13 May, Friday

"Queen of the Nürburgring - Child of the Eifel" - Exhibition honours the life of Sabine Schmitz

The Nürburgring pays tribute to former racing driver Sabine Schmitz with a very personal exhibition. Under the title "Queen of the Nürburgring - Child of the Eifel", private and racing moments from her life will be brought to life for fans. The exhibition will open in the circuit's own museum ring°werk on Friday, 27 May, just in time for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring. Full of joie de...
"Queen of the Nürburgring - Child of the Eifel" - Exhibition honours the life of Sabine Schmitz


The Nürburgring pays tribute to former racing driver Sabine Schmitz with a very personal exhibition. Under the title "Queen of the Nürburgring - Child of the Eifel", private and racing moments from her life will be brought to life for fans. The exhibition will open in the circuit's own museum ring°werk on Friday, 27 May, just in time for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring. Full of joie de vivre, always with an easy joke on her lips and always available for a souvenir photo - that's how the fans knew Sabine Schmitz and that's how everyone remembers her. Her fellow racers, on the other hand, often only knew the rear of her car. Especially on the legendary Nordschleife, the woman from Nürburg, who was born not far from the race track, drove away from many of them - for 15 years alone in a Frikadelli Racing Porsche. She was the first woman to win the 24-hour race and she showed her fellow drivers in the BMW Ring Taxi the Green Hell in her unique way. Through her successes and her unmistakable manner, Sabine Schmitz became a popular figure all over the world and through her lived connection to her homeland, she became the figurehead of the Nürburgring. Fans all over the world eventually christened her "Queen of the Nürburgring". Personal exhibition - from racing suit to pianoAfter her much too early death last year, the Nürburgring already honoured Sabine Schmitz for her successes and achievements with her own section of the Nordschleife - the greatest and extremely rare honour. Now, with the support of her family and friends, an exhibition follows in the motorsport experience museum ring°werk. It gives fans a very personal insight into the life of Sabine Schmitz. On display are motor sport stations and successes. But also private moments and exhibits that have not yet been seen in public. Her racing suits, the piano she played at Christmas, her love of painting and animals. All this belonged to Sabine Schmitz, this made her unmistakable and all this is shown in the exhibition "Queen of the Nürburgring - Child of the Eifel". From 27 May, visitors can see the ring°werk exhibition. In addition, many other exhibition areas with winning cars and racing drivers as well as hands-on attractions and 4D cinemas all about the history of the Nürburgring await visitors. © Björn Schüller

New: Waiting time prediction for tourist drives online!


This is a real offer-tuning for all tourist drivers: From now on, our website provides the estimated waiting time in case of a short-term route closure. This should make it easier to plan your visit. To shorten the wait, there will be an additional 10% discount in selected Nürburgring attractions and restaurants during this time. From now on, you can find a forecast of when you will be able to drive on the Nordschleife or Grand Prix Track again after a track closure HERE on our opening times page. As soon as an estimate of the necessary work on the track is possible, the scheduled time of the next barrier opening will now also appear online. At the Nordschleife, the estimated time for the reopening has already been visible on the screens there for some time. This will remain the case. The online display is an additional service. In addition to making it easier to plan, the Nürburgring is also introducing promotional discounts to shorten the waiting time. As soon as one of the circuits is closed for tourist rides, there will be a flat 10% discount in selected locations at the Ring in future. These include the ring°werk museum, the Nürburgring eSports Bar as well as the two restaurants LUCIA - Pollo Italiano and the Bitburger Gasthaus. Everything can be found around the ring°boulevard.  Stay up to date at all times and secure your advantages. HERE you can find the opening hours.

