22 March, Wednesday

Nordschleife season opener whets appetite for the 24h

The opening race of the motorsport season on the Nordschleife is heating up the anticipation for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring: With more than two dozen GT3 race cars from seven manufacturers, the top of the field at the first race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) presented a colourful picture. In the end, Rowe Racing (BMW M4 GT3), Scherer Sport PHX (Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II)...
Nordschleife season opener whets appetite for the 24h


The opening race of the motorsport season on the Nordschleife is heating up the anticipation for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring: With more than two dozen GT3 race cars from seven manufacturers, the top of the field at the first race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) presented a colourful picture. In the end, Rowe Racing (BMW M4 GT3), Scherer Sport PHX (Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II) and Schnitzelalm Racing (Mercedes-AMG GT3) shared the podium - all of them teams that already gathered plenty of kilometres (and thus experience) with their competitive machines on the world's longest and most demanding race track last year. Right up to the last lap, the two front-runners engaged in a battle with open sights, which the victorious BMW finally won by 6.4 seconds. And the battle of equals is likely to become even closer in the next races, when the teams that are still lagging behind pack their Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin into optimised setups with the freshly gathered information. Their common goal: At the 24h Nürburgring (18 - 21 May) they want to join the fight for the top. Those who want to experience the ultra-exciting fight on the Nordschleife live will find all relevant information on advance ticket sales under the heading "Experience on site". Round one in the battle for supremacy on the Nordschleife goes to the top dogs this year: Rowe Racing landed victory with Maxime Martin and Dries Vanthoor, who joined the team in 2023. "A dream result," Maxime Marin enthused afterwards, and team-mate Dries Vanthoor added: "Everything was new here for Maxime and me, but the car is super on the Nordschleife. I'm looking forward to seeing how it performs at the 24h Nürburgring." Team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf put the brakes on too high expectations despite all the jubilation about the victory: "It was closer than it looked," he admitted. "There were a lot of accidents and code 60 phases on the track, which made it exhausting and demanding". Typical Nordschleife - and the air at the top is likely to get even thinner. Kim-Luis Schramm, who shared the Audi R8 of the second-placed team Scherer Sport PHX with Ricardo Feller, remains ambitious: "A place further ahead would have been even better, of course, but with second place it was a great start for us." Feller also adds with a view to the sister car: "The cars ran absolutely smoothly. We showed the competition that they have to reckon with us again." Her team, which emerged from the merger of the 24h record winners Phoenix Racing with the Scherer team, represents the ranks of long-established teams, as does Rowe (24h winner in 2020). There is much to suggest that they will not be able to settle the victory among themselves this year. Newcomers and teams with new models in the huntThere are the newcomers, such as the Schnitzelalm team, which came third in the season opener. Driver Marek Böckmann was able to grin in view of the result: "Nobody can complain about that. The podium finish is the reward for weeks of intensive preparation and our winter tests in Portugal and Spain. That's the beauty of competing as an underdog team: nobody has you on their radar - and then suddenly you're there." Team-mate Marcel Marchewicz is convinced: "Even though it's not easy, I believe in our chance to cause a stir at the 24h even as a small team." Those who still have to put the finishing touches to their brand new cars are also very ambitious. These include the Porsche teams, which are using the latest evolutionary stage of the legendary 911 GT3 R. As the best representatives, Manthey EMA landed in seventh place at NLS1. This is certainly not the last word for the extremely successful traditional team. Manthey Managing Director Nicolaus Raeder sums up the Nordschleife season opener accordingly: "We still have to work on the performance of the new car to be able to compete at the front. We have collected a lot of important information and values. Our main task now is to work on the car's performance so that we have the package together for victory at the 24h in May." By then, the spectacular new Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Ferrari 296 GT3 and Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3, which also started their 24h preparation programme at the first NLS round, will almost certainly be a lot stronger. Intensive and short preparation phase for the 24h.Until the Nordschleife classic in May, it's now blow by blow for the teams: Two more races (on 1 and 15 April) are available in the NLS before the final intensive test: the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers (22-23 April) offer two races with a combined six hours of driving time, plenty of practice sessions and a top qualifying session - the perfect simulation opportunity for the season highlight one month later. For all the teams who want to shine there, this means the start of extremely busy weeks. So the fans can look forward to an exciting time.

