14 December, Tuesday

Nürburgring announces dates for tourist drives in 2022

Nürburg. The new management at the Nürburgring officially starts their work on January 1st. Nevertheless, Ingo Böder and Christian Stephani have already made an important decision: The prices for tourist trips remain stable - despite inflation and despite increased costs. At the same time, the race track is publishing the dates for the 2022 tourist drives on the Grand-Prix track and the...
Nürburgring announces dates for tourist drives in 2022


Nürburg. The new management at the Nürburgring officially starts their work on January 1st. Nevertheless, Ingo Böder and Christian Stephani have already made an important decision: The prices for tourist trips remain stable - despite inflation and despite increased costs. At the same time, the race track is publishing the dates for the 2022 tourist drives on the Grand-Prix track and the legendary Nordschleife. This also includes the highlight weekends such as the “Green Hell Driving Days” and the Easter weekend, which offer several days of driving fun at a time. For frequent drivers there is still the offer of the season card, which is available from January 11th. "In these times, when so many things are getting more expensive, we want to give the fans of our racetrack a piece of consistency," says the future management of the Nürburgring operating company. The decision in favor of stable prices is therefore also a sign of solidarity in difficult times. In addition to occasional drivers from all over the world, a large community of fans has formed who regularly drive their own vehicles on the track. The rules for driving as part of the tourist drives are very simple: In principle, anyone who has a driver's license and a registered, roadworthy car or motorcycle can drive on the Grand-Prix track or the Nordschleife. The rules of the road traffic regulations apply. This means that, for example, the right-hand drive applies and overtaking is therefore only permitted on the left. A stopwatch is also not allowed to run while driving. These rules define the tourist trips as a ride for everyone and clearly separate them from racing events.  Tourist trips almost daily - first date on March 12th The Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG has now published the dates for everyone who wants to take the historic race track under their own wheels. The official start of the tourist driver season will be given on Saturday, March 12th. From March 21st, things really get going: the racetrack opens its barriers to private drivers almost every day. The Green Hell Driving Days and the Easter weekend promise to be real highlights again. From April 15 to 18, from June 16 to 19 and from October 1 to 3, the Nürburgring can be used for several days from morning to evening. A round of the Nordschleife starts at 25 euros In addition to the dates in 2022, our website offers the option of  topping up credit for tourist trips. With a customer account, everyone can keep an eye on their personal data. Since the lap prices remain stable in the sixth year, a lap on the Nordschleife still costs 25 euros from Monday to Thursday and 30 euros from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays. On the Grand-Prix track, regardless of the day of the week, the 15-minute stint is also available for 30 euros. Anyone looking for unlimited driving pleasure is well advised with the season card. It is available for 2,200 euros and entitles you to drive on the Nordschleife and the Grand-Prix track. Until it starts again, the fans have to be patient a little longer. The asphalt on the wintry Nürburgring is currently being renewed. The work will be completed in time for the start of the season and then, as usual, offer all drivers the best conditions.

New management - dual leadership at the Nürburgring


Nürburg. The future management of Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG has been established. The operating company of the racetrack is starting the new year with the two leaders: Ingo Böder and Christian Stephani. Both are firmly rooted in the ring and the region. With their in-depth experience in the event and sales sector, they should continue to drive the development of the unique Nürburgring destination. The new management will start work on January 1, 2022. A stringent further development of the racetrack, the retention of lived values, and the versatile know-how from its own team: with the presentation of its new management, the Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG is setting a clear signal for the future and a proven philosophy. Because despite many external applications for the management position, an internal Nürburgring solution was found in Ingo Böder and Christian Stephani. Both have in-depth knowledge of business and event locations and can therefore tackle current tasks and future projects immediately. This year, Böder took on the role of “Head of Events & Operations” at the racetrack and previously gained 17 years of experience in a managerial role at a large event agency. Christian Stephani has been working in various positions at the Nürburgring for ten years now: eight years in sales for the Nürburgring operating company and since 2019 as managing director of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. He successfully faced the challenges here for two years.  Managing director rooted in the race track and region Both managing directors grew up not far from the Nürburgring and are rooted in the region. Ingo Böder comes from a place in the Adenau community, Christian Stephani from near Mayen. That is why the Nürburgring has been with them since childhood. The dual leadership will bring their respective core competencies fully into the Nürburgring business in the future. Christian Stephani therefore also takes on the management of sales, Ingo Böder remains responsible for the "Events & Operations" area. With the direct operative involvement of the management, Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG expects even faster and more efficient coordination and decision-making processes. In addition, the contact in the region should continue to be actively lived. The new management team has the best prerequisites for all of this.  Statements: Ingo Böder, Managing Director Nürburgring: “I came to the Nürburgring in order to be able to contribute my many years of experience in the event industry. Due to the many event formats that are held here every day, the task not far from my home town appealed to me from the start. From formula training to tourist drives and from the 24-hour race to Rock am Ring, there is a globally unique portfolio and diverse requirements. Now I am looking forward, in the role of managing director and with a strong team at my side, to advance this internationally known location.“ Christian Stephani, Managing Director Nürburgring: “I have been able to gain experience in various functions at the Nürburgring for over ten years now. As managing director of the Nürburgring endurance series, I was able to get a completely new perspective and gather valuable knowledge. I would now like to contribute this in the interests of the Nürburgring location, our customers and organizers as well as the partners and companies. I look forward to this assignment with enormous motivation.”

For more safety during tourist drivers: Breidscheid access reserved for emergency forces


In future, the Nordschleife access road in Breidscheid will only be open to emergency vehicles during tourist drives. This was decided by the circuit operators in the interest of safety. The closure of the so-called "second access road" is intended to avoid possible disruptions to tourist traffic. For a long time, it was also possible for tourist drivers to access the track in the Adenau district. In future, this will only be possible via the main access road near the village of Nürburg. In April 2020, private drivers were able to do their laps on the legendary Nordschleife again for the first time after a short Corona break. The popular tourist rides were the first offer that the Nürburgring was able to make possible again under strict hygiene regulations. All car parks around the circuit were closed to minimise contact and the barrier at the second access road in the Adenau district of Breidscheid also remained down. Only the main access road near Nürburg could be used as part of the concept. After the experience of the last two years, the Breidscheid access road will now remain permanently closed to tourist drivers and will only be used by emergency services. This step is intended to further increase safety for tourist drivers. Originally, vehicles had to merge into the ongoing traffic at this point halfway round.  For the rescue and emergency forces, the exclusive use of the Breidscheid access road means that they can get onto the route without additional traffic, can reach the scene of an incident more quickly and can leave the 20.8-kilometre route at this point if necessary. The safety of the emergency services and the traffic is additionally increased by a warning light. It indicates to approaching traffic that the entrance and exit are currently being used.

Showdown at the Nürburgring: Four-way fight for the World Championship - Rallycross "double-header" promises thrilling finale


The decision in the FIA World Rallycross Championship will be made at the Nürburgring. A real showdown now awaits on the circuit's Müllenbachschleife at the finale at the end of November (27 and 28 November). After the third-last world championship race in Portugal, four drivers still have a chance of winning the title. The special feature of the Nürburgring is that two WRC rounds will be held here. That means for the weekend: Double points for the drivers, double action for the spectators. If you want to be there live, you can get your ticket at One winner has already been determined before the World Championship weekend in November: the spectators. This is because there will be a free choice of seats on site at the Müllenbachschleife on both days of the event. This means that every visitor can watch the many qualifying races, the semi-finals and the final on different grandstands. Whether at the start, at the finish, at the joker lap or at another spot on the track - everyone can decide on site from where they want to experience the action. The entire racing action is in full view at all times, no matter which spot you choose. The entire one-kilometer track of the Müllenbachschleife can be viewed from anywhere. Direct contact with drivers and teams is possible during the autograph session in the pit lane as well as during the pitwalk. All spectators are admitted according to the 3G principle. In addition to the one-way tickets for 59 euros, there are various advantage packages such as the family ticket (two adults and two children up to and including the age of 15 for 129 euros) or the friend ticket (two tickets for 99 euros), available at the Nürburgring Ticket Shop. Timmy Hansen arrives in the lead - chasing trio can hope for successThere will be excitement on the track for the spectators. Each day, the action of a whole weekend can be experienced twice: on Saturday and Sunday, qualifying races, semi-finals and finals are scheduled and promise motorsport action from morning to night without a break. Timmy Hansen will travel to the big decision at the Nürburgring as the world championship leader and will have to defend his lead against his pursuers Johan Kristoffersson, Kevin Hansen and Niclas Grönholm. The trio will try to make the most of their last chance for the title. One thing is already certain for the rallycross weekend at the Nürburgring: anyone who wants to stand at the top of the podium will have to work hard for this honor. Because the mode of this type of motorsport is as special as the racing itself. The drivers have to get through several heats and a final before it is clear who will emerge as the winner. To make it to the finals, the drivers have to prove their world class and keep an eye on their vehicle. Because in rallycross, mutual contact and paint damage are an integral part of the race.

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).

Carsten Paas heads Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG


Search process for future management underway Carsten Paas is taking over the management of Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG. With this appointment, the Nürburgring operating company is relying on an experienced executive. The 49-year-old legal advisor to the company has been working at the race track for more than 20 years and most recently headed the legal and human resources department. He will be responsible for the company's fortunes for the foreseeable future. At the same time, the search process for a new management is underway.© Dirk Holst / Nürburgring

Nürburgring resumes track operations: Tourist rides on the Nordschleife


This weekend the Nürburgring will start again with the tourist drives on the Nordschleife. On Saturday, July 31st, at 9 a.m., the barriers will open for the first time since the flood disaster. At the same time, the paddock on the Grand-Prix track will remain the important operations center for emergency workers until August 15. This also means that this year's AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix has to be canceled. The event will take place next year from August 12th to 14th, 2022. The DTM, on the other hand, will be the first racing series to take place again as planned from August 20th to 22nd. With the resumption of track operations, the operators of the Nürburgring are taking an economically necessary step. The event location, which has already been hit by the Corona crisis, ensures the continued existence of the company itself, the companies in the region as well as the organizers and partners. “We are trying to do our part in this crisis in every way. Be it as a central hub for emergency services and relief supplies or at the same time as an economic engine for the region,“ explains Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort. “It is important to provide help for the entire region: on the one hand, we have towns affected by the natural disaster and, on the other hand, many companies that are dependent on what is happening at the Nürburgring - they are currently in the main season.” The racetrack is currently moving in a field of tension out of economic necessity and personal concern. Even employees of the racetrack as well as their families and friends were partly hit hard by the storm. The Nürburgring itself was spared, the infrastructure completely intact. Arrival without disturbing rescue work While the helicopters of the German armed forces continue to emerge from the Grand-Prix paddock and emergency services deploy to their missions, the barriers of the Nordschleife will open again on Saturday for tourist rides for the first time. The Nürburgring has published information on how to get there so that the arriving visitors neither hinder the work in the region nor use the access roads of the affected regions. The information and opening times can be found on the official website of the racetrack. In addition, the Nürburgring communicates on this topic on a daily basis on its social media channels. 49th AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix canceled - DTM takes place as planned Since the Grand-Prix paddock of the Nürburgring is still used as an operations center, the 49th AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix cannot take place. The event was therefore canceled for this year. The date for 2022 has already been set. The internationally important classic car event will take place from August 12th to 14th next year. Tickets remain valid. Anyone who would like to have the entry price reimbursed in an uncomplicated manner can find all the information they need on the racetrack's website. The first racing series will be the DTM at the Nürburgring from August 20th to 22nd. The starting field of 19 drivers and five manufacturers will compete on the 3.629 kilometer sprint route. The supporting races include the DTM Trophy, the DTM Classic Touring Car Legends, the BMW M2 Cup and the Lotus Cup Europe. Current information about your journeyWhen travelling, please make sure to avoid the regions affected by the floods and do not obstruct the work of the helpers or block access routes.Up-to-date information on the traffic situation can be found here: https://verkehr.rlp.deRecommended directions:A 61 - Wehr exitA 48 - Ulmen exit

About the current situation


Shocking pictures and news from the region and from many of our colleagues have been reaching us since yesterday evening. Our district of Ahrweiler and many parts of the Eife are in state of emergencyl. In these difficult hours, when suffering, loss and uncertainty dominate, we are pulling together as a region. All available rescue forces as well as many employees and technical equipment of the Nürburgring are in the region to help where help can be given. Our thoughts are with the people who have lost relatives and friends. To people, who have lost all their belongings. Due to the current emergency situation, the Int. ADAC Truck Grand Prix will not take place this weekend.  Further information will be available on our website shortly.

Artificial intelligence should revolutionize security


Nürburg. In the future artificial intelligence is set to revolutionize safety on the Nürburgring race track. The Nürburgring and the technology group Fujitsu have joined forces for this project. The focus is on the interaction between state-of-the-art software and sophisticated safety technology. In the future, dangers are to be recognized automatically and passed on to safety team and drivers at lightning speed. Development of the special software is in full swing on the Döttinger Höhe test section. A vehicle goes off the track - not an uncommon incident on a racetrack. Not on the Nordschleife either. After all, it is considered to be the most demanding racetrack in the world. If there is an incident, the information has so far been sent via radio messages to the RaceControl - the heart of the racetrack. All relevant information about what is happening comes together here. This is where you decide what to do. Although these processes have been learned over decades, the situations on the Nordschleife can be difficult to assess. What is missing is a direct view of what is happening. Software takes on a superhuman taskThis “blind” situation could change through an extensive digitization measure on the Nordschleife. A first step is a test section that has been active in the “Döttinger Höhe” area since the 24-hour race. Eight cameras cover the 2.4 kilometre long area and provide the safety team with a comprehensive overview. For complete surveillance of the entire Nordschleife, which is characterized by a 20.8 kilometre track length with many curves and unclear track sections, one would need up to 100 cameras - in addition to the cameras already installed around the Grand Prix track. Keeping an overview of all camera signals would be an almost superhuman task. That is why the Nürburgring is working with Fujitsu on a solution with artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence trainingIn the first step, the AI completes extensive training for the practical use of the new software. In doing so, it learns to classify various components of the racetrack, such as "lane", "meadow", "gravel", "crash barriers" and the vehicles accordingly. The AI constantly analyses the segment on which a vehicle is currently moving. It also includes differentiating between various natural deviations such as rain or shadows. In addition, special features such as traces of oil, dirt on the road and other objects or living beings on the road are registered. The data collected in real time is immediately transferred to a system that can trigger further steps and alarms. These include automatic warnings for following traffic on LED panels or the prioritized display of the camera image for safety team. This training, further tests and the development of the AI are currently being driven forward on the first test section “Döttinger Höhe”. An application to the entire Nordschleife would bring the safety standard on the legendary racetrack into a new era. To make this happen, the Nürburgring and Fujitsu work hand in hand with their respective core competencies. In racetrack jargon, you could say: Both give full throttle for more safety. Statements: Mirco Markfort, managing director of Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG“We have been investing large sums in the further development of security for years. Today, the Nordschleife is safer than ever. Through our involvement with Fujitsu, we are not only advancing security, we are also making a quantum leap. On the Nordschleife, which has existed for almost 100 years, we are using digital technology for the first time that revolutionizes safety and the associated mechanisms. " Jörn Nitschmann, Head of Manufacturing and Automotive Central Europe at Fujitsu“As one of the largest and best-known locations in Germany, the Nürburgring is a predestined partner for technology-based solutions in the event and sports sector. The racetrack itself is unique and has a worldwide reputation for being the touchstone for the automotive industry. The saying, "Everyone praises what has been tested on the Nürburgring" is no coincidence. That is why we are pleased to be able to advance this ground-breaking project with new technologies as a digitization partner. "