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New Nürburgring record for the Porsche Taycan

Never before has a series-production electric car posted a faster lap on the Nürburgring Nordschleife: Porsche development driver Lars Kern took just seven minutes and 33 seconds for a lap in the Taycan Turbo S. The sports sedan was equipped with the new performance kit and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and – aside from the required roll cage and racing seats – was an entirely standard...
Classic Festival of Superlatives - The AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix

10.08.2022

The AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix offers a giant festival of historic motorsport at the Nürburgring this coming weekend. Fourteen different competitions with more than two dozen races and regularity tests and more than 500 historic racing cars are on the programme. Everything that makes the heart of classic car lovers beat faster can be seen on the track, from historic Formula 1 to powerful sports cars and prototypes to fantastically beautiful racing classics. In cooperation with Nürburgring.tv, the action on the track can be experienced everywhere as a video livestream via YouTube. But the best thing, of course, is the live experience on site. Tickets for all days of the event are available at the open Nürburgring box offices (from 29 Euros for the day ticket on Friday). > More info & tickets The programme at the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix is packed with motorsport highlights that take visitors on a fast-paced historical journey through time. The stations include, for example, Formula 1 history from the predecessors through the early years to the Cosworth era. Even more diverse are the fields of sports cars and prototypes. The highlight is the full field of two-seater racing cars and GTs up to 1960/61, whose popular Le Mans start demonstration followed by a 65-minute race on Saturday evening is the highlight of the weekend. Before this collection of legendary and rare sports cars takes to the starting grid, numerous other sports car icons will also be on display on the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit. The historical spectrum here ranges from the 60s to the recent past. Touring cars and GTs from various eras will also be on show in several starting fields. The revival races DRM and, of course, the premiere of the DTM Classic Cup are likely to attract the most attention. In the latter, there will be a reunion with a whole series of former DTM drivers who will once again show how to drive the racing touring cars in proper style. The action on the track is rounded off by the pre-war racing cars from the Vintage Sports Car Trophy. The field is a rolling ancestral gallery of motorsport history, from which, for example, the winning car of the Nürburgring opening race of 1927 stands out - a supercharged Mercedes Benz once driven by Rudolf Caracciola himself. There is a lot to experience on siteIn addition to the races and regularity tests, there is even more on offer on the track. For example, there will be demo runs in memory of Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips and the legendary Ferrari 156 "Sharknose". Motor Klassik will also send around 150 readers to do laps of honour on the Grand Prix circuit on Saturday and on the legendary Nordschleife on Sunday. Also on the Grand Prix circuit, parades with vehicles from Skoda motorsport history will take place on Saturday and Sunday. These important partners of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix are of course also to be found in the paddock, where there is an enormous amount to discover: Autograph sessions with DTM stars alternate with exciting technical lectures at TÜV Rheinland. The numerous exhibitors, such as timekeeping partner Junghans or tyre manufacturer Continental, are also worth a visit. Visitors can also find the latest version of the popular racing jumper as well as other beautiful items from the merchandising collection in the AvD-OGP shop. In addition to a range of catering offers, the Motor Klassik tent, where historic rally cars also remind visitors of the 50-year history of the World Rally Championship, also invites you to take a break: So there are many reasons to come to the Nürburgring and experience and enjoy the whole panorama of historic motorsport fascination live.