Sensational atmosphere and 9-Darter at "Darts am Ring


It was the perfect start to the season at the Nürburgring. While the Nürburgring Endurance Series offered thrilling motorsport on the track and ROWE RACING took its first win of the season, 3,600 fans cheered in the evening at the "Darts am Ring Gala" in the ring°arena. The players put in strong performances on the darts stage and the fans conjured up a world championship atmosphere. One of the highlights was a 9-darter by Jonny Clayton. Even before the players entered the stage, the fans in the ring°arena were at operating temperature. The 3,600 spectators sang along to songs like "Sweet Caroline" and warmed up for the big show. Most of them were dressed up - as has become a tradition with the audience at darts events. Gabriel Clemens visibly enjoyed his home match at the Nürburgring. The German, who reached the semi-finals of the Darts World Championship at the beginning of the year, showed at the legendary race track why he is one of the top players. Only in the final did he have to admit defeat to Luke Humphries from England. The competition was strong. Besides the two finalists, German World Championship participant Florian Hempel and three-time World Champion Michael van Gerwen were also at the start. "9-Darter" by Jonny Clayton - anticipation for "Darts am Ring Gala" 2024Jonny Clayton provided a very special moment: The Welshman threw a so called - and especially rare - 9-Darter in front of the enthusiastic crowd. With only nine darts thrown he brought the 501 points to 0. To be present at such a moment live is something very special for the spectators. Accordingly, the mood was ecstatic. After the successful evening, the darts fans can already look forward to 2024. Then the Darts am Ring Gala will return to the ring°arena for the third time. The date as well as the start of the advance booking will be announced in the coming weeks. Outlook: Four events on two weekendsAfter this weekend's event kick-off, the Nürburgring continues at full speed. Four events are scheduled for the next two weekends. After the season opener of the RCN/GLP (Saturday, 25 March), the typical Nürburgring variety of events and experiences will follow the following weekend. There will be the second race of the season of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (Saturday, 1 April), the first round of the Nürburgring Drift Cup (1 - 2 April) and the start of the two-wheeler season at the "Anlassen" motorbike service (Sunday, 2 April). And tourist drivers will also get their money's worth - the Nordschleife opens almost daily for fans of the Green Hell.

Thrilling finale to the season opener of the Nürburgring Endurance Series


A thrilling duel in the final metres, the best weather and a balanced balance of power - all this was on offer at the 68th ADAC Westfalenfahrt right at the start of the new season of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. Dries Vanthoor and Maxime Martin from ROWE RACING were the first to sign the winners' list with their BMW M4 GT3. The two new BMW drivers delivered a flawless performance over 28 laps and crossed the finish line 6.435 seconds ahead of the competition after four hours. In the final minutes, Vanthoor had to defend himself against, of all people, his former brand colleague Kim-Luis Schramm in the Scherer Sport PHX Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II. In the meantime, the two were separated by just 1.5 seconds. The task became all the more tricky for both of them because several Code 60 phases were still waiting. Sometimes one of them benefited, sometimes the other. In the end, however, Vanthoor kept a cool head and managed to bring the #99 BMW M4 GT3 home first. The curious thing: the sister car with the #98 was also driven by Vanthoor and Martin and even collected some leading kilometres at the beginning, but was parked in the pits in the meantime because the team only had these two drivers available. "Everything was new here for Maxime and me, but the car is super on the Nordschleife," Vanthoor said. "The Audi behind me was quite strong at the end. Then on the last lap I pushed hard and tried to get far enough away. With a bit of luck I was able to open up a bigger gap through some traffic."With the teams in the GT3 field relying on different strategies, the ROWE RACING BMW also didn't officially take the lead until lap 22. Although Team Scherer Sport PHX was using the same tactics, it wasn't enough for Schramm and his teammate Ricardo Feller in the end. "We also lost a bit of time on the last pit stop," said Schramm. "They were also a bit faster overall." Marcel Marchewicz and Marek Böckmann in Schnitzelalm Racing's Mercedes-AMG GT3 crossed the finish line 48.501 seconds behind, completing the brand diversity with three manufacturers on the podium. "We worked a lot over the winter, both on the engineering side and us drivers in the simulator," said Marchewicz. "The start phase was spectacular and there were a lot of nice overtaking manoeuvres. It was really fun to drive on the Nordschleife. We both really drove for our lives today," said Böckmann. In contrast to the other Mercedes teams, they relied on Goodyear tyres and achieved fourth place in qualifying with them. The fourth to sixth places in the race were also decided by Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Audi Sport Team Car Collection finished ahead of BMW Junior Team and Mercedes-AMG Team Bilstein. Behind them were the models that are among the newcomers and were particularly in the focus of the fans. The race debut in the final homologated version of the Porsche 911 GT3 R resulted in seventh place for Manthey EMA ahead of the Evo version of the Lamborghini Huracán fielded by Abt Sportsline. The debut for the Ferrari 296 GT3 in the hands of WTM by Rinaldi Racing was also successful with tenth place ahead of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R from Falken Motorsports.Two of the co-favourites from the GT3 field did not see the chequered flag. These included the BMW M4 GT3 from Walkenhorst Motorsport, which initially took pole position with Jakub Giermaziak but retired with a puncture shortly before the finish. The second Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II from Scherer Sport PHX also failed to score a countable result as one crashed. The second race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series will take place on 1 April. The NIMEX 47th DMV 4h Race takes place over the classic race distance of four hours. Tickets are available for 20 euros (children up to 14 years free of charge) at and at the box offices. This will get you into the open grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit, into the exclusive spectator areas Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten as well as into the paddock, the pit lane, the starting grid and into the motorsport experience museum ring°werk.

