th April
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Probably my favourite motorsport event of the year; awesome event on a fabulous 'iconic' track, and the GT3 class consistently provides the best 4 wheeled motor racing on the planet.

The last 2 events have gone down to the last lap......

J.M.T

143 posts

88 months

Wednesday 25th April
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wow

that was unreal

Terminator X

6,816 posts

137 months

Wednesday 25th April
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""RS has seen me" as he blasts past through a corner, brilliant!

TX.

PGNSagaris

1,909 posts

99 months

Wednesday 25th April
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Savage and unrelenting and terrifying...wow

Even watching gives me the chills, probably as much as the first time I did the 'ring on a TF day.

These drivers are like supermen to me. Bravo Hans.