Opel is set to run the legendary ADAC Zurich 24h endurance race later this month held at one of the world’s most dangerous and demanding racetracks, the Nordschleife loop of Germany’s Nürburgring. The Russelsheim-based automaker is one of the most successful marques in the history of the race and will field ten Astra OPC Cup cars, which will race alongside numerous privately owned Opel race cars.
The Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring, or VLN for short, has been running for 36 years. In that time, nine race winners have driven to a first place finish in an Opel-branded car and the automaker has also been responsible for 17 outright wins. Opel mentions the overall victory at the 2003 24 hours by Manual Reuter, Timo Scheider, Marcel Tiemann and Volker Strycek in the Opel Astra V8 Coupe as its most memorable moment in the VLN championship.
Opel will be searching for more success in the race with the new Astra OPC Cup, which it says has been optimized for the 2014 racing season. The 42nd running of the ADAC Zurich 24 hours will kick off on Saturday, June 21 at 4 p.m.