08 May, Sunday

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...
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.

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.

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

Test and set up days: Over 100 cars on the track, thousands watching!


Great return of the race cars to the Nürburgring Nordschleife: After almost five months of winter break, well over 100 race cars took advantage of the weekend's test and set-up days. From Friday to Sunday, the Nürburgring's endurance drivers tested the conditions on the track and ran in their cars for the 2022 season. Thousands of spectators were also present, who finally got a taste of racing air again in the paddock and around the track. Now everything is ready for the first race of the year: the Nürburgring Endurance Series next Saturday, 26 March. Benny Leuchter was very satisfied with how the weekend went. "We have reorganised and expanded again in the winter. I am very happy that we are competing in the TCR class again this year. Above all, we are happy that the fans are back at the track," said the co-owner of Max Kruse Racing. This year, the team is fielding an Audi RS3 LMS in addition to the two familiar VW Golfs. There's still plenty to do there. "I also did a few laps myself, which was a great feeling to finally be behind the wheel again. I did a lot of testing with our new TCR Audi, on the suspension and on the air pressures of the tyres. There are a few differences to the Golf. That's why I'm a development driver and team boss at the same time," says Leuchter. But it's not only the drivers and the cars that are putting the finishing touches to the upcoming racing season, which starts on 26 March with the 67th ADAC Westfalenfahrt, but the track has also been spruced up again over the turn of the year, which Leuchter confirms: "The feedback from the drivers is very positive. Marek Schaller, our youngest driver, is completely thrilled, he would prefer to only drive long runs." Marco Seefried expects faster lap times Over a distance of 2.5 kilometres, the asphalt was renewed on the Grand Prix circuit and on the Nordschleife around the areas of Döttinger Höhe, Antoniusbuche, Tiergarten, Hohenrain chicane up to the Sabine Schmitz bend. "You have to approach the Green Hell again every year not only because of the repair work. I always approach it with humility. Especially on the transition to the Nordschleife, on the first left-hand bend, there is now tremendously more grip. That will have an effect on the times," says Marco Seeefried, who will climb into a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Falken Motorsports. "It's always nice to come back to Nordschleife. The weather is also perfect, as always," says the GT3 specialist with a grin. "It makes you hungry for more. Luckily, I had the chance to race in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the winter - but you can't compare that to the interesting track and family here." Klaus Abbelen is taking it a step smaller this year. The Frikadelli Racing team boss is competing in a Cup2 Porsche in the new Porsche Endurance Trophy-Nürburgring one-make cup. "I've taken part in the set-up day so often, somehow it's routine for me by now. But once you've done the first lap, it's really fun again. A GT3 is a different matter, but it's hard to drive it at the limit with any car. Although, I always drove so that I could go back to work on Monday morning. I still keep it that way. You don't have to break anything," says Abbelen. Next Saturday, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will start its 46th season. Tickets for the grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit and the very popular spectator seats in the Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten areas are available from 18 euros. The tickets also include a visit to the paddock, the pit lane, the starting grid and the motorsport experience museum ring°werk. Children up to 14 years of age are admitted free of charge. Click here for the ticket shop.  Meanwhile, the Nürburgring Test Days 2022 are also getting off to a flying start: From 28 - 31 March, a total of four days are planned on the sprint track for Formula & GT cars from various classes. And on 4 and 5 April, trucks of the FIA European Truck Championship (ETRC) will test on the same track for the first time. Nürburgring fans will be familiar with the almost 1500-hp race trucks from the International ADAC Truck Grand Prix! 

