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René Rast and "Kuba" Giermaziak celebrate first NLS victory

René Rast has already won a number of valuable races and titles in his long motorsport career. On Saturday, he was finally able to fill a gap in his trophy cabinet. The three-time DTM champion won the 45th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen together with Jakub "Kuba" Giermaziak. For both the Audi factory driver and the Pole, it was the first overall victory in a race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series...
René Rast and "Kuba" Giermaziak celebrate first NLS victory

25.06.2022

René Rast has already won a number of valuable races and titles in his long motorsport career. On Saturday, he was finally able to fill a gap in his trophy cabinet. The three-time DTM champion won the 45th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen together with Jakub "Kuba" Giermaziak. For both the Audi factory driver and the Pole, it was the first overall victory in a race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS). In the process, the Scherer Sport Team Phoenix driver in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 had to work hard, particularly in the final 30 minutes of NLS3. "Of course I had hoped that we would win. We had to fight hard for it, especially in the last two stints. It was a lot of fun for me. The BMW was extremely strong. Every victory, no matter in which race series, is valuable. Today's one is very important to me," said Rast. Christian Krognes was constantly breathing down his neck in the BMW M4 GT3 from Walkenhorst Motorsport. The Norwegian tried everything, once coming close to passing Rast when he attacked him on the outside at the height of the Bilstein corner, but ultimately traffic on the track prevented further promising moments. In the end, Krognes and teammate Sami-Matti Trogen were 4.673 seconds off the winning Audi R8 LMS GT3. "That was a close race. There was always a small gap but I couldn't close it. I did my best but René was very fast. We had changed a little bit on the setup of the car, that made the car a little bit more difficult to control. But, we had to try something to still be able to overtake him," said Krognes. Despite his best result in the NLS so far, Trogen, who comes from sim racing, also seemed a little disappointed: "We had the opportunity to win. The differences between real and virtual racing are marginal. Second place is a solid result." All-around, the day was a success for team boss Ernst Moser: Frank Stippler and Vincent Kolb finished third for the Audi crew with a gap of 2:20.775 minutes. "My start was good, I had a good duel with 'Uncle' Stolz. In the lead, I handed over to Vincent and he did a good job, even though he had recently been sick with Corona. It was unclear whether he would be able to keep up the stints. So P3 was the optimum and we are overjoyed. Congratulations to the sister car, this is a great result for Phoenix," said Frank Stippler and Kolb added: "My first stint was a bit sloppy, I lost some time. In the last stint I was able to get some time back. I've now had ten days of Corona. That's why I'm satisfied on the whole." Hubert Haupt unlucky, puncture in promising positionFor a long time it looked like a three-way battle between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG. But 77 minutes before the end Hubert Haupt had to park his Mercedes-AMG GT3 in third position with a puncture on the left rear at the Döttinger Höhe. Together with Luca Stolz, the team boss of the Haupt Racing Team had at times even been at the front of the large field on the legendary Nordschleife. A whole Mercedes armada just missed the podium. Luca-Sandro Trefz, Patrick Assenheimer and the young Swiss Julien Apotheloz, who drove very spiritedly, especially in the first part of the race, secured fourth place for Landgraf Motorsport ahead of the two Schnitzelalm Racing teams Marcel Marchewicz and Miklas Born as well as Carrie Schreiner and Peter Terting. The performance of US American Janine Shoffner and her partner Moritz Kranz was again strong. The duo won again in the SP9 Am class in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Team GetSpeed at the NLS comeback despite adverse conditions. Due to a yellow offense in qualifying, they had to start from the last position of the group. "I missed the Nordschleife, it's nice to be back here. And then to be able to take a class win again directly, that feels great," said Shoffner. Class victory in CupX for birthday boy Felix von der LadenIn the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring Cup2, Team Black Falcon repeated its class win from NLS2 with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) and drivers Tobias Müller and Paul Harkema. In Cup3, Jens Moetefindt, Moritz Oberheim and Thorsten Wolter of Team FK-Performance Motorsport took advantage of technical problems experienced by the winners of the first two races, Mauro Calamia, Ivan Jacoma and Kai Riemer, to score their first success of the season. The trio from Schmickler Performance powered by Ravenol only finished sixth this time. Janis Waldow also celebrated a class win with Max Lamesch and Andreas Patzelt in the debut of Waldow Performance with the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in SP10. Felix von der Laden gave himself a present on his 28th birthday: first place in the CupX class together with Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth and Yves Volte in the KTM X-Bow GTX from Teichmann Racing. Adrenalin trio leads the championshipLeading the championship after three races are Oskar Sandberg, Sindre Setsaas and Daniel Zils, who celebrated their third victory in the VT2 class with rear- + all-wheel drive in the BMW 330i (G20) of Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive. Hot on their heels are two-time Cup2 winners Müller/Harkema (BLACK FALCON Team IDENTICA); third are JayMo Härtling and Michael Sander, who took one win and two second places in their class with Schnitzelalm Racing's BMW M240i Racing. The NLS continues on July 9 with the ROWE 6h ADAC Ruhr Cup Race.

