22 March, Wednesday

Nordschleife season opener whets appetite for the 24h

The opening race of the motorsport season on the Nordschleife is heating up the anticipation for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring: With more than two dozen GT3 race cars from seven manufacturers, the top of the field at the first race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) presented a colourful picture. In the end, Rowe Racing (BMW M4 GT3), Scherer Sport PHX (Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II)...
Nordschleife season opener whets appetite for the 24h


The opening race of the motorsport season on the Nordschleife is heating up the anticipation for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring: With more than two dozen GT3 race cars from seven manufacturers, the top of the field at the first race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) presented a colourful picture. In the end, Rowe Racing (BMW M4 GT3), Scherer Sport PHX (Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II) and Schnitzelalm Racing (Mercedes-AMG GT3) shared the podium - all of them teams that already gathered plenty of kilometres (and thus experience) with their competitive machines on the world's longest and most demanding race track last year. Right up to the last lap, the two front-runners engaged in a battle with open sights, which the victorious BMW finally won by 6.4 seconds. And the battle of equals is likely to become even closer in the next races, when the teams that are still lagging behind pack their Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin into optimised setups with the freshly gathered information. Their common goal: At the 24h Nürburgring (18 - 21 May) they want to join the fight for the top. Those who want to experience the ultra-exciting fight on the Nordschleife live will find all relevant information on advance ticket sales under the heading "Experience on site". Round one in the battle for supremacy on the Nordschleife goes to the top dogs this year: Rowe Racing landed victory with Maxime Martin and Dries Vanthoor, who joined the team in 2023. "A dream result," Maxime Marin enthused afterwards, and team-mate Dries Vanthoor added: "Everything was new here for Maxime and me, but the car is super on the Nordschleife. I'm looking forward to seeing how it performs at the 24h Nürburgring." Team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf put the brakes on too high expectations despite all the jubilation about the victory: "It was closer than it looked," he admitted. "There were a lot of accidents and code 60 phases on the track, which made it exhausting and demanding". Typical Nordschleife - and the air at the top is likely to get even thinner. Kim-Luis Schramm, who shared the Audi R8 of the second-placed team Scherer Sport PHX with Ricardo Feller, remains ambitious: "A place further ahead would have been even better, of course, but with second place it was a great start for us." Feller also adds with a view to the sister car: "The cars ran absolutely smoothly. We showed the competition that they have to reckon with us again." Her team, which emerged from the merger of the 24h record winners Phoenix Racing with the Scherer team, represents the ranks of long-established teams, as does Rowe (24h winner in 2020). There is much to suggest that they will not be able to settle the victory among themselves this year. Newcomers and teams with new models in the huntThere are the newcomers, such as the Schnitzelalm team, which came third in the season opener. Driver Marek Böckmann was able to grin in view of the result: "Nobody can complain about that. The podium finish is the reward for weeks of intensive preparation and our winter tests in Portugal and Spain. That's the beauty of competing as an underdog team: nobody has you on their radar - and then suddenly you're there." Team-mate Marcel Marchewicz is convinced: "Even though it's not easy, I believe in our chance to cause a stir at the 24h even as a small team." Those who still have to put the finishing touches to their brand new cars are also very ambitious. These include the Porsche teams, which are using the latest evolutionary stage of the legendary 911 GT3 R. As the best representatives, Manthey EMA landed in seventh place at NLS1. This is certainly not the last word for the extremely successful traditional team. Manthey Managing Director Nicolaus Raeder sums up the Nordschleife season opener accordingly: "We still have to work on the performance of the new car to be able to compete at the front. We have collected a lot of important information and values. Our main task now is to work on the car's performance so that we have the package together for victory at the 24h in May." By then, the spectacular new Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Ferrari 296 GT3 and Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3, which also started their 24h preparation programme at the first NLS round, will almost certainly be a lot stronger. Intensive and short preparation phase for the 24h.Until the Nordschleife classic in May, it's now blow by blow for the teams: Two more races (on 1 and 15 April) are available in the NLS before the final intensive test: the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers (22-23 April) offer two races with a combined six hours of driving time, plenty of practice sessions and a top qualifying session - the perfect simulation opportunity for the season highlight one month later. For all the teams who want to shine there, this means the start of extremely busy weeks. So the fans can look forward to an exciting time.