Nürburgring starts 2022 season with full calendar


The Nürburgring kicks off the season. In 2022, the versatile event location will once again offer the entire event portfolio with engine sounds, guitar tones and endurance sports. Finally, the focus is back on the fan experience. At the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h-Nürburgring, the unique party atmosphere will return to the Green Hell for the 50th anniversary, and at Rock am Ring thousands of festival visitors will finally celebrate together again. Those who want to feel like a racing driver themselves this year are also in good hands at the Nürburgring. The training sessions for everyone with the new Formula 4 cars provide unique memories. Despite the different event formats, thrilling motorsport is still the focus at the legendary race track. The racing series and vehicles are characterised by an enormous variety. Impressive race trucks, such as at the ADAC Truck Grand Prix, are just as much a part of the experience as international top-class sport in the DTM or the ADAC GT Masters. Meanwhile, the FIA World RX of Germany is a fully electric event with plenty of power under the bonnet. On the other hand, vehicles from all eras of motorsport await at a wide variety of classic car events such as the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix or the ADAC 1000-km-Race. Those who prefer to experience racing on two wheels will also find exciting dates in the calendar. The traditional start of the season for bikers, the "Anlassen" motorbike service, will also be held again in 2022. The emotional conclusion here is the joint parade of all participants over the legendary Nordschleife. At sporting events like Rad am Ring and the StrongmanRun, on the other hand, there is no performance measured in horsepower. Here, the participants only use their own muscle power. Away from the race track, the party gets going for the spectators at the Nürburgring Darts Gala. World champions and big names of the sport will be present in the ring°arena on 25 March. Big 24-hour anniversary, a 12-hour premiere and a mega rock festivalIn September, the big 90s party will take place in the same location - among others with the musicians of Caught in the Act or Loona. The indoor event is part of the supporting programme of the new Nürburgring 12h Race, which will celebrate its premiere from 9 - 11 September. The motorsport weekend will be the new highlight of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, which will start a total of eight times on the combination of Grand Prix Track and Nordschleife in 2022. Already in May (26.05. - 29.05.) the 50th anniversary of the legendary 24-hour race will take place. The fans will finally be able to enjoy the complete fan experience again. Including camping, barbecue and party around the Nordschleife, free choice of seats on the grandstands, access to the paddock and the obligatory visit to the grid before the race. There will be a big reunion with the fans just one week later at the Rock am Ring festival. From 3 to 5 June, the bands around the headliners Green Day, Muse and Volbeat will perform here and really heat up the crowd. A day at full throttle at the Nürburgring Driving AcademyFor all those who not only want to experience goosebump moments at events, but also want to put their foot down themselves, the Nürburgring also has an innovation in its programme. In future, participants in the Nürburgring Driving Academy training sessions will sit in ultra-modern Formula 4 cars. With breathtaking cornering speeds and explosive acceleration - from 0 to 100 km/h: 2.9 seconds - they will race around the Grand Prix Track. Everything is built according to the latest safety standards. The Nürburgring offers around 60 courses, ranging from starter courses to professional formula training. In principle, anyone with a valid driving licence and a maximum height of 1.90 metres and a weight of 110 kilograms can take part.

Ticket pre-sales for 24h Nürburgring and Qualifiers have started


Green light for the anticipation of great motorsport: The advance sale for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring (26 - 29 May) has started. Just in time for the 50th edition of the endurance classic, fans can once again experience the race in the legendary Green Hell up close. The camping sites along the Nordschleife are scheduled to open as well as the grandstands around the Grand Prix circuit. Visitors can expect a programme full of highlights on and off the race track to mark the anniversary. At the same time, advance sales for the ADAC 24h Qualifiers (06 - 08 May) have started. Those who want to be there live can now secure their tickets for both events at more information & tickets for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring more information & tickets for the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers The last weekend in May will see the return of what has made the 24-hour race so legendary for fans, teams and drivers: the smell of hot tyres, glowing brakes, barbecue sausages and bonfires at night. A worldwide unique atmosphere with motorsport around the clock on the most beautiful, longest, most legendary race track in the world. The enthusiasm about the return of the unique motorsport experience is great among all participants. Because even though TV partner NITRO reported comprehensively and live from the endurance icon - the real 24h feeling can only be found when you can experience the race with all your senses. Speaking of experience: Work on the supporting programme has also been in full swing for a long time. For the anniversary, there will be some highlights that will make the fans' hearts beat faster. Best conditions at the end of May - advance ticket sales started without restrictionsThose who want to experience the motorsport adventure at the Nürburgring are free to choose the "how": whether as a day visitor on the grandstands of the Grand Prix circuit or as a short holidaymaker with tent and caravan at the Nordschleife. At present, there are no restrictions on advance sales - neither in terms of spectator seating nor in terms of the number of tickets available. Nevertheless, those responsible always keep an eye on the general conditions. "Of course, we are keeping a very close eye on the development of the pandemic situation and are also in contact with the responsible authorities," says 24h race director Walter Hornung. "But our assessment at the moment is that we can prepare everything for the return of the fans. Because of course we want to make this anniversary edition a special celebration together with the visitors." The organisers are also optimistic about last year's experience and the opportunities that presented themselves for outdoor events in the warmer months. The date at the end of May and the spacious area around the Nordschleife therefore offer the best conditions for the current planning.

