16 March, Thursday

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...
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:

DNLS: Double victory for Williams ESports


The digital division of the traditional British racing team Williams Racing celebrated a double success at the NIMEX 3.5h race. Will Tregurtha and Vasilios Beletsiotis go into the Christmas break of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series presented by Goodyear with a victory in their pocket. The duo triumphed in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 with a commanding lead of 28.68 seconds over teammates Marcel Marchewicz and Alessandro Bico. Third place went to Norbi Kiss and Bruno Spengler in the BMW M4 GT3 of Team BMW Bank. Pole position for the second race of the 22/23 season was secured by Sami-Matti Trogen in the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 with a time of 7:47.146 minutes. The Finn, who shares the cockpit with his compatriot Aleksi Elomaa, thus relegated Alexey Nesov in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mercedes-AMG Team URANO eSports to second place by 1.325 seconds. Tregurtha / Beletsiotis started the race from position three. In the race, Trogen initially defended the lead from Tregurtha, but then had to admit defeat to the Briton on lap seven. "We thought we were fast in qualifying. But when I saw Sami-Matti's time, I knew we weren't," said Tregurtha. "Then in the race everything went according to plan for us. We didn't know exactly what position we were in because of different strategies, but we knew we were really fast now. I am very happy about the victory." The new tyre model recently implemented in the iRacing race simulation, which simulates greater wear, suited the experienced GT driver. "It feels much better to me now, it's much closer to reality. I can handle it very well." Behind the top trio, Mercedes-AMG Team URANO eSports finished fourth and fifth ahead of the defending champions from AMG Team HRT by Unicorns of Love. Walkenhorst Motorsport had to settle for seventh place in the end. In the Cup2 class, PhoenixRacing eSport had the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in front at the end. Second place went to Team75 Bernhard by SimRC, Peter Bonk Per4mance finished third. "We benefited a little from the penalties and accidents of our competitors," said Fabian Hochstatter, who shared the Phoenix Porsche with Raphael Rennhofer. "Raphael drove two hammer stints at the beginning. After that, however, it became exciting once again. We didn't know for sure whether we would be lapped by the GT3 cars again. If we had, we might have had to do an extra lap and it would have been tight on fuel. It's good that it turned out like that in the end." The SP10 class was only decided in the final metres. The URANO duo of Dylan Scrivens and Constantin Tscharf saved a wafer-thin lead over BMW drivers Daniel Muth and Ben Kelly-McAuley with their Mercedes-AMG GT4. Third place went to BS Competition with drivers Phil Denes and Joshua W Anderson, also piloting a BMW M4 GT4. "I am absolutely speechless. We didn't expect this," said Scrivens. "We lost almost a minute due to an accident in the early stages. But we never gave up and had a superpace. In the end, our competitors also had problems and suddenly we were fighting for the win again." Team Heusinkveld made a strong comeback in SP3T. After a disappointing start, victory in DNLS2 was balm for the soul. The team won the race ahead of SimRC $DNLS and Impulse Racing. "We needed that," said Fabian Siegmann. The fact that he, together with Stefan Scheller, ended up on top was mainly due to their faultless driving. "In the starting phase, we drive like a string of pearls in the SP3T. That's when penalties that you can get weigh particularly heavily. This time we had the right pace and didn't make any mistakes." Christmas is just around the corner. For the DNLS participants, this is an opportunity to relax for a few days. "But not too long, then we already start training for DNLS3," says Siegmann. The Schütz Messtechnik 3h race will take place on 7 January 2023.

Race 2 of the digital Nürburgring Endurance Series is coming up


Bucket seat instead of Christmas market, steering wheel instead of mulled wine - this is the motto for the Saturday of the fourth Advent weekend. Race two of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series presented by Goodyear starts on 17 December. A few days before Christmas, the NIMEX 3.5h race is one of the last events of the year. The participants want to close 2022 with a good result. The four classes of the popular digital Nordschleife championship will be correspondingly exciting. The hot racing action will be delivered to the home screen by the LEGO Technic livestream at from 11:30 a.m. - the perfect contrast programme to the snow and ice on the doorstep. The season opener of the DNLS was a foretaste of what awaits the fans of virtual racing in the second race of the winter season 22/23. The race win between Dörr Motorsport and Walkenhorst Motorsport was decided in the final minutes of the opening race. A few seconds separated the protagonists when Alexi Elomaa lost control of his BMW M4 GT3 shortly before the Brünnchen and lost what he thought was an almost certain victory. This time, even more concentration is required because the race distance is 30 minutes longer. This not only offers the fans a lot more action, but also gives the teams new opportunities to achieve success through a perfect strategy. The field of participants in the H&R 3h Race was tight. Calculated on the fastest lap in the race, the fastest and slowest vehicle in the SP9 class were separated by just 7.366 seconds. Leading laps were collected by the winners, Dörr Esports (5), Walkenhorst Motorsport (13) and the AMG teams HRT by Unicorns of Love (5), WilliamsEsports (1) and URANO eSports (1). In the NIMEX 3.5h race, the two teams MJR eSports and SimScene Racing will make a guest start. The latter will be supported by Real driver Yves Volte, who won the KTM X-BOW CUP in NLS 2022 together with Felix von der Laden and Georg Griesemann. In the Cup 2 class, a number of virtual offshoots of the real NLS teams are fighting for the day's victory. Race one was won by Team75 Bernhard by SimRC ahead of PhoenixRacing eSports and Leipert eSports. Other well-known team names include KKRämer Racing Esports, Peter Bonk Per4mance and W&S e-Motorsport. In SP10, junior teams from Dörr Esports and Walkenhorst, among others, are represented. They will meet renowned sim racers in the service of CoRe SimRacing, BS-COMPETITION, URANO eSports and Team RSO. BCMC Motorsport and the Downforce Racing Team will be making guest appearances. The Hyundai Elantra N TC celebrated a good debut in the DNLS. The fastest race lap of the touring car from South Korea at the season opener was 8:41.659 minutes. This means that the Simracers lost only three laps to the leaders in the SP3T over the distance of three hours. SimRC $DNLS currently leads the standings, ahead of Impulse Racing and Puresim Esports. Free practice for the NIMEX 3.5h race will take place from 9am to 11:05am. The timed practice will be split into two parts. From 11:40 to 12:20, the Cup 2, SP10 and SP3T classes will fight for grid positions. The SP9 will complete the time hunt from 12:30 to 12:45. The race will start at 1 p.m. in four starting groups.

The champions crowned in golden autumn weather


At the 46th NIMEX DMV 4h Race, the season finale of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, all open decisions were made in golden autumn weather: Daniel Zils, Oskar Sandberg and Sindre Setsaas were crowned champions at the season finale on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. For their team Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive around team boss Matthias Unger, it is already the fifth title since 2018. With the third victory in a row, Jakub "Kuba" Giermaziak and Kim Luis Schramm secured Scherer Sport Team Phoenix first place in the prestigious NLS Speed Trophy. After 4:00:21.803 hours, Giermaziak and Schramm in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II were flagged off as winners. Vincent Kolb and Frank Stippler in the sister car finished second, 1:34.847 minutes behind. The fact that the two Audi duos were able to celebrate in this constellation for the third time in a row was also due to a technical problem with Walkenhorst Motorsport's BMW M4 GT3. Around an hour before the end of the race, Christian Krognes pitted for the last scheduled stop while leading the race. Due to problems with the BMW M4 GT3's fuel system, it was not possible to refill the planned amount of fuel and the stop lasted more than a minute longer than scheduled. To make matters worse, the Norwegian had to come into the pits for another fuel stop. "This has never happened to us before and we still have no idea what the problem was," Krognes explained. "Until then our car was running well and we were clearly on course to win." A small consolation: Krognes set a new lap record in the race in 7:49.578 minutes."The race was tricky. I lost a few positions in the early stages and then had to make up ground over the distance," said Giermaziak. "In terms of pace, we were on the same level as Stippi in the sister car and the guys in the Walkenhorst BMW. Due to different strategies, we were 'adjusted' to first place in the middle of the race before the BMW suddenly became really fast. In the end, the race went in our favour. To score another one-two for Scherer Sport Team Phoenix is fantastic." Kolb drew a positive conclusion to the season: "We had a fantastic season, with no retirements or technical problems. We finished on the podium six times in eight races. That's mega! We can go into the winter break with a good feeling." Victory in the Pro-Am classification of the SP9 class went to Jörg Müller, Mario von Bohlen and Anders Buchardt. The Am triumph was secured by Henry Walkenhorst, Friedrich von Bohlen and Alexander Prinz. AVIA W&S Motorsport takes the title in PETN Cup 2Daniel Blickle is champion of the drivers' classification in the Cup 2 class of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring. Together with David Jahn, the 44-year-old took fifth place overall and the third class win at the finale. The AVIA W&S Motorsport driver thus prevailed over Karsten Krämer and Christopher Brück of KKrämer Racing, who finished second in the race and in the championship.The champions of the Cup 3 class had already been decided before the final. Mauro Calamia, Ivan Jacoma and Kai Riemer took the fourth win of the season for Schmickler-Performance. Jacoma and Riemer won the PAGID Racing trophy for Gentlemen drivers. The new champions have petrol in their bloodThe car mania of Daniel Zils, Oskar Sandberg and Sindre Setsaas is not only evident on the race track - the three of them are also involved with cars off the track. Zils runs a vehicle wholesale business in Bendorf near Koblenz. Sandberg, as a McLaren technician, is deeply rooted in the field. The trained racing mechanic is employed by the Dörr Group in Frankfurt am Main. The head of the group is Rainer Dörr, Germany's most diverse sports car dealer and a long-time participant in the NLS. Finally, Setsaas is a driving instructor in his home town of Stjørdal, a municipality not far from Trondheim in Norway. "It doesn't really matter which race car you are in. The most important thing is that you win in the end. That's just a great feeling," says Setsaas. The 24-year-old Norwegian has been racing in the Nürburgring Endurance Series since 2018 and has scored ten class victories so far. His compatriot Sandberg can now look back on 21 successes. In 2014, the 30-year-old made his debut in the V4 class with a BMW 325i. The first vehicle Zils drove for his debut in the NLS in 2000 was one size smaller: a VW Polo. The 44-year-old has 82 class victories to his name. This puts Zils in eighth place in the eternal class-winner statistics of the Nordschleife championship and he is the pursuer of Nordschleife greats such as Heinz-Otto Fritzsche, Jürgen Nett, Peter Haas, Andreas and Ralf Schall, Johannes Scheid and Volker Strycek. Since completing his first race in 2009 alongside the current team boss Matthias Unger, he has remained loyal to the racing team from Heusenstamm - and extremely successfully. In 2017 and 2018 he finished second in the championship, and in 2021 he came third. "Actually, now would be exactly the right time to hang up the helmet," says Zils. "By winning the championship, I have fulfilled a big and long-cherished dream. But then I would be sitting in front of the livestream next year and it would be tingling again. All joking aside. I'm excited to see what Matthias Unger has planned for 2023." It almost goes without saying that Zils continues to count on Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive. Sandberg is one of the most successful Nordschleife drivers ever in 2022. "This was definitely my best year in motorsport," says Sandberg. "I took the class win at the TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring, celebrated the title in the RCN performance test a fortnight ago and now the championship in the NLS - you can't get more than that. The NLS title is of course the most important." Not only for the champions, but also for the other successful drivers of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, one date is marked very thickly in the calendar: 26 November. That's when the big 'Night of Champions' takes place at the Nürburgring and trophies and prize money are presented. One week later, the NLS will present itself at the Essen Motor Show. The Nordschleife Championship will be represented at the Nürburgring stand in Hall 3 from 3 to 11 December (preview day on 2 December).