21 March, Thursday

Top teams and world-class racing drivers test at the NES Prologue

New Aston Martin GT3 Evo from Walkenhorst, ABT-Lamborghini in Red Bull design, new design also for the works BMW M4 GT3 of the Junior Team, Scherer-PX with Audi R8 LMS, the Mercedes-AMG teams Getspeed and HRT and last but not least the "Grello" Porsche from Manthey Ema - renowned top teams not only from the GT3 camp use the prologue of the new Nürburgring Endurance Series to prepare intensively...
Top teams and world-class racing drivers test at the NES Prologue


New Aston Martin GT3 Evo from Walkenhorst, ABT-Lamborghini in Red Bull design, new design also for the works BMW M4 GT3 of the Junior Team, Scherer-PX with Audi R8 LMS, the Mercedes-AMG teams Getspeed and HRT and last but not least the "Grello" Porsche from Manthey Ema - renowned top teams not only from the GT3 camp use the prologue of the new Nürburgring Endurance Series to prepare intensively for the new Nürburgring season. The crème de la crème of the drivers will also be taking part in the test and set-up runs on Friday (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) on the 24.358 km long NES.combination of Nordschleife and sprint circuit. From Lucas Auer (AUT) to Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Christopher Mies and Frank Stippler (both GER), David Pittard (GBR) and Nicki Thiim (DEN), Maro Engel (DEU), Raffele Marciello (SUI), Thomas Preining (AUT) and Augusto Farfus (BRA), to name but a few. A real treat for all motorsport enthusiasts, who can follow the action-packed action on the track and in the paddock for a full 15 hours with free admission and free parking, including free entry to the ring°werk motorsport experience museum on Saturday.  New season, new series, new asphalt, new carsThere are many new features at the start of the season. A look at the provisional list of participants for the two test days will make the hearts of racing fans beat faster. The field includes impressive GT3 and GT4 racing cars from Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and Toyota as well as the striking KTM X-BOW, numerous Cup cars from the Porsche and BMW camp and more compact touring cars such as the Hyundai i30N, MINI JCW and BMW M2 CS. The Jung Motorsport team is fielding two Cupra Leon cars. "These are cars that we have completely rebuilt over the winter," explains Team Principal Tobias Jung. "It's always an exciting feeling when you take the cars onto the Nordschleife for the first time." The participants will also be able to take on the newly asphalted Fuchsröhre section of the track for the first time. A total of 4,000 tons of new asphalt were laid in the fast passage during the winter. A new kerb has already caused some discussion in the relevant networks over the past few days, and now the lines can also be tested in the race car.  Beitske Visser (NED) and Fabienne Rosa Wohlwend (LIE) in the BMW M4 GT4, Jasmin Pawlowitz (GER) in the GT4 Audi R8 and Jasmin Preisig (SUI) in the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 will also be involved in the intensive testing.  From the glacier to the Green HellRed Bull Team ABT presented its Lamborghini Huracán for the new season in the Tyrolean glacier village of Hochgurgl at the beginning of the week. The Italian racer will be racing in the Green Hell at the NES Prologue. "It's finally starting again," says driver Jordan Pepper. "The Nordschleife is pure goosebumps! There's nothing like it anywhere else in the world! So I'm really looking forward to it, we're ready." There will also be a premiere for Walkenhorst Motorsport, which is entering an Aston Martin for the first time after many years with BMW. The drivers are delighted, including veteran Frank Stippler, who will be competing in an Audi from the Scherer Sport PHX team: "It is always an enormous privilege to be able to drive on the most beautiful race track in the world. This is true in general, but even more so after the long winter break. That's why I'm delighted that we're finally back on track!" Maro Engel, who will be competing for Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed, also makes no secret of his anticipation: "I can hardly wait to finally complete the first Nordschleife laps again. The restart is something very special every year because the track is simply incredible. We certainly have a lot of work ahead of us this time, as we have a new tire to get used to, for example. But I'm looking forward to finally getting started again together with everyone." 

