10 May, Monday


Real Eifel local heroes are the winners of the ADAC 24h-Qualirrace. After six hours of racing and 41 laps, two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs driven by Frikadelli-Racing (Barweiler) were able to prevail: Patrick Pilet (FRA), Frederic Makowiecki (FRA), Maxime Martin (BEL) and Dennis Olsen (NOR) were at the end of an exciting race ahead of their team-mates Mathieu Jaminet (LUX), Nick Tandy (GBR), Earl Bamber...


Real Eifel local heroes are the winners of the ADAC 24h-Qualirrace. After six hours of racing and 41 laps, two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs driven by Frikadelli-Racing (Barweiler) were able to prevail: Patrick Pilet (FRA), Frederic Makowiecki (FRA), Maxime Martin (BEL) and Dennis Olsen (NOR) were at the end of an exciting race ahead of their team-mates Mathieu Jaminet (LUX), Nick Tandy (GBR), Earl Bamber (MYS) and Matt Campell (Stuttgart). Third were the pole setters of the Phoenix team, which is also located close to the Nürburgring: Michele Beretta (ITA), Frank Stippler (Bad Münstereifel), Nicki Thiim (DEN) and Vincent Kolb (DEU) crowned a successful race weekend with their Audi R8 LMS GT3. For the teams, the race weekend was the final battle of strength at the place where the highlight of the Nordschleife season is scheduled to take place from 3rd to 6th June with the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race. For this reason alone, balancing the balance of power was just as much a focus for them as the intensive test under competitive conditions: After this last opportunity, all the participants have to do is prepare their cars perfectly right down to the final wheel nut to fight for victory and seconds in the Nordschleife classic. “Today, for the second time in a row, we have won a double at the Nordschleife”, said Frikadelli rider Maxime Martin after the fall of the finish flag. “This is perfect, of course. This weekend was completely different from the conditions at the NLS races. This was very important for the preparation of the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race. We drove a clean race and learned a lot. ” The flawless work was the key to success, because the teams were extremely close together and there were fierce position battles right up to the last minute of the race right across the starting field. At the same time, cars from almost all manufacturers represented in the starting field collected kilometers in the leading group and showed that the competitors are fighting with their sights open. “That was a successful prologue for the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race”, said race director Walter Hornung. “The more than 30 cars in the top classes showed great, balanced motorsport and once again proved that endurance racing at the Nordschleife is something very special. Now we are looking forward to the season highlight in June with even more action in the fight for the overall victory.” The teams also used the ADAC 24h Quali race to optimise their setups and – thanks to the spring weather – to test their tyres for the forecast temperatures in June. “Today’s temperatures are the highest of the season so far, and it is important for us to collect this data.   This is crucial in terms of tyre performance at the 24h Race”, said former DTM champion Martin Tomczyk, who drives one of the BMW M6 GT3s in the team of previous year’s winners at Rowe Racing. His assessment of the balance of power was clear after the weekend: “It’s incredibly tight – we’ve seen that in the last NLS races, and it’s now confirmed again.” Driver colleague Thomas Jäger, who took the wheel in the fastest Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the qualifying session, shares the same horn: “In order to analyse the strengths and weaknesses in detail, we will certainly have to take a closer look at the data after this weekend. But you can see that the competitors are all close together. Especially when you see the cars in the flock, this becomes visible. The last adjustments of the BoP were a good step. ” Ernst Moser, team manager of the Phoenix Audi #11, which started the race from Pole, knows: “We are very close to the goal of what the regulation experts achieved with the BOP. Porsche is strong on the road – but they’re not just driving away from the rest of the field. That’s how I like to race. ” Clearly, the Porsche teams were highly satisfied: “The Porsches are currently well positioned”, said Frikadelli team boss Klaus Abelen, adding: “We have done the best job so far.” Other team leaders see the same thing: “At the moment, it looks like Porsche is doing very well”, said Torsten Schubert, whose BMW team has made a strong impression in the previous NLS races. “But that also applies to Audi and Mercedes. I think it’s going to be exciting between the four brands. Our M6 also works properly. ”



The Nürburgring is looking forward to a successful start to the easter weekend. While on the track the tourist drivers made their laps, on Good Friday it remained relatively quiet around the track. In normal years, many thousands of visitors ensured a massive influx on the access roads and along the Nordschleife. The police as well as the operators of the racetrack were accordingly satisfied. They attribute the success to good communication in advance, to structured measures on site and to the understanding visitors, who almost without exception willingly abided by the rules. “This Good Friday is a good example of what can be achieved even in times of pandemic if all parties involved work together”, says Mirco Markfort, Managing Director of Nürburgring. “Despite the nice weather, we managed to explain to people that there are tourist rides on the track, but otherwise all pitches around the track are closed and we advise against taking a day trip to the Nürburgring. It is very gratifying that this has been accepted willingly. ” Overall, the managing director was able to report on respectful cooperation between visitors and folders. Similar to the Nürburgring managing director, the police, who were deployed with a contingent of around 100 troops, also sees it. At times, the police helicopter observed the events from the air. “The traffic around the ring was generally significantly lower than usual on Good Friday”, reports Manuel Wehrmann, the head of the Mayen police department. “We were able to observe viscous traffic at times, especially at noon and early afternoon. Our forces, however, ensured that this did not come to a standstill at any time. As a result, crowds of people were largely prevented or could be resolved by targeted speeches and loudspeaker announcements. All in all, Good Friday at the Nürburgring went very well. ” Full-day tourist trips until Easter Monday on both tracksJust like the Nürburgring, the police also drew attention to the applicable rules and increased readiness for action in the run-up to the Easter weekend. In addition to the police forces, the Nürburgring had deployed 60 folders around the track. They controlled different areas such as the open Grand Prix paddock, the closed parking lots and possible hotspots. Until Easter Monday, the Nürburgring offers all-day tourist rides on the Nordschleife and Grand Prix track. However, the central message remains for all those who do not take advantage of the offer: “Stay at home. ”



