17 March, Thursday

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...
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.

AlphaTauri driver Alex Albon celebrates first DTM victory


Alex Albon celebrated his first victory at the Nürburgring and gave Ferrari its second success in DTM history. In an eventful race, the Thai driver for AlphaTauri AF Corse, who started the race from first place on the grid, escaped all incidents and won in commanding style. The Formula 1 substitute driver for Red Bull is the sixth winner in the eighth DTM race. In dry, good weather conditions, Spain's Daniel Juncadella in the GruppeM team's Mercedes-AMG completed the podium ahead of two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann in the Walkenhorst-Motorsport BMW. After eight of 16 races, Kelvin van der Linde from Audi Team ABT Sportsline is the unofficial "half-time" champion of the 2021 DTM, although the South African came away empty-handed for the first time this Sunday after a collision with Liam Lawson and Mike Rockenfeller. With 129 points, Kelvin van der Linde enters the second half of the season as the leader of the standings. His lead over Maximilian Götz (96) has shrunk to 33 points. New third in the points table is Wittmann (94), Albon (82) has moved up to fourth. Porsche had little luck in its DTM debut. As on Saturday, Michael Ammermüller in the SSR Performance 911 failed to finish, but had clearly shown its potential with fourth place on the grid. The 19-year-old Belgian Esteban Muth gave Lamborghini its best result of the season with fifth place. Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock also finally scored his first DTM points of the season in eighth place in the BMW fielded by ROWE Racing. "It was a really good day for my team and me today," said Albon, the first Thai winner in the DTM. "The team worked a lot overnight and it paid off. Today we made a step forward, we want to take this momentum with us." The Red Bull-Ferrari combination of AF Corse is the first DTM team to win races with both drivers - Albon and Lawson - this season. Action-packed race: "Never experienced in DTM: five cars side by side at times."As on Saturday, the spectators in the grandstands witnessed breathtaking moments at the start in close formation of two cars, and this was repeated twice more during safety car phases. From first place on the grid, Alex Albon in the AlphaTauri-Ferrari stormed to the front and led the DTM field, which numbered 23 cars for the first time, ahead of Daniel Juncadella (ESP/GruppeM-Mercedes-AMG) and Michael Ammermüller (GER/SSR Performance) in the Porsche. But the first incidents occurred as early as the first lap, when Swiss Philip Ellis (Mercedes-AMG/WINWARD) skidded through the gravel trap and subsequently scattered various carbon parts on the track. When Maximilian Buhk (GER) with the Mücke-Mercedes-AMG was stranded in the pit wall after being pushed, the safety car was deployed for the first time. When the first re-start was made after lap three, Albon pulled away again. Behind him, the next hullabaloo with Ammermüller, Luca Stolz in the Toksport-Mercedes-AMG, Ellis and Götz already followed in the second turn. When, after the first pit stops, guest starter Hubert Haupt, who celebrated a comeback after his DTM starts in 1991/1992 as well as 2001, rolled out with a technical defect on the Mercedes-AMG of his HRT team, the safety car slowed down the field again. It was clear that all those who had not yet completed the compulsory stop were at a disadvantage - and that was eight drivers. The next incident was caused by Liam Lawson, who attempted an optimistic manoeuvre in the chicane, but failed. As a result, the two ABT Audi cars of Kelvin van der Linde and Mike Rockenfeller, of all people, retired, and Lawson received a drive-through penalty. Having arrived at the Nürburgring in second place in the standings, the 19-year-old Red Bull junior Lawson failed to score any points. Surprisingly, former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien (GER/JP Motorsport) led after the second safety car period and collected the first leading kilometres for McLaren. Albon, however, quickly moved closer and regained the race lead in commanding fashion with Juncadella and Wittmann in tow. "It was really extreme at times today. At times we were running with up to five cars next to each other - that was intense. I've never experienced that in the DTM before, but it was still a lot of fun," Wittmann reported. "In moments like that, it's always important to make the right decision between risk and caution. We managed that well today." Dramatic qualifying: four brands on the first two rows of the gridAs on Saturday, when 22 cars were within a single second of each other, the qualifying session on Sunday morning was a hot battle for positions. Rain showers caused some spectacular spins, but all of them were without consequences. Although the rain became heavier, the times improved in the end. And in the end, AlphaTauri AF Corse rejoiced: Alex Albon (THA) gave the prancing horse from Maranello its first pole position in the DTM. Mercedes-AMG with Spaniard Daniel Jancadella (GruppeM), BMW with Zolder winner Marco Wittmann (GER/Walkenhorst) and Porsche with Michael Ammermüller (GER/SSR Performance) followed behind. This meant that four brands were represented in the first two rows of the grid. In the 23-strong grid, all seven brands represented were to be found in the top ten. In qualifying as well as in the race, the 2021 DTM demonstrates an extraordinary balance.