Nürburgring starts the 2023 event season


It's finally starting again - under the new claim "we make your heart race", the Nürburgring is entering the new event season. Great emotions await professionals, amateurs and spectators at around 50 events from the genres of motorsport, music and sport. Highlights include the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring and the 12h Nürburgring of the Nürburgring Endurance Series as well as the 50th anniversary of the Oldtimer-Grand-Prix, the mega festival Rock am Ring or sporting events such as Rad am Ring or the Hotfoot Run. And even beyond the events, there will again be an extensive range of leisure and adventure activities.   As usual, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will do the honours for the season premiere in 2023. On 18 March, the lights will turn green for the first time. The NLS will shake the Green Hell a total of eight times. On the combination of sprint track and Nordschleife, the large field of starters in the Green Hell will once again be at full throttle - with the entire automotive diversity from near-series racing cars to full-blown GT3 bolides. The highlight of the NLS season will again be the 12h Nürburgring from 8 to 10 September. Here, even the complete version of the race track - including the entire Grand Prix Track - will be driven. The fans know the same track variant at the motorsport highlight of the season. After a veritable fan festival with 230,000 visitors, the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Race from 18 to 21 May once again invites to a gigantic horsepower party. Race teams from all over the world, a tough race on the most demanding race track in the world and the unique atmosphere around the track are expected: drivers and fans alike are looking forward to the camping and campfire atmosphere. A foretaste of the endurance classic is already available in April - on 22 and 23 April, the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers will get underway. 50th Anniversary of the Oldtimer-Grand-PrixFans of historic vehicles will also get their money's worth this year - even with a big anniversary. The Oldtimer Grand Prix (11 - 13 August) is turning 50! As one of the most traditional festivals for traditional vehicles in Europe, it is once again the highlight of the historic motorsport season in Germany. In addition to an outstanding starting field with vehicles from the entire history of the Nürburgring, fans can look forward to a fan world around the Grand Prix circuit. Those who want to experience even more time travel is in the right place at the Nürburgring. With the endurance classic ADAC 1000 kilometre race (15 - 17 September), at the Nürburgring Classic (26 - 28 May) or at the ADAC Westfalen Trophy (13 - 15 October), horsepower-packed time journeys through history await. The Int. ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix is a little rougher than the historic vehicles. The race trucks will make the racetrack shake - and from 13 to 16 July they will give each other a run for their money when they thunder around the racetrack at around 160 km/h. Also at the start in the supporting programme: the ADAC GT Masters. Besides the track, there will be a lot of colourful activities. With many activities and exhibitors in the paddock, a children's area, a trade fair and, of course, the traditional music festival in the Müllenbachschleife.  Real GT3 highlights await each other on two weekends at the end of July and the beginning of August. The Fanatec GT World Challenge pwd by AWS (29 - 30 July) will kick things off. The DTM immediately follows from 4 to 6 August. A total of 13 teams with six different brands will be competing in the race series, which is being held under the umbrella of the ADAC for the first time. There will be cars from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG Porsche as well as Lamborghini and Ferrari. Strong line-up and only European concert by the Foo Fighters at Rock am RingThe festival fans return at Rock am Ring from 2 to 4 June. Strong headliners are waiting at Rock am Ring again this year with the Toten Hosen and the Kings of Leon. They will be completed by the Foo Fighters, who will make their only European appearance at the festival this year. Anyway, the band, which has won the Grammy eleven times, returns to German stages for the first time after 2018. In addition, many other international fan favourites such as Rise Against, Limp Bizkit, the rock duo Tenacious D or US superstar Machine Gun Kelly await. Motorbike service a tradition for many bikersMotorbikes are also part of the programme at the Nürburgring. They celebrate their traditional opening of the season during the ecumenical service "Anlassen" (2 April). More than 10,000 bikers get their blessing in the paddock and enjoy the highlight: the joint parade around the Nordschleife. In addition, there will be tourist rides on the Grand Prix Track and other programme items in the paddock. Racing motorbikes from different eras will take centre stage at the Cologne circuit. On 14 May, they will show their best side on the Grand Prix Track. Particularly eye-catching are the starts of the veteran sidecar riders and the historic motor scooters. This year, for the third time, the Grand Prix circuit will be the venue of the ADAC/DMC Race Weekend (10-11 June). From "old iron" to sidecars and superbikes, everything is represented here for beginners and experienced pilots.  On foot and by bike around the RingThe fact that the Nürburgring can also be mastered on foot or by bike is impressively demonstrated by the athletes at the Hotfoot Run and at Rad am Ring. On 6 May, the famous obstacle course involves overcoming mountains of straw bales, mud pits and ice-cold pools of water. From 21 to 23 July, the cyclists take on the world's most demanding race track. The highlight of the event is the 24-hour cycle race over the combination of Grand Prix circuit and Nordschleife. But the Nürburgring is also popular with athletes beyond the event: a total of seven cycling and running events are scheduled for 2023. Here, amateur athletes can run or experience the legendary track on the various dates.  But even without a major event, the Nürburgring is always worth a visit. There is much to discover and marvel at. For example, the motorsport experience museum ring°werk, the ring°kartbahn with pure motorsport feeling, the Nürburgring eSports bar, the ring°kino with one of the largest 3D cinema screens in the region or various gastronomic highlights such as the Italian restaurant Lucia or the Bitburger Gasthaus in the ring°carré as well as the Devils Diner at the Nordschleife await the visitors. For those who want to take a look behind the scenes of the legendary race track, the backstage tour is just the right thing - including a visit to the winner's podium. > see the whole event calendar 2023 Start of the season with a new claim"nürburgring. we make your heart race."The Nürburgring is taking off with a new claim. Because the Nürburgring is more than just a race track. Nestled in the Eifel forests and firmly rooted in the region, it has been an international place of emotion, passion and unique stories for almost 100 years. And for Nürburgring fans from all over the world, it is one thing above all: a place of solidarity and community - a kind of home. The fact that emotional moments, people and a very special feeling of longing make up the Nürburgring will be visible and tangible this season under the new claim of the destination. From now on, the motto at the Nürburgring is: "we make your heart race". This claim stands for the passion of the employees of the Nürburgring companies, who see themselves as pioneers of unique moments and for the diverse experiences that the players and visitors experience here. It stands for goose bumps and heart throbbing, for adrenaline and joy, for an incomparable challenge.  These emotions can be triggered by a visit to the Nürburgring Endurance Series just as much as by an overnight stay right next to the race track at the Nürburgring Congress Hotel managed by Lindner. A ride in a kart, in the passenger seat of a racing car or in the simulator of the Nürburgring eSports bar also causes special palpitations - and taking part in a corporate event with a direct view of the race track is just as special. All of this is the Nürburgring emotion that creates special impressions and memories for everyone involved. Beyond the on-site experience, the Nürburgring feeling is transported all over the world. Through emotional scenes - for example in the live broadcast of a race by Nü or in the new image clip of the destination. And of course there are a variety of emotional image motifs from all events and moments at the Nürburgring via the Nürburgring communication channels.  No matter where, no matter when: everyone should have the opportunity to experience a piece of the Nürburgring and, of course, to feel for themselves what it means when it says: "nürburgring. we make your heart race."

ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring & 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers: Advance Booking for 2023 starts


Many fans of the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring have been waiting for this, and now the time has finally come: tickets for the highlight of the year from 18 to 21 May 2023 are now available. At the same time, advance sales also started for the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers (22-23 April 2023), which will again mark the prologue on the legendary Nordschleife one month before the 24h. The price structure could be largely maintained compared to the previous year. Even those who decide to visit the race through the green hell at a later date still have a little time: the advance sale for the 24h Nürburgring ends on 9 May. But tickets for both events are also available at the box office as usual. > more info & tickets 24h Nürburgring > more info & tickets 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers A good week earlier than this year, the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring will bring the Nordschleife to life next year. This is because Ascension Day (Thursday, 18 May) will again be used as a floating holiday for the long event weekend in 2023. So the 24h will again be the perfect setting for an extended Father's Day outing next year. And those who don't have any plans a month earlier on 21-23 April will also be well entertained at the Nürburgring, as the 24h Qualifiers are on the agenda on that date. For both events, camping and parking areas around the Nürburgring will also be open for overnight visitors - for the 24h, of course, traditionally around the entire track. Here, tickets are only available on site and will be sold directly at the entrance to the on-demand camping and spectator parking areas. The personal ticket is of course available as usual in the ticket shop.