More Nordschleife at the premiere of the Nürburgring Endurance Serie


The participants' vote has decided: The Nürburgring Endurance Serie (NES) will kick off with even more of the Nordschleife. On Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, teams and racing drivers will be able to test for a full 15 hours in the legendary Green Hell and prepare extensively for the new racing season. The so-called test and set-up runs will last from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday (March 22) and will be extended on Saturday (March 23) from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, three hours longer than planned. With free admission and parking, the NES allows all visitors to experience teams, drivers and race cars up close in the paddock and along the track on both days. The two 90-minute races on the Grand Prix circuit originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon will not take place.

Twelve hours on the Nordschleife: test drives for success


Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! On March 22 and 23, racing finally returns to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife after the winter break. To kick off the season, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will celebrate its premiere with twelve hours of testing and two races on the Grand Prix circuit. To mark the return of the racing cars after the winter, visitors will have free admission to all open grandstands and spectator areas along the Nordschleife, including the paddock and the ring°werk motorsport experience museum, with free parking included.  Lap after lap: Green Hell to your heart's contentTwelve hours on the Nordschleife - the perfect opportunity for all teams and drivers to get ready for the 2024 season. After all, good preparation and intensive training are the basic prerequisites for success in any sport, including motorsport. All interested motorsport teams, regardless of the racing series, can now register for these test and set-up drives. The special feature: Registration at affordable, fair prices is paperless and uncomplicated via the digital platform onGRID.For a full nine hours, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday, the teams can do their laps to their heart's content on the NES version of the Nürburgring, the 24.358-kilometer combination of Nordschleife and sprint circuit, in order to tune their race cars to the demanding Green Hell and reawaken their reflexes for exciting races. On Saturday, three more hours of driving time are scheduled from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., but then over the Nordschleife and the complete Grand Prix circuit. Practice on the Müllenbach loop should be particularly interesting in preparation for the 24-hour race.What's more, the teams can also use the Friday for race cab rides, giving them a good opportunity for lucrative events with partners, customers and guests. Racing drivers facing their first season on the unique Nordschleife also have the opportunity on Friday to obtain the DMSB Permit Nordschleife, the full-throttle license for the Green Hell, so to speak.   And ... Action: Two 90-minute races on the Grand Prix circuitFrom midday on Saturday, the action switches to the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit, which opened in 1984. Two qualifying sessions and two races, each lasting 90 minutes - with mandatory pit stops for tire and driver changes - ensure compact racing action. There are a number of advantages for teams and drivers when the NES.Prologue takes place on the 5.2148-kilometer Grand Prix circuit instead of the Nordschleife: 120 minutes of driving time including qualifying, attractive entry fees ranging from 400 euros (production cars) to 1. 500 euros (GT3), low-risk opportunity for new drivers under racing conditions, no Nordschleife permit required, full points for the NES annual classification (no registration necessary), no tire restrictions, free choice of tires also in GT3, attractive also for non-NES/NLS teams. is also an opportunity for teams and drivers to get to know the new personnel, especially in race control and scrutineering, as well as the innovative NES regulations. Paperless online entry is already activated for the races via onGRID. In the paddock, with free access for all visitors and guests, all participating teams will have their allocated pit spaces at their disposal. A number of industrial companies will also set up their workshop tents in the paddock and offer their tried-and-tested services.The Nürburgring Endurance Series will be held on five dates in 2024. Starting with NES.02 on May 3-4, the races will be held in classic style over a duration of four hours on the breathtaking Nordschleife, in combination with the sprint circuit. NES.03 follows on July 5/6, NES.04 from September 13 to 15 and NES.05 on November 8/9.

