Join an Online, GT5 Nurburgring 24-Hour Race in February 2012

December 4th, 2011 by Jordan G.

One of the most ambitious online races ever organized is currently taking shape right here in GTPlanet’s forums. It’s a 24-hour, online endurance challenge at the famed Nurburgring, complete with every possible real-world challenge, including tire wear, fuel-consumption, damage, weather, and time change.

15 teams of 3 to 4 (local) team members will compete in real-time during the event, which will be streamed live February 25-26, 2012, here on GTPlanet. The event currently has over $100 in prizes up for grabs, including GTPlanet Premium subscriptions, trophies, merchandise, and more.

As event organizer Kurt forewarns, this competition isn’t for casual fans, and will challenge participants in many unique ways compared to other online events. If you think you have what it takes and would like to join or organize a local team, head over the official forum topic and review the official rules and schedule.

Good luck to all the entrants! For the rest of you, stay tuned for more event details as February draws near.

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  1. Jan. 23, 2:57pm

    Then I guess you better get better sponsors!!!! lol. Just kidding.

  2. Dec. 21, 2:18pm

    This looks so amazing, and I am so jealous I am not taking part. With regards to the fools moaning about lack of prizes, are they mad, I would pay to take part in this.

    Have a great race.

  3. Dec. 20, 10:31am

    I’m entering this race (im not the casual fan) with a few others, but only problem is the Internet cutting out! How about if it done it to us like 3/4 of the way through!

  4. Dec. 18, 5:27pm

    Now, where would one watch this event?

  5. Dec. 12, 8:50am

    any melbourneians doin it?

  6. Dec. 12, 1:14am

    WAHHH DAMN IT!!! I know I’m good enough to compete in this competition cause I know and I’m confident that I got what it takes BUT BUT BUT 15 teams were now registered which means no teams could no longer be accepted…. :( But goodluck for the participants for February then!

  7. Dec. 6, 11:28pm

    hate to say it but if peeps drop out of race they should get put n a block list.or..bettr yet.5matte or chrome deposit paints woulld be a good start as a deterant

  8. Dec. 6, 10:54pm

    omg been waitig for this for sure. like your style fellas..even if the network dsconnects..worth the chance..but that would realy pis me off….cant wait..maybe pd wiill be up to the challenge to work that crap out….hehe

  9. Dec. 6, 5:25pm

    What makes enduraces funny is mechanic failure.i guess many guys will leave the race if they get behind

  10. Dec. 6, 9:14am

    “How is that awesome?? It only has $100 worth of stuff.”

    I’m not looking at it like a payday. I could care less about the money. I’ve been envolved in racing long enough to know that no aspect of racing pays as well as everyone thinks. It costs big bucks to campeign a car. Ask anyone who races competatively. You need to have steady income in order to race. If you think your gonna’ make money from racing alone your smokin’ some good stuff or dreaming.
    So this is why I could care less about the $. Racing has put some money in my pocket,but it’s cost way more than I’ve made doing it. And I’ve been racing super stocks for 20+yrs.

  11. Dec. 6, 1:09am

    This is amazing. But to be honest I would have expected more to be interested.

  12. Dec. 5, 11:19pm

    Gosh dang it!

  13. Dec. 5, 11:18pm


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    | | \ \| | \ |___ | / !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dec. 5, 11:19pm


  14. Dec. 5, 8:20pm

    Remember to say ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOXIOL!’ that day lol.(2/25)

  15. Dec. 5, 6:15pm

    someone connection is going to act up and get signed out. I can got a feeling its going to happen. unless everyone got a conection that never gets sign out at all.

  16. Dec. 5, 2:26pm

    I seriously doubt the race will ever finish due to PD’s servers always dropping connections.

    • Dec. 5, 3:55pm

      this i fear as well

  17. Dec. 5, 12:55pm

    This is off subjet, but cannot find a answer. Anyone notice when playing online car mileage and horsepower has not been
    changing lately?

    • Dec. 7, 7:08pm

      Try racing with tire wear on….

  18. Dec. 5, 12:07pm

    It will be a real blow when the participants will have disconnections after each other.. You can bet I’ll watch and record it ;)

  19. Dec. 5, 12:00pm

    splitting is the best on this moment we must wait on ps4 without those isues.

  20. Dec. 5, 11:59am

    The Most racers on this site are quiet fair. but Internet connection will be an isue i suggest to make the race in 4 parts.

  21. Dec. 5, 9:56am

    If could only find 2 more petrol heads friends I would.. anyhow’s wish you a great race to the teams.

  22. Dec. 5, 8:50am

    How do u get into the race

  23. Dec. 5, 8:34am

    Good luck with that. PSN & GT need to up their servers so it would be more stable. To many connection issues for that long of a race. Plus the fact of finding 60+ clean drivers.