230,000 fans at the 24h race - Rock am Ring ahead


It was the emotional return of the fans: 230,000 visitors celebrated a huge motorsport party at the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring. The organisers, police and Nürburgring operating company look back with satisfaction on a successful weekend - with a great atmosphere and no incidents worth mentioning. At the same time, the 24-hour race was a strong start to the Nürburgring event summer. The next big event is already in the starting blocks: Already next weekend 90,000 festival fans will come to the Nürburgring - then for Rock am Ring (3-5 June). "I had goose bumps. Full grandstands and a great atmosphere around the track. You work all year for moments like that. That's what drives us as a race track and event location," the Managing Director of the Nürburgring Betreibergesellschaft, Christian Stephani, said enthusiastically after the weekend. "You could really feel this atmosphere everywhere. From the campsite at the Nordschleife to the lounges." This emotion is also shared by the sporting director of the organiser ADAC Nordrhein, Mirco Hansen: "The fans provide the emotional setting for our unique race. The pictures of the grid, the full grandstands and the fans around the Nordschleife - that was sensational. That has inspired everyone. The drivers and teams also confirm that." The Mayen police department also looks back on the past weekend with satisfaction. "The first official major event in two years went absolutely satisfactorily from a police point of view," explains press spokesman Nils Christ. "Apart from minor traffic disruptions, there were no noteworthy disturbances. We were on duty with strong forces and recorded only a few low-level offences despite the high number of visitors." For the police there is now only a short breather. The officers will be back on duty in time for Rock am Ring. The same goes for the team of the Nürburgring operating company. Managing director Ingo Böder, who together with Stephani is responsible for the fate of the race track, speaks of an organisational and operational tour de force: "I am proud of the whole team. While half of them were working on the 24h race, the others were already preparing Rock am Ring. On two weekends in a row, we have almost a big city as our guest. We can only manage this task with commitment and many years of event experience." From Friday, 3 June, 90,000 festival visitors are expected at the Nürburgring. The focus will then be on international top bands like Green Day, Volbeat or Muse. Together with the fans, they will continue to write the history of the Nürburgring Event Summer.