Exciting duels at the 45th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen of the NLS

23.06.2022

The first quarter of the season in the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) has been completed. After a two-month break, the 45th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen is scheduled for next Saturday (June 25, 2022). Expected at sunny temperatures around 22 degrees anything but a lukewarm motorsport air around the legendary Nordschleife. The field of participants promises exciting duels for top positions in all classes and red-hot action. Tickets are available for a family-friendly 18 euros per person (children under 14 free). This not only gives access to the open grandstands at the Grand Prix Track and the exclusive spectator areas Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten, but also to the paddock, the pit lane and the starting grid. First of all, the focus is on the overall standings. After two races, nine drivers are in the lead with 30 points each. These are, on the one hand, the drivers Felix Schumann, Michael Paatz and Timo Hochwind from the Mathilda Racing Team LAVO Carwash in their Volkswagen Scirocco R from the VT2-FWD class. On the other hand Oskar Sandberg, Daniel Zils and Sindre Setsaas (Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive) in the BMW 330i from VT2-R+4WD. And last but not least Mauro Calamia, Ivan Jacoma and Kai Riemer from Cup3 with the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS from Team Schmickler Performance powered by Ravenol. It could hardly be closer. Immediately behind them follow cars and drivers from the classes CUP2, V4, BMW M240i, V5 and BMW M2 CS. So the calculation to make more classes possible master classes with the new points system works out and underlines that the new points scheme of the NLS is already a successful one and provides for more diversity. Three-time DTM champion René Rast drives with GiermaziakOf course, as always, the SP9 cars will be particularly in the spotlight over the course of the four-hour race. An interesting pairing will start for Scherer Sport Team Phoenix in the Audi R8 LMS GT3. Driving with Poland's Jakub "Kuba" Giermaziak is three-time DTM Champion René Rast, who celebrated his 25th DTM victory last weekend at Imola (ITA). "I really enjoy racing on the Nordschleife," said Rast. "It's a lot of fun to drive the R8 there. I haven't driven an NLS race for a long time and have never won one. Therefore, it's about time."Schnitzelalm Racing brings a touch of romance to NLS, with Carrie Schreiner forming a fast pair for the first time with her boyfriend Peter Terting in the Mercedes AMG GT3 as part of the NLS. "I am full of anticipation for the upcoming weekend. We have worked hard to put together a good package. I am convinced that I can learn a lot from Peter. He has already proven on all kinds of cars that he can be very fast. I will definitely enjoy every second, on the best race track in the world, on a GT3 car and then together with my friend. This is very special for me," says Carrie Schreiner. Janine Shoffner back in the Nürburgring Endurance SeriesIn the Pro-Am class, Janine Shoffner is making a comeback. She is back in action for Team GetSpeed with Moritz Kranz in the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Last year, the US-American was the first driver to take on the challenge of racing solo on the Nordschleife in a GT3 car. Prior to that, she won the Am class classification of SP9 in 2021 in the NLS six times in a row with a wreath and thus also the associated class winner's trophy. She also finished the season as the NLS Ladies Trophy winner. The Junior Team starts with the new BMW in SP8T Hardly had they said goodbye, they are already back on the mat. We are talking about the drivers of the BMW Junior Team. Daniel Harper, Max Hesse and Neil Verhagen are competing in the SP8T with the recently presented BMW M4 GT4 Concept. In the VLN TCR class, Scherer Sport is also causing a stir with the entry of the new Audi RS3 LMS. In addition to the former VLN Junior Christoph Breuer, the car will be driven by the "golden Leuchter" Benjamin Leuchter and Andreas Gülden. The car is supported by the new Scherer Team Project, which is made up of employees from various Scherer Group companies. Janis Waldow competes in SP10 with a new carSome people will rub their eyes in surprise when Janis Waldow climbs out of the cockpit in the pit lane. Because this time the man from Bonn is not driving a Renault Mégane RS or Alpine A110 GT4 as usual. Together with Max Lamesch and Andreas Patzelt, Waldow Performance is bringing a Mercedes-AMG GT4 into the grid. "We are starting with Mercedes as a new brand in addition to our existing program. We see this as a new challenge and want to position ourselves more broadly for the future. For us, we have identified the Mercedes GT4 as the suitable vehicle. We want to be competitive in the SP10 class. I am very much looking forward to the new project. I'm excited to see how the new project will start this weekend," says Janis Waldow. Those who can't watch the race live on site should tune in to the elaborately produced livestream on Saturday morning. The broadcast with gripping footage from the ROWE helicopter, numerous onboard cameras and the KW-SlowMo starts at 08:15 and ends with the podium ceremony at around 16:30.