Kelvin van der Linde takes DTM victory at the Nürburgring


Breath-taking position fights, hot bumper-to-bumper duels, but some penalties as well: the DTM season at the Nürburgring was quite lively. Eventually, the spectators in the packed grandstands particularly cheered for Kelvin van der Linde. Having started from pole position, the South African claimed his third win of the season in an impressive manner with the ABT Sportsline Audi and extended his lead in the drivers’ standings. As the best-placed guest driver, Luca Stolz (GER) with the Mercedes-AMG of the Toksport WRT team secured second place on the podium, ahead of Swiss Philip Ellis with the WINWARD Mercedes-AMG. In the evening, Luca Stolz then had his second place taken away as he was given a 30-second time penalty. During his pit stop, there had been an incident with a mechanic of the GruppeM Racing team. While approaching his pit position, he had hit a mechanic of the other team. As Luca Stolz, being a guest driver, isn’t eligible to score points anyway, local hero Mike Rockenfeller, born in Neuwied and initially classified fourth, had already been able to add 15 points to his DTM tally. In the spectacular DTM race at the Nürburgring, there were 23 cars on the grid for the first time, the highest number in many years. Moreover, Porsche made its début in DTM, but Michael Ammermüller already had to retire from the race with his SSR Performance 911 following the opening lap “I am enjoying every second this season. It has taken me so long to finally make it into DTM. I kept knocking on the door at Audi asking whether they had a DTM seat available for me. Now, I am even happier to be racing against these strong guys”, a buoyant Kelvin van der Linde said. At the Nürburgring, the 25-year-old from South Africa even pulled off a hattrick: he claimed pole position, posted the fastest lap time of the race and secured victory. “It was an intense race. At the start and the restart, I was able to stay in front and keep the lead. Only after the tyre change, I had to fight hard. There was some contact, too, there are some hard battles out there. I kept it cool and remained calm.” Van der Linde extended his points’ lead to 129 points, Maximilian Götz (GER), who scored twelve points on Saturday, bringing his total to 84, has now moved up into second while Liam Lawson (Red Bull Ferrari, AF Corse) didn’t score and dropped back to third in the standings (80). Once again, the moment of the start was a breath-taking affair for drivers and fans in equal measure. In close formation, 23 race cars were roaring down the main straight, the highest number in years. Ellis or van der Linde – who would be first going into the tight right-hand corner? Kelvin van der Linde had the better line and defended his pole position against Ellis’s white-and-blue WINWARD Mercedes. Until then, everything went smoothly, but at the short loop of the sprint circuit, Maximilian Buhk (GER) was tapped into a spin with the Mücke Mercedes-AMG, which prompted a safety car intervention. Next to Buhk, Christopher Haase (GER) with the Rosberg Audi and Michael Ammermüller were also among the victims of the opening lap and retired early. The restart at the end of lap three also was executed in spectacular double-file formation, much to the delight of the fans in the grandstands and in front of the screens all over the world. Again, van der Linde defended the lead while the two Mercedes-AMGs with Ellis and Stolz battled behind him. The race was a lively affair throughout with numerous battles in the entire field and with hard overtaking manoeuvres. Due to varying strategies for the mandatory pit stops, a handful of drivers racked up laps in the lead. Local hero Mike Rockenfeller (GER) led the field for the longest time with the ABT Audi as he procrastinated his pit stop as long as he could. Whether it was Philip Ellis, Alex Albon and Luca Stolz battling for the podium positions or Liam Lawson, Markus Winkelhock and Daniel Juncadella fighting for points, it was racing at its best. Winkelhock, who was replacing Sophia Flörsch in the ABT Audi with Space Drive steering as the latter had clashing commitments, eventually incurred a drive-through penalty as he had caused a spin for the Lawson Ferrari. After Rockenfeller had been the last to come in for fresh tyres after 31 laps, the road was clear for his teammate Kelvin van der Linde to collect his third win of the season. Guest driver Luca Stolz, whose team is located in Quiddelbach in the middle of the legendary Nordschleife, had worked his way up to second. “The fights today were great and I hope that wasn’t our last DTM race,” Stolz said. A fourth-place finish for Rockenfeller, who is known as a ‘tyre whisperer’ anyway, reflected how much he had saved his tyres while still being able to put in good lap times. His unusual strategy paid off. Just before the start of the race, all the DTM drivers and team principals had assembled in front of the grandstand at the end of the start and finish straight. With a “Thank you to everybody who has helped out” banner and a minute of silence, drivers, team principals and spectators remembered the victims of the flooding disaster on 14 and 15 July, especially in the Ahr valley close to the Nürburgring. Spectacular qualifying: 22 cars within one second, third pole for Kelvin van der Linde What the 23-strong field presented in qualifying on Saturday was outright spectacular. It was close, closer, super close: 22 cars were within less than one second. There was only one who was in control, and that happened to be the points’ leader. Kelvin van der Linde put in a perfect lap with the ABT Audi and had a comparatively large margin of over two tenths of a second. Philip Ellis (SUI) with the WINWARD Mercedes and Marco Wittmann (GER) with the Walkenhorst BMW followed in second and third place. As a result, there were three different brands in the first three grid positions. The best guest driver in qualifying was Luca Stolz in fifth with the Toksport Mercedes while Porsche only ended up 20th upon its DTM début with Michael Ammermüller (GER/SSR Performance). On Sunday, the eighth of this season’s 16 races will be held at the Nürburgring. Who will become ‘half-time champion’ of the 2021 DTM? This question will be answered from 1.30pm onwards. SAT.1 is broadcasting live from 1pm.