Mercedes-AMG prevents BMW fireworks at the great 24h Prologue


The big prologue for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring from 26 to 29 May ended with race wins for BMW and Mercedes-AMG. In the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers, the advantage was long on the side of the BMW teams, who dominated the action with the brand new BMW M4 GT3. Augusto Farfus in the #99 BMW from Rowe Racing and Christian Krognes in the cockpit of Walkenhorst Motorsport (#101) took pole positions in the top qualifying sessions for the two 3h races on Saturday and Sunday, before the first race win on Saturday went to the BMW Junior Team (#72). However, the eventful Race 2 was then decided in favour of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 #3 of Mercedes-AMG Team Getspeed. Teams from Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche were also among the front runners in the two separate races. The omens for an exciting 50th anniversary edition of the 24h Nürburgring are therefore excellent. If you want to buy your ticket in advance, you can do so at the Nürburgring ticket shop. With a new format, the 24h Qualifiers convinced everyone involved this year. Two top qualifying sessions and two races, plus qualifying sessions and warm-ups provided plenty of driving time on the Nordschleife - and thus created the best conditions to perfectly prepare for the longest race of the year on the longest and most difficult race track in the world. A highlight for many drivers was the second top qualifying session, in which all cars of the weekend were eligible to start. BMW teams with strong performanceThe BMW representatives leave the Ring with a broad chest, having dominated the action at the 24h Qualifiers from Friday to Sunday lunchtime. Rowe BMW driver Augusto Farfus, who took pole position in the first top qualifying session and was second on the podium in Race 1 behind the BMW Junior Team (#72), sums up: "The race on Saturday was great, a bit difficult at the end due to the rain. I'm proud that we finished on the podium again and I'm also happy for the Juniors that they won. BMW has done an incredible job with the junior development." The 2010 24h overall winner also helped train the junior drivers as a temporary teammate and laughs, "Maybe we even showed them a bit too much. They may be called juniors, but in terms of the last two years, they are among the most experienced drivers here on the Nordschleife. They have speed and talent, there is nothing more to teach them." The young BMW drivers also showed this on Sunday when they took the lead after both Rowe cars and also the pole-setters from BMW Team Walkenhorst Motorsport (#101) were slowed down by accidents or technical problems. However, a time penalty for exceeding the speed limit in a Code 60 zone then turned the close race in favour of the chasing Mercedes-AMG. GetSpeed had previously impressed with a consistent performance, at times even taking the double lead with both entry cars, and was thus deemed the deserved winner ahead of the BWM Juniors. "Great," beamed Maxi Götz, who brought the Mercedes-AMG GT3 #3 home after three hours. "I can't believe it yet. Even though we were flagged off in second place and only made it to the front because of the penalty: In a race like this, you first have to stay faultless, and that's why we're right at the top of the podium." ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring with big anniversary at the end of MayIn less than three weeks, the highlight of the motorsport season will be on the agenda at the Nordschleife. The ADAC TotalEnergies will celebrate its 50th edition on Ascension weekend (26 - 29 May 2022) with a huge programme. In addition to the crème de la crème of the Nordschleife teams in the title race, there will then be two rounds of the FIA Touring Car World Cup (FIA WTCR) on the circuit as a second highlight. BMW M GmbH celebrates its 50th birthday with a BMW M Race of Legends, to which many world-famous drivers are invited. The programme on the track is rounded off by the historic races of the Touring Car Legends and the ADAC 24h Classic. Apart from the track, well-known highlights such as the Adenauer Racing Day (Wednesday), big autograph session (Thursday) or the Falken Drift Show (Friday evening) will attract visitors, but also a meeting of the former 24h winners and a large exhibition of 24h cars from five decades will be on offer.

BMW Junior Team wins race 1 of the 24h Qualifiers


BMW's strong showing at the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers continues. In the first of the weekend's two 3h races, Dan Harper, Max Hesse and Neil Verhagen in the BMW Junior Team's BMW M4 GT3 (#72) were able to prevail over their brand colleagues Connor de Phillippi, Phillip Eng, Augusto Farfus and Nick Yeloly (#99). The second-placed pole setters from Rowe Racing were just 7.333 seconds behind at the finish. Third went to Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella (Mercdes-AMG GT3 #4) ahead of the second Rowe Racing BMW #98. The action continues as early as Sunday, when a top qualifying session for all teams as well as the second 3h race of the weekend are on the agenda (start 2:00 p.m.).  Shortly before the end of the race, things got exciting once again: After only a few meters of the Nordschleife were damp at the beginning of the three-hour distance, the predicted showers failed to materialize afterwards. Then, just 20 minutes before the chequered flag, a rain shower caused some of the competitors to slide off the track - without any serious incidents. It also got damp for the BMW juniors, who were able to spill plenty of winner's champagne. "We are super satisfied. Now one place better than at the last race. The BMW works great and we are already looking forward to tomorrow." said Max Hesse. For the runners-up, Philipp Eng summed up, "The whole race was very close, especially at the start with Neil. But it worked perfectly. The car was tip top and we feel well prepared. The race was a lot of fun. Of course, there's always room for improvement. The new format with two races is really cool, especially since we had the opportunity to drive in the dark today." In the first half of the race, the teams at the front thrilled the spectators with exciting action and hard-fought battles. On the track, which was still wet in places at the start, the leaders were close together. The main protagonists were the pole-sitters in the #99 BMW M4 GT3 from Rowe Racing and their brand colleagues in the BMW Junior Team with the #72. The two cars were often only meters apart in the first and second stint, and the juniors put the leaders under increasingly intense pressure. The decisive scene came on lap nine when Dan Harper was finally able to overtake. But it wasn't just the two BMWs that were fighting hard, as the KCMG Porsche 911 GT3 R #18 and the Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed #3 with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 were also battling for the lead. The #26 Ferrari 488 GT3 of the Swiss team octane 126 was also busy collecting lead kilometers. Full program on Sunday An exceptional program awaits the teams and fans on the final third day of the ADAC 24h Qualifiers. After the 45-minute warm-up on Sunday morning (from 8:15 a.m.), there will be an extensive top qualifying session (from 9:15 a.m.) in which all cars in the field are eligible to start. The participants will then have two laps each on the Nordschleife to show what their cars and drivers are capable of. At noon, the grid will be set for the three-hour second race of the weekend, which will be released at 14:00. So there's plenty of top motorsport entertainment for visitors, who can look forward to free admission to the spectator areas around the Nordschleife (there are only charges for the use of the parking spaces). Those who want to follow the action at the Ring from home can enjoy the livestream on the Nürburgring's YouTube channel. 

