16 September, Thursday

From now on: The paddock opens again for spectators / Free choice of seats in the grandstands

Finally: At the Nürburgring, spectators at events can now come back to the paddock. The gates to the paddock will open again this Saturday at the ADAC 1,000 kilometer race. At the final season races of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (25.09 & 09.10) fans can finally get up close and personal again. Another highlight: You can now choose your seats in the grandstands - tickets are no longer...
From now on: The paddock opens again for spectators / Free choice of seats in the grandstands


Finally: At the Nürburgring, spectators at events can now come back to the paddock. The gates to the paddock will open again this Saturday at the ADAC 1,000 kilometer race. At the final season races of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (25.09 & 09.10) fans can finally get up close and personal again. Another highlight: You can now choose your seats in the grandstands - tickets are no longer tied to a seat. Those who have been vaccinated, those who have recovered and those who have tested negative have access to the events. There are free test options on site.Important when booking tickets: For technical reasons, an exact seat must still be booked for the upcoming events. With the admission ticket, however, spectators can access all open grandstands, the paddock and the starting grid. An additional ticket is no longer required.Meanwhile, there are no access restrictions on the Nordschleife. Hiking, walking and cycling are possible along the route as usual. Special service: If you buy a ticket to visit the grandstands on the Grand Prix Track, you can also park your vehicle exclusively in the open parking areas at the Nordschleife with your parking ticket. These are the sections Brünnchen, Pflanzgarten and Hatzenbach.With the ADAC 1,000 kilometer race, a big name returns to the Green Hell this Saturday (September 18). Fans can look forward to historic motorsport from the 60s, 70s and 80s at the revival of the endurance classic. The combination of the Nordschleife and the sprint track is used. From Saturday, September 25th, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will be entering the home straight of its season. In the eighth and the final race of the season on October 8th, around 150 vehicles will again fight for trophies and points. The drivers compete in different classes in lightning-fast GT3 cars with around 500 hp, robust touring cars and near-series sports cars.

Sabine Schmitz Curve officially inaugurated


The Sabine Schmitz Curve was inaugurated on Friday evening at the Nürburgring. This means that the left-hand bend of the Nordschleife near Nürburg now officially bears her name. The unveiling of the new track section sign took place in the presence of her family. Born in Adenau, she was firmly associated with the race track throughout her life and was considered its best-known ambassador. She is the first female racing driver ever to be given her own curve at the Nürburgring in the circuit's over 90-years long history.With her own curve, the Nürburgring places Sabine Schmitz in the ranks of its most influential personalities. Besides her, only three other sections of the track bear the names of racing drivers: Formula 1 record world champion Michael Schumacher, Rudolf Caracciola, the legendary winner of the inaugural race in 1927, and Stefan Bellof. The latter had set the eternal lap record at a race event on the Nordschleife some 40 years ago during training for the 1000-kilometre race.The Sabine Schmitz Curve is located on the outskirts of Nürburg - the racing driver grew up only a few metres away from here. In addition, the location is quickly and easily accessible for spectators. Both were decisive criteria in the choice of the curve, because Sabine Schmitz had a unique bond with the fans and with her home. The curve will therefore also be a place of shared remembrance in the future.The racing driver spent her entire life at and on the 20.832-kilometre Nordschleife. For more than 30 years, she drove vehicles here at the limit - 33,000 laps in total. With her driving skills and her open-hearted manner, she achieved worldwide fame and was for example part of the British car magazine "Top Gear", among others. She was the first and so far the only woman to win the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 1996 and 1997. Sabine Schmitz died in March this year at the age of only 51.It doesn't stay quiet for long in the new Sabine Schmitz Curve. From early Saturday morning, the drivers chase through the Green Hell at the six-hour race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. A racing series in which Sabine Schmitz herself did her laps on the Nordschleife for decades. Photo: The sign was unveiled in the presence of her family - Klaus Abbelen, Ursula and Beat Schmitz - and ring spokesman Alexander Gerhard (from right to left).