Audi wins the 24h anniversary race


The local heroes from Phoenix have secured the 50th edition of the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring, their sixth overall victory in the "Eifel Marathon" after a spectacular anniversary race. South African Kelvin van der Linde, the two Belgians Dries Vanthoor and Frederic Vervisch as well as Dutchman Robin Frijns prevailed after 24 hours in the "Green Hell" in the Audi R8 LMS evo II with a lead of 0:55.276 min. ahead of their Meuspath neighbours in the #3 Getspeed Mercedes-AMG, driven by DTM Champion Maximilian Götz, Fabian Schiller and Briton Adam Christodoulou. After two Corona years with severely limited attendance, 230,000 spectators experienced the 50th "Eifel Marathon" throughout the weekend and provided an impressive backdrop. With the sixth success, the Phoenix team around boss Ernst Moser moved a little closer again to the seven victories of record winner Manthey. "We came through the night well and earlier the engineers did a good job with the tyres. That's when we were able to get a big lead on the Mercedes. We deserved the win because we always had the right tyres on," explained Dries Vanthoor. For Kelvin van der Linde (2017) as well as for Dries Vanthoor and Frederic Vervisch (both also with Phoenix in 2019), it was the second victory each at the 24h Nürburgring, for Robin Frijns it was the premiere. "This victory is once again a great team performance," said Julius Seebach, the Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH responsible for motorsport at Audi. "Our new Audi R8 LMS evo II proved in a tremendously tough competition that it is an absolute winning car." Maximilian Götz from the second-placed Getspeed trio said: "Actually, everything went according to plan. But you have to say that the Audi was really strong. In the end, you have to be satisfied after a race like this with all the capers. Second place is great. But of course we wanted to win." Rounding off Getspeed's strong showing was the sister car in #4. Maro Engel, Frenchman Jules Gounon and Spaniard Dani Juncadella also finished on the podium in third place. A total of 135 cars were on the grid. Numerous favourites stumbleAfter a spectacular start phase, which was dominated by the #99 Rowe-BMW and the #7 Konrad-Lamborghini, the favourites started to die early on. Several top teams retired due to accidents or technical defects or dropped back decisively after having led the field in the meantime. The Rowe-BMW #99 was followed by its sister car #98, the #126 octane126-Ferrari which had started from pole position, the #7 Konrad-Lamborghini, the #5 Phoenix-Audi and the #90 TF Sport-Aston Martin. The defending champion had a particularly spectacular farewell: Belgian Laurens Vanthoor in the #1 Manthey-Porsche touched the #15 Phoenix-Audi of his brother Dries at the wheel at the Döttinger Höhe of all places and spun the "Grello" into the crash barriers at around 260 km/h. Towards morning, the action slowly calmed down, until several rain showers caused tension again. Three hours before the end of the race, a duel for victory had emerged between the #15 Phoenix-Audi and the #3 Getspeed-Mercedes-AMG. The Phoenix team had the advantage of being able to react at later pit stops and, with Kelvin van der Linde at the wheel and cut slick tyres on a partly wet track, used this to gain a reassuring lead for the final hour of the race. Anniversary of the 24h Nürburgring was celebrated extensivelyThe weekend surrounding the 50th edition of the tradition-steeped race was all about the big anniversary. There was a reunion with numerous former 24h overall winners. Almost 40 former winners from the period between 1970 and 2021 accepted the invitation of the organising ADAC Nordrhein. Naturally, they were much sought-after for autographs and as contemporary witnesses. With Timo Bernhard and Marcel Tiemann, two of the most successful drivers in the history of the 24h were also there, each of whom had five victories at the Ring. "I hadn't seen Marcel for ten years and was very happy to meet him here now. But our successes have welded us together and the bond has always remained," said Bernhard: "I've learned so much here and I'm very humbled to have won this race five times." For Tiemann, who had to end his career in 2010 after a serious accident, the first return to the 24h Nürburgring after twelve years was also emotional. "I saw a lot of people from the team again and also Olaf Manthey, plus some fans I still knew from the past," said Tiemann, who had celebrated four of his five victories together with Bernhard in the Manthey Porsche. There were also encounters with the heroes of yesteryear at the large exhibition of former participant vehicles on the ring°boulevard, which was also adorned by a "Walk of Fame" with large-format photos of the 24h races since 1970. The extensive visitor programme also offered countless other attractions, some of which left visitors spoilt for choice. One of the special "birthday presents" was a genuine world record: live TV partner NITRO broadcast the events at the Nürburgring from the preliminary coverage on Saturday until after the chequered flag fell on Sunday in a 27-hour continuous programme, thus setting a world record for the longest TV broadcast of a live sporting event. Dates for 2023 already fixedAfter the round anniversary, the organisers drew a positive conclusion. "The great crowd and the exciting sport on the track made this event a really worthy anniversary," Race Director Walter Hornung summed up. "This gives us a lot of momentum to look ahead and start into an exciting future." The course for this has already been set, as Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG and the organising ADAC Nordrhein have already agreed on the dates for the coming years. The continuation of the cooperation with title sponsor TotalEnergies for the coming year is also already fixed. "We are pleased to be able to give all those involved, from the teams and drivers to our many helpers and the fans, planning security in this way," says Walter Hornung. Next year, the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring will be held from 18 to 21 May 2023. The prologue will be held again at the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers from 21 to 23 April 2023.