    I don’t mean to come off negative, it just I’ve got 1000’s of hours online in GT5 and good drivers are hard to find. I’ve only found a little more than a hundred drivers who treat it like it’s real, have patience, and don’t have connection issues.

    I love GT5 more than any other game, it’s the poop. So please don’t think I’m a hater. Just my opinion on the subject. Good luck though, if all goes well it will be epic!!

    • Dec. 5, 9:36am


    • Dec. 5, 12:31pm

      You say no to 60+ clean drivers. Then you say you have found more than 100 on your own??? I think there are plenty of people out there and GTPlanet has the means to find them.

      Oh yeah, -1 for using epic

  24. Dec. 5, 8:24am

    So how many spots are left cuz i have a team going

  25. Dec. 5, 7:55am


  26. Dec. 5, 6:49am

    There are four things that concern me.

    1. As much as I love the idea, I think it would have been better to start with a shorter endurance race. Maybe a 6 hour round Spa, just to get the organisers eye in, as there is always the unknown. Then try this ambitious 24hr race.

    2. We can’t trust the PSN to be that reliable for that length of time. How pissed will you be if it dies with an hour to go.

    3. How can you trust another team to only have 3 drivers?

    4. Why do we need to have FarceBook accounts???? When will people learn that most of us don’t want to use that site.

    Despite all that, I really hope this event goes off without a hitch and all those involved have a wonderful time. Good luck to those who take part.

    • Dec. 5, 8:39am


    • Dec. 5, 12:34pm

      FaceBook account requirement ??? You’ve gotta be kidding me … now it sounds more like a simple FaceBook recruitment scam to me

    • Dec. 5, 5:33pm

      Thanks for voicing them!!

      1. You may be right…..but I think we’re doing the best we can. We are a crew thinking of as many details as possible. I’ve run with so know about the challenges of well organized and clean online racing. Not easy, but possible.

      2. Don’t really care. Positions are noted every 10 mins and we’ll sne dout a new room for everyone and regroup like a full lap yellow flag. Rolling start after the double hairpin…should be fine.

      3. You can’t, I can’t enforce it. Truth is, most people are pretty keen on making it real and all sign up’s so far aren’t even 4 people including manager. So hey even if they are 30 people, doesn’t necessarily make them faster.

      4. Create a new account with a dedicated email address if you want. It’s for the fans and camaraderie, something usually missing in online racing.

      Hope this helps.

  27. Dec. 5, 3:08am

    The Green Hell Heathens are already registered and practicing has already commenced :)

  28. Dec. 5, 12:37am

    OK….why is almost everyone talking about that they would race the 24 hour event if it wasnt for there internet going out…seems too me if you can afford a ps3 and there games. you should be able to afford good internet….if not whats the use of playing the system….get with the program people stop being cheap!!!!!tell your moms and dads u want better

    • Dec. 5, 2:11am

      I think many of those replies with bad internet may be from areas of the world that just don’t offer it yet. There are still areas of the U.S. that don’t have 20MB down, 10MB up speeds. I don’t think it’s a matter of being cheap, just getting the best service your area has to offer.

    • Dec. 5, 12:25pm

      Another un-educated comment. I’m an adult, pay $89 per month for something like 50mb with Cox Com in Scottsdale, AZ and still get dropped from GT5 rooms. Would never join this race for that one reason…

    • Dec. 5, 12:27pm

      I’m in that situation … there is only 1 provider in my area and I am paying for their premium package (highest speed etc.). The problem is simply that I am about 70 miles from the Atlanta server and as such my bandwidth is just too narrow to be confident with it. Your insinuation that because we own a PS3 and the game, that we are somehow “too cheap” to afford a good connection only points out how ignorant you are of the technology.

  29. Dec. 4, 11:45pm

    Not seconds, minuets srry

    • Dec. 5, 2:26pm

      you realise that it’ll be the nurb 24hr layout? the one with the GP circuit attached. if you can run that in 6 minutes, when it is limited to 305BHP i will be seriously surprised. or in awe. depending on how much rubbish i think you’re talking

    • Dec. 5, 3:26pm

      under 6 mins?? that’s like 30secs faster than me and i know the ring pretty damn well, hard pressed to believe you can do that without adding anymore upgrades to the car and driving it stock..

  30. Dec. 4, 11:44pm

    I already have a beast team of 4 of the best racers and tuners including me. We can go around the nurburgring in less than 6 seconds in the 11′ gtr race car shown in the pic ^

    • Dec. 5, 2:13am

      That’s wonderful, but can you beasts run 24 hours like that…Doubtful. It’s about consistency, not speed.