New Nürburgring record for the Porsche Taycan

10.08.2022

Never before has a series-production electric car posted a faster lap on the Nürburgring Nordschleife: Porsche development driver Lars Kern took just seven minutes and 33 seconds for a lap in the Taycan Turbo S. The sports sedan was equipped with the new performance kit and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and – aside from the required roll cage and racing seats – was an entirely standard production vehicle. It weighed the same as the series production car. A notary was on hand to verify the new record time on the 20.8-kilometre circuit in Germany’s Eifel region, while TÜV Rheinland confirmed that the record-breaking road car was a standard production model. The performance kit includes 21-inch RS-Spyder-design wheels with road-approved, Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports tyres that are now available for the Taycan. Their tyre compound is similar to that of racing tyres. Another element of the performance kit is a software update to the Porsche 4D Chassis Control so that it works in harmony with the sports tyres. The system analyses and synchronises all the chassis systems of the Taycan in real time. “In the past, only thoroughbred super sports cars got into the 7:33 range,” says Kern. “With the new performance kit I was able to push even harder, and the car was even more precise and agile to boot.” The performance kit is offered through Porsche Tequipment. It is currently only available in Germany and only for the 2023 model year Taycan Turbo S sports sedan. Production of these cars started in late July 2022, while the performance kit itself is expected to be available from the end of the year. The plan is for the retrofit to be carried out after initial delivery, in the Porsche workshops in Zuffenhausen. Transport to and from the factory is included, as is the individual vehicle approval and registration of the Taycan. The performance kit is priced at €13,377.32 including 19 per cent VAT. The manufacturer’s warranty for the Taycan is unaffected.  The sports tyres are primarily designed for driving on the track. Buyers can therefore switch back to standard road tyres at any time. It is not necessary to restore the original chassis software when doing this. “We’re delighted that the Nürburgring record for electric cars is back in Porsche hands,” says Kevin Giek, Vice President Model Line Taycan. “This lap time not only shows how much potential lies in our new performance kit, but also confirms once again the sports car genes of the Taycan.” The considerable power of the Turbo S, of up to 460 kW (625 PS), was a key factor in its success. With Launch Control active, the car maxes out at 560 kW (761 PS) from a standstill.

23,500 visitors set attendance record for ADAC GT Masters

07.08.2022

23,500 fans saw spectacular and exciting motorsport, experienced action-packed frame series and ensured another attendance record in the German GT Championship at the Nürburgring. The Drago Racing Team ZVO with Jules Gounon (27/F) and Fabian Schiller (24/Troisdorf) won a thrilling eighth round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Nürburgring on Sunday. Final driver Fabian Schiller crossed the finish line first after 42 laps in the number 4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, ensuring Mercedes-AMG's second victory of this ADAC GT Masters race weekend. "It was a great race. Our car ran fantastically and we had good pace. On Saturday we were third, now the victory - I'm totally happy," said the 24-year-old.  In the first half of the race, it looked like a copy of Saturday. Pole-setter Maro Engel (36/Monte Carlo) was in the lead in the #48 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo from Mann-Filter Team Landgraf, just like Raffaele Marciello (27/I) the day before. However, Jules Gounon kept close to his brand colleague, with the second Mercedes-AMG from Mann-Filter Team Landgraf with Frank Bird (22/GB) at the wheel following in third place. Even after the mandatory pit stop, this order remained for the time being. Then the leading Raffaele Marciello was hit. The Mercedes-AMG works driver was penalized with a penalty for blocking Schiller in the pit lane and had to let Fabian Schiller, who had taken over the wheel from Jules Gounon, pass. The latter controlled the race at the front and, after a flawless performance, drove home the second win of the season for his team safely ahead of Marciello with a lead of 4.6 seconds.  Joel Sturm (20/Brühl) from Allied-Racing again crowned a tactical masterstroke with third place in the #22 Porsche 911 GT3 R. His driver colleague Sven Müller (30/Bingen) had already fought his way up from twelfth to fifth place on the first lap after a lightning start. An early pit stop and the penalty of the Mercedes-AMG in front secured the final podium spot for the Porsche duo.  One man's luck was another man's misfortune. Third-placed Elias Seppänen (18/FIN), who had swapped the cockpit of the #84 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo with Frank Bird, also received a penalty for a short pit stop and ultimately had to settle for fourth place. In contrast, things went very well for the combination of Maximilian Götz (36/Uffenheim) and Ezequiel Perez Companc (27/RA) in the #90 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo. The duo from Madpanda Motorsport made up nine places to finish fifth - the best result so far for the team from Spain in the ADAC GT Masters. Best Lamborghini drivers were Konsta Lappalainen (20/FIN) and Mick Wishofer (22/A) from Emil Frey Racing in sixth place. Behind them, Kim-Luis Schramm (24/Meuspath) and Dennis Marschall (25/Eggenstein) from Rutronik Racing in the fastest Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II finished seventh. Great fighting spirit was shown by Franck Perera (38/F) and Arthur Rougier (22/F) from Emil Frey Racing, who made up ten places in their #19 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo and finished Sunday's race in eighth place. The pairing of Jesse Krohn (31/FIN) and Nicky Catsburg (34/NL) from Schubert Motorsport also showed bite, fighting their way up from penultimate place to ninth in the #20 BMW M4 GT3. The top ten was completed by Maximilian Paul (22/Dresden) and Marco Mapelli (35/I) in the #71 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo from Paul Motorsport.

