15 August, Monday

Successful restart for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix

The AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix is "Back on Track": The most important continental European festival for classic racing cars has returned with an atmospheric motorsport weekend, after there had been spectator restrictions due to Corona and a cancellation due to the flood disaster at the Ahr in the past two years. More than 20 races and regularity tests in perfect midsummer conditions compensated...
Successful restart for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix


The AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix is "Back on Track": The most important continental European festival for classic racing cars has returned with an atmospheric motorsport weekend, after there had been spectator restrictions due to Corona and a cancellation due to the flood disaster at the Ahr in the past two years. More than 20 races and regularity tests in perfect midsummer conditions compensated the 30,000 visitors as well as teams and drivers for the long waiting time and created a great atmosphere at the Nürburgring. Highlights included runs of historic Cosworth-era Formula 1 cars, sports car races with fields from the 1950s to the 2010s and much more. There was also a new highlight with the first guest appearance of the DTM Classic Cup, where many of the stars of yesteryear climbed back into their unforgotten touring race cars. The future of the event is also permanently secured: The organisers of the event reached an early agreement with the representatives of the tradition-steeped Eifel race track on a continuation of the many years of good cooperation and an extension of the event contract far beyond the current term, which is secured until next year. The AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix will be held at the Ring for the next five years from 2024 to 2028. At this year's AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix, the Nürburgring was once again transformed into a real time machine, allowing visitors to travel back to the unforgotten vehicles and races of the past 100 years. The oldest racing cars from the pre-war years, for example, were invited to take part in regularity tests and rides as part of the "Vintage Sports Car Trophy" organised together with the Allgemeiner Schnauferl Club (ASC). Among them: Peterheinz Kern in the Mercedes 680 S in which Rudolf Caracciola won the opening race at the Nürburgring in 1927. Uli Sauer, who is the event's most loyal participant with 49 participations in the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix, competed in a 1938 BMW 328. "I am very satisfied with the weekend," he summed up - probably also representing many other participants. "To be honest, the race result doesn't count for me - my shelf at home is full of trophies, I don't really need any more. But I want to have fun with classic car friends, and that has succeeded here all round. I am very satisfied with the whole weekend." This opinion was shared by others. For example, ex-DTM driver Peter Oberndorfer, who came to the Eifel as series manager of the newly founded DTM Classic Cup: "I used to start here often myself and had a new perspective this weekend. The OGP is an internationally important event, so it was fitting to include this event in the DTM Classic Cup season calendar. The flair is unique, there are many visitors and very many beautiful cars here at the Nürburgring: we fitted in well here as a series, it was worth coming here." Many DTM drivers from the past, such as Olaf Manthey, Volker Strycek, Kris Nissen, Marc Hessel, Roland Asch or Leopold Prinz von Bayern, paid their respects in the series, which brought unforgettable cars such as the BMW M3, Opel Calibra, Mercedes-Benz 190 Evo and many others back to the track. "Poldi" of Bavaria, like many of his colleagues, was delighted with the great atmosphere at the Ring: "For the visitors, it is a treat par excellence what can be seen here in terms of vehicles - from Formula 1 and sports cars to DTM. The AvD-OGP is one of the most important events of the year and I look forward to the atmosphere here at the beautiful Nürburgring every year. The people here simply have petrol in their blood." International starting fields and many motorsport facets provided flairThe programme of the event once again offered some highlights that can only be seen here - such as the revival race German Racing Championship (DRM) or the two-seater racing cars and GTs up to 1960/61. In the latter field, the one-hour final race of the day on Saturday evening went on until dusk. "Birdcage" Maserati, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, Porsche 