The Nürburgring highlights in March


A premiere, a reigning world champion and a first highlight in the tourist driving calendar: the Nürburgring kicks off the 2024 season at full throttle in March. While the Nordschleife opens its gates to tourist drivers for the first time on Saturday, March 16, the international darts elite around world champion Luke Humphries will bring the ring°arena to a boil on the same evening. One week later, the new Nürburgring Endurance Series celebrates its premiere at the Ring on March 22 and 23, before the following Easter weekend is dedicated to four days of tourist driving. The highlights in brief: Darts am Ring | March 16Ally Pally goes Green Hell: the darts stars travel to the Nürburgring again. On Saturday evening, March 16, they will compete against each other in the ring°arena. With Luke Humphries, fans can look forward to the reigning world champion. Other greats of the sport such as Michael Smith, Jonny Clayton and Dirk van Duijvenbode will also be guests. The anticipation is great: tickets for the indoor area sold out in no time at all. A great darts atmosphere is therefore guaranteed. If you would also like to be there: there are still some last grandstand tickets with a good view into the ring°arena - for as little as 30 euros. All information and tickets are available online. Nürburgring Endurance Series | March 22 - 23With free entry, the new Nürburgring Endurance Series invites you to get to know it. After the warm-up on Friday, the races are scheduled for Saturday, March 23. GT racing cars and production-based touring cars will first have the opportunity to test on the Nordschleife in the morning before the focus shifts to the Grand Prix circuit from Saturday afternoon. After the qualifying sessions, two 90-minute races are planned. Fans can experience the premiere completely free of charge. Admission to the grandstands and paddock as well as entry to the ring°werk motorsport experience museum and parking are free on both days.  Tourist drives at Easter | March 29 - April 1The Easter weekend at the Nürburgring is traditionally dominated by the tourist drives. From Good Friday (March 29) up to and including Easter Monday (April 1), the Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit will be open to everyone every day in accordance with the road traffic regulations. For 35 euros per lap, two and four-wheel enthusiasts can experience two of the most beautiful circuits in the world for themselves. However, the tourist rides will start earlier in 2024. On Saturday, March 16, the gates to the 20.832 kilometers of the Green Hell will open. On the opening weekend, there will be two full days of tourist drives (March 16 and 17). Simon Stäblein | March 28Comedian Simon Stäblein is coming to the Nürburgring. On Thursday, March 28, he will make a guest appearance at the ring°kino with his current program. Stäblein, who has been described in the press with a wink as the "meanest comedian in the country", prefers to think of himself as the most realistic comedian. Tickets for his stand-up show are available for 25 euros on the Nürburgring website. Events in March 2024: 16.3.: Start of the tourist drives 2024 16.3.: Darts am Ring 23.3.: Nürburgring Endurance Serie / Prolog  28.3.: Comedian Simon Stäblein  29.3. – 1.4.: tourist drives

All dates fixed – long-distance season is ready to start


A total of 15 thrilling races, two endurance series and a 24-hour race as the season highlight: Nürburgring fans can look forward to more motorsport action in the Green Hell than ever before in the 2024 season. The drivers and teams of the ADAC RAVENOL 24h Nürburgring, the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NES) and the Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie (NLS) are ready to battle for positions, points and trophies on the legendary tarmac. The fourth weekend in March will finally see the return of thrilling motorsport at the Nürburgring. When the NES opens the endurance season with its warm-up on March 22 and 23, fans can look forward to the sound of engines and an extensive view of the action - with free admission to the open grandstands and paddock. Also included: a visit to the ring°werk motorsport experience museum. 24h Qualifiers and NES as a dress rehearsal for the highlight of the yearJust two weeks later, the NLS also kicks off its season. With a so-called "double-header" - with two races on one weekend - on April 6 and 7. Directly afterwards, the 24h Qualifiers will once again take place over two days in the Green Hell. From April 13 to 14, these are not only the prologue to the annual highlight in May, but also count towards the NLS championship standings for the first time. As a dress rehearsal for the teams and to get the fans in the mood before the 24-hour race, the NES awaits once again afterwards. At the race on May 4, man and machine will test their strength one last time on the combination of the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife before the big showdown from May 30 to June 2, 2024. Schedule for the ADAC RAVENOL 24h Nürburgring is setAt the ADAC RAVENOL 24h Nürburgring, fans can look forward to a varied program on and off the track. In addition to the kick-off at the Adenauer Racing Day on Wednesday (May 29th), the first session will follow the next day with the so-called night qualifying, which will continue into the dark - including a campfire atmosphere around the legendary asphalt. On Friday, the battle for the top grid positions will be decided as usual in the top qualifying session, before the 24-hour marathon begins on Saturday at 4 pm. NES double-header in September, NLS season finale in NovemberFrom now until November, the two racing series will alternate at the Nürburgring, offering fans of endurance motorsport thrilling races every month. The NES also has a "double-header" as a season highlight. On the weekend of September 14 and 15, the teams will be able to hunt for points in the championship twice. Who will be crowned champion in the end will be decided in both series at the respective finals in November. While the last race in the NES will be held on November 9, the NLS is responsible for the official season finale at the Nürburgring. On November 16, the lights will turn green for the last time in the 2024 season. All endurance race dates at a glance: 22. - 23.03.2024: NES 06. - 07.04.2024: NLS Double-Header 13. - 14.04.2024: ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers 04.05.2024: NES 2 30.05. - 02.06.2024: ADAC RAVENOL 24h Nürburgring 22.06.2024: NLS 06.07.2024: NES 03.08.2024: NLS 14. - 15.09.2024: NES Double-Header 19.10.2024: NLS 09.11.2024: NES 16.11.2024: NLS