Red Bull Formula Nürburgring meets 12h Nürburgring


Formula 1 cars return to the legendary Nordschleife Motorsport fans should mark 9 and 10 September 2023 very thickly in their calendars. Formula 1 cars will return to the legendary Nordschleife as part of the 12h Nürburgring. The Red Bull Formula Nürburgring brings young motorsport talent and legendary drivers from various racing series to the season highlight of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. The ticket contingent is limited and advance sales are now open. > more info & tickets This means that the weekend of the motorsport highlight is available in a double pack. Exciting races at the 12h Nürburgring of the Nürburgring Endurance Series and breathtaking show runs by well-known motorsport greats from the world of Red Bull. Visitors can look forward to racing cars and impressive bolides on the legendary Nordschleife and the Grand Prix Track. On the open grandstands, in the paddock and in the event zones, fans will be up close and personal. Further details will be announced shortly. Combination weekend tickets for the Red Bull Formula Nürburgring and the 12h Nürburgring are now available for 59 Euros (children up to 14 years 29 Euros), day tickets Saturday for 39 Euros (children up to 14 years 29 Euros). The tickets include access to the event area in the Müllenbachschleife (Saturday only), the open grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit, the exclusive spectator areas Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten as well as the paddock, the pit lane, the starting grid and the motorsport experience museum ring°werk.

