In Pictures: the Nürburgring 24 Hours 2012

The FIM Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 - with added Drive Cult branding [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]

In the final part of our 2012 in review series, Martin Spain and Chris Ratcliff share their favourite photographs from the 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race.

The #99 MSC Rhön BMW M3 rolls to the grid [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
Teams prepare to go to the grid [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
The helmets of the Gazoo Racing LFA [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
The ROWE Motorsport Mercedes SLS GT3, cornering hard at T13 [Photo: Martin Spain]
Looking almost like a screenshot from Gran Turismo, the Jürgen Alzen Motorsport Ford GT in the forests at Eiskurve [Photo: Martin Spain]
The sunlight before the storm picks out an Impreza at T13 [Photo: Martin Spain] 
The #69 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 at speed. [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
The race ends in a crash for the Hamburg Racing Team Aston Martin V8 Vantage [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
The #3 Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS Ultra catches air on its way to victory [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
F**king Mustangs... [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
The FIM Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 at speed. The Drive Cult stickers made it fast... [Photo: Martin Spain]
The crazy race fans don't just drink Bitburger, you know. [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
The #19 Schubert Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 at the Mini Karussel [Photo: Martin Spain]
Cars descend towards Adenau as the sun sets over the Eifel forests. [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
Jim Glickenhaus's P4/5 Competitzione catches the late evening sun [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
The ROWE Motorsport SLS at dusk [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
The #29 BMW Z4 GT3 of the Marc VDS Racing Team pits during the night [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
Night refuelling for the Team Peugeot RCZ [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
The #65 Heico Motorsport SLS throws up sparks at the Mini Karussell [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
Fireworks and light trails at Hatzenbach during the night [Photo: Chris Ratcliff]
Dawn light hits the #53 Porsche 911 GT3 of Team Andreas Ziegler [Photo: Martin Spain]
The #26 Audi R8 LMs Ultra of Mamerow Racing, on its way to an eventual 2nd place finish [Photo: Martin Spain]
The Speedhunters Audi R8 LMS Ultra kicks up pollen on the run down to Schwalbenschwanz [Photo: Martin Spain]
The P4/5 Competitzione in its bare carbon glory was a photographer's favourite [Photo: Martin Spain]
See? The P4/5 passes the Mercedes stand on the GP circuit, on its way to finishing 12th overall [Photo: Martin Spain]
The Black Falcon SLS cornering hard [Photo: Martin Spain]
The Wochenspiegel Manthey Porsche 911 GT3, running well before disaster struck on the final lap [Photo: Martin Spain]
The best-looking car in the race, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato approaches Schwalbenschwanz [Photo: Martin Spain]
The #65 Heico Motorsport SLS, on its own in the sun at Mini Karussell [Photo: Martin Spain]
Glowing exhausts and a message from the team to the fans after a tough race for the Schubert Motorsport Z4 [Photo: Martin Spain]
Battle damage on the front of the #117 Subaru Impreza as it starts the final lap of the race [Photo: Martin Spain]
The winning driver celebrates with his second-placed teammate after 24 gruelling hours of racing [Photo: Martin Spain]
It's not often that the winner of the N24 has to push his teammate's car out of the way so he can complete his victory lap! [Photo: Martin Spain]
The destroyed rear of the Wochenspiegel Manthey GT3, after being rear-ended by a Clio on the final lap [Photo: Martin Spain]
Celebrating the end of the race in the pitlane, with a few Bitburgers! [Photo: Martin Spain]