New NES gets the season at the Nürburgring underway on 22/23 March


The Nürburgring Endurance Series, NES for short, gets the season at the Nürburgring underway on 22/23 March. Two 90-minute races on the Grand Prix circuit and an extensive warm-up on the legendary Nordschleife form the prologue to the new racing series, organised by the Automobilclub von Deutschland (AvD). To get to know the NES, with four further endurance races in the 2024 season, spectators and teams are in for a special treat: all visitors can enjoy the NES premiere with free admission from up close in the paddock and from all the open grandstands while all teams can take on the new season with plenty of driving time for testing as well as two races. Be it as a team or as a visitor: five good reasons for the NES prologueThe Nordschleife experience, compact racing action on the Grand Prix circuit, an open paddock, free admission to the ring°werk motorsport experience museum and free parking: an extremely attractive package that NES has put together for visitors, and five good reasons to come to the ‘Ring for the start of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. Different format only for NES premiereThe heart of the endurance races on the “Ring” beats on the almost hundred-year-old Nordschleife. And in this Green Hell, as three-time Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart once christened this labyrinth of bends, the following NES races are usually held over four hours: on May 3-4, July 5-6, September 13-15 and September 8-9. November. Only the prologue to the new NES will be held on the 5.148-kilometre Grand Prix circuit with a different schedule from Saturday lunchtime (12:00-18:00) with two qualifying sessions and two 90-minute races – including pit stops and driver changes. On Friday (8:00-14:00 test and set-up runs without co-drivers, 16:00-18:00 co-drivers possible) and also on Saturday morning (8:00-11:00 without co-drivers), the teams and drivers can prepare themselves for the new endurance season on the 24.358 kilometres long Nordschleife, including the sprint track. In addition to the test drives, the popular passenger rides and the course to obtain the so-called B-Permit, the first of two levels for the special full-throttle licence for rookies on the Nordschleife, offer the teams additional opportunities to use the NES season opener.

Clear and to the point - the NES Technical Regulations


It is the foundation for attractive endurance races on the Nordschleife: the Technical Regulations. In good time before the start of the season on March 22/23, the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NES), the new racing series of the Automobile Club of Germany (AvD), has published the comprehensive set of technical regulations on its website, subject to approval by the German Motor Sport Federation (DMSB). The Sporting Regulations and the Organizational Regulations are expected to be published in the coming week. NES philosophy: more focus on driving thanks to clarity of contentThe Technical Regulations for the Nürburgring Endurance Series, which will be held for the first time in 2024 with five events on the challenging Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, are above all clear and get to the heart of the technical rules. Extensive experience as well as numerous requests from the teams have been incorporated into the regulations, which will be further developed for the future in direct dialog with the participants. The Technical Regulations thus follow the NES philosophy of offering participants more concentration on the actual racing and therefore more enjoyment instead of spending time on complicated rules and regulations. This philosophy is also reflected, for example, in the digital document management, which is implemented with partner onGrid. Keep it simple: close to series production, improved, thoroughbredThe participating vehicles in the Nürburgring Endurance Series are divided into just three divisions. Purebred racing cars compete in Division 1, improved vehicles in Division 2 and production cars in Division 3. The GT3 sports cars, which usually fight for overall victory in the races, form the top of Division 1, while Divisions 2 and 3 also include classes for vehicles with hybrid and electric drives as well as vehicles powered by alternative fuels.