Pre-Sale for NLS races 7 to 9 started


It is unique. The rich sound of the GT3 bolides, the booming sound of the production cars and Cup cars at the Nürburgring Endurance Series. For a while, fans of the Nordschleife championship had to do without this attractive mixture on site. That is history for the time being. There is good news from those responsible at the NLS. The pre-sale for the NLS races number seven to nine has started. A special highlight is that there is an additional 500 free extra tickets for the starting grid. For the first time, three spectator points at the Nordschleife will also be included in the hygiene concept and thus become official spectator seats. Ticket holders will have access to the popular zones at the Brünnchen, Pflanzgarten and Adenauer Forst. Exclusively ticket holders will also be granted access to these areas by car or caravan with an additional parking permit. Access is the magic word here. Every visitor must first book a seat on one of the grandstands in the Nürburgring online shop and take his seat there once. At the entrance to the booked grandstand, the 3Gs are recorded - a negative Corona test, full proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. Afterwards, fans are free to move around the open grandstand, visit the pit roof and the ring°werk or stay at the official Nordschleife visitor points Brünnchen/Pflanzgarten and Adenauer Forst. 500 bookers will also be given access to the starting grid through a free additional ticket, which must be selected in the online shop during the ordering process. Entrance will be via the historic paddock. Tickets are available from 18 euros per person. Children up to 14 years of age are admitted free of charge, but they also need a grandstand ticket, which can be booked online. For this purpose, parking tickets have to be booked in advance for 10 euros, which are then valid for the car park assigned to the corresponding grandstand and at the Nordschleife. With the purchase of a ticket, every fan also does something good! In addition to a fixed donation of at least €75,000, which will be handed over during the ROWE 6h Race, the VLN will donate €1 per ticket sold for the 6h Race to the flood victims in the Ahr Valley. In the ring°carré (formerly Eifeldorf Grüne Hölle) there is a test centre for free citizen tests. Dates can be booked under the following link:

In September 2022, the double header will become the "12 hours of Nürburgring"


In the Nürburgring Endurance Series, major events are casting their shadows. The people in charge of the Nordschleife Championship have developed an evident idea for market readiness. The double header, which was recently carried out for the second time, will become the “12 Hours of Nürburgring” next year. Even the date for this NLS season highlight has already been set. The premiere is on 10/11 September 2022 will be, which will also be enriched with an attractive supporting program off the track. On Saturday and Sunday, a section of six hours is driven, the first leading until dusk. The highlight of it all, however, is the 12-hour rating for the entire weekend. How is this guaranteed? By having Parc Fermé regulations apply after the first part on Saturday. In other words, the cars must not be worked on overnight. The following morning the hunt through the Green Hell continues. This also gives the teams the opportunity to invite sponsors and guests without the previous time pressure to prepare the vehicles. “Last year, the double header, born out of the corona situation, was a complete success. Everyone involved was enthusiastic, so we had a double event on our calendar this year as well. So we thought: why not a 12-hour race? We would like to use the break on Saturday evening to celebrate together with teams, fans and sponsors. In addition, there should be the possibility of camping at the Nürburgring”, says Christian Stephani, the managing director of VLN VV GmbH & Co. KG. Ralph-Gerald Schlüter, General Representative of VLN e.V. & Co. oHG, adds: “A particularly atmospheric highlight in the calendar is a significant added value for both spectators and participants. Together with the new scoring mode, which will be introduced in 2022, the ROWE 6h ADAC Ruhr-Pokal race and the 12 hours Nürburgring will be given greater weight. " There will be a total of eight events in the next year. There are six more races over a distance of four hours on the program. That promises even more breathtaking motorsport in the Nordschleife championship. The old season has not yet ended, but the anticipation for the new season can already be felt.

140 starters at the NLS double header


Two days of motorsport in a row are on offer at the "double header" of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. Races five and six of the NLS are scheduled for July 10 and 11, 2021, on the legendary Nordschleife. 140 race cars will race over the historic asphalt. The starting field has it all.  In the VT2 class alone, there are 20 starters, followed by the Cayman GT4 Trophy (18) and SP9, which is packed with GT3 cars (16). In the VLN production cars up to 2,000 cc displacement with turbo, diversity is once again the trump card. Hyundai i30N, Seat Leon, Opel Astra OPC, Renault Megane RS, Volkswagen Golf and Scirocco measure their strength against different BMW models.  Also in double figures is the V4 (10) with the reigning champions from Adrenalin Motorsport, Christopher Rink, Danny Brink and Philipp Leisen. With their BMW 325i, Brink and Leisen currently lead the overall NLS standings after three wins in the class of VLN production cars up to 2,500 cc. Close on their heels, however, are Daniel Blickle, Tim Scheerbarth and Max Kronberg from the Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey Racing, who have already won two of three races in their class with the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS from W&S Motorsport. Danish Dynamite is currently causing a sensation not only in the European Football Championship, which is currently taking place, but also in the NLS. In the Junior classification, the Danes Kaj Schubert and Lucas Daugaard are in the lead after three victories in the V5 class with a Porsche Cayman of the Young KRS Danes team. 27.17 points in the class of VLN production cars up to 3,000 cc displacement have also put the young Scandinavians in a promising position in the overall standings. Just 24 hours later, the drivers will have their next opportunity to score championship points. Klaus Abbelen contests a race at Monza on Saturday and then returns to the Green Hell for NLS 6. He will contest the race in the Frikadelli Porsche as a soloist. The same applies to Leonard Weiss, who will start the Wochenspiegel Ferrari on Sunday together with his father Georg Weiss and Jochen Krumbach after the Italian guest appearance. The motorsport drivers will not have to do without loud cheering on site during this double-header either. Tickets for grandstands T3 and T4 can only be booked online. Proof of health - tested, vaccinated or convalescent - is required. Children up to 14 years of age are admitted free of charge. There is no mask requirement at the seat. The ticket includes access to the ring°werk. Free citizen testing is available on site. Info at 