For the first time, a section of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife has been equipped with a digital infrastructure. The Döttinger Höhe is equipped with cameras, display systems and intelligent software over a length of 2. 7 kilometres. The construction project links the course, which opened in 1927, with the modern infrastructure of the Grand Prix track and the new Racecontrol. The new technology is expected to be used in the upcoming season. Construction work on the Nürburgring. This is not an unusual picture at the current time of year on the world’s longest permanent race track: construction vehicles are regularly on the Nordschleife in winter – for example, when the asphalt is being renewed. However, instead of the usual road paver or roller, this year an oversized plough is on its way at the Nürburgring. With his help, the skilled workers lay several kilometres of fiber optic cables and power cables there. “Digital Marshalling” brings flag signals directly into the carIn 2021, the Nürburgring will now test different systems here. Numerous cameras will bring the image directly into the new Racecontrol. A new software with artificial intelligence should help detect hazards faster. In addition, the so-called “digital marshalling” is to be further expanded. With digital display panels, which also display flag signals, those in charge can control what is happening on the track. In addition, the signals and important information are displayed directly to the driver on the display in the cockpit. An important component of the measure on the Döttinger Höhe is also the testing of various power supply options for the entire system. From the entire test run, conclusions should also be drawn as to what requirements a digitization of further sections of the Nordschleife would entail. With its length and topography, the most demanding race track in the world has special requirements. There are countless square kilometres of forest, hilly countryside and a track layout with many curves, steep gradients and slopes. What has made the Nürburgring so world-famous would make power supply and data processing and distribution a major task in particular. The project on the Döttinger Höhe is to be completed in just under four weeks. Finally, on the first weekend of March, the first contactless tourist trips of the year 2021.



The tourist drives at the Nürburgring - an offer for everyone. On the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife, visitors can experience the myth of the "Green Hell" in their own cars. Now the race track has announced the dates for the tourist drives in 2021. They will again include highlight weekends such as the "Green Hell Driving Days" and the popular Easter weekend. Here, driving fun is possible for several days in a row. Particularly pleasing for the fans: the lap prices remain stable for the fifth year in a row and there is no price increase for the season ticket either. It doesn't take much to take part in the tourist rides. The only conditions: a registered, roadworthy car or motorbike and the indispensable willingness to abide by the road traffic regulations. In times of Corona, the rules of "contactless tourist rides" also apply. These allow driving pleasure with special attention to the health of all involved: 2020 has shown that this works. Since April 2020, tourist riders have been making their rounds according to this concept. Despite the increased effort, the prices will remain the same in 2021. For five years now, a lap of the legendary Nordschleife has cost 25 euros from Monday to Thursday and 30 euros from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays. A 15-minute stint on the Grand Prix circuit will continue to be available for 30 euros - regardless of the day of the week. The season ticket, brings unlimited driving pleasure on both tracks. It can be booked from Wednesday, 6 January 2021. Green Hell Driving Days and Easter WeekendThe special highlight for all tourist drivers from all over the world are the dates when driving on the legendary race track is possible for several whole days in a row. Traditionally, the Easter weekend can be firmly planned here again. From 2 to 5 April, tourist rides are possible for four days in a row. The same applies to the so-called "Green Hell Driving Days". Here, too, driving pleasure is available almost "non-stop" from morning to evening. These will take place in 2021, from Thursday, 13 to Sunday, 16 May, and in the golden autumn from Friday, 22 to Sunday, 24 October. Anyone wishing to take part in the tourist drives can top up their personal credit via the "Green Hell Driving Portal" (at and also find out about all the dates - both for the Nordschleife and for the Grand Prix circuit. Contactless tourist driving with tried and tested "Corona concept"In times of Corona, the tourist drives take place under special rules. These rules stipulate that credits and tickets can only be purchased online - even on the road via mobile phone. On site, access to the route is by QR code or card. It is forbidden to get out of the car at the main entrance to the Nordschleife. Only the regularly disinfected toilet is accessible. The second access road in the Adenau district of Breidscheid remains closed. A maximum of two people per vehicle are allowed to drive on the circuit, and they must have already arrived together. The driver must also keep a record of who is accompanying him at the time of the journey so that a possible chain of infection can be traced. On site, staff members ensure that everything runs according to plan, check compliance with the rules and also punish violators if necessary. In case of emergencies and problems, the office at the Nordschleife and a clearing station at the car park are manned - here, too, the necessary precautions have been taken to protect everyone involved. Track safety is on the road as usual - but in contrast to usual, with one car per deployed employee. All assigned employees, stewards and temporary staff have also been trained in the generally applicable rules of conduct in Corona times. About the tourist drives"No trip to the Eifel without a lap of the Nürburgring" is a saying from the early days of the more than 90-year-old race track. This is still true today, because during the tourist drives, the barriers to the unique circuit regularly open to anyone in possession of a driving licence and a registered vehicle. So during the tourist drives, the myth of the Green Hell can be experienced on your own wheels - almost every day. To ensure that everyone can experience the unique driving pleasure in their own way, the rules of the road traffic regulations apply to tourist drives, making the racetrack the most beautiful one-way street in the world. © Racetracker

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