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WITH PROVEN CONCEPTS, BMW M PARTNERSHIP AND FAN RADIO: NÜRBURGRING STARTS THE 2021 EVENT SEASON

Motorsport returns to the Green Hell. The first race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series will open the 2021 event season on the world's most demanding race track on 27 March. Many different events await until November. Tried and tested spectator concepts will once again ensure that fans can follow the action live at the track. Together with RPR1, "Radio Nürburgring" is also being redesigned and...
WITH PROVEN CONCEPTS, BMW M PARTNERSHIP AND FAN RADIO: NÜRBURGRING STARTS THE 2021 EVENT SEASON

18.03.2021

Motorsport returns to the Green Hell. The first race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series will open the 2021 event season on the world's most demanding race track on 27 March. Many different events await until November. Tried and tested spectator concepts will once again ensure that fans can follow the action live at the track. Together with RPR1, "Radio Nürburgring" is also being redesigned and guarantees that the racing action can be followed worldwide via internet radio for the first time. In addition, the Nürburgring can look forward to a new strong partner from this season: the performance brand BMW M is expanding its commitment at the historic race track. Despite many imponderables in Corona times, those responsible feel well positioned for the coming season. The Nürburgring calendar is well filled in 2021. That alone would not be news. In times of the pandemic, however, this is particularly remarkable. For a year now, the Corona measures have dominated the event industry. And even though Rock am Ring has already had to be cancelled, there is good news: Motorsport can take place. This includes events like the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race, the DTM, the ADAC Truck Grand Prix or the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. But so do the numerous trackdays or driving trainings, such as the Nürburgring Formula courses. "Despite Corona, our race track is fully booked until mid-November - seven days a week, from Monday to Sunday," explains Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort, who steers the Nürburgring through the crisis together with a team of 200 permanent employees and around 1,100 temporary staff. And yet he also admits: "You can't really guarantee anything in these times." Although the Nürburgring is operating relatively successfully under the general conditions, the economic success cannot be compared to the years before the pandemic. And yet the Nürburgring is trying to make a lot of things possible again in order to continue to play its role as the economic engine of an entire region. "With our concepts last year, we made sure that many events and offers could take place. In doing so, we have helped to maintain jobs in the region and in the industry as a whole. We will continue to fulfil this commitment," Markfort explains. Tried and tested concepts for spectators along the routeThat's why, he says, it's important for the Nürburgring to actively build on its proven concepts and bring spectators back to the track in the long term. "The fans are the emotional framework that make every event special. In addition, ticket sales are an existential economic factor for every organiser," explains the managing director. The non-contact spectator concepts were therefore further developed with the same health experts as in 2020. The Institute for Hygiene and Public Health of the University of Bonn, the MVZ Labor Koblenz and the German Red Cross District Association Ahrweiler again played a decisive role in this. This is another reason why Markfort is optimistic about the future. "We feel well positioned and are in contact with the authorities regarding our concepts. We will now closely monitor the development of the pandemic and continue to seek dialogue - for the sake of the sport, the fans, the motorsport teams and companies, the region and of course for the Nürburgring." BMW M - expanding the partnership at the NürburgringThe Nürburgring already has reason to rejoice elsewhere. Starting this season, there will be an expansion of a long-standing partnership with the performance brand BMW M. Nürburgring fans are already familiar with the BMW M Power grandstand on the Grand Prix circuit and the advertising hoardings on the "old pit lane" of the Nordschleife. The BMW bridge over the start-finish straight is also an unmistakable part of the Nürburgring image. This has already been visibly redesigned in the BMW M colours. In terms of driving activities, the car manufacturer is also one of the most intensive users of the race track with its Driving Experience. Now BMW M wants to establish the Nürburgring as the home of the brand. The centrepiece of the new cooperation, which will initially last up to and including 2025, is a BMW M showroom in the ring°boulevard, which will open to visitors to the Nürburgring on selected dates. In addition, there are to be further events - for example as part of BMW M's 50th birthday in 2022. Radio Nürburgring now receivable worldwideIn future, all fans will be able to follow the events at the Nürburgring worldwide via radio. Until now, Radio Nürburgring could only be received in the vicinity of the race track at the frequency 87.7. By expanding the partnership with the Rhineland-Palatinate radio station RPR1, the "Ring-Radio" is now making the leap to the Internet. In the future, the events at the Nürburgring will be broadcast here on the popular

NÜRBURGRING SEES POSITIVE SIGNAL - NEW BAN AS A CHANCE

18.06.2020

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

Commanding Rast sets pole for DTM race 1

14.09.2019

With a stellar performance in qualifying, Audi driver René Rast claimed his 12th career DTM pole position, his time of 1m19.642s a considerable 0.18s faster than second-placed Bruno Spengler. The pace-setter in free practice on Friday, the German underlined his pace around the 3.629km Nürburgring sprint circuit by moving up to the top of the time sheets after Saturday morning’s opening qualifying runs. Astonishingly, on his second run, he even went half a second faster, putting his car on poleand adding a further three points to his championship tally. In the course of the season so far, Rast has scored no fewer than 30 points in qualifying alone. “A pretty good qualifying,” was the German’s verdict afterwards. “In both runs, we were P1. The car worked very well, thanks to the team. They did an awesome job overnight and with the traffic management today. I just had to nail the lap and it worked out, so very happy!” Fifth after his first run, Bruno Spengler also upped the ante on his second attempt and progressed into second position, securing his first front row starting grid position for a DTM race since Moscow in 2017! “I am very happy,” the buoyant Canadian said. “We hadn’t really expected this because, things were much more difficult for us yesterday. We’ve seen that Audi is really strong again, so from that perspective, today was very good. My car has improved considerably, a great job by my engineer and my team to get things together. The race will be tough. I reckon that Audi has a slight advantage over a race distance, but I’ll do my utmost to secure this position or perhaps even move up one place.” Pole-sitter Rast’s main rival in the title battle, Nico Müller, only found himself in seventh place after the first runs, but the Swiss considerably improved on his second attempt and secured third place ahead of fellow Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller in the home race for both himself and his Phoenix team, based just across the road in the industrial zone at Meuspath.   WRT Audi’s Jonathan Aberdein and BMW’s Sheldon van der Linde, the two South African rookies in this year’s DTM field, line up alongside each other on the third row of the grid. During the official press conference yesterday, they both reported a significant increase in awareness and media coverage of the DTM in their home country since they joined the series at the start of the season. BMW’s Timo Glock qualified in seventh place – a praiseworthy effort after a difficult campaign – while the Audi trio of Loïc Duval, Jamie Green and Robin Frijns rounded out the top 10. Paul Di Resta was the fastest Aston Martin driver in 14th.

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