BMW Junior Team wins race of the Nürburgring Endurance-Series


A milestone for the BMW Junior team at the Nürburgring: Daniel Harper (20), Max Hesse (19) and Neil Verhagen (20) took their first victory in the Nürburgring Endurance Series in the BMW M6 GT3. In the 52nd Adenauer Rundstrecken Trophy, the fourth NLS race of the season, the trio crossed the finish line in first place after 28 laps. With an average age of 19.6, the BMW Junior team is the youngest winning team in the history of the race series. Second place went to Vincent Kolb and Frank Stippler in the Audi R8 LMS from Phoenix-Racing. The Lamborghini GT3 Evo from Konrad-Motorsport was piloted by Axcil Jefferies and Michele Di Martino in third place. The BMW Junior team already performed well in qualifying. Daniel Harper set the second fastest time: 7:52.691 minutes. The pole position was secured by Patric Niederhauser in the Audi R8 LMS from Lionspeed by Car Collection Motorsport. The Swiss set a new qualifying besttime with 7:52.374 minutes. Official records for the series can only be set in the race. It was Niederhauser who dominated the first third of the race. His fellow competitors Rocco Lorenzo, Patrick Kolb and Milan Dontje could not keep up with the speed in the further course. In the end, the quartet was classified in seventh place. The Konrad duo took the lead for a while until a puncture put the brakes on Jefferies and Di Martino for the time being. On lap 16, Harper in the Junior BMW took the lead and did not relinquish it until the finish. "Our first NLS win feels great," said Hesse. "We have had solid speed in previous races but it has gone unrewarded. The only downer is that 'Gustel' wasn't there today." Experienced BMW works driver Augusto Farfus is one of the team's mentors and has contested all races alongside the three youngsters so far. Hesse continued: "We owe him a lot and have learned an incredible amount from him. Now our goal is to just keep going. We still have a few races on the schedule and want to keep improving." Phoenix duo Kolb/Stippler were not unhappy with second place. "Even though some top cars were missing today, in the end it doesn't matter if you are fighting against six or 20 strong opponents," said Stippler. "Especially in the early stages, the power density was enormous and I had to make quite an effort to stay in front." Kolb, who took over the cockpit of the Audi R8 LMS in the second half of the race, added: "I already saw during Stippler's stints where the BMW had advantages and we had disadvantages. They simply had a bit more speed out of the corners. My stint was anything but easy and I'm very happy with second place." Satisfied with the second podium finish in Konrad-Motorsport's Lamborghini era were Jefferies and Di Martino. "I hope the knot has finally broken," said Di Martino. "We've had a really strong performance for a few races now, which unfortunately wasn't reflected in the results," Di Martino said. "And also today we had a puncture - so I have mixed feelings. In the end, though, the joy of third place outweighs the disappointment. "The race debut of the BMW M4 GT3 had to be postponed. The planned participation of the new race car in the fourth NLS race had to be cancelled at short notice. In an accident during the final phase of the test and set-up runs on Friday evening, the car was so damaged that it could not be repaired overnight. The cause of the accident is currently being analysed in detail by BMW M Motorsport.