Preliminary best time in practice for the Rowe-BMW #98


The first day of the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring was dominated by BMW: the provisional best time in practice on Thursday went to the Rowe-BMW #98, in which American John Edwards already set a time of 8:14.771 minutes in Qualifying 1 in the afternoon, which no competitor was able to beat again in the three-hour Qualifying 2 in the evening. The 8:15.936 minutes of the second-placed Walkenhorst-BMW #102 were also set in the morning. For the Munich-based team, it was a fitting start to the anniversary weekend of BMW M GmbH, which was founded 50 years ago. However, the competitors' best cars were not far behind, leaving fans hoping for an exciting 50th edition of the 24h Nürburgring. Third place went to the Bilstein-Mercedes-AMG #12, fourth to the Car-Collection-Audi #22. Behind the third BMW from Team Schubert in fifth place, the Dinamic-Porsche #28 and the Aston Martin from TF Sport lined up in positions six and seven. In total, the first 14 cars were within less than five seconds of each other. Individual time trial for pole position is the highlight on FridayThe fight for the starting positions at the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring continues on Friday: at 14:10, the focus is mainly on the teams in the second and third starting groups. In the evening individual time trials, the order in Group 1 will be decided - and, of course, the pole position. The first of the two top qualifying sessions will be released at 17:50. After the dice have been cast at 20:00, the programme continues with the Falken Drift Show in the Müllenbachschleife as well as a pitwalk and autograph session for all teams in the pit lane. Tickets for all days of the event are still available at the continuously open box offices and spectator areas at the Nordschleife. The live stream is available at as well as on YouTube, and the top qualifying session will be broadcast live from the Nürburgring by TV partner NITRO from 6 p.m. onwards. Campsites still accessibleAlready on Wednesday, the Adenauer Racing Day kicked off the event weekend with numerous fans creating a festival atmosphere in the racing community at the Nürburgring. This atmosphere continued on Thursday as the first day of the event, when Mario Fuchs from Grafschaft won the "Feste Nürburg" performance test in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 in the Circuit Challenge RCN. Later, the packed stands around the tradition-steeped Nordschleife and the darkness illuminated by spotlight fingers and barbecue fires gave the spectators goosebumps, and not just the spectators. "It's so awesome to drive in front of fans again," enthused Maro Engel (Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed #4). "It's the first time in two years that the stands are full again, which is really special. What's being built up there is just terrific, you can really feel the support. Thanks to the fans for everything, and I'm happy that everyone is finally back." Many other drivers agreed, with Markus Winkelhock (Scherer Sport Team Phoenix #16), for example, speaking: "I think every driver can confirm that it's great to finally have fans at the track again. This atmosphere around the Nordschleife resonates subconsciously in every lap." Anyone who wants to enjoy this atmosphere live is still welcome at the Nürburgring. Even though some of the campsites have been fully booked, campers who decide to come on short notice can still find accommodation around the circuit.

"Queen of the Nürburgring - Child of the Eifel": Sabine Schmitz exhibition opens at the Nürburgring


Emotional inauguration of the exhibition in honour of Sabine Schmitz at the Nürburgring: Mother Ursula Schmitz and Sabine's long-time partner Klaus Abbelen jointly opened the new area of the motorsport experience museum ring°werk. Under the title "Queen of the Nürburgring - Child of the Eifel", fans can now experience private and racing moments from her life. Family and team members, friends and companions came to the opening. Among them Johannes Scheid, with whom she won the 24h race twice, motorsport great Bernd Schneider or long-time friends like Ralf Zensen. Together with Sabine's family, he helped with the realisation of the exhibition: "Sabine was unique and versatile. It's good that all of that now has its place here," he explained and recalled many moments from Sabine's life during the opening: Her first laps on the Nordschleife at just 17, her rides in the BMW Ring Taxi, her love of animals and painting - and also music. "At Christmas, she played the piano that is here in the exhibition. She didn't hit every note on it, but they're great memories of a good time with her." How Sabine was like that - just an original - the exhibition shows with background information and especially with personal photos and quotes. "The entire project is one of the most emotional that we were allowed to accompany - from the first selection of photos and exhibits to today's opening. Sabine's family and friends have been really open-hearted in their support of this process," said Alexander Gerhard, Head of Communications at Nürburgring Betreibergesellschaft. "This exhibition at the ring°werk is a great tribute to Sabine and a special place to go for all fans who want to remember her." From now on, the exhibition can be seen during the opening hours of the motorsport experience museum ring°werk.