The wait is over: NLS opens the Nordschleife season


Next Saturday, 18 March, the Nürburgring Endurance Series starts the new season. The 68th ADAC Westfalenfahrt will run over the usual distance of four hours through the Green Hell. The fans can expect a lot of excitement, because the season opener has a few surprises in store. For those who can't be there live, the free livestream offers comprehensive coverage. From 8:15 a.m., it's all happening on, YouTube and Facebook. The field of the unique Nordschleife Championship will be colourful again. 295 drivers from 31 nations will face the challenge of the Green Hell with cars from 17 different manufacturers. Two cars stand out right away: Frikadelli Racing and WTM by Rinaldi Racing contest the European premiere of the Ferrari 296 GT3. The new flagship from Maranello is not only an absolute eye-catcher, but also has the potential for success. Felipe Fernández Laser and Klaus Abbelen will compete for Frikadelli, while Leonard Weiss, Jochen Krumbach and Daniel Keilwitz will take turns in the WTM Ferrari. Abt Sportsline is also reaching for the stars. The successful racing team from Kempten in the Allgäu region also relies on an Italian brand with the Lamborghini Huracan GT3. Kelvin Van der Linde and Marco Mapelli take turns at the wheel. Maximilian Hackländer also has a bull on the bonnet for Konrad Motorsport.The strong competition, on the other hand, is relying on the tried and tested: Falken Motorsports, Dinamic GT, Rutronik Racing, Huber Motorsport and Manthey EMA will be fielding the new Porsche 911 GT3 R. The Haupt Racing Team, Schnitzelalm Racing and CP Racing are in the running with Mercedes-AMG GT3s. Walkenhorst Motorsport, ROWE RACING and the BMW Junior Team continue to rely on the BMW M4 GT3. Two Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II cars will be entered by Scherer Sport PHX and another by Car Collection. Finally, two Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3s are entered by PROsport-Racing. SP10 advances to master classThe knot in the GT4 class SP10 seems to have finally been broken. A large number of near-series sports cars are homologated here and nine cars have been named for the season opener. According to the NLS points formula, full points are awarded to the winner if there are seven or more starters in the class. The team names in the SP10 make one sit up and take notice and promise exciting endurance racing. The Haupt Racing Team (Mercedes-AMG), Teichmann Racing and KCMG (both Toyota) are taking part for the first time. FK Performance Motorsport - here, two-time NLS champion Michael Schrey celebrates his comeback in the Green Hell alongside Thorsten Wolter and Nick Wüstenhagen in the BMW M4 GT4 - TOYO TIRES with Ring Racing (Toyota), PROsport-Racing (Aston Martin), Waldow Performance (Mercedes-AMG) and Walkenhorst Motorsport (BMW) complete the participants in the opening race. The champions will race against each other in futureLast year they celebrated their success together, this year they will meet on the race track in a sporting competition: While Daniel Zils and Oskar Sandberg will continue to take the wheel for Adrenalin Motorsport - now together with Philipp Leisen - Sindre Setsaas will compete for FK Performance Motorsport together with Michael Schrey and Ranko Mijatovic. Once again, the VT2-R+4WD class (VLN production cars up to 2,000 cc with turbo and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive) will be the venue.The same class with front-wheel drive vehicles (VT2-FWD) will also be a hot one. There are 15 vehicles in this class. The spectrum of racing vehicles ranges from BMW 128ti, Hyundai i30N, MINI John Cooper Works, Opel Astra, Renault Megane RS, Volkswagen Scirocco to Volkswagen Golf. Other classes offering full championship points include BMW M240i Racing by Goodyear, CUP2 and CUP3. Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring continues to boomThe latter are part of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring, which enters its second year in 2023. In 2022, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup made its debut in the CUP2. The interest in the inaugural year was huge and is now continuing. 15 vehicles have been entered for the season opener. New are two cars from Max Kruse Racing, driven by Nico Otto, Benjamin Leuchter, Jan Jaap Van Roon and Andrew Engelmann. Among others, they will meet the reigning champion team AVIA W&S Motorsport with Tim Scheerbarth and Paul Harkema. The other runners-up from last year will also attack again: KKrämer Racing with Karsten Krämer and Moritz Kranz as well as Mathol Racing with Arne Hoffmeister, Dorian Boccolacci, Reinhard Kofler and Hendrik Still. There are also 15 cars entered in CUP3, which features Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS. The champion team Schmickler Performance powered by Ravenol is aiming to defend its title. For the first time, Adrenalin Motorsport is entering a car from the five-time NLS champions. Tickets for the opening race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series are available for 20 euros (children up to 14 years free of charge). This will get you into the open grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit, into the exclusive spectator areas Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten as well as into the paddock, the pit lane, the starting grid and into the motorsport experience museum ring°werk.

Full programme for the Nürburgring season opening weekend


The first weekend of events at the Nürburgring is causing a sensation both on and off the track. With thrilling racing at the Nürburgring Endurance Series on Saturday, 18 March, and the first barrier opening at the tourist races on Sunday, 19 March, there is a lot going on at the legendary race track. Meanwhile, in the ring°arena there will be the big rendez-vous with German darts sensation Gabriel Clemens, Michael van Gerwen, Jonny Clayton and many more at the Darts am Ring Gala. All information is available at Nürburgring. Visitors of the "Darts am Ring Gala" on Saturday, 18 March can look forward to an atmosphere like in the famous Ally Pally. With around 3,800 visitors, the event in the ring°arena promises plenty of fan chants and 180 cheers. The big names of darts will be there: Gabriel Clemens as the German World Championship sensation, who could only be stopped in the semi-finals by the later World Champion Michael Smith. Also on the big stage will be three-time World Champion Michael van Gerwen, multiple Major Champion Jonny Clayton as well as Florian Hempel, Luke Humphries and Niko Springer. The first match will start at 7 pm. Only a few tickets are still available at the box office. Season opener for Nürburgring Endurance SeriesOn the legendary combination of sprint track and Nordschleife, teams and drivers of the Nürburgring Endurance Series are looking forward to the premiere. The 68th ADAC Westfalenfahrt marks the start of the season with a total of nine races. In the morning, qualifying starts at 8:30 a.m. to compete for the best grid positions. At 12 p. m., the lights go green for the four-hour hunt. Tickets are available for 20 euros (children up to 14 years free of charge) on the Website and at the box offices. This gets you into the open grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit, the exclusive spectator areas Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten as well as the paddock, the pit lane, the starting grid and the motorsport experience museum ring°werk. Tourist drives on the NordschleifeSunday 19 March brings an end to a long period of sacrifice for many tourist drivers. From 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the legendary Nordschleife opens for the first time for the popular tourist drives. The rules for the tourist drives are simple: anyone who has a driving licence and a registered car or motorbike can basically drive on the Nürburgring during the opening hours. It is not a racing event and takes place according to the rules of the road traffic regulations.

