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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

16.09.2021

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

10.09.2021

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).

German GT Championship holds finale at Nürburgring

25.08.2021

The title decision in the German GT Championship will be made in the Eifel, the Nürburgring is the venue for a final weekend of the ADAC GT Masters for the first time. From 5 to 7 November, the races that could not be held as planned at the beginning of August after the flood disaster in the region will be made up for there. The ADAC GT4 Germany, the ADAC Formula 4 and the ADAC TCR Germany will also determine their champions in the supporting programme of the ADAC GT Masters in the Eifel. All tickets already purchased for the ADAC GT Masters at the Nürburgring remain valid for the make-up event and do not need to be exchanged. more information & tickets "We are pleased that we were able to realise a make-up date at the Nürburgring after not being able to stage the race at the beginning of August following the flood disaster. It was important for us to make up for the races there, because major events like the German GT Championship are of great economic importance for the region right now. We would like to thank the Nürburgring, the Hockenheimring and also the RTL media group for their support. The title fight in the ADAC GT Masters is close and balanced after six races, we can already look forward to a hot autumn in the ADAC GT Masters and an exciting title showdown at the Nürburgring," says ADAC board member Lars Soutschka. The final weekend will be contested on the spectator-friendly sprint circuit of the Nürburgring. Tickets for the finale are available online, starting at 22.50 Euros for ADAC members. Children under twelve are admitted free of charge. VIP tickets for the weekend are also available in the Nürburgring Online Shop from € 189.00. Corona protection measures applicable for the weekend will be published well in advance.

Pre-Sale for NLS races 7 to 9 started

24.08.2021

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: https://labor-koblenz.de/ringbesucher.

AlphaTauri driver Alex Albon celebrates first DTM victory

22.08.2021

Alex Albon celebrated his first victory at the Nürburgring and gave Ferrari its second success in DTM history. In an eventful race, the Thai driver for AlphaTauri AF Corse, who started the race from first place on the grid, escaped all incidents and won in commanding style. The Formula 1 substitute driver for Red Bull is the sixth winner in the eighth DTM race. In dry, good weather conditions, Spain's Daniel Juncadella in the GruppeM team's Mercedes-AMG completed the podium ahead of two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann in the Walkenhorst-Motorsport BMW. After eight of 16 races, Kelvin van der Linde from Audi Team ABT Sportsline is the unofficial "half-time" champion of the 2021 DTM, although the South African came away empty-handed for the first time this Sunday after a collision with Liam Lawson and Mike Rockenfeller. With 129 points, Kelvin van der Linde enters the second half of the season as the leader of the standings. His lead over Maximilian Götz (96) has shrunk to 33 points. New third in the points table is Wittmann (94), Albon (82) has moved up to fourth. Porsche had little luck in its DTM debut. As on Saturday, Michael Ammermüller in the SSR Performance 911 failed to finish, but had clearly shown its potential with fourth place on the grid. The 19-year-old Belgian Esteban Muth gave Lamborghini its best result of the season with fifth place. Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock also finally scored his first DTM points of the season in eighth place in the BMW fielded by ROWE Racing. "It was a really good day for my team and me today," said Albon, the first Thai winner in the DTM. "The team worked a lot overnight and it paid off. Today we made a step forward, we want to take this momentum with us." The Red Bull-Ferrari combination of AF Corse is the first DTM team to win races with both drivers - Albon and Lawson - this season. Action-packed race: "Never experienced in DTM: five cars side by side at times."As on Saturday, the spectators in the grandstands witnessed breathtaking moments at the start in close formation of two cars, and this was repeated twice more during safety car phases. From first place on the grid, Alex Albon in the AlphaTauri-Ferrari stormed to the front and led the DTM field, which numbered 23 cars for the first time, ahead of Daniel Juncadella (ESP/GruppeM-Mercedes-AMG) and Michael Ammermüller (GER/SSR Performance) in the Porsche. But the first incidents occurred as early as the first lap, when Swiss Philip Ellis (Mercedes-AMG/WINWARD) skidded through the gravel trap and subsequently scattered various carbon parts on the track. When Maximilian Buhk (GER) with the Mücke-Mercedes-AMG was stranded in the pit wall after being pushed, the safety car was deployed for the first time. When the first re-start was made after lap three, Albon pulled away again. Behind him, the next hullabaloo with Ammermüller, Luca Stolz in the Toksport-Mercedes-AMG, Ellis and Götz already followed in the second turn. When, after the first pit stops, guest starter Hubert Haupt, who celebrated a comeback after his DTM starts in 1991/1992 as well as 2001, rolled out with a technical defect on the Mercedes-AMG of his HRT team, the safety car slowed down the field again. It was clear that all those who had not yet completed the compulsory stop were at a disadvantage - and that was eight drivers. The next incident was caused by Liam Lawson, who attempted an optimistic manoeuvre in the chicane, but failed. As a result, the two ABT Audi cars of Kelvin van der Linde and Mike Rockenfeller, of all people, retired, and Lawson received a drive-through penalty. Having arrived at the Nürburgring in second place in the standings, the 19-year-old Red Bull junior Lawson failed to score any points. Surprisingly, former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien (GER/JP Motorsport) led after the second safety car period and collected the first leading kilometres for McLaren. Albon, however, quickly moved closer and regained the race lead in commanding fashion with Juncadella and Wittmann in tow. "It was really extreme at times today. At times we were running with up to five cars next to each other - that was intense. I've never experienced that in the DTM before, but it was still a lot of fun," Wittmann reported. "In moments like that, it's always important to make the right decision between risk and caution. We managed that well today." Dramatic qualifying: four brands on the first two rows of the gridAs on Saturday, when 22 cars were within a single second of each other, the qualifying session on Sunday morning was a hot battle for positions. Rain showers caused some spectacular spins, but all of them were without consequences. Although the rain became heavier, the times improved in the end. And in the end, AlphaTauri AF Corse rejoiced: Alex Albon (THA) gave the prancing horse from Maranello its first pole position in the DTM. Mercedes-AMG with Spaniard Daniel Jancadella (GruppeM), BMW with Zolder winner Marco Wittmann (GER/Walkenhorst) and Porsche with Michael Ammermüller (GER/SSR Performance) followed behind. This meant that four brands were represented in the first two rows of the grid. In the 23-strong grid, all seven brands represented were to be found in the top ten. In qualifying as well as in the race, the 2021 DTM demonstrates an extraordinary balance.

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

19.08.2021

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.

DTM with a unique field of drivers at the Nürburgring

12.08.2021

Munich/Nürburgring (12 August 2021). DTM at the Nürburgring: that promises an impressive field with over 20 race cars and numerous well-known drivers. From 20-22 August, the series is racing at the particularly spectator-friendly sprint configuration of the Nürburgring. Next to DTM, five further race series provide variety in the support programme. And the best thing: the grandstands along the start and finish straight will be open for spectators. Weekend and single-day tickets are exclusively available from the DTM Ticket Shop at tickets.dtm.com and the DTM Ticket Hotline (+49 1806 99 11 66). Anyone wanting to get a taste of DTM first will also find a suitable offer: tickets for the packed practice day on Friday can already be had at only ten Euros. VIP tickets are already available from € 279.00.Six races, five different winners: in 2021, the DTM is exciting as hardly ever before. After the spectacular races at Monza, Lausitzring and most recently at Zolder, the series is now heading to the Nürburgring. At the entertaining sprint configuration of the circuit in the Eifel, fans can look forward to a first-class field with over 20 race cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG as well as Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren. The drivers, meanwhile, rank among the best-known in the world. The field includes the likes of Timo Glock, Mike Rockenfeller, the van der Linde brothers or Formula 1 star Alexander Albon.The DTM’s world-class drivers will be racing twice with the races getting underway at 1.30pm both on Saturday and on Sunday, each with 55 minutes of gripping race action. But next to DTM, there is plenty of on-track action, too: the DTM Trophy is staging exciting door-to-door duels with production-based GT sports cars. In DTM Classic, touring cars from years gone by are racing, driven by stars from the past like Klaus Ludwig, Kurt Thiim and Klaus Niedzwiedz. Also in the programme: the DTM Drift Show with a lot of burnt rubber, the BMW M2 Cup as well as the Lotus Cup Europe and the Ferrari Club Deutschland Racing Series.The journey to the Nürburgring is definitely worth the effort, but motorsport enthusiasts are strongly advised to be quick with their ticket purchase as only a limited number of tickets is still available. Requirement for access is the common rule in Germany, which means either with a negative test, fully vaccinated (at least a fortnight after the second vaccinated) or reconvalesced (confirmed infection within the last six months at the longest). Moreover, following the distancing and hygiene rules (a medical face mask has to be worn away from the grandstand seat) ensures a safe event at the Nürburgring. The paddock still has to remain closed due to the pandemic situation.The best seats and exclusive ambience are available with VIP tickets: As a VIP guest in our Coca-Cola business°lounge, you will feel the heartbeat of the race – you will observe the course of the race up close and witness adventurous overtaking maneuvers on the start and finish straight. Tickets are available here.For the Nürburgring, hosting the fourth DTM race weekend means the end of the racing break as a consequence of the flooding disaster in the Ahr valley. The Nürburgring remains the central operational hub for the workers, but they have relocated from the paddock to the adjacent spaces of the race track and therefore aren’t impeded by the event. As the Nürburgring region apart from the Ahr valley has been largely unaffected by the severe weather on 14 July, the hotels, bed & breakfasts and restaurants are also looking forward to many guests at the Nürburgring.

Lap record on the Nordschleife: Audi RS 3 fastest in the compact class

03.08.2021

With a time of 7:40.748 minutes, the new Audi RS 3 Sedan (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7 – 8.2 (27.0 – 28.7 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 198 – 188 (318.7 – 302.6 g/mi)) with racing and development driver Frank Stippler at the wheel beat the lap record for the compact class on the Nürburgring Nordschleife by 4.64 seconds. Above all, the torque splitter, with its fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle, contributed to the record time in the “Green Hell.” The torque splitter will be used in an Audi series model for the first time. “I’m proud of the whole team. Everyone worked hard for this day,” said Audi RS 3** Technical Project Leader Marvin Schwätter when the record time appeared on the board. “When we started development, we didn’t know just how quickly our compact sportscar would really be on the Nordschleife,” he explained. “But over the course of endurance testing, we determined that we could reach very good times and set a new record.” Under ideal external conditions in the Eifel mountain range, they made record time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife – with Audi Sport racing and development driver Frank Stippler at the wheel. Before the record-setting lap, the team only adjusted the tire pressure in the Pirelli P Zero “Trofeo R” semi-slicks to the track conditions. “We don’t have unlimited opportunities to try for a record like this,” said Stippler. “That’s why a little fine tuning is always necessary on the day when it matters – particularly with respect to tire pressure, because that also affects how the torque splitter functions. Our approach was successful. It was a triumphant day all around.” Unmatched acceleration and top speed in the segmentRecords are set based on the legendary five cylinder high-performance engine in the new Audi RS 3. In the latest generation of the compact sportscar, the 2.5 TFSI engine has more torque than ever. The RS 3 Sportback (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8 – 8.3 (26.7 – 28.3 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 201 – 190 (323.5 – 305.8 g/mi)) and the RS 3 Sedan (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7 – 8.2 (27.0 – 28.7 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 198 – 188 (318.7 – 302.6 g/mi)) sprint from zero to 100 km (62.14 mph) in 3.8 seconds.With the RS dynamic package and ceramic brakes, they can even reach a top speed of 290 km/h (180.2 mph). That makes the Audi RS 3 the best in its class in terms of