Ferrari takes Pole for the 50th 24h race


Forza Ferrari at the 50th ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring: Luca Ludwig put the #26 octane126 Ferrari on pole position in top qualifying on Friday evening and secured the Glickenhaus Trophy for the fastest driver in the "Green Hell" for the first time. In 8:09.469 minutes, he was the only driver to stay under the 8:10 minute mark and thus gave his family the seventh pole position at the "Eifel Marathon". His father Klaus Ludwig is the record holder at the Ring with six poles. For Ferrari it was the second pole position after the Farnbacher team in 2011. "Sensational! I was hoping for it. We had to rebuild the car and had a few problems yesterday. But today everything fitted. The tyre came after three corners and was then perfectly in the working window. That was an almost perfect lap," said Luca Ludwig, whose second lap of 8:10.406 minutes would also have been enough for first place on the grid. In the end, he was 1.171 seconds ahead of Brazilian Augusto Farfus in the #99 Rowe-BMW, whose time of 8:10.640 gave the team another place on the front row of the grid after pole in 2021. "Super! We had already expected to be in the leading group, but not with such a tight field. This is an indication of how exciting the race will be. I'm very happy with qualifying," said Farfus. Third place went to Briton Jordan Pepper in the #7 Konrad Lamborghini, fourth to Christopher Haase in the #22 Car Collection Audi. Fastest Mercedes-AMG was the #12 Bilstein-Mercedes-AMG with Luca Stolz, best Porsche the #25 Huber-Porsche with Nico Menzel. Sheldon van der Linde, Engel, Jaminet and Cairoli secure progressBefore the final showdown, four drivers had still secured their teams' last available places in the hunt for the Glickenhaus Trophy and the best grid positions in Top Qualifying 1. Sheldon van der Linde in the #98 Rowe-BMW, Maro Engel in the #4 Getspeed-Mercedes-AMG, Matthieu Jaminet in the #27 Toksport-Porsche as well as Matteo Cairoli in the #28 Dinamic-Porsche took their places and also gave one team mate each the experience of two free laps through the "Green Hell". Maro Engel was thus unable to go in pursuit of his third Glickenhaus Trophy after 2016, 2019 and 2020. "On my first lap I still had yellow flags in the Hatzenbach. Then full attack - I don't know where I could have found more time. I gave it everything and luckily it was still enough." Sheldon van der Linde set the best time of the weekend so far in 8:11.039, having also previously set the fastest lap of all three qualifying sessions in 8:14.771. "My lap was quite clean, we delivered," said the South African, who had already won both DTM races at the Lausitzring the previous weekend.