AMG Team URANO eSports takes SP9 Title


The new SP9 champions of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series presented by Goodyear are Alexey Nesov and Sebastian Schmalenbach. Third place was enough for the duo to win the title at the finale with their AMG Team URANO eSports Mercedes-AMG GT3. The race win at the KALFF 4h Race went to Sami-Matti Trogen and Aleksi Elomaa. After 31 laps, the BMW M4 GT3 of the team Walkenhorst Motorsport finished 3.36 seconds ahead of their brand colleagues Norbi Kiss and Kay Kaschube from Team BMW Bank. There was a tough battle for the title in the top class SP9. Elias Seppanen and Alejandro Sánchez in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of AMG Team HRT by Unicorns of Love nearly managed to defend their title. At times, Sánchez drove fabulous lap times in the virtual Green Hell, the fastest in 7:43.682 minutes. However, 80 minutes before the end of the race, the Spaniard made a serious mistake. While lapping in the Hatzenbach section, he collided with an SP3T car. Race Control considered the incident an avoidable collision and imposed a time penalty on HRT. This cleared the way for URANO to win the title.“That was a fantastic race – sometimes you just have to be lucky,” Schmalenbach said happily after the race. “Our strategy was good, our pace okay. Unicorns of Love were on another planet today. But ultimately, Sánchez pulled himself out of the fight with his mistake. Our goal was to complete our race smoothly and that worked out perfectly. The last laps then were mega exciting because UoL imperatively had to stay in front of Razer.”The beginning of the race in the Cup2 was dramatic. After being pushed by a fellow competitor in turn two, both title contenders of Team75 Bernhard by SimRC and PhoenixRacing eSports spun. Both were able to continue the race and fight their way back to the front, position by position, in the fiercely contested Porsche 911 GT3 R field. In the end, Jürgen Frank and Marvin Strehl finished third for Team75 Bernhard and thus secured the title. Phoenix finished fourth with Luca Alpert and Fabian Hochstatter and had to be satisfied with second place in the championship. The race win went to Gericke Motorsport with drivers Adrian Gericke and Loïc Rabier ahead of the Team75 Bernhard sister car, driven by René Ostermann. “Especially after the start, which was a bit wilder today, the joy is even greater,” said Strehl. “Whilst spinning, I saw that Phoenix was also affected. After that, our goal was to work our way up into the leading group quickly and safely. Phoenix followed on, but we were able to gain a small gap.”In the GT4 class SP10, Felix Quirmbach and Ruben Bonga from BS+Competition clinched class victory, which in the end meant the title in the class. Second place was not enough for URANO eSports to take the title from the Munich based team. “It’s a good feeling, I am relieved to have won the race and to be on top of the podium in the end,” said Quirmbach. “Our goal was to win the class. When we then realised that it would be one lap longer, our competitors had to make an extra stop. For us, our plan paid off.”In SP3T, the title also finally went to the day’s winners. Kieran Harrison and Nathan Amess won the race for SimRC. Team Heusinkveld, which also still had a chance of winning the title, could not get past fourth place and was left behind in the end. Second and third places went to Impulse Racing by GTÜ and Puresim Esports. Harrison was happy: “We managed again to work out the longer pit stop time. We didn’t change tyres throughout the race. It was a bit slippery at the end but with the SP3T car, the plan works out.” In one week’s time, the real Nürburgring Nordschleife will finally be back in action. On 18 March, the 68th ADAC Westfalenfahrt will run over the classic NLS distance of four hours. Tickets are available here.

