Starting from the fourth row, Michele and his teammates, Stippler, Schramm and Thiim were aiming for a top position in the ADAC 24H of the Nürburgring 2021. A rear-end collision in the final stages of the race prevented Michele from getting on the podium.
The 24 Hours race from the very beginning proved to be particularly difficult due to the violent downpours that made Nordshlife challenging, but it was at nightfall that the situation worsened due to the dense fog that fell on the more than 20 kilometers of the German track. The situation forced the organizers to suspend the race waiting for a weather improvement, which took place only on Sunday morning.
At the restart, the Audi R8 GT3 with Michele at the wheel was fighting for the podium when it was repeatedly hit by a rival who seriously damaged the R8 GTE, ending Mike’s race.
Having restarted after a long stop in the pits, necessary to repair the car, Michele couldn’t be able to do nothing else but recover as much as possible in the short time left, finishing in seventeenth place overall.
The 2021 ADAC 24H edition of Nürburgring goes on file as the shortest edition ever, with a total of just over eight hours of racing.
For Michele the time to get over the disappointment will be short, since the weekend of June 20 he will be already on track to defend the leadership in the International GT Open, on the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.