904 and RSK 718, Jaguar C- and D-Type, Lotus Eleven - the list of legendary sports cars in the top-class starting field presented some of the most beautiful and legendary sports cars of all times. Equally unforgettable, however, were the models in other races. After the end of the travel restrictions in the Corona pandemic, the international friends of the event were finally able to participate again. Among them were no less than four racing series of the British "Masters Historic Racing" organisation, which contributed one of the most spectacular races with the field of Formula 1 racing cars of the Cosworth era. But the sports car and GT entry fields of the other Masters series were also strong and made for a vibrant air at the Nürburgring. The British HGPCA (Historic Grand Prix Cars Association) contributed a field of fascinating monoposti from the Formula 1 founding years. Three other racing series were brought to the Nürburgring by the Historic Racing Drivers' Association (FHR). Here, the field of CanAm and Group C sports cars also included a real Ring legend: A Porsche 917 driven by Willi Kauhsen in the early 70s. He went down in Nürburgring history when he chauffeured the then Federal President Gustav Heinemann around the partly snow-covered Nordschleife in a 917 in the spring of 1973. Traditional event secured: contract extended ahead of scheduleThe organisers of the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix can start into the future with a lot of confidence after the contract for the continuation of the event at the Nürburgring was extended ahead of schedule. Subject to the naturally unpredictable scheduling constellations in the respective years, the organisers and the circuit operators are aiming to have the largest classic car racing event in continental Europe take place on the traditional date in mid-August. Next year, the 50th AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix will celebrate a "round birthday", and the conclusion of the contract guarantees that this edition will be followed by several more. "We are very pleased to ensure continuity in this way and to remain an important fixture in the annual calendar, not only for our spectators in the grandstands, but above all for teams and drivers. The agreement with our partners at the Nürburgring also gives us security for all subsequent planning," says Wolfgang Schulz as co-managing director of the organisers' association. For the race track operators at Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG, the signing of the contract is an important signal: "The AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix represents the entire motorsport history of our race track," explains Managing Director Ingo Böder. "The vehicles that compete here have fascinated visitors to the 'Green Hell' for decades and bring the great moments to life. That's why we're pleased that we've been able to create long-term planning security for this highlight in our event calendar and for everyone involved." Partners of the event draw a positive balanceMany long-standing partners also remained loyal to the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix this year. The tents of partners such as Continental, Junghans, Motor Klassik or TÜV Rheinland and others held historical treasures time and again, made it possible to meet famous drivers and offered information and entertainment. Together with the many racing cars in the team and racing series tents, this created the unique flair for which the event is known. Skoda, for example, presented a whole range of rare historic models, some of which came directly from the factory museum in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, to the Eifel. "We were able to successfully present ourselves here with Skoda and also bring our long brand history to life with many guests and partners as well as models from many decades," Andreas Leue (Skoda Auto Deutschland, Tradition & Projects) summed up. Seven-time German Rally Champion and Skoda brand ambassador Matthias Kahle adds: "A compliment to the organisers: After two difficult years with restrictions and one cancellation, this year was a successful new start. It makes us want to celebrate the big anniversary next year." The official media partner Motor Klassik at the Nürburgring was also represented with extensive involvement. Editor-in-chief Hans-Jörg Götzl was pleased: "We saw some really great races this weekend. My personal favourites are the large-volume CanAm and Group C sports cars. But especially the field of racing sports cars and GT up to 1960/61 was remarkably strong this year with Maserati Birdcage and Co."

