Carlsson at the 24h Race/Nürburgring
The racetrack has its own laws and rarely are winning or losing so close together as in motor racing. The Carlsson Racing Team experienced this during the 24h Race at the Nürburgring 2003.
At the Youngtimer Race Ingvar Carlsson set the pace with the fastest lap of 11 minutes, 13 seconds. Together with H.J. Wetter, he finished the race as winner in his class. At the subsequent 24h event, however, the Swedish racing driver and his team colleagues, Frank Schmickler, Tim Schrick and Akira Iida in the SLK 320 Kompressor had to retire from the race at an early stage.
Due to a bad gear change, which led to the engine overreving and, consequently, to valve damage, the Carlsson racer had to be retired shortly after the race began. Despite immediate repair work, continuing the race proved to be impossible.