Camping at the Nordschleife at the 12h Nürburgring

15.06.2022

The advance sale for the limited camping tickets at the 12h Nürburgring (September 9-11, 2022) is open. For the first time, fans of the Nürburgring Endurance Series will have the opportunity to camp at the Brünnchen section of the circuit - with toilets, showers, water supply and lighting. Tickets can be ordered here. "The 12h Nürburgring will be a season highlight in more ways than one, and one that deserves the name," says Michel Pathe, Managing Director of VLN VV GmbH & Co. KG. "Camping at the Nordschleife is an elementary part of this - in addition to the race itself with its sporting challenge as well as the colorful supporting program that we offer spectators around the Grand Prix circuit. "Person tickets for camping from Thursday evening to Sunday are available in advance. The other fees for vehicles, trailers, etc. according to the known cost structure of the Nürburgring for demand camping sites will be charged on site (click here for the price overview). Also available online are weekend tickets for access to the open grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit, the paddock, pit and gridwalk - children up to 14 years free - as well as tickets for the big 90s party on Saturday evening in the ring°arena.The 12h Nürburgring will start at 14:30 on Saturday afternoon. Part one continues into the twilight hours until 20:30. Overnight, parc fermé regulations will prevail. Teams are not allowed to work on the race cars. On Sunday morning, the restart will take place with a new starting procedure in which the cars will be sent back into the race in the intervals with which they were waved off the night before. Entertainment is also provided off the race track. In addition to the 90s party in the night from Saturday to Sunday, exhibitions by BMW M and the Porsche Club Nürburgring, the Haribo Road Show as well as the 'RPR1 On Tour Livemobil' invite visitors to stroll along the ring°boulevard and the ring°carré during the day. Spectators can also visit the motorsport experience museum ring°werk. Admission is free for all ticket holders.