  31. Dec. 4, 11:20pm

    To much of a commitment for me, but I will watch the live stream, best of luck to all the racers.

  32. Dec. 4, 10:54pm

    I’ll do it, im in the Philadelphia area, anyone else want to form a team with me?

    • Dec. 4, 11:23pm

      Come down to Florida. I’m setting up a team as there appears to still be room. I need one more clean driver that knows the ring well. Team_XXI.

  33. Dec. 4, 10:27pm

    Thank the gods of virtual tire wear. I will definitely be entering the event. I’ve been waiting for a serious race like this.

  34. Dec. 4, 9:35pm

    everyone trying to form teams now. its bad that only 16 can join.

  35. Dec. 4, 8:50pm

    nice photo,itt must have won something

  36. Dec. 4, 6:49pm

    It would have been cool to enter that, I’ve always wanted to, but no! There is pretty much no one local who plays GT5 and if there is anyone I doubt they’d be able to drive or preserve the car.

  37. Dec. 4, 5:55pm

    anybody wanna form a team? i live in usa east side… i am in maryland

  38. Dec. 4, 5:27pm

    THIS IS WHAT IVE BEEN WAITING FOR XD but i belive here in Nicaragua im the only one who plays GT5 jajaja.

  39. Dec. 4, 5:21pm

    I couldn’t do anything like this but it sounds really exciting. Guess I’ll watch all the excitement from the stream then. The question is, will there be commentary during the race?

    • Dec. 4, 8:22pm

      No voice commentary, but hourly updates will happen right here in the blog.

    • Dec. 4, 8:51pm

      im only watchin if murray walker commentates

  40. Dec. 4, 5:20pm

    Who’s in the area of Vancouver British Columbia (Canada) ???

    • Dec. 4, 6:38pm

      yes!!! i was hoping there would be someone in Vancouver. add me, psn: SY619. il be active since tuesday night. i have exams till then. i shouldn’t be here either…lol

    • Dec. 5, 11:11pm

      cool! yeah i’ll be having provincial exams by end of January so i’m good by feb :) I’m grade 12 btw

  41. Dec. 4, 5:16pm

    Looking to start a Los Angeles, CA area group … anyone interested? Please PM!

    • Dec. 4, 5:48pm

      I’m interested. You can send me a pm.

  42. Dec. 4, 5:09pm

    Man that is sick!.. just sucks that only 16 can join?

  43. Dec. 4, 4:58pm

    WOW!!! This is perfect!!! I’ll be finish in Highschool by end of January!!! :D I guess this is a perfect time before starting a stressful college life!!! But HOW!? Is it open? WHere? Online events like seasonal events? HOW!?? :) I want to join.. I need to refresh my nerves since I took almost 2 months of break now and active in Battlefield 3.

  44. Dec. 4, 4:31pm

    I would really love to this with some friends, but knowing my connection. It would disconnect me sooner or later.

  45. Dec. 4, 4:01pm

    Glad to see someone making this event. Good luck to all of you

  46. Dec. 4, 3:56pm

    I will be sure to tune in to the live stream on here. Sounds like it could be a real good time!

  47. Dec. 4, 3:52pm
    Mac K

    I’d would love to do this, but I sadly don’t have the time.. Best of luck to everyone racing and props to the organisers.

  48. Dec. 4, 3:44pm

    I would like to enter this. Most days my connection is great, then its those days when it just want to keep signing me out. I would probaly just watch on that day on gtp. Also good luck to who ever is entering.

  49. Dec. 4, 3:36pm

    Anybody near Denver want to make a team?

  50. Dec. 4, 3:24pm

    Count me in please! I would love to do this.

  51. Dec. 4, 3:05pm

    how would you guys switch drivers?

    • Dec. 4, 3:11pm


    • Dec. 4, 3:12pm

      The teams will be local, so 3-4 people will be together in a room swtiching as often as they like at pitstops.

  52. Dec. 4, 2:57pm

    Whoevers host need a good connection. I would join but not liking lag

  53. Dec. 4, 2:45pm

    Trying to put together a team as we speak.

  54. Dec. 4, 2:32pm

    I thought that picture was real for a moment there, damn GT5 is looking real. Anyway about the 24 hour online event, I sure can’t to see it live. It’s gonna be crazy and wild in there.

    • Dec. 5, 12:18am

      Me, too. But that’s not an original picture from GT5, because it’s been touched up.

  55. Dec. 4, 2:32pm

    I would join but AT&T hates me anytime more then two devices are on the internet. And having three computers…Yeh I’d probably lose connection in the first two laps. Damn, I would love to participate.