Full programme at the 24h Nürburgring


The ADAC Nordrhein invites you to a big anniversary party at the Nürburgring: The legendary ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring celebrates its 50th edition, and the fans return to the track just in time for the big party. If that's not a reason to celebrate. The organisers, together with their partners, are therefore once again offering a full programme for the fans, which makes the visit highly worthwhile in addition to the excellent racing on the track. Of course, the fast-paced history of the 24-hour classic on the Nordschleife forms an important focus of the programme. That's why many former overall winners come to the Ring to join in the celebrations, and visitors can then meet them at an autograph session, for example. BMW invites other legendary drivers to the BMW M Race of Legends, which starts at the Ring to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bavarian brand's sporty offshoot. Falken will provide fun with the drift show on Friday evening in the Müllenbachschleife, Ravenol invites to a free ride on the Ferris wheel in the paddock: The weekend offers one attraction after the next. On-demand campsites open on MondaysPerhaps the most important attraction at the 24h Nürburgring is traditionally the spectators themselves, who can finally be present on site again this year without any restrictions. This includes the fact that the on-demand camping sites in the spectator zones around the Nordschleife can be used again. The access roads will be open from Monday morning (23 May). Highlight on Wednesday: Adenauer Racing DayOn Wednesday afternoon, the traditional Adenauer Racing Day will finally take place again in the anniversary year, to which the ADAC invites together with the association municipality and the trade association. Here, drivers, teams, organisers and fans get in the mood for the event weekend together. A parade of 24h participant cars and racing cars from five decades of 24h history will start the event by driving along the Nordschleife to the exit in Breidscheid and continue along the main road to the market. Afterwards, there will be interviews and car presentations, of course also with drivers from the FIA WTCR. Autograph session, selfie opportunity and, of course, an intensive preview of the coming days make the afternoon the perfect prologue. Falken Drift Show, Pitwalk and Autograph Session on FridayFriday is drift day at the 24h Nürburgring - also in 2022! Falken invites you to the now legendary drift show in the Müllenbachschleife from 20:00. But the fans are spoilt for choice, because the pitwalk in the pit lane runs parallel from 8:30 p.m., which this year is combined with a large autograph session: So here there is not only the unique opportunity to be where otherwise only the pilots and mechanics are allowed to be. This time, all the teams and their drivers are invited to take a seat at the tables and sign autographs. Saturday: Action all dayThe waiting time until the start of the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring (Saturday, 16:00) will be shortened extremely pleasantly for the visitors. This is not only ensured by two races of the FIA WTCR and the warm-up of the 24h. On the Grand Prix circuit, the BMW M Race of Legends will present real motorsport heroes, and in parallel, corsos of Hyundai, Toyota / Lexus and BMW M will go around the Nordschleife. Red Bull stunt artist Aras Gibieza will also be on the road there, presenting his driving skills at some spectator points and then moving to the front of the Mercedes grandstand at start/finish, where he will make the packed grandstands shake directly in front of the starting grid. Paddock: Don't miss it!No 24h visitor should miss the detour to the paddock, because parallel to the action on the track, there is of course always something going on here. In addition to the teams, who you can look over your shoulder, there is a lot to discover. In the Historic Paddock this time you will find the participants of the touring car legends, who cut a great figure in front of the time-honoured pit area. In the Grand Prix paddock, the AMG fan base will be waiting for visitors, offering a video wall and vehicle exhibition, catering and lots of programmes on the subject of AMG and Mercedes-AMG drivers and teams. Of course, there will also be a "BMW M Race of Legends" paddock, where each of the race's famous participants will have their own box. Autograph sessions are also scheduled here for the BMW M Legends from Thursday to Saturday. Partners, teams and race services will be waiting in the paddock, as well as a stand with the official, exclusive 24h Nürburgring fan collection. The FIA WTCR teams will close the paddock on the side of the Mercedes Arena - there will also be an additional programme in their paddock. The infield of the Mercedes Arena naturally belongs to the ADAC 24h-Classic, which will be an impressive sight with its packed field of participants. The landmark of the paddock is also the Ravenol Ferris Wheel. The ride is free of charge for all visitors. Around the Ferris wheel there will be a video wall, a rollover simulator by Dekra and bullriding with "Bembel with Care". ring°boulevard under the sign of the 24h anniversaryRight behind the main grandstand there is another important hotspot for visitors: the ring°boulevard will be transformed into a promenade during the 24h, which will be dedicated to the 24h anniversary. This is already ensured by the "Walk of Fame" with large-format pictures of impressions from the 24h history. This fits perfectly with the Legends exhibition, which shows 24h participant cars from the 49 previous editions of the race. The vehicles range from dwarfs such as an NSU TT or an Autobianchi A 112 to racing cars such as the Audi R8 LMS or the "Grello" Porsche 911. The ADAC stage in the ring°boulevard is the meeting point for the fans on several occasions: On Thursday, the stars of the 24h race will be guests at the official autograph session from 3:30 pm. On Friday at 5 p.m., the former 24h overall winners will follow at the same place, who will come together for a big "class reunion" at the anniversary. Exhibitors such as BMW, Volkswagen, Eibach, TotalEnergies or Falken will provide further great offers, the German Armed Forces will give career information and the driving safety centre will also be present. Manthey offers the Grello collection and CK model cars. Right next door, the ring°werk is also worth a visit. There will be a Sabine Schmitz exhibition there on the 24-hour weekend.