Apprentices start their careers at full throttle

05.08.2022

Twelve new trainees have successfully started their careers at the Nürburgring. From now on, the young employees will be working at full throttle at the operating company and in the Nürburgring Hotels and Holiday Park operated by Lindner. The event location is one of the strong trainers and employers in the region with a wide range of job profiles. Including the apprentices in their second and third year of training, 28 young people are currently gaining experience at the Nürburgring for their vocational qualification in various fields. > more information and vacancies How does the operational business of a race track work, how are the processes in the Nürburgring Congress Hotel, how is an event accompanied by the media? At the beginning of their training, the young professionals were given numerous insights into the Nürburgring companies as well as their tasks and processes. During the familiarisation week, there was a lot to learn about the multifunctional event location's diverse portfolio. Subsequently, the commercial trainees of Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG will spend their training period in all departments of the company, including Communications, Events & Operations, Sales & Partner Management and Track Management. More specific apprenticeships of the Nürburgring operator - such as IT specialist or automotive mechatronics technician - the apprentices learn in the specialist departments such as the IT department or the Nürburgring Driving Academy. At the Nürburgring Hotels operated by Lindner and at the holiday park, apprenticeships are currently being offered in the professions of chef, hotel specialist and the dual degree programme "International Business Management - focus on hotel management". At nürburgring.tv GmbH & Co. KG, one apprentice is currently completing his training as a media designer for image and sound. Anyone who wants to follow the example of the Nürburgring trainees can already do so. For 2023, the Nürburgring is looking for the following career starters, among others: Event clerks, office management clerks, event technology specialists or hotel management trainees. Different job opportunities at the Destination NürburgringWith 350 permanent employees and over 1,100 temporary staff, Destination Nürburgring is one of the strong employers in the region. Diverse career opportunities also await professionals and career changers at the Nürburgring companies. In addition to Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG as the operating company of the race track and event locations, you will find Lindner Hotels AG as the manager of the Nürburgring Hotels and the holiday park, VLN VV GmbH & Co. KG - organiser of the Nürburgring Endurance Series as well as nürburgring.tv GmbH & Co. KG and Nürburgring eSports GmbH & Co. KG.

ADAC GT4 Germany enters second half of season with record field at Nürburgring

04.08.2022

The next spectacular race weekend in the ADAC GT4 Germany is just around the corner. From 5 to 7 August, the series will kick off the second half of the 2022 season at the Nürburgring sprint circuit, with 31 sports cars from Aston Martin, BMW, KTM, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and Toyota expected to take part. The largest field of the ADAC GT4 Germany so far in the 2022 season underlines the growing appeal of the series. Tickets for the motorsport spectacle in the Eifel are available online at adac.de/motorsport. The races of the ADAC GT4 Germany can also be followed in a live stream on the high-reach platform sport.de and on adac.de/motorsport. The title fight in the ADAC GT4 Germany will be just as hot as the expected temperatures in the Eifel. The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 duo Indy Dontje (29/NLD) and Phil Dörr (21/Butzbach, both Dörr Motorsport) will travel to the Nürburgring as championship leaders. Just five points behind, brand colleagues Hugo Sasse (18/Aschersleben) and Mike David Ortmann (22/Ahrensfelde, both Prosport Racing) are in second place. They most recently celebrated a one-two at Zandvoort and also won both races at the Nürburgring in 2021. "Our goal is to fight for the championship lead. Of course, the best way for us to do that is to win races. I have a very good feeling because it can be a super weekend," Sasse is optimistic. "It will also be a very special event for our team Prosport Racing, which is based just a few kilometres away. The team knows every metre at the Nürburgring." Hendrik Still (35) from Kempenich, who shares a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 from W&S Motorsport with Max Kronberg (35/Berlin), also has a short journey. "I'm looking forward to my home race and of course I know the Nürburgring very well. The layout of the sprint track should suit our Porsche. We had test drives about a fortnight ago and were therefore able to prepare ourselves optimally. I think we are well positioned," said Still. "My personal goal is to take my first pole position in the ADAC GT4 Germany. Top five finishes are possible in the races. Should there be rain, more could well be in it." From Olpe, east of Cologne, Jan Philipp Springob (21, Drago Racing Team ZVO) is driving to the Ring. "The anticipation for the Nürburgring is always particularly high, of course. Because some friends, family members and sponsors always visit me there. The atmosphere in the Eifel is just great and there are always a lot of spectators on site," explains Springob, who has a new team-mate in the Mercedes-AMG GT4 at the Nürburgring in Robin Falkenbach (20/Niederkassel). "On the sprint track, I particularly like the back part with the left/right corner after the exit of the short approach and the tight chicane. If you hit these well, you can gain a lot of time. The chicane is always a key spot in the races as well." The usual full field of ADAC GT4 Germany cars will be joined by three more at the Nürburgring as various regular teams further expand their commitments. Prosport Racing will bring a third Aston Martin Vantage GT4 to the grid, Overdrive Racing will field a third Porsche and CV Performance Group will offer a third Mercedes-AMG Series. Back in the ADAC series is Schnitzelalm Racing with two Mercedes-AMGs.

Close fight at the top: Who will be the ADAC GT Masters half-time champion?

02.08.2022

For almost six weeks, spectators and fans had to do without the racing action in the ADAC GT Masters. This weekend marks the end of the "summer break" in the German GT Championship. The supercars continue the season at the fourth tour stop at the Nürburgring with races seven and eight. After Saturday's race on the Eifel circuit, the mid-season champion in the ADAC GT Masters has been decided. Given the balance of the field, many drivers can justifiably hope for this unofficial title. The second half of the season opens on Sunday at the legendary Nürburgring with the eighth of a total of 14 races. TV partner NITRO will broadcast the ADAC GT Masters races live on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. onwards. > Tickets and further information Key facts, Nürburgring, Nürburg, Rounds 7 and 8 of 14 races of the season Circuit length: 3,629 meters Layout: eleven corners (seven right-hand, four left-hand), driven clockwise Winner 2021, race 1: Ricardo Feller/Christopher Mies (Montaplast by Land-Motorsport, Audi R8 LMS Evo) Winner 2021, race 2: Michael Ammermüller/Mathieu Jaminet (SSR Performance, Porsche 911 GT3 R) Everything open at the topThree drivers are tied for first place with 70 points after six rounds. The leader of the standings is Jusuf Owega (20/Cologne) in the #29 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II from Team Montaplast by Land-Motorsport. The decisive factor is that, unlike his two strongest rivals, the young Cologne native already has one victory to his credit together with Ricardo Feller (22/CH), who sat out a race weekend. "It's incredibly tight in the ADAC GT Masters, not only at the front but throughout the field. Every point counts. Of course, it would be a good basis to start the second half of the season in first place. But the crucial thing is who's in front at the end. Then nobody will ask about the mid-point championship," explains the Audi driver.  His pursuers Christian Engelhart (35/Starnberg) and Ayhancan Güven (24/TR) in the number 91 Porsche 911 GT3 R were already leading the standings shortly before the end of the second race at Zandvoort before a technical defect set them back. At the Nürburgring, the crew from Team Joos Sportwagentechnik is not only aiming to take the lead, but also to score its first win of the season. The youngster duo of Niklas Krütten (19/Trier) and Ben Green (24/GB) have been at the top of the podium twice this season in Team Schubert Motorsport's #10 BMW M4 GT3 and are third overall. Niklas Krütten: "We have to avoid mistakes, especially in qualifying, because they are difficult to correct in the race given the balance of the field. If we get everything perfect, we can be among the front runners." The Emil Frey Racing team is in a lurking position after its double success at Zandvoort. Sunday's winners Jack Aitken (26/GB) and Albert Costa Balboa (32/E) have moved up to fourth in the standings with the #63 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, with brand colleagues Franck Perera (38/F) and Arthur Rougier (22/F) following in sixth. The combination of Mick Wishofer (22/A) and Konsta Lappalainen (20/FIN) has moved up to second in the Junior standings after winning on Saturday. "The Lamborghini works well at the Nürburgring. We are confident and want to achieve two consistently good results to stay up in the Junior standings," promises Mick Wishofer. In addition, fans are also