Nürburgring once again becomes a pilgrimage site for motorsport fans at the 12h race

07.06.2022

From 9 to 11 September 2022, the Nürburgring will offer motorsport entertainment at the highest level. At the premiere of the 12h Nürburgring, there will be a varied programme for the spectators on and off the race track. Six hours of racing action on Saturday and Sunday will be garnished by the big 'Back to the 90's' party in the ring°arena and a colourful programme on the ring°boulevard and in the ring°carré, where there will be plenty to discover. At the NLS season highlight, on-demand camping sites will also be open at the Nordschleife from Thursday evening to Sunday. Tickets for the 12h Nürburgring are available online at www.nuerburgring.de. Weekend tickets are available for 42 euros per person. Young people up to 14 years of age are admitted free of charge. The 12h Nürburgring will feature a sporting novelty. The race will be run in two sections of six hours each. The special feature is that on Sunday morning, the cars will return to the race track in the same intervals as they were waved off on Saturday evening at 8:30 pm. The procedure is comparable, for example, with the pursuit race in the biathlon.On Saturday evening, the start-finish straight becomes a parc fermé after the flag-off. No work is allowed on the cars overnight. On Sunday morning, all the cars will move into the pit lane, where they will line up in three rows after the finish. The winner of part one will be the first to start from the pit lane. The other cars follow in the same distance as when they crossed the finish line on Saturday. Code-60 then applies throughout the circuit. Once all the cars have started the race, the speed limit is lifted and the chase is on. From the grandstand into the ring°arena: 'Back to the 90's'After part one of the race, the party 'Back to the 90's' will be going on in the ring°arena on Saturday evening. The journey back in time to the age of boy bands, neon colours and wild hairstyles will be accompanied by the show acts Masterboy & Beatrix Delgado, Candela Squad, Caught in the Act, Loona and the Mütze Katze DJ team. The event starts with the falling of the chequered flag at 20:30. Tickets for 'Back to the 90's' can be booked online at www.nuerburgring.de. Buyers who book a 12h Nürburgring ticket at the same time will receive a € 5.00 discount on the party ticket in the Nürburgring online shop. Camping at the Nordschleife for the first time at the NLS For the first time at the 12h Nürburgring, the demand camping sites around the Nordschleife will be opened at an NLS race. This gives race fans the opportunity to set up camp and enjoy the Green Hell, just like at the 24h race.

This Saturday: Nürburgring Endurance Series!

21.04.2022

The NLS family is in for a great day of racing on Saturday, 23 April 2022, with interesting constellations and new top teams. 160 named racing cars make up a top-class field of participants in the 53rd Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy. At the third NLS race, everything that is highly popular with the fans will be at the start: from the popular Dacia Logan to the wacky SCG004c of the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and from RCN champion Dario Stanco to the reigning DTM champion Maximilian Götz. Of course, stars like cult rapper Smudo and YouTuber Felix van der Laden will not be missing either.  So there's a lot on offer when the racing cars set off on the four-hour distance through the Green Hell at 12 noon on Saturday. If that's not enough for you, you can experience hands-on motorsport at the Nürburgring Endurance Series: Tickets are available for a family-friendly 18 euros per person (children up to 14 years free) at www.vln.de/tickets. This not only takes you to the open grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit and the exclusive spectator areas Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten, but also to the paddock, the pit lane and the starting grid. A visit to the ring°werk, the motorsport experience museum at the Nürburgring, is also included in the ticket price. Underdog meets visionaryIt is the incredible diversity that makes the Nürburgring Endurance Series so appealing. 'Doom', Michael and Yannik Lachmayer start with their Dacia Logan in the SP3 class against strong competition. The opponents rely on Toyota GT86 and Renault Clio. At the other end of the performance scale, the retro-futuristic SCG004c from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus shines. Initiated by automotive enthusiast James Glickenhaus from the USA, the small-series sports car clearly borrows from the Italian sports car classics of the late sixties. The SCG004c is piloted by Thomas Mutsch, Felipe Fernández Laser and Franck Mailleux.On the driver's side, RCN champion Dario Stanco represents the typical amateur sportsman. With his Seat Leon, he won the RCN performance test on the Nürburgring Nordschleife last year. Together with his two brothers Armando and Luca, he is now entering the Seat in the NLS for the first time. Dario Stanco has gained experience in the Nordschleife championship in the past three years with TMG GT86. Opposite him is Maximilian Götz, who became the first GT3 champion in the "new" DTM last year. The 36-year-old will contest the Adenauer Rundstreckentrophy in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed together with Adam Christodoulou and Maro Engel. The trio is one of the strongest crews in the field and can have a say in the victory. New top teams at the start of NLS3For the first time this year, the British racing team TF Sport is taking part in the NLS. Marco Sørensen, David Pittard and Maxime Martin want to build on their victory in NLS8 last year with the Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Toksport WRT is making its debut in the NLS. The abbreviation WRT stands for World Rally Team. Nevertheless, the team based in Quiddelbach, not far from the Nürburgring, was also successful with Mercedes-AMG on the circuit in the past. Now they are switching to Porsche. Julien Andlauer, Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet - all experienced Nordschleife specialists - will pilot the Porsche 911 GT3 R at the premiere. For the first time this year, Octane 126 with the Ferrari 488 GT3 and ROWE RACING with two BMW M4 GT3 will do the honours in the Nürburgring Endurance Series. The GT3 class thus has a provisional total of 25 cars, which will almost certainly fight it out for victory. Interesting constellations in the SP8T and SP-X classesIn the SP8T class, two BMW M4 GT4 Concepts are on the entry list. Entered by BMW M Motorsport and driven by Stef Dusseldorp and Jörg Weidinger in the #51 and Philipp Eng and Erik Johansson in the #54, the model designation G82 is the indicator that this is the successor to the BMW M4 GT4, which has been successful for years not only in the NLS but also in GT4 series worldwide. At the start in the SP-X are the two KTM X-Bow GT2s from True Racing. And the driver line-ups make one sit up and take notice: Ferdinand and Johannes Stuck alternate with Markus Palttala and Christian Menzel, the sister car is driven by Reinhard Kofler, Mads Siljehaug, Maximilian Hofer and Tim Heinemann.

