Reigning Australian Rally Champion Simon Evans is heading to Germany to compete in the famed 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race, where he will drive a modified Toyota Corolla on the world's most revered circuit.

Evans will race the 25 May event in a Corolla Sportivo that has been modified to European 24-hour Class SP3 specifications, allowing for extensive modifications to body work, engine and drive-train.

The two-time ARC champion will race on the daunting 24.8-kilometre-long track for the Osborne Motorsport team alongside two-time Australian Production Car Champion Colin Osborne and Stuart Jones.

The trio will compete against more than 200 other cars, featuring around 800 drivers piloting touring car and GT-type production-based cars.

Labelled the 'Green Hell' by three-time Formula 1 World Champion Jackie Stewart, the Nürburgring is one of motorsport's hallowed venues.

"It is going to be a pretty cool experience although I am going into it with a pretty open mind," Evans said.

"The first thing I am going to have to do is learn the track, but at almost 25-kilometres long and with well over 100 turns that isn't going to be an easy task.

"I don't think anything could be as scary as rallying, but the 24-hour race will certainly be fun and very different to what I am used to."

Endurance racing specialist Osborne Motorsport is the same team with which Evans' team-mate Neal Bates won his category at this year's Bathurst 12 hour.

Team boss and five-time 24 Hours Nürburgring competitor Colin Osborne is pleased to have Evans in his team and is well aware of the punishing nature of such a long race on arguably the toughest circuit in world motorsport.

"The Nürburgring is not so much a race track as an event you have to experience to fully appreciate," he said.

"Because it is such a long circuit, it is very unlikely that any driver is ever going to say they did a perfect lap. No matter how well you drive you always have the perception that you could always do better and that attracts people back every year."

Osborne said the specially-adapted Corolla is lighter and faster than last year. The team has adopted a unique tyre to cope with the track's particular microclimate.

"This year we are running the car on a performance tyre that is not a dedicated racing tyre. It is treaded, but when you are looking at a 25km circuit, it's quite feasible that there will be very different weather conditions on different parts of the track.

"So although our tyre strategy is a little bit conservative, if the weather changes we won't have to tippy-toe around on the wrong tyre on a lap that takes around 12 minutes."
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