looking forward to seeing the freshly crowned winners of the legendary 24-hour classic at Spa-Francorchamps. The three ADAC GT Masters drivers Jules Gounon (27/F), Daniel Juncadella (31/E) and Raffaele Marciello (27/I) won the race in Belgium in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo and are also looking to build on their strong performance in the ADAC GT Masters with their teams. Local heroes eagerly await home raceSeven drivers are looking forward to their home race in the ADAC GT Masters at the Nürburgring. The shortest journey is made by Meuspath Audi driver Kim-Lius Schramm (25) from Team Rutronik Racing. The double winner from Spielberg, Niklas Krütten (19), comes from Trier and starts for Schubert Motorsport in a BMW M4 GT3. The two brothers Salman (17) and Yusuf (20) Owega live in Cologne and both start for the Audi team Montaplast by Land-Motorsport, but in different cars. Mercedes-Benz driver Fabian Schiller (25) lives in Troisdorf and Joel Sturm (20), who competes for Allied Racing in a Porsche, in Brühl. Christopher Mies has the best memories of the Nürburgring. The current champion from Düsseldorf secured the ADAC GT Masters championship at last season's finale in the Eifel and starts with a special tailwind after becoming a father last week. Total motorsportIn the supporting program of the ADAC GT Masters, four more spectacular racing series will be on the grid at the Nürburgring. In the ADAC GT4 Germany, fans can look forward to exciting duels between the "smaller" GT sports cars. Hard-hitting touring car action is offered by the ADAC TCR Germany, while in the ADAC Formula 4 junior series the motorsport stars of tomorrow battle for victories, placings and points. The tradition-steeped Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland has electrified spectators for years with fast-paced sprint races, merciless duels and fascinating overtaking maneuvers. All visitors should make a note of the pitwalk on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. and on Sunday at 10:35 a.m. as well as the "Meet the Drivers" autograph session on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. in the event area in the paddock near the DEKRA Tower.  All 14 races in the ADAC GT Masters will start at 1 pm. TV station NITRO will present the races live from 12:30 pm. On RTL+, Germany's leading streaming platform, the racing action can be followed live or accessed afterwards in the media library. The qualifying sessions can be seen at sport.de and adac.de/motorsport.  Maro Engel is back in the ADAC GT MastersGreat news shortly before the fourth stop of the ADAC GT Masters season at the Nürburgring: Maro Engel (Monte Carlo) is back in the German GT Championship. The Mercedes-AMG Performance driver will pilot the #48 "Mamba" as the new teammate of Raffaele Marciello (27/I) for Mann-Filter Team Landgraf. Engel will benefit from his vast experience. The 36-year-old has already completed 50 races in the ADAC GT Masters and finished the 2020 and 2021 seasons in third place on both occasions.  The Munich native is happy about his return to the German GT Championship and has clear goals: "I'm really looking forward to supporting Raffaele and the team and will do my best to make the championship chances as big as possible. We are very well positioned with the team and the driver line-up with the very clear goal: to bring home victories. But I'm also really looking forward to the big Mann-Filter fan base. It's going to be great," says Engel.

Emotionally charged festival of the most beautiful classics

01.08.2022

Good prospects for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix (August 12 - 14): Entries are in full swing, and new, exciting entries are currently trickling in to the organizers on a daily basis. The largest classic racing festival in continental Europe will once again live up to its excellent reputation this year and promises an emotional weekend dominated by historic racing. Excursions into Formula 1 history can be experienced live on the track, as can the spectacular sports cars of earlier times at Le Mans and the World Sports Car Championship. One race in particular is always in the spotlight, and this year's event will once again be an atmospheric highlight: In the heats of the two-seater race cars and GTs up to 1960/61, the focus is on the sports cars of the 1950s. Here, birdcage Maserati meets Porsche 356 and 904, "gullwing" Mercedes 300 SL meets Lotus, Lola and Ferrari - a showcase of some of the most beautiful racing cars of all time. For many spectators, the races of the DTM Classic Cup, which is a guest at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix for the first time, will be just as emotionally charged. The series will give fans a reunion with the cars and drivers of the historic DTM, which will also feature many prominent faces in the cockpits. Tickets for the weekend are available from 29 euros (day ticket Friday) on the event's website. Admission is free for children and young people up to 17 years of age when accompanied by an adult. > Tickets and further information Especially when it comes to the evening race on Saturday evening for the two-seater race cars and GT up to 1960/61, the grandstands at the Nürburgring are traditionally well filled. After all, the picture-perfect sports cars that fought for victories and seconds in the 60s and 70s in the great classics such as Le Mans and the Targa Florio can be seen here - and not infrequently also made history in the Eifel. The race is filled to capacity and will once again be a summit meeting of racing icons. Particularly exciting: despite all the differences in performance, there are many groups of comparably strong cars dueling it out in lively "races within the race": Three Porsche 904s, three Maserati A6 GCSs, three Lotus XIs and three Lola MKIs, for example, will be competing against each other. And spectators are spoilt for choice as to whether the rare Maserati T61 ("Birdcage") or the legendary Mercedes 300 SL with its gullwing doors are more beautiful and spectacular. Especially since the beauty competition is fierce: In the new "young" class up to 1971, for example, a two-liter Ferrari Dino 206 will be competing, which was once successful in the major endurance races. The defile of legends will be greeted in the evening with a fireworks display at the finish line, which will be the crowning finale of the packed race day.  Legends wherever you look: The stars of the DTM from "back then" on the gridThe stars of another, no less popular motorsport era will do the honors in the DTM Classic Cup: Here, the models of the highest German touring car class that caused a sensation in the 1980s and 1990s will start. And for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, many a star from back then (and some well-known drivers from today) have announced their participation. Leopold Prince of Bavaria, Altfrid Heger, Kris Nissen, Marc Hessel and Kris Nissen will do the honors. This weekend they will once again pilot the legendary BMW M3 and Ford Sierra from the DTM. But also Audi A4 STW, Opel Vectra STW or supposed exotics like the Volvo 850 TS are at the start. From the ITC and the "new" DTM will be the mighty 2.5-liter Opel Calibra V6 4x4 (with Stefan Mücke, a top sports car driver, at the wheel) and Opel Astra V8 Coupé: Not a few fans at the Nürburgring will feel nostalgic, because of course all these vehicles and drivers are well remembered from numerous guest appearances on the Eifel race track. Together with the evening race of the sports car classics and the popular DRM revival race, the DTM Classic Cup forms the program on Saturday evening, where the motorsport highlights are virtually chasing each other. Almost 100-year-old racing cars on the trackDespite all the fascination for the performance of the racing cars of yesteryear, visitors should not miss the trip to the paddock. Because there is not only the chance to get an autograph or a selfie from the star of days gone by. Here, the teams and vehicles can also be experienced up close, and there is always the opportunity for a "petrol talk". This already begins in the historic paddock, where the oldest vehicles of the weekend are housed. The pit area from the founding days of the Nürburgring is the world's only surviving paddock from the 1920s and forms the befitting original backdrop for the participant vehicles of the "Vintage Sports Car Trophy". The pre-war racing cars that start here no longer race, but they show what they are made of in regularity tests on the Grand Prix circuit and in excursions. Among them are vehicles as diverse as the mighty supercharged Mercedes-Benz SSK or the agile BMW 328. The oldest vehicles of the weekend so far will be the almost 100-year-old Salmson Rally Grand Prix and a Riley Brooklands 9 (both built in 1929). But the "younger" pre-war history also has fascinating vehicles to offer: Michal Velebny, for example, is bringing an extraordinary Skoda Sport from 1949 to the Nürburgring. Right next to the pre-war racing cars, there will be an excursion into the world of rallying: the starters of the "Slowly Sideways" syndicate will be accommodated here with their historic rally cars. They offer a great introduction to the Grand Prix paddock. Because there, in the tent of media partner Motor Klassik, there will be an exhibition on the subject of "50 years of the World Rally Championship". The other partners of the event also invite visitors to stroll through the paddock (in addition to taking a look at the vehicles of the various series and races). At TÜV Rheinland, there will be exciting technical presentations over the weekend. Continental presents a new racing tire for historic vehicles. Cobrasitz24 presents a great chair in exclusive design for the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix. Owners of historic vehicles of the Czech brand will meet at Skoda, inviting them to talk shop at the "Open Door". So this year, too, there will simply be something to discover and marvel at for visitors at every turn. 

A colorful mix of grassroots motorsport - A review of the ADAC Racing Weekend

31.07.2022

The ADAC Racing Weekend at the Nürburgring will be remembered particularly fondly by some of the participants: Finn Zulauf (Audi R8 LMS GT3) celebrated his first victory in the GT Sprint and also won the GT60 powered by Pirelli together with Luca Engstler, while Jürgen Alzen (Ford GT Turbo) was able to defeat his brother Uwe (Audi R8 GT3 Evo) for the first time in the Special Touring Car Trophy (STT). Leon Arndt (VW Up! GTI) finished first twice in the Touring Car Junior Cup and Anton Werner took the biggest trophy in both races of the Touring Car Classic. Exciting sport was also offered by the DMV BMW 318ti Cup, the DMV BMW Challenge, the DMV Classic Masters, the DMV NES 500 and the Touring Car Revival. GT3 protégé Finn Zulauf shines with two triumphs in the GTC Race18-year-old Finn Zulauf celebrated his first victory in the GT Sprint, the sprint series of the GTC Race. He dueled with Robin Rogalski (Audi R8 LMS GT3) for a long time and finally prevailed. With a gap of over 20 seconds, Friedel Bleifuss (Porsche 991 GT3 R) lined up third. For race two, Luca Engstler took over Zulauf's Audi but was unable to prevent Max Hofer (Audi R8 LMS GT3) from winning. Instead, he had to look more in the rear-view mirror, especially in the final phase, because Timo Bernhard (Porsche 991 GT3 R) put a lot of pressure on him. On the track, he mastered this task, but after crossing the finish line, Engstler was disqualified for a car that was too light. Bernhard moved up to second position, with Rogalski inheriting third.  Zulauf was also unbeatable in the GT60 powered by Pirelli together with his team partner Engstler. Solo starter Rogalski finished second ahead of the duo Heiko Neumann / Timo Rumpfkeil (Mercedes-AMG GT3). The race was ended prematurely after an accident by Bastian Hein (Audi R8 LMS GT4). Jürgen Alzen benefits from puncture of his brother Uwe Uwe Alzen's winning streak in the STT has been snapped. In the first race, he had to make a pit stop after a puncture, which relegated the previously second-placed driver to the midfield. By the time he crossed the finish line, the perennial winner had climbed to second place behind Jürgen Alzen. Josef Klüber (Mercedes-AMG GT3) secured third position. One day later, Uwe Alzen again lived up to his role as favorite and won ahead of his brother Jürgen and Stefan Wieninger (Audi R8 LMS Evo). Leon Arndt unbeatable in the EifelIn the Touring Car Junior Cup, both winners' trophies went to Leon Arndt - he is the first driver to have more than one triumph to his credit in the 2022 Touring Car Junior Cup. The junior driver was chased in heat one by Linus Hahne and Fabio Rauer, who ultimately also finished second and third. In Heat Two, Hahne had to pit while leading, which gave Arndt the clear lead. He subsequently drove to an unchallenged success; he was accompanied by Leonard Heidegger and Rauer to the victory ceremony.  Double winner Anton Werner The Touring Car Classic also had a double winner in Anton Werner (Porsche 996 Cup). In the first heat, Altfrid Heger (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) and Heinz Weißenbacher (Porsche 997 Cup) lined up in the following places. In the second heat, Heger retired early because his Porsche lost fluid, which caused the Essener to spin. Meanwhile, the battle raged on at the front, but there was no change in positions. Werner was delighted with his second triumph ahead of Weißenbacher and Thilo Goos (Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24). At the Touring Car Revival, the substructure of the Touring Car Classic, two regularity tests were on the program, in which Christian Mannl (BMW M3 E30) and Thilo Goos (Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24) were not to be beaten. Michael Kuster in front with his Maserati TrofeoThe duo Maurice Thormählen / Hinrich Thormählen (BMW M3 GTR E46) won the first round of the DMV BMW Challenge ahead of Sebastian Kühn (BMW M1 GTR) and Niklas Koch (Mini GTR 1.6T). In the second comparison Kühn celebrated a clear victory. Viszokay Arpad (BMW M4 GT4) was narrowly defeated by Edwin van de Munckhof (BMW KK M4 GTR) in the duel for second place. In the DMV Classic Masters, Michael Kuster was the dominant man in his Maserati Trofeo. Lutz Peper / Maximilian Becker (BMW M3 E30 Evo) and Nico Send / Uwe Send (Opel Kadett C GTE) lined up in positions two and three in heat one. In Heat two, Thomas Röpke (Porsche 964 GT 3.6) and Mark Schnyder (Alfa Romeo 75 2.0 TB) crossed the finish line behind Kuster. Defending champion Sebastian Vollak triumphs from last grid spotIn the DMV BMW 318ti Cup, in which all drivers compete with a standard vehicle, Sebastian Vollak was disqualified after race one due to a vehicle not conforming to the regulations and consequently had to start race two from the back. But that didn't stop him from being flagged off as the winner ahead of Julian Rehberg and Fabian Brügge / Marcel Hellberg. The triumph in heat one went to Manuel Brinkmann / Florian Sternkopf ahead of Ioannis Smyrlis and Linus Jansen. The laurels in the final DMV NES 500 were secured by Viszokay Arpad / Adam Lengyel / Gabriele Piana (BMW M4 GT4) ahead of Benny Leuchter (VW Golf GTI TCR) and Koen de Wit (BMW M4 GT4). Jürgen Hieke, first chairman of the organizing club MSC Bork, drew a positive conclusion: "It is nice that we have now experienced the premiere of this event this year, which was actually already planned in 2021. We have experienced three days with modern and historic race cars, old hands and strong young drivers - a colorful mix from all areas of touring car grassroots sport."