24h conclusion: Thanks go to the fans


This year the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race has been sold out – measured against Corona conditions. At the start of the long-distance classic, the 10,000 approved seats were all occupied on Saturday. For the return of the visitors, the operators of the Nürburgring had successfully solved a number of questions in advance and were able to draw a positive conclusion in the end. Also thanks to the visitors who willingly followed the rules. “It was a great feeling to look at the stands at the start and experience the great atmosphere”, explains Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort. “Happy visitors are the real reward for our work. The fact that all of this worked out is a team success in which everyone contributed.” The first event with spectators in 2021 meant intensive preparation for the Nürburgring, because for the first time only vaccinated, recovered and negatively tested people were allowed to sit on the stands. The verification of valid tests and certificates had to be harmonized with the online booking system and with the access controls. This task was solved with programming work by the Nürburgring IT department and in collaboration with the ticketing partner. Visitors were able to upload their negative Corona tests in advance via a specially programmed website and were thus able to enter in time. On site, it was possible to upload the test using a QR code or to visit one of the fan counters in the stands. In the background, a motivated Nürburgring team worked to ensure that tickets were released around the clock. Vaccinated and recovered people had a contact point in the ring°carré with their certificates. Here, the German Red Cross maintained a counter to ensure the authenticity of the documents. “Our developed concept was put into practice for the first time on the 24h weekend”, says Ingo Böder, Head of Events & Operations at the Nürburgring. “Despite intensive preparations, it is quite normal that minor adjustments still have to be made during live operation and that there are sometimes short waiting times. All in all, everything worked out really well. ” According to Böder, this assessment also applies to the seating concept. Here the visitors sat in groups of two for the first time. In addition, masks were required throughout the entire Nürburgring area – including on the seat. A total of 350 stewards were used to comply with all rules. They controlled the proceeding on the stands, in the paddock and around the Nordschleife. “The big thanks go to all those who helped to make this happen. Especially the fans who willingly followed the rules. Only occasionally spectators had to be made aware of the obligation to wear masks”, says Böder. Scientific accompaniment to enable further conclusionsSince the Nürburgring in Rheinland-Pfalz is a model project for events with spectators outdoors, the whole process is also scientifically supported. From online booking, to the arrival and departure, to the actual stay in the grandstands. That is why the scientists of the Hygiene Institute of the University Hospital Bonn were on site at the weekend. They tested a possible spread of aerosols on the stands. “With the help of a particle emitting device, which was placed on a seat, we brought water particles into the air. We measured the distribution of the particles with a special counter in the environment. From the evaluations, we can draw conclusions about the spread of aerosols outdoors”, explains Dr. Jürgen Gebel, from the Hygiene Institute. His colleague Dr. Britt Hornei adds: “By carrying out PCR tests in the ventilation systems of the VIP lounges, we also want to investigate a possible viral load in indoor spaces. However, due to the protective measures taken, such as the mandatory use of masks, we expect that there will be no introduction of viruses into the ventilation systems.” 24h race as spectator prelude to further eventsThe experiences of the weekend are now to be incorporated into the planning for the upcoming event weekends and to enable spectators here as well, as Managing Director Markfort explains: “The 24h weekend was an important start for the Nürburgring. As an event location, we are affected by severe restrictions from the beginning of the pandemic. Our aim has always been to make events with spectators possible again with proven partners and good concepts. We succeeded in doing so at the right time this year, because there are many other big events to follow, for which we now have justified hopes to have spectators in the stands again. This is vital for the Nürburgring, for the organisers and for the region.” In June and July, the races of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, the ADAC Truck Grand Prix, Rad am Ring and the eagerly awaited premiere of the FIA World Rallycross Championship await. All information about the events can be found at www. nuerburgring. de/events.