Test and set up days: Over 100 cars on the track, thousands watching!

20.03.2022

Great return of the race cars to the Nürburgring Nordschleife: After almost five months of winter break, well over 100 race cars took advantage of the weekend's test and set-up days. From Friday to Sunday, the Nürburgring's endurance drivers tested the conditions on the track and ran in their cars for the 2022 season. Thousands of spectators were also present, who finally got a taste of racing air again in the paddock and around the track. Now everything is ready for the first race of the year: the Nürburgring Endurance Series next Saturday, 26 March. Benny Leuchter was very satisfied with how the weekend went. "We have reorganised and expanded again in the winter. I am very happy that we are competing in the TCR class again this year. Above all, we are happy that the fans are back at the track," said the co-owner of Max Kruse Racing. This year, the team is fielding an Audi RS3 LMS in addition to the two familiar VW Golfs. There's still plenty to do there. "I also did a few laps myself, which was a great feeling to finally be behind the wheel again. I did a lot of testing with our new TCR Audi, on the suspension and on the air pressures of the tyres. There are a few differences to the Golf. That's why I'm a development driver and team boss at the same time," says Leuchter. But it's not only the drivers and the cars that are putting the finishing touches to the upcoming racing season, which starts on 26 March with the 67th ADAC Westfalenfahrt, but the track has also been spruced up again over the turn of the year, which Leuchter confirms: "The feedback from the drivers is very positive. Marek Schaller, our youngest driver, is completely thrilled, he would prefer to only drive long runs." Marco Seefried expects faster lap times Over a distance of 2.5 kilometres, the asphalt was renewed on the Grand Prix circuit and on the Nordschleife around the areas of Döttinger Höhe, Antoniusbuche, Tiergarten, Hohenrain chicane up to the Sabine Schmitz bend. "You have to approach the Green Hell again every year not only because of the repair work. I always approach it with humility. Especially on the transition to the Nordschleife, on the first left-hand bend, there is now tremendously more grip. That will have an effect on the times," says Marco Seeefried, who will climb into a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Falken Motorsports. "It's always nice to come back to Nordschleife. The weather is also perfect, as always," says the GT3 specialist with a grin. "It makes you hungry for more. Luckily, I had the chance to race in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the winter - but you can't compare that to the interesting track and family here." Klaus Abbelen is taking it a step smaller this year. The Frikadelli Racing team boss is competing in a Cup2 Porsche in the new Porsche Endurance Trophy-Nürburgring one-make cup. "I've taken part in the set-up day so often, somehow it's routine for me by now. But once you've done the first lap, it's really fun again. A GT3 is a different matter, but it's hard to drive it at the limit with any car. Although, I always drove so that I could go back to work on Monday morning. I still keep it that way. You don't have to break anything," says Abbelen. Next Saturday, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will start its 46th season. Tickets for the grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit and the very popular spectator seats in the Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten areas are available from 18 euros. The tickets also include a visit to the paddock, the pit lane, the starting grid and the motorsport experience museum ring°werk. Children up to 14 years of age are admitted free of charge. Click here for the ticket shop.  Meanwhile, the Nürburgring Test Days 2022 are also getting off to a flying start: From 28 - 31 March, a total of four days are planned on the sprint track for Formula & GT cars from various classes. And on 4 and 5 April, trucks of the FIA European Truck Championship (ETRC) will test on the same track for the first time. Nürburgring fans will be familiar with the almost 1500-hp race trucks from the International ADAC Truck Grand Prix! 

Nürburgring starts 2022 season with full calendar

17.03.2022

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.

Nürburgring Tryout and Set-up Sessions: Paddock open for spectators!

09.03.2022

Good news for fans: The paddock opens! Spectators can once again get up close to the teams as they prepare for the upcoming Nordschleife season during the official Tryout and Set-up Sessions (18 - 20 March). Admission to the paddock, the BMW M grandstand (T3) and the grandstand T12a costs a slim 5 euros per day. Meanwhile, the car parks around the Nordschleife will be open as usual. > Everything about the Tryout and Set-up Sessions at a glance The Nürburgring Tryout and Set-up Sessions bring the diversity of motorsport to the Nordschleife right at the start of the season. Traditionally, the engine noises return to the Green Hell. On 18 to 20 March, Friday to Sunday, the teams collect their first kilometres of the year at the Ring. The cars - mainly participants in the Nürburgring Endurance Series, the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring and the Rundstrecken Challenge - will then be on the road on the Nordschleife and the sprint version of the Grand Prix Track. Please note: on Fridays only on the sprint track! Admission to the paddock and the grandstands is 5 euros per day. Children up to 14 years of age can come free of charge. Tickets for the Tryout and Set-up Sessions are only available on site at the info°center on the days of the event. The 2G rule applies. A medical mask must be worn wherever the distance of 1.50 metres cannot be maintained. As well as in all indoor areas. The same applies around the Nordschleife: keep your distance! The parking areas at the Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten are open.  TIMETABLE TRYOUT AND SET-UP SESSIONS Friday, 18 March: 12:00 - 17:30 (Sprint Track) Saturday, 19 March: 09:00 - 16:30 (NLS variant) Sunday, 20 March: 08:00 - 16:30 (NLS variant)

Michael Bork on the 12h Nürburgring: There has never been anything like this on the Nordschleife

08.03.2022

Michael Bork in an interview about the "12h Nürburgring", which will be staged for the first time in 2022 from 9 to 11 September in the Green Hell. The Sports Director and Race Director of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) talks about the special features of the sporting regulations as well as the biggest challenge at this unique race. Why did the double-header, which was born out of necessity in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic, become a 12h race?Together with the Nürburgring, we are constantly thinking about how we can improve the Nürburgring Endurance Series, develop it further and make it more attractive and interesting for our teams, participants, partners and fans. These thoughts and considerations have led to the creation of something new - a highlight. This is how the idea was born to hold a race over two days, with an appealing supporting programme for the spectators and for our teams, participants and partners. The response to this idea was positive throughout...Yes, that's right. After I, as the sports director of the NLS, together with Christian Stephani and Ralph-Gerald Schlüter, had put together more detailed thoughts on this in several jour fixe, we also presented the whole thing to the ILN, the Interessengemeinschaft Langstrecke Nürburgring, among others. Several teams were present. They immediately approved of it. To date, we have not received any fundamental rejection of the 12-hour race. A question that is often asked: Why is the 12h race divided into two sections? Why is it not run for twelve hours in one piece?That is actually the only point of discussion. The teams and drivers would like to drive the twelve hours in one piece without interruption. Of course, this would be the most correct and fairest solution from a sporting point of view. But we deliberately decided to split the race to give it the character of a multi-day event. In the future, we hope to have frame series in addition to the event programme. We want to make it a great weekend for everyone. Everything the Nürburgring has to offer should be included. Many teams have a limited budget and fear that the costs will be too high. But the entry fees are lower in relation to the race distance, for example....The entry fee is double that of a 4h race because we wanted to make the whole thing attractive, we didn't want to overstretch anything. That's why we made this clear announcement. We also have to wait and see the response. A 12-hour race divided into two days is not an everyday occurrence. This is something completely new, especially in terms of how we interpret it from a sporting point of view. We have had positive feedback, but we don't yet know what the teams and spectators will come to the first event. In this respect, we have tried to make it reasonable, also with regard to the entry fee. How do the sporting regulations of a 4-hour race differ from those of a 12-hour race?Basically, it is a two-part 12h race. The procedures of the 6h part 1 on Saturday and the 6h part 2 on Sunday are as usual, just as the participants and fans know it in the NLS. However, everything that happens between the interruption of the race from 9.30 pm on Saturday evening and the resumption of the race from 10 am on Sunday morning is completely new for all teams and drivers involved, as well as for us in the organisation and race management. That's why Article 18.7 in the sporting regulations for the 12-hour race has turned out to be much more extensive than I had thought in advance. There are many special and exceptional cases to consider. For example, anyone who retires on Saturday due to a technical defect or a collision should be given the opportunity to participate again in the second half of the race on Sunday. There are special parc fermé regulations, we have to exclude, among other things, that vehicles that are in the pit lane when they are waved off immediately start repairs. There is a level playing field to be created. That makes it very extensive. On Saturday there will be racing from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., why were these times chosen?It is our intention to drive into the darkness on Saturday. From 8 p.m., depending on the weather, we will drive into the twilight and want to have this special evening atmosphere at the 12h race. We don't want to be compared with the 24h race or create anything comparable with it. It is important to us that the teams with their helpers and guests, with the drivers, the sponsors and the family can have a nice evening together immediately after the race break. We have learned from the double-header. The atmosphere in the paddock on Saturday evening was fantastic. Teams and drivers who finish first in their class on Saturday but drop out on Sunday due to an accident, for example, receive pro rata points. How exactly is that regulated? In the 12-hour race, there will of course be the most points compared to the 4-hour or 6-hour race if you complete both halves of the race. We also have a new scoring system this year. But, assuming a team drops out in the second part on Sunday, it will not have driven in vain, but will receive pro rata points for the first half, so to speak for the unofficial intermediate result. The same applies vice versa in the event of a retirement on Saturday. The re-start procedure on Sunday is likely to be a challenge if the cars go back on the track one by one in the time intervals achieved the day before...As far as I know, there has never been such a re-start procedure in motorsport. It will be a big challenge for the race control. But we have put a lot of thought into it and we are confident that the procedure will work. After the end of the night-time parc fermé on Sunday morning, the cars will be sorted into three lanes in the pit lane in the order in which they crossed the finish line on Saturday. And this is according to the time of day. With these intervals, for example six or twelve seconds, we send the cars out onto the track. That presupposes that the drivers cooperate, that they are concentrated and, if possible, that they don't stall the car, then the track would be blocked. We have to take something like that into account. That's why we're going to be very good about this with a lot of people. The first lap is a full-course code 60, so the time gaps between the cars are maintained. Then, when all the cars are out, the race is reopened by simultaneously showing the green flags on the entire circuit and retracting the Code 60 signs. Photo: Nürburgring Endurance Series