Nürburgring extends contract with AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix


The AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix will remain an integral part of the Nürburgring event calendar in the long term. The operators of the race track and the organisers of the classic event agreed at an early stage to continue their cooperation until 2028. The largest classic car racing event in continental Europe will continue to take place in mid-August in the future. The extension of the event contract was already decided one year before the original contract expires in 2023 and thus underlines the good cooperation. Next year, the 50th AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix will celebrate a "round birthday" and the conclusion of the contract guarantees that this edition will be followed by several more. "We are very pleased to ensure continuity - not only for our spectators in the grandstands, but above all to remain an important fixed point in the annual calendar for teams and drivers. The agreement with our partners at the Nürburgring also gives us security for all subsequent planning," says Wolfgang Schulz as co-managing director of the organisers' association.  The signing of the contract is also an important signal for the operators of the race track: "The AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix represents the entire motorsport history of our race track," explains the Managing Director of Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG, Ingo Böder. "The vehicles that compete here have fascinated visitors to the 'Green Hell' for decades and bring the great moments to life. That's why we're delighted to be able to experience this highlight at the Nürburgring for the long term."

Classic Festival of Superlatives - The AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix


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 Nü, 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.

Emotionally charged festival of the most beautiful classics


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. 

Summer, sun, motorsport: These Event highlights await at the Nürburgring in August


Hot duels with powerful race cars, autograph sessions with the stars, unique glimpses behind the scenes of the teams - this mix awaits visitors to the Nürburgring in August. The focus is on the fascination of motorsport: whether it's powerful GT3 cars at the ADAC GT Masters and the DTM or fast-paced classic cars from all decades at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. A brief portrait of the event highlights. ADAC GT Masters | 05 - 07 August 2022Who will be the half-time champion in the ADAC GT Masters? This question will be answered by the drivers at Races 7 and 8 at the Nürburgring. Around 25, up to 600-hp cars from Audi, BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche will be battling for important championship points on the sprint track. The leader of the standings is Land Motorsport driver Jusuf Owega with his Audi. Christian Engelhart and Ayhancan Güven in the Porsche from Team Joos Sportwagentechnik are tied for second place. In the fight for the best position for the races, the spectators can already join in the excitement during the practice and qualifying sessions. Things get really serious during the main races, which start at 13:00 on Saturday and Sunday. In any case, there will be concentrated racing action from morning to night: the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the ADAC series GT4 Germany, TCR Germany and Formula 4 will start in the supporting program.A special highlight - in addition to autograph sessions, grid walks and pit walks: the Mannesmann pit. Here, fans get an exclusive insight during the individual sessions. In addition, there will be a detailed command post and a pit stop challenge for all those who want to change a tire themselves.Tickets are available under Children and young people under the age of 16 are even admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix | 12 - 14 August 2022Around 100 years of racing history come together on the track and in the paddock at the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix. Particularly impressive: the international Masters Racing Legends races with the fastest Formula 1 monoposti, including big names such as March, Tyrrell, Lotus and Brabham and Hesketh. In addition to the formula cars from various eras, there will be pre-war sports cars as well as Group C cars or thrilling vehicles from the 80s and 90s in the DTM Classic Cup. As a special, the Sharknose Revival awaits in the form of the Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips Memorial.In addition to the race track, visitors can get up close and personal with the vehicles. They will be presented atmospherically in the pits of the historic paddock. The vehicles of the racing series are waiting in the Grand Prix paddock as well as many other stands and tents with classics and accessories. There will also be special exhibitions, numerous celebrity guests and former race winners. Whether you've come for the autograph hunt, the photo safari or simply to enjoy the most beautiful racing cars from all the past decades - fans of all ages will find what they're looking for here. Admission is free for children and young people up to 17 years of age when accompanied by an adult. DTM | 26 - 28 August 2022At the Nürburgring, the DTM is back at full throttle. After its half-time break, it starts the thrilling second half of the championship in the Eifel. Mirko Bortolotti arrives in the lead. Nine points separate him from second-placed Sheldon van der Linde, who in turn is just one point ahead of René Rast. The German is therefore in third place and will try to use the home race to his advantage. The omens are good. After all, Rast has already crowned himself DTM champion at the Nürburgring.A total of 29 race cars will be on the grid on the last weekend in August. The field of the racing series has not been this large for over 20 years. Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG as well as Ferrari, Lamborghini and, for the first time, Porsche will make the international field an experience. Drivers from 15 nations fight for every thousandth of a second.An absolute must for every motorsport enthusiast: the Pitwalk. In addition to the unique view into the pit garages and onto the DTM race cars, this offers - provided you have a paddock ticket - unique proximity and the opportunity for autographs from the stars. An even more exclusive insight is provided by the Pit View Box, where fans can watch the mechanics and engineers directly during the final preparations of the DTM cars.Tickets for the DTM are available from ten euros, children up to six years of age are free of charge, children up to 14 years of age always pay only ten euros.

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.