Nürburgring starts the 2023 event season


It's finally starting again - under the new claim "we make your heart race", the Nürburgring is entering the new event season. Great emotions await professionals, amateurs and spectators at around 50 events from the genres of motorsport, music and sport. Highlights include the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring and the 12h Nürburgring of the Nürburgring Endurance Series as well as the 50th anniversary of the Oldtimer-Grand-Prix, the mega festival Rock am Ring or sporting events such as Rad am Ring or the Hotfoot Run. And even beyond the events, there will again be an extensive range of leisure and adventure activities.   As usual, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will do the honours for the season premiere in 2023. On 18 March, the lights will turn green for the first time. The NLS will shake the Green Hell a total of eight times. On the combination of sprint track and Nordschleife, the large field of starters in the Green Hell will once again be at full throttle - with the entire automotive diversity from near-series racing cars to full-blown GT3 bolides. The highlight of the NLS season will again be the 12h Nürburgring from 8 to 10 September. Here, even the complete version of the race track - including the entire Grand Prix Track - will be driven. The fans know the same track variant at the motorsport highlight of the season. After a veritable fan festival with 230,000 visitors, the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Race from 18 to 21 May once again invites to a gigantic horsepower party. Race teams from all over the world, a tough race on the most demanding race track in the world and the unique atmosphere around the track are expected: drivers and fans alike are looking forward to the camping and campfire atmosphere. A foretaste of the endurance classic is already available in April - on 22 and 23 April, the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers will get underway. 50th Anniversary of the Oldtimer-Grand-PrixFans of historic vehicles will also get their money's worth this year - even with a big anniversary. The Oldtimer Grand Prix (11 - 13 August) is turning 50! As one of the most traditional festivals for traditional vehicles in Europe, it is once again the highlight of the historic motorsport season in Germany. In addition to an outstanding starting field with vehicles from the entire history of the Nürburgring, fans can look forward to a fan world around the Grand Prix circuit. Those who want to experience even more time travel is in the right place at the Nürburgring. With the endurance classic ADAC 1000 kilometre race (15 - 17 September), at the Nürburgring Classic (26 - 28 May) or at the ADAC Westfalen Trophy (13 - 15 October), horsepower-packed time journeys through history await. The Int. ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix is a little rougher than the historic vehicles. The race trucks will make the racetrack shake - and from 13 to 16 July they will give each other a run for their money when they thunder around the racetrack at around 160 km/h. Also at the start in the supporting programme: the ADAC GT Masters. Besides the track, there will be a lot of colourful activities. With many activities and exhibitors in the paddock, a children's area, a trade fair and, of course, the traditional music festival in the Müllenbachschleife.  Real GT3 highlights await each other on two weekends at the end of July and the beginning of August. The Fanatec GT World Challenge pwd by AWS (29 - 30 July) will kick things off. The DTM immediately follows from 4 to 6 August. A total of 13 teams with six different brands will be competing in the race series, which is being held under the umbrella of the ADAC for the first time. There will be cars from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG Porsche as well as Lamborghini and Ferrari. Strong line-up and only European concert by the Foo Fighters at Rock am RingThe festival fans return at Rock am Ring from 2 to 4 June. Strong headliners are waiting at Rock am Ring again this year with the Toten Hosen and the Kings of Leon. They will be completed by the Foo Fighters, who will make their only European appearance at the festival this year. Anyway, the band, which has won the Grammy eleven times, returns to German stages for the first time after 2018. In addition, many other international fan favourites such as Rise Against, Limp Bizkit, the rock duo Tenacious D or US superstar Machine Gun Kelly await. Motorbike service a tradition for many bikersMotorbikes are also part of the programme at the Nürburgring. They celebrate their traditional opening of the season during the ecumenical service "Anlassen" (2 April). More than 10,000 bikers get their blessing in the paddock and enjoy the highlight: the joint parade around the Nordschleife. In addition, there will be tourist rides on the Grand Prix Track and other programme items in the paddock. Racing motorbikes from different eras will take centre stage at the Cologne circuit. On 14 May, they will show their best side on the Grand Prix Track. Particularly eye-catching are the starts of the veteran sidecar riders and the historic motor scooters. This year, for the third time, the Grand Prix circuit will be the venue of the ADAC/DMC Race Weekend (10-11 June). From "old iron" to sidecars and superbikes, everything is represented here for beginners and experienced pilots.  On foot and by bike around the RingThe fact that the Nürburgring can also be mastered on foot or by bike is impressively demonstrated by the athletes at the Hotfoot Run and at Rad am Ring. On 6 May, the famous obstacle course involves overcoming mountains of straw bales, mud pits and ice-cold pools of water. From 21 to 23 July, the cyclists take on the world's most demanding race track. The highlight of the event is the 24-hour cycle race over the combination of Grand Prix circuit and Nordschleife. But the Nürburgring is also popular with athletes beyond the event: a total of seven cycling and running events are scheduled for 2023. Here, amateur athletes can run or experience the legendary track on the various dates.  But even without a major event, the Nürburgring is always worth a visit. There is much to discover and marvel at. For example, the motorsport experience museum ring°werk, the ring°kartbahn with pure motorsport feeling, the Nürburgring eSports bar, the ring°kino with one of the largest 3D cinema screens in the region or various gastronomic highlights such as the Italian restaurant Lucia or the Bitburger Gasthaus in the ring°carré as well as the Devils Diner at the Nordschleife await the visitors. For those who want to take a look behind the scenes of the legendary race track, the backstage tour is just the right thing - including a visit to the winner's podium. > see the whole event calendar 2023 Start of the season with a new claim"nürburgring. we make your heart race."The Nürburgring is taking off with a new claim. Because the Nürburgring is more than just a race track. Nestled in the Eifel forests and firmly rooted in the region, it has been an international place of emotion, passion and unique stories for almost 100 years. And for Nürburgring fans from all over the world, it is one thing above all: a place of solidarity and community - a kind of home. The fact that emotional moments, people and a very special feeling of longing make up the Nürburgring will be visible and tangible this season under the new claim of the destination. From now on, the motto at the Nürburgring is: "we make your heart race". This claim stands for the passion of the employees of the Nürburgring companies, who see themselves as pioneers of unique moments and for the diverse experiences that the players and visitors experience here. It stands for goose bumps and heart throbbing, for adrenaline and joy, for an incomparable challenge.  These emotions can be triggered by a visit to the Nürburgring Endurance Series just as much as by an overnight stay right next to the race track at the Nürburgring Congress Hotel managed by Lindner. A ride in a kart, in the passenger seat of a racing car or in the simulator of the Nürburgring eSports bar also causes special palpitations - and taking part in a corporate event with a direct view of the race track is just as special. All of this is the Nürburgring emotion that creates special impressions and memories for everyone involved. Beyond the on-site experience, the Nürburgring feeling is transported all over the world. Through emotional scenes - for example in the live broadcast of a race by Nü or in the new image clip of the destination. And of course there are a variety of emotional image motifs from all events and moments at the Nürburgring via the Nürburgring communication channels.  No matter where, no matter when: everyone should have the opportunity to experience a piece of the Nürburgring and, of course, to feel for themselves what it means when it says: "nürburgring. we make your heart race."

