Sh*t happens. That's not something you often hear from executives of major car companies, but in the context of endurance racing it is the simplest description of what can happen at a twenty-four-hour race. In this case it was Volkswagen Board Member and Head of Research and Development Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg describing the myriad of pitfalls that befell VW's three 450-hp Golf 24 race cars. First was a gearbox failure on one car after just six hours of racing. The second was a massive accident involving a different car trying to enter the pits when a slower car intervened. Third was a failed differential at the eighteenth hour of the race, taking out the final Golf 24. On top of all that, a rabbit (the animal kind) also ran in front of the number 3 car before it retired, but managed not cause significant damage. So yes, almost anything can happen and usually will at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race, and this year was no exception...

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