Nürburgring resumes track operations: Tourist rides on the Nordschleife


This weekend the Nürburgring will start again with the tourist drives on the Nordschleife. On Saturday, July 31st, at 9 a.m., the barriers will open for the first time since the flood disaster. At the same time, the paddock on the Grand-Prix track will remain the important operations center for emergency workers until August 15. This also means that this year's AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix has to be canceled. The event will take place next year from August 12th to 14th, 2022. The DTM, on the other hand, will be the first racing series to take place again as planned from August 20th to 22nd. With the resumption of track operations, the operators of the Nürburgring are taking an economically necessary step. The event location, which has already been hit by the Corona crisis, ensures the continued existence of the company itself, the companies in the region as well as the organizers and partners. “We are trying to do our part in this crisis in every way. Be it as a central hub for emergency services and relief supplies or at the same time as an economic engine for the region,“ explains Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort. “It is important to provide help for the entire region: on the one hand, we have towns affected by the natural disaster and, on the other hand, many companies that are dependent on what is happening at the Nürburgring - they are currently in the main season.” The racetrack is currently moving in a field of tension out of economic necessity and personal concern. Even employees of the racetrack as well as their families and friends were partly hit hard by the storm. The Nürburgring itself was spared, the infrastructure completely intact. Arrival without disturbing rescue work While the helicopters of the German armed forces continue to emerge from the Grand-Prix paddock and emergency services deploy to their missions, the barriers of the Nordschleife will open again on Saturday for tourist rides for the first time. The Nürburgring has published information on how to get there so that the arriving visitors neither hinder the work in the region nor use the access roads of the affected regions. The information and opening times can be found on the official website of the racetrack. In addition, the Nürburgring communicates on this topic on a daily basis on its social media channels. 49th AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix canceled - DTM takes place as planned Since the Grand-Prix paddock of the Nürburgring is still used as an operations center, the 49th AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix cannot take place. The event was therefore canceled for this year. The date for 2022 has already been set. The internationally important classic car event will take place from August 12th to 14th next year. Tickets remain valid. Anyone who would like to have the entry price reimbursed in an uncomplicated manner can find all the information they need on the racetrack's website. The first racing series will be the DTM at the Nürburgring from August 20th to 22nd. The starting field of 19 drivers and five manufacturers will compete on the 3.629 kilometer sprint route. The supporting races include the DTM Trophy, the DTM Classic Touring Car Legends, the BMW M2 Cup and the Lotus Cup Europe. Current information about your journeyWhen travelling, please make sure to avoid the regions affected by the floods and do not obstruct the work of the helpers or block access routes.Up-to-date information on the traffic situation can be found here: https://verkehr.rlp.deRecommended directions:A 61 - Wehr exitA 48 - Ulmen exit



Following the announcement that the ban on major events will be extended until 31 October, the Nürburgring sees positive trends for the staging of events - also with an audience - in the further course of the year. The background to this is that, following the Chancellor's meeting with the Minister Presidents, the ban on major events until the end of October 2020 will only apply if contact tracking and compliance with hygiene regulations are not possible. But this is exactly what would be feasible at the race track. That is why those responsible are looking positively into the future.   "The Nürburgring is a structured event location and after all the longest permanent race track in the world with plenty of space for distance and a suitable infrastructure for hygiene measures," says Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort. "Regulated access to the grounds, fixed seating on spacious grandstands and numerous sanitary facilities as well as hygiene points are decisive things which, in our opinion, make it possible to comply with various guidelines".    The Nürburgring has been able to gain good experience in the implementation of offers using specially developed health concepts since the beginning of the Corona pandemic. Analogous to the step-by-step relaxation, the "contactless tourist drives" started as early as April and shortly afterwards other driving offers such as formula courses, sports driver training or "free driving" followed. On 27 June the Nürburgring Endurance Series will now enter its first race in 2020, under its own hygiene concept and for the time being as a ghost race without spectators. The next days and weeks will show what will be possible According to the latest announcement from the conference of the Chancellor and the ministers, those responsible now see the decisive differentiation in terms of the conditions for banning events as the next good step. On this basis, the Nürburgring continues to adhere to its calendar and hopes to be able to organise events with spectators again in the future, after ghost races.    "Even though these are extremely difficult times, we are currently very happy that the Endurance Series can start again and look forward to the rest of the year in which, for example, the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, the ADAC GT Masters, the ADAC TOTAL 24-hour race, the DTM or a World RX of Germany will be held," says Markfort and also points to the fact that the special atmosphere of the Nürburgring events is decisively created with and by the fans. "That's why we are working hard to ensure that there can be spectators again. The concepts are constantly refined and adapted to the requirements. The next days and weeks will show what will be possible and to what extent. The course of the pandemic is, of course, also decisive for this, in addition to the dialogue with all those involved."      Photo: Robert Kah / Nürburgring