Mid-season at the ADAC Racing Weekend at the Nürburgring

27.07.2022

The ADAC Racing Weekend celebrates the halfway point of the season with ten race series and a full programme at the Nürburgring. At the fourth of seven race weekends, a total of 16 races and two regularity tests are on the programme at the sprint circuit in the Eifel. In addition to the GTC Race with GT Sprint and GT60 powered by Pirelli, the Special Touring Car Trophy (STT), the Touring Car Junior Cup, the Touring Car Classic and the Touring Car Revival, the DMV BMW 318ti Cup, the DMV BMW Challenge, the DMV Classic Masters and the DMV NES 500 will also be taking part in ADAC Racing Weekend 2022 for the first time. On Saturday and Sunday, all races will be available to watch in a livestream on Youtube; the stream will start at 8:05 a.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. In the GTC Race, a pilot from the Am classification is currently at the top of the standings. Heiko Neumann, who shares a Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Timo Rumpfkeil, collected more points as an amateur than all the semi-pros and pros in the field. According to the regulations, a driver receives more points the more opponents he defeats in his class. Neumann's first pursuer is 17-year-old GT3 support driver Finn Zulauf (Audi R8 LMS GT3). At the Nürburgring they now have to take on Timo Bernhard, among others - the two-time Le Mans winner contests the GT60 powered by Pirelli and the two GT Sprints in a Porsche 911 GT3 R together with Friedel Bleifuss. In the STT, Uwe Alzen (Audi R8 LMS GT3) is the man to beat. So far, all six wins of the season have gone to his account and he is well on his way to defending his title from last year. In addition to the GT cars and touring cars on the STT grid, Frenchwoman Célia Martin (Norma M30) has entered an LMP car for races seven and eight of the season, bringing some Le Mans flair to the Eifel.  Beautiful racing cars will also be on offer in the Touring Car Classic, some of which will be driven by big names. Klaus Ludwig will drive a Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evo I from 1989 together with Ekkehard Ludewigs and Altfrid Heger will drive a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Stefan Mücke shares a Ford Mustang DTM with Guido Momm, another legendary car from the 90s. In the sister series Touring Car Revival, in which two regularity tests are held, Mike Wehrli brings a Rover 3500 Vitesse to the start, which dates back to 1983 and is thus the oldest car in the Touring Car Revival.  The concept of the Touring Car Junior Cup, where the talented drivers compete with identical VW Up! GTI cars, is geared towards junior sport. In the four rounds of the season so far, four different starters - Linus Hahne, Leonard Heidegger, Elias Olsen and Leon Arndt - have won, which underlines the balance of the series. Series organiser Matthias Meyer also sees it that way: "The performance density is high and close duels are part of the good tone with us." He feels that his Touring Car Junior Cup is ideally placed within the framework of the ADAC Racing Weekend. "As an ADAC junior series, we are exactly right on this platform: good organisation, a professional livestream and tracks on which the professional series ADAC GT Masters, ADAC GT4 Germany and ADAC TCR Germany also race for the most part." Among others, the DMV BMW Challenge and the DMV NES 500 will celebrate their premiere at this year's ADAC Racing Weekend. In both race formats - once two 25-minute sprint races and once a three-hour endurance race - the well-known TV chef Steffen Henssler (BMW M240i) will be at the start. He is currently taking his first steps in motorsport. The weekend programme is rounded off by the DMV BMW 318ti Cup, in which only unit cars are entered, and the DMV Classic Masters, in which cars from the Alfa Romeo Challenge are eligible to take part, in addition to cars with a basic model year between 1965 and 1995.  The three jam-packed days will start on Friday at 8:05 a.m. with general test and set-up runs, before the DMV BMW 318ti Cup gets its first free practice under its wheels. The 318ti Cup will end the day with its first race, which will be flagged off at 17:31 as scheduled. On Saturday and Sunday, the action will also start at 8:05 a.m., once with race one of the DMV BMW Challenge and once with qualifying two of the Touring Car Junior Cup. Both days will be rounded off by the DMV NES 500, which will have its free practice until 17:25 on Saturday and its race until 17:35 on Sunday.