Engine noises again at last: Teams test at the Nürburgring


The motorsport season at the Nürburgring is approaching in leaps and bounds. At the Nürburgring, racing teams from various series are conducting the final set-up runs and tests. The start will be made by the endurance competition cars from 10 to 12 March. During their test and set-up days, they will be driving on the combination of sprint track and Nordschleife. This will be directly followed by the test days for GT cars on the Grand Prix circuit on 13 and 14 March. Spectators who also want to get a taste of the season are welcome to visit the taster grandstand, the paddock and the Nordschleife. "Everyone praises what Nürburgring tests" - this saying has now been valid for over 95 years. Thanks to its challenging and versatile track variations, the legendary race track has been a sought-after terrain for motorsport enthusiasts from all over the world as well as for all those who develop and comprehensively test vehicles since its opening in 1927. Test and set-up days for competition vehicles from NLS, 24h, RCN | 10 - 12 MarchOn 10 March, the first engine noises will finally return for this purpose. The test and setting days will awaken the Nordschleife from its winter break. For three days, the warm-up of the competition cars of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring and RCN will take place. In preparation for the upcoming motorsport season in the Green Hell, racing will take place on the combination of the sprint version of the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife. Access to the paddock and the Nordschleife is free of charge for all visitors. Those who would like to get the best view of the pit lane and the start and finish straight can take a seat in the taster grandstand of the BMW M Power grandstand. Tickets are available for €2.50 per person at the info°center. Race teams can find more info and booking options at: . Test days for GT cars | 13 - 14 MarchThe test and set-up days are hardly over and the test days for GT cars will follow. On 13 and 14 March there will be ample opportunity for testing on the entire Grand Prix circuit. The taster grandstand will be open for spectators. Cheap tickets are also available at the info°center. Participant places for teams are available at: