10 September, Friday

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...
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. "

Ring free for the summer holidays! Unique family experiences at the Nürburgring


Different offers for day trips or vacations Action on the kart track, nature experience with the eBike # RingSummer Contest: Experience Package worth more than 1,000 Euros Nürburg. For families looking for a varied excursion destination during the summer holidays, the Nürburgring is the right choice. Numerous adventure offers and attractive overnight accommodation offer the perfect conditions for entertaining day trips or a real relaxing holiday. Rapid rounds on the kart track are just as possible as a relaxed trip into the Eifel countryside – on foot or by eBike. During the summer holidays, a visit to the Nürburgring is worth twice as much. A competition with a high-quality experience package as a prize awaits visitors young and old. All information, opening times and offers can be found on the website of the race track at: The Nürburgring and the legend of “Green Hell” are known all over the world, yet for many this unique place is located right at the doorstep. During the summer holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, the racetrack offers a lot of opportunities for families. The motorsport adventure museum “ring°werk” offers an exciting journey through the history of the Nürburgring. Visitors can expect breathtaking racing cars and legendary racing drivers, but equally action-packed hands-on offers. Those who want to take a look behind the scenes of the racetrack can take part in the backstage tour at selected dates – including visits to the winners’ podium or in the pit lane and lots of interesting facts about the Nürburgring. For a short detour and a view of the start-finish straight and the pit lane, the trial stand will also open to visitors. Virtual race, real tourist ride or best time on the kart trackAnyone who wants to take the wheel and chase the best times can do so at the ring°kartbahn. Modern electric karts and a varied track layout ensure a fast and safe driving pleasure. Right next door there is the driving pleasure on the racetrack with your own vehicle during the tourist drives. For big and small racing drivers who would like to push a racing car to the limit, the Nürburgring eSports Lounge in the ring°carré offers a great opportunity. High-quality simulators make the virtual ride experience feel real. Visitors can choose between different racetracks and vehicles. And if you need a refreshment after exciting races, you will find here the Bitburger Gasthaus and from August the new restaurant “LUCIA – Pollo Italiano” – a versatile offer of food and drinks right next door. When the weather is good the outdoor gastronomy is the best choice. Accommodation offers directly at the RingHowever, the Nürburgring is more than just a destination for the perfect day trip. In the region all around the legendary track there are numerous opportunities for active holidays in nature. Hiking trails – also around the Nordschleife – offer as much a distance from stressful everyday life as an excursion by bicycle. In future, there will be the opportunity to rent an eBike at the Nürburgring to explore the region around the Green Hell yourself. Since visitors cannot take advantage of all the offers during only one day, it is worthwhile to make use of the overnight accommodation options in the immediate vicinity of the racetrack. The Nürburgring holiday park managed by Lindner offers the perfect holiday conditions for families and groups with cozy cottages of various sizes. From here, every holiday starts well rested into the day. If you want to take a souvenir of the beautiful time, you will find many different fan articles in the Paddock shop right next to the ring°boulevard. Your #RingSommer - Competition for all visitors to the NürburgringThis year’s summer holidays at the Nürburgring are more than just a local experience. They will also be accompanied by a special contest on social media. Anyone who shares their personal ring experience on their social media channel under the hashtag #RingSommer has the chance to win a great experience package worth more than 1,000 euros. The Nürburgring will draw this prize among all participants. Included are three overnight stays in the Nürburgring holiday park for up to five people, a co-pilot ride in the Mercedes-AMG GT R, a 10-ticket for the ring°kartbahn, a visit to the motorsport adventure museum “ring°werk”, a Nürburgring eBike for one day, a voucher worth 50 euros for the gastronomy in the ring°carré, a voucher worth 100 euros for the Nürburgring paddock shop and a voucher for a virtual experience in the Nürburgring eSports Lounge. Go to #RingSommer competition

Sales for the FIA World RX of Germany have started


Nürburg. The spectators can cheer live when the FIA World Rallycross Championship (July 31st - August 1st, 2021) gives full throttle at the Nürburgring. Ticket sales for the "World RX of Germany" have started. Visitors can look forward to extraordinary motorsport on the approximately one kilometer stretch of asphalt and gravel. Thanks to the grandstands, which are arranged like stadiums, the many entertaining races can be clearly seen from every seat. The seat specific weekend ticket can be booked online. The entire weekend is available for 59 euros (reduced 29 euros). The family ticket for two adults and two children costs 129 euros. The schedule of the “World RX of Germany” is full - the only “double header” in the calendar of the racing series takes place at the Nürburgring. That means: There are two World Championship competitions for the powerful racing cars to experience in one weekend. Accordingly, on Saturday and Sunday, things get down to business from morning to evening - literally. Because the rallycross drivers are known for not being squeamish with their opponents on the track. The rough contact belongs here. "We are happy that the World Rallycross Championship can finally start at the Nürburgring and that the spectators can be there live", says Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort. “Because of the many entertaining races, the World RX is a young, family-friendly format that inspires adults and children alike. Boredom is definitely a foreign word here." Personalized seats - World RX Plus ticket with a BBQ feeling Spectators who can provide evidence that they have been tested, vaccinated or recovered have access. The personalized places in the Müllenbachschleife can be booked online. The ticket prices for the motorsport event are cheap in view of the extensive route program: the whole weekend is available for 59 euros. Children between the ages of seven and 15 and people with disabilities have reduced admission price (29 euros). With the “Friends Package”, two adults receive a special price of 99 euros. Families with two adults and two children can experience both days for 129 euros. Those who want to experience motorsport action with a BBQ feeling will find the right offer with the World RX Plus Ticket. This is available as a day ticket for 169 euros (reduced price 119 euros) and the entire weekend for 289 euros (reduced price 219 euros). The booking of a ticket and all information about visiting the Nürburgring can be found here.

New record on the Nordschleife: Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the fastest production vehicle


Nürburg. With a time of 6: 43.300 minutes, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is now the fastest production vehicle on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Driver Lars Kern set the new best time with the 700 hp car. Porsche now takes first place in the “street-legal production sports car” category. Followed by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (6: 48.047) and the Porsche 911 GT3 (6: 59.93). The drive took place as an official Nürburgring record attempt. This guarantees a uniform standard for the manufacturers. Such a project is always accompanied by a notary who verifies the condition of the vehicle and the time it has stopped. Lars Kern achieved the record on June 14th of this year, despite midsummer conditions and 41°C asphalt temperature. On the 20.8-kilometer-long Nordschleife, the vehicle from the Stuttgart-based brand achieved an average speed of 185.87 km/h. In view of the unique route with 73 corners and 300 meters difference in altitude on just one lap, this is an impressive figure. The vehicle has been optimized for the new record time with the Manthey Performance Kit and this version can be ordered from Porsche Centres in Europe. An important criteria: only vehicles that are available in the driven version and are sold in series for all customers can be listed in the category “street-legal production sports cars”. How Lars Kern did on the Nordschleife with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, everyone can see for themselves. The recording of the record lap from the vehicle's cockpit can be seen on the Nürburgring's YouTube channel. Information on the official "Nürburgring record drives": In general, the following principle applies: one route, a whole lap, one time - according to uniform standards. In addition to timing with calibrated measuring technology, official record attempts and attempts to achieve a lap time are always accompanied by a notary. In addition to monitoring the timing, the vehicle is also checked. The exact length of the route as well as the start and finish lines are precisely defined. A full Nordschleife lap with a flying start is driven and measured (20.8 kilometers). The vehicle categories for record drives and official lap times of the Nürburgring are divided into different segments of the Federal Motor Transport Authority as well as specially defined special classes.

Special honour for “the ambassador of the Nürburgring” – Nordschleife gets Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve


Ambassador of the Nürburgring She was the first and so far only female racing driver to win the 24h Race Official inauguration at the 6-hour race of the Nürburgring endurance series Nürburg. Sabine Schmitz will remain part of the Nordschleife forever: The Nürburgring honours the former racing driver with her own corner on the legendary race track. The future „Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve” is the first corner of the Nordschleife on the outskirts of Nürburg. The racing driver grew up just a few meters away. Born in Adenau, she was closely linked to the race track in the Eifel region throughout her life and was regarded as its greatest ambassador. She was the first woman to win the famous 24h Race and is known worldwide as the “Queen of the Nordschleife”. Sabine Schmitz died in March of this year at the age of only 51. A cheerful laugh, an open ear for every fan and the Nordschleife in the heart – that’s how Sabine Schmitz is remembered. Born and raised at the Nürburgring, she has spent most of her life around and on the Nordschleife. For more than 30 years she has successfully pushed vehicles to the limit here or even driven her grandmother over the track to the hairdresser. In total, there were more than 33.000 laps done. Sometimes at the wheel of the BMW ring taxi, sometimes with a van for the TV production “Top Gear” or in the Porsche of Frikadelli Racing. In 1996 and 1997 she won the 24h Race as the first and so far only woman – at that time in the legendary Eifelblitz. She became known all over the world for her extraordinary friendly manner and her performances on the demanding race track. In many TV shows she brought the Nordschleife into the living rooms of the spectators. “Sabine Schmitz was the ambassador of the Nürburgring. Her name was mentioned around the globe in the same breath as our race track”, says Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort. “It is still stands for what defines the Nürburgring: the close connection to the region, the close proximity to the fans and the passionate commitment.” Now Sabine Schmitz receives the greatest honour there is on a race track: her own corner. The choice fell on the left-hand curve, which is located on the outskirts of the community of Nürburg – where Sabine Schmitz grew up just a few metres away from the race track. After turning off the Grand Prix track, it is the first corner on the Nordschleife. The official inauguration of the “Sabine-Schmitz-Kurve” will take place as part of the 6-hour race of the Nürburgring Endurance Eeries on the 11th of September 2021 (ROWE 6 Hours ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen). 

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