    • Dec. 4, 3:59pm

      I would suggest having only 1 computer on livestream and 1 PS3 connected as per the Rules and Regulations (found in official thread) and run the PS3 speed test. You might be surprised?

  56. Dec. 4, 2:28pm

    Awesome!!!!!! Anyone in B.C. Canada or Washington, U.S willing to join? 2 spots left.

    • Dec. 4, 3:19pm

      I might be able to join, I’m in washington just dont know if I’ll have those days off. I’ll let u know tho

    • Dec. 4, 9:20pm

      Ye I’m in langley msg me on here or skype same name as gtp

  57. Dec. 4, 2:28pm

    Sounds like an amazing feat to undertake. I hope there will be an upgraded server to host. Im sure many fans and racers alike would be a little upset if the lobby crashes partway through. I hope a spectator mode will be offered or a live stream with a good commentator? Good luck to those involved in the race. Have fun and hope all goes well. I hope to see more events, possibly a LeMans offered up later on too?

    • Dec. 4, 3:56pm

      Yeah if lobby crashes, we’ll consider it a full course yellow and re-grid the cars in oder to ‘green flag the cars after the ‘esses’.

      The livestream will primarily be for the race managers to get their info on competitor splits, but everyone is welcome to watch the map. and see what’s going on… Most interesting will be the hourly race updates will be written in the GTP Blog, so stay tuned!!

  58. Dec. 4, 2:22pm

    This is awesome! I wish I knew enough people to run a team. Anyone in Western Wisconsin/Iowa/Minnesota want to team up?

  59. Dec. 4, 2:16pm

    This sounds really nice :D

    – i thought that picture was real -.-

    • Dec. 4, 4:52pm

      I’ve just had to scroll up and take a real hard look and I still cant tell it’s GT5, only thing that gives it away is the GT logo top right.

    • Dec. 5, 1:42am

      Hmm didn’t notice that..
      How i found out: GT5 Photomode image by Dolp.:P

  60. Dec. 4, 2:13pm

    This sounds so freakin awesome. I wish I had a wheel..

  61. Dec. 4, 2:07pm

    This is actually awesome!

  62. Dec. 4, 2:02pm

    Hell yes. I don’t think I could survive a 24 hr endurance race with college reaching the last semester, but you can bet I’ll watch the stream. Good luck to all the lucky participants on race day. :)

  63. Dec. 4, 2:01pm


  64. Dec. 4, 1:59pm

    This is on my birthday! So much for doing anything else that day then, I’ll be glued to the stream.

    Good luck to all those who enter, I’m sure it’ll be a great event.

    • Dec. 4, 7:32pm

      You’re going to spend your birthday watching an online stream of people playing a videogame? Oooooo-k.

    • Dec. 4, 8:49pm

      pmsl..oh hang on,in may ill be reading this to see what he did for his birthday….:(

    • Dec. 5, 6:54pm

      mine too! 25th or 6th mines on the 26th.

  65. Dec. 4, 1:59pm

    This would be quality but as a nurse I don’t have a clue what my shifts are until a month or so beforehand and I could very easily be working on one or both of those days.

  66. Dec. 4, 1:58pm

    A bit too ambitious for me, but a fantastic idea. Hopefully it all comes together and goes as planned.

  67. Dec. 4, 1:55pm

    I’d love to enter but I don’t trust my connection.

    • Dec. 4, 4:53pm

      Same +1,000,000,000,000

    • Dec. 5, 4:58am

      I trust my connection 100%, I dont trust GT conection :( it just get problems every 2 hours, and still got too many freezes in online lobby menu :(

    • Dec. 5, 8:09am

      I too don’t trust it, I get far far too many “server boots” online to even think about entering this. Just the other day I got booted from a mere 33 lapper around Indy.

    • Dec. 5, 5:28pm

      i would but i hate racing for 24 hours let alone online plus my connection sucks :(

  68. Dec. 4, 1:54pm

    Thats awesome! Hopefully we’ll have some more DLC’s by then.

    • Dec. 5, 3:09am

      How is that awesome?? It only has $100 worth of stuff.

    • Dec. 5, 4:55am

      100$ for 24 hours of job/fun playing your favorite game.. and earn money for it… I think its ok for the start, I it will draw attention to GT fans I think the prize bar will and should rise!

    • Dec. 5, 4:56am

      “I it”- meant “If it”

    • Dec. 5, 4:07pm

      07_HSV_GTS –

      Well, since you seem to believe the prize is lacking thereof, why not donate some of your excess money to the cause?

    • Dec. 5, 6:21pm

      Its on my birthday!

    • Dec. 12, 1:52pm

      At 07. Your obviously not the right type of person for the race if your only bothered about the prize.

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