Rowe takes pole for 24h qualifying race on Saturday


The showdown is on: This weekend's ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers will be the final test before the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring, the motorsport highlight on the legendary Nordschleife, will take place from 26 to 29 May 2022. The first of three days at the 24h Qualifiers belonged to the BMWs of Rowe Racing, who set the fastest time in Qualifying 1 with car number #98. In the final top qualifying session, their teammates in the #99 were then out in front, clocking a time of 8:08.421 mins to edge out their second-placed brand mates from the #72 BMW Junior team by 0.304 seconds. The team from St. Ingbert will thus lead the field in the first of the two three-hour races of the weekend on Saturday (start 18:30). Behind them, 90 other teams will go into this first part of the prologue, which will continue on Sunday with a separately judged second heat (start Sunday: 14:00). Tickets for day-goers are available at the Nürburgring box office, while admission is free to the open spectator areas at the Nordschleife. Those who want to follow the action from home can follow the comprehensive livestream on the Nürburgring's Youtube channel. The joy in the Rowe team about the best time in the first top qualifying was great, but pole driver Augusto Farfus (BRA) already has the big goal in mind. "It's always great fun to drive two laps here without traffic in these good conditions. But this pole position is just a small first step for us. Our big goal is the 24h race in three weeks." After a strong performance on day one, the BMW Junior Team could also be highly satisfied. Dan Harper (GBR), who drove the M4 GT3 to row one on the grid, was beaming after the top qualifying: "I had a lot of fun. We're going really fast at the moment and it's a great pleasure to drive the new M4 GT3. It's a great car." A big exclamation mark was provided by octane126 from Switzerland. Bonn-born Luca Ludwig drove the #26 Ferrari 488 GT3 to fourth place and will share the second row of the grid with Walkenhorst Motorsport's BMW M4 GT3 in Saturday's first race.   BMW teams with a strong performance The strong weekend for BMW had already been announced in the two qualifying sessions in the afternoon. In the first of the two two-hour sessions, Rowe Racing set the fastest time early on with the #98 BMW M4 GT3. Only a fabulous lap by their brand colleagues in the BMW Junior Team #72 prevented the Rowe team from taking a double lead. In the second qualifying session, it was the young Nico Menzel from Kelberg who pulled off a coup in the Porsche 911 GT3 R of Huber Motorsport and moved ahead of the fast Rowe BMW #98: He was one of the first to storm onto the track and thus had a completely free lap and landed in first place after 8:09.232 minutes and 25.378 km, which was not in danger until the end. Saturday's programme already starts at 8:15 a.m., when a regularity test on the Nordschleife is scheduled. From 12:15 p.m., the teams of the 24h Qualifiers will take to the track for a warm-up. After a performance test of the RCN, the first of the two 24h Qualifiers races is on the agenda from 6:30 pm. It lasts for three hours until dusk. Fans at the Nürburgring are then invited to explore the pit lane on a pitwalk from 10pm to 11pm.

Nürburgring continues partnership with Coca-Cola


Coca-Cola has been the naming right partner for the lounge area of the BMW M Power Grandstand since 2019. Now the successful partnership will be continued - the contract has been extended until 2025. The attractive VIP area of the main grandstand directly on the start and finish straight offers a direct view of the starting grid and the action in the pit lane. In addition to the contract for the naming rights with the beverage manufacturer, the Nürburgring is simultaneously continuing the existing partnership for the delivery rights with Coca-Cola. Those who want to experience motorsport up close and in an exclusive ambience are in exactly the right place in the Coca-Cola business°lounge. A total of seven lounge segments, which are completely glazed towards the race track, provide a unique view of the action. On 200 square metres per segment, the full VIP experience is offered, from catering to live broadcasts on the screens. In addition, there are around 80 business seats each for real motorsport enjoyment in the covered outdoor area. In total, the Coca-Cola business°lounge has a versatile area of 1,750 m². Up to 600 people can experience the many major events here. In addition, the unique atmosphere is suitable for conferences, workshops, evening events or corporate events that leave a lasting impression on all participants. All further information is available here.

The big warm-up for the 24h motorsport highlight


Last test, first real battle, trial run: At the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers (6 - 8 May), the participants in the big Nordschleife marathon at the end of May will have the last opportunity to bring their competition cars and driver crews to the Nordschleife under competition conditions. Over 90 teams will take the opportunity to prepare intensively for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring. They will be able to use the track for over eleven hours in the qualifying sessions on Friday and the two three-hour races on Saturday and Sunday alone. In addition, there will be two individual time trials for the separately judged races - this also gives the fans the best opportunity to take another detailed look at their favourites and their performance. Tickets for the ADAC 24h Qualifiers are available in advance from 10 Euros (day ticket Friday). Get it all here: Livestream, tickets and info An extremely diverse event awaits the visitors at the Ring. The starting field is not only excellently represented in terms of drivers, but also shines with a great variety of brands. In the top category of GT3 vehicles, 30 cars will be jostling for position. In addition to the GT3s from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche, there are also sports cars from Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini on the grid. Of course, the cockpits will once again be occupied by the crème de la crème of the Nordschleife drivers, including numerous 24h overall winners who are preparing for the marathon on the legendary 25-km circuit. Special attention will also be paid to the SP-X category, in which not only the picture-perfect sports car from Scuderia Glickenhaus will be competing, but also two of the new KTM X-Bow GT2s, which made a strong impression at the last round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) and at times made it into the leading group. The rest of the grid also promises to be exciting, such as the Cup3 class with eleven Porsche Cayman 718 GT4 CS. The SP3T class, in which a MINI is participating for the first time in ten years, is also exciting: Bulldog Racing is fielding the brand-newly developed racer, which will complete its first race kilometres at the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers. And that's exactly what the weekend is perfect for, because the teams will get plenty of driving time over three days. Already on Friday there will be two two-hour qualifying sessions as well as the top-30 qualifying for race 1. On Saturday, after a short warm-up at noon, the first three-hour race will start at 6:30 pm. On Sunday, after the warm-up, all teams will enter the top qualifying for the first time, where the whole range of racing cars, from GT3 sports cars to the front-wheel-drive Hyundai i30N from the smallest production car class, will show what they can do on two flying laps. From 14:00, the second race of the weekend will get down to business. The sporting programme will be supplemented by a regularity test on the Nordschleife and a performance test of the RCN on the entire circuit on Saturday morning (both lasting three and a half hours each). Enjoying the full action on siteFor visitors, the weekend at the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers is extremely attractive because there is more time for autograph requests and petrol talks away from the tightly timed schedule of the 24h race. The two pitwalks on Friday evening (19:30 - 21:00) and Saturday evening (22:00 - 23:00) are ideally suited for this, and you are sure to meet one or two drivers there. Anyone who wants to enjoy the long-distance atmosphere at the most beautiful race track in the world is very welcome. Admission around the Nordschleife is free (only parking fees apply). A ticket is required for the paddock and the open grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit. Day tickets are available at fan-friendly prices between 10 Euros (Friday) and 20 Euros (Saturday / Sunday). The "professionals" among the visitors, however, will of course enjoy the whole weekend for 35 Euros. The open parking zones at the Nordschleife may exceptionally be used for overnight stays with the motorhome.

7,000 participants gave their all at the StrongmanRun


"StrongmanRun at the Nürburging" - today that meant versatile obstacles with 20,000 car tyres, 1,000m² of climbing nets and 60 overseas containers.  On the 12km course, 18 obstacles were waiting for the original distance of more than 20 kilometres, all of which had to be overcome twice. For runners who wanted to get a taste of the StrongmanRun feeling, the 6km FunRun was on the programme. In 2023, the obstacle race will start under the name HOTFOOT RUN! 7,000 runners conquered obstacles made of water, mud, straw and tyres. They scaled stacked containers on wobbly climbing nets and dodged nasty electric shocks.It is not only the Green Hell at the StrongmanRun that is unique, but also the spectacular obstacles, the brilliant start show and above all the personal success stories that the runners associate with the StrongmanRun. Tom Belz, for example, was there again: he lost his leg to cancer at the age of eight and took part in the StrongmanRun for the third time. Next weekend, the action continues with thrilling motorsport:ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers (06.05. - 08.05.2022).

Dress rehearsal for the 24h Nürburgring


The countdown for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring (26 - 29 May) is on: The teams and drivers have just under a month left to prepare for the big showdown on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife - and it will be extremely busy days. Because before the highlight of the motorsport year on the longest and most beautiful race track in the world, the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers (6 - 8 May) are still a race weekend with an extensive programme on the calendar. The assembled squad of top teams and many semi-professional and amateur teams will use the three days to collect many more valuable Nordschleife kilometres. In addition to two three-hour races, the weekend offers plenty of track time in the qualifying sessions. A special feature are the two top qualifying sessions for the two races - on Sunday, all cars in the field are allowed to take part, regardless of their position in qualifying. For the spectators around the circuit, this is a perfect opportunity to check out the performance of each car in individual time trials without being disturbed. Around the Nordschleife, admission is traditionally free at all spectator points, only the use of the serviced car parks is subject to a charge. Tickets for the paddock and grandstands at the Grand Prix Track are available in advance from 10 euros (day ticket Friday). The tickets for the dress rehearsal of the 24h Nürburgring have been distributed: BMW comes to the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers as the beaming winner and favourite after a true triumph at the second NLS round. The brand-new BMW M4 GT3s took a squeaky-clean one-two-three, with Augusto Farfus (BRA, Rowe Racing) and Max Hesse (Wernau, BMW Junior Team) putting up a breathtaking fight in the final kilometres, which the Brazilian eventually won by 0.582 seconds. Andy Soucek (ESP, Walkenhorst Motorsport) placed third. With Audi, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes-AMG and the SCG sports car of Scuderia Glickenhaus, however, six other brands placed in the top-15. Not to be forgotten: With Manthey Racing, one of the top teams dropped out early at the third NLS round, the fourth-placed Toksport-WRT Porsche 911 GT3 was within striking distance of the top, and due to scheduling conflicts, some top teams were not even at the start: So the last word has not yet been said when it comes to being the favourites. And those who are familiar with the regulations of the 24h know anyway that in the past years the Balance of Performance always ensured optimum equality of opportunity at the top at the season's climax at the latest: So the fans can look forward to a super-exciting and extremely varied event at the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers. Two races, two top qualifying sessions: The 24h Qualifiers have it allEven though the entry deadline for the 24h Prologue is still running, it is already apparent that practically no top team will miss out on the Qualifiers. More than 30 cars will be competing in the GT3 class (SP9) and the class of special registrations (SP-X). In the latter, the new KTM X-Bow GT2 will also be racing, which drove into the middle of the GT3 armada with excellent lap times at the last NLS round: True Racing's X-Bow shared the third row of the grid with the TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 after qualifying. It is quite possible that with the new generation of these sports cars a new competitor has appeared in the top group. The qualifiers, which offer plenty of driving time on the race track, will also provide information on this. The two two-hour qualifying sessions for races 1 and 2 will start at 12:15 on Friday, and the first top-30 qualifying for the first heat will take place at 18:00. On Saturday, there will be RCN and RCN-GLP races during the day as well as the warm-up for the first race in the evening (18:30 to 21:30). A tight programme on Sunday: After the warm-up, all participants will start the individual time trial at 9:15 a.m. - a novelty at the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers. Attractive for fans: Autograph session, pitwalks, two top qualifying sessions, two racesThe doors are wide open for visitors at the ADAC Nürburgring Qualifiers, the programme with two races and two top qualifying sessions offers plenty of action. Around the tradition-steeped Nordschleife, the visitor areas are open, admission is free of charge (only parking fees apply). Tickets for the grandstands of the Grand Prix circuit and the paddock are available from 10 Euros (day ticket Friday), the weekend ticket costs 35 Euros. If you buy the ticket, you can also use it to stroll through the pit lane on the two pitwalks. They are scheduled for Friday (19:30 to 21:00) and Saturday (22:00 to 23:00) in an evening race preparation atmosphere. Tickets are available in advance on our website or at the open box offices. Photo: © Gruppe C