South African racer Jordan Pepper lost by an agonising 0,042 seconds to a rival at this past weekend’s Nurburging endurance race.

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The No 27 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 was raced by two South Africans: Kelvin van der Linde and Jordan Pepper. The pair were competing in the second round of the 2024 Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie (Nürburgring Endurance Series). This is a German endurance race series held over several rounds at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This weekend was a double-header with races held on Saturday and Sunday.

SO close

The close finish took place on Sunday afternoon. Pepper went into the final lap with a lead of eight seconds. However his steed was running low on fuel, which meant he was trying to run down the clock. Had he started another lap before the clock went to zero he’d not be able to complete another lap of the long Nordschleife.

But as the Johannesburger slowed he was passed by the Porsche 911 GT3R of Laurens Vanthoor and Kevin Estre at the line. The gap of just 0,042 seconds is the narrowest margin of victory in the 48-year history of the NLS. “I tried everything to keep Laurens behind me until the line, unfortunately, it didn’t work,” said Pepper. “I’m just at a loss for words. This is so bitter!”

Watch as Pepper Loses By 0,042 sec in the two videos below.