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It is Saturday evening, May 18th, 2013. Darkness is falling over the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The Eifel rain pours down in waves, fog swells up. In fact, nobody would even chase their dog out of the door in this heavy weather. But 200,000 eye-witnesses seemingly do not care. They celebrate their 24-hours race in their green hell. Once a year, there is an absolute state of emergency in the forests around the old robbery baron castle. And that applies not only to the people on the edge of the track, but also to their heroes befind their steering wheels, whom they seem to cheer lap after lap with their oppressive bass boom. Right in the middle of the turmoil of professional teams with factory support, the semi-private and the hopeless idealists: a Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 – a touring car legend from the early 1990s, which of course also has got its fans. One of the three people in the cockpit is a former sailor. For Thorsten Stadler, it is not the first time twice around the clock at the happening. Nine years earlier, he appeares with a big bang …

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