DTM with a unique field of drivers at the Nürburgring


Munich/Nürburgring (12 August 2021). DTM at the Nürburgring: that promises an impressive field with over 20 race cars and numerous well-known drivers. From 20-22 August, the series is racing at the particularly spectator-friendly sprint configuration of the Nürburgring. Next to DTM, five further race series provide variety in the support programme. And the best thing: the grandstands along the start and finish straight will be open for spectators. Weekend and single-day tickets are exclusively available from the DTM Ticket Shop at and the DTM Ticket Hotline (+49 1806 99 11 66). Anyone wanting to get a taste of DTM first will also find a suitable offer: tickets for the packed practice day on Friday can already be had at only ten Euros. VIP tickets are already available from € 279.00.Six races, five different winners: in 2021, the DTM is exciting as hardly ever before. After the spectacular races at Monza, Lausitzring and most recently at Zolder, the series is now heading to the Nürburgring. At the entertaining sprint configuration of the circuit in the Eifel, fans can look forward to a first-class field with over 20 race cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG as well as Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren. The drivers, meanwhile, rank among the best-known in the world. The field includes the likes of Timo Glock, Mike Rockenfeller, the van der Linde brothers or Formula 1 star Alexander Albon.The DTM’s world-class drivers will be racing twice with the races getting underway at 1.30pm both on Saturday and on Sunday, each with 55 minutes of gripping race action. But next to DTM, there is plenty of on-track action, too: the DTM Trophy is staging exciting door-to-door duels with production-based GT sports cars. In DTM Classic, touring cars from years gone by are racing, driven by stars from the past like Klaus Ludwig, Kurt Thiim and Klaus Niedzwiedz. Also in the programme: the DTM Drift Show with a lot of burnt rubber, the BMW M2 Cup as well as the Lotus Cup Europe and the Ferrari Club Deutschland Racing Series.The journey to the Nürburgring is definitely worth the effort, but motorsport enthusiasts are strongly advised to be quick with their ticket purchase as only a limited number of tickets is still available. Requirement for access is the common rule in Germany, which means either with a negative test, fully vaccinated (at least a fortnight after the second vaccinated) or reconvalesced (confirmed infection within the last six months at the longest). Moreover, following the distancing and hygiene rules (a medical face mask has to be worn away from the grandstand seat) ensures a safe event at the Nürburgring. The paddock still has to remain closed due to the pandemic situation.The best seats and exclusive ambience are available with VIP tickets: As a VIP guest in our Coca-Cola business°lounge, you will feel the heartbeat of the race – you will observe the course of the race up close and witness adventurous overtaking maneuvers on the start and finish straight. Tickets are available here.For the Nürburgring, hosting the fourth DTM race weekend means the end of the racing break as a consequence of the flooding disaster in the Ahr valley. The Nürburgring remains the central operational hub for the workers, but they have relocated from the paddock to the adjacent spaces of the race track and therefore aren’t impeded by the event. As the Nürburgring region apart from the Ahr valley has been largely unaffected by the severe weather on 14 July, the hotels, bed & breakfasts and restaurants are also looking forward to many guests at the Nürburgring.

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



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



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


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.