Premiere of the BMW M4 GT3 at the Nürburgring Endurance Series


The Nürburgring Endurance Series starts its fourth race of the season on Saturday. A world premiere is in the offing. The new BMW M4 GT3 will be making its first race appearance. For the first time this year, spectators will again be able to follow the Nürburgring Endurance Series live on site. Tickets for the experience in the grandstands are already sold out. However, for all those who want to follow the race live on race day, the coverage and streams on the Nürburgring Youtube channel will be available as usual from 08:15 onwards, starting with the german livestream. The starting lights will turn green at 12 noon. more information & livestream The entire motorsport world will be looking towards the Nürburgring on Saturday lunchtime when Jens Klingmann and Sheldon Van Der Linde contest the first race with the BMW M4 GT3. The roll-out of the new car took place less than a year ago, on 18 July 2020. To date, the BMW team has completed more than 14,000 test kilometres - equivalent to more than 70 hours of track time - to put the successor to the M6 through its paces for racing. Now the first kilometers under real racing conditions will follow. "I'm incredibly looking forward to the premiere of the BMW M4 GT3. For me, this closes the M6 chapter and opens the new M4 chapter," says Klingmann. "The race entry already serves as preparation for 2022, when we will also compete in the Green Hell with the finished race car. The Nordschleife is always an important point in terms of development, because it has its own charm and pitfalls. For me, it's a great honour to be part of the first race." Growth in the GT3 class SP9 The BMW M4 GT3 does not yet have GT3 homologation at the test stage and will therefore compete in the specially designated SPX class. The GT3 class itself is well represented with 16 cars. Audi R8 LMS, BMW M6 GT3, Ferrari 488 GT3, Lamborghini GT3 Evo, Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Porsche 911 GT3 - there is hardly anything left to be desired. A new team from Italy will be taking to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the first time in race four: Dinamic Motorsport from Reggio Emilia near Modena. The team attracted attention with a third-place finish at last year's 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps. The drivers, however, are no newcomers to the Ring. Michele Beretta finished third in the 45th NIMEX DMV 4-Hour Race 2021 together with Nicki Thiim in the Phoenix Audi. Adrien De Leener last competed in the NLS in 2019 with IronForce. GT3 drivers make school Youngsters in GT racing are also finding their way to the Green Hell again. Jusuf Owega from Cologne and Swiss driver Ricardo Feller will start for Team Mathol Racing in a Porsche Cayman S. On his way to the Nordschleife licence (DPN), Feller, who competes in the ADAC GT Masters for Land-Motorsport, already took the first step at the third race and celebrated a class win in VT3. Owega, driving for Phoenix-Racing in the German GT Championship, celebrates his Nordschleife premiere. MSC Adenau drivers celebrate home race There is also growth in the smaller classes. For example, Marcel Senn and Oliver Füllgrabe are bringing a Seat Leon to the start for the first time this year in VT2 - with 22 touring cars, the most heavily populated class. The duo will start under the sponsorship of the organising MSC Adenau just like rent2drive-FAMILIA-racing with two Porsches and a Renault, Manheller Racing with two BMWs, Wagner Tuning Team Mertens Motorsport with a Hyundai i30N, Teichmann Racing with a KTM X-Bow GT4, X85racing with a Renault Clio or Ken, Ludo and Marc Stessens from Belgium, who will bring their Ford Mustang to the start in the H4 class for the first time.The Nürburgring Endurance Series livestream will bring the action from the Green Hell to fans' homes on the Nürburgring's Youtube channel. The broadcast starts at 08:15. The qualifying session from 08:30 to 10 a.m. will decide on the positions for the start at 12 noon. © Nürburgring Endurance Series / Daniel Reinhard



After snowfall made the season opener of the Nürburgring endurance series impossible three weeks ago, the forecasts for the NIMEX 45th DMV 4h Race are positive – not only in terms of weather – for everyone involved. Now things are finally going well, drivers and teams of 147 vehicles are looking forward to their first ride through the Green Hell. Most cars are in the GT3 class SP9. 20 cars from Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche Fighting for the day’s victory. New at the start compared to the opening race Michele Beretta and Nicki Thiim driving a second Audi R8 LMS for Phoenix Racing. Also deployed in 2021 by the team from Meuspath: The Weekly Mirror Ferrari. Georg Weiss, Daniel Keilwitz and Jochen Krumbach celebrate under the application ‚ WTM powered by Phoenix “ their comeback in the unique Nordschleife championship. New in the GT3 class of the NLS is CP Racing, the team around the US-American Charles Putman and Joe Foster. In the absence of his traditional HRT team, Nordschleife specialist Adam Christodoulou will be making a guest start for the debutants. Fast ladies enrich the field of participants in the Nürburgring endurance racing series, especially the Team GITI Tire Motorsport by WS Racing. Carrie Schreiner and Célia Martin will compete in the Audi R8 LMS GT4 under the motto “Girls Only. ” A pure women’s crew also brings the team AVIA Sorg Rennsport to the start. Here Pippa Mann, a driver with an Indycar background, and Christina Nielsen in class VT2 take the wheel of the BMW 330i. For Four Motors, Simona De Silvestro drives a Porsche Cayman GT4 in the alternative fuel class. In the Hyundai i30N by ROJA Motorsport by ASL Light Blue is Jessica Sofia Elisabet Bäckman Fabienne Wohlwend starts for the Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive in the VT2. Sophia Gachot is in the V5 for rent2drive-FAMILIA-racing in a near-series Porsche Cayman. A duel between two teams with female participation takes place in the SP3T. Michelle Halder competes with her Seat Cupra against Jasmin Preisig in Max Kruse Racing’s VW Golf GTi TCR. Katharina Lippka dares to rise from the RCN performance test to real racing at the NLS. The bank clerk from Neuss will start with a BMW 325i in class SP4. The only woman in SP9 is Janine Shoffner. She shares the cockpit of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 from GetSpeed Performance with Moritz Kranz and aims to win the class in the Am classification of the premier class. Matthias Malmedie celebrates his comeback in the Green Hell. The presenter, who lives in Cologne, was already on the Nordschleife in the early years of the millennium. Since 2007 he has been moderating the format “ GRIP - The Motormagazin” at RTL II, which he played a significant role in developing. He will tackle the race together with Markus Flasch and Jörg Weidinger in the BMW M2 CS Racing of the Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive. Strongly occupied Cup classes 19 vehicles can be found in the provisional list of participants in the Cup3. Constant drops are hitting the rock – in the sixth year of the Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey-Racing and in keeping with the 25th anniversary of the racing team from Meuspath, the class is celebrating a record-breaking field for starters. The two production car classes VT2 (18 cars) and V4 (16 cars) are also well-attended. With twelve M2 CS Racing, the BMW Cup of the same name is well-attended in its debut year. Seven cars in the CupX, the KTM X-Bow Cup powered by Michelin, are also impressive. Hygiene concept further refinedAlso race two of the Nürburgring endurance series takes place under special conditions due to pandemic conditions. Spectators at the race track are not allowed, the paddock is only accessible to a limited number of people per team. All team members entering the paddock must have a negative Corona test. Masks are generally required on the entire event grounds and people are required to observe distance and hygiene rules. The course of the event was organised in advance in such a way as to minimise contacts. For the NIMEX 45th DMV 4h Race, the procedure for submitting Corona test results and issuing tickets to drivers and team members is completely digitized and implemented without contact. The NIMEX 45th DMV 4h-Race will start punctually at 12 noon on Saturday over the distance of four hours. Prior to this, the positions on the starting grid will be determined in qualifying from 08:30 to 10:00. The livestream on, YouTube and Facebook will show the race action from the Green Hell from 08:30 - by the way, in 2021 at all races with spectacular live images from the ROWE-Heli. © NLS



The Nürburgring endurance series will take place as planned in 2021. “This means planning reliability for our teams and a large number of companies around the Nürburgring that live directly or indirectly from motorsport”, says Christian Stephani, Managing Director of VLN VV GmbH & Co. KG. “Preparations are also running at full speed and we are looking forward to a smooth season as possible.” The basis for the organization of the events is the NLS hygiene concept, which has been adjusted again compared to last year, and compliance with the Corona Occupational Safety Ordinance. In order to further minimise the risk of infection, access to the paddock will in future be reserved for those who can prove a negative Corona test. The wearing of medical masks (FFP2 or surgical masks) is mandatory in the entire paddock – outdoors and in all rooms. Furthermore, contacts are minimised as far as possible and the corresponding processes are adapted accordingly. Changes to the concept are possible at any time depending on the situation. For the time being, the Corona pit lane is no longer used this year. The unofficial starting signal for the 2021 NLS season will be given on 20 March at the traditional pre-season test. A week later, on 27 March, the starting lights for the 66th ADAC Westfalenfahrt turned green for the first time. According to the current regulations for sporting events, spectators will not be admitted for the time being in 2021. “Here, we are working together with the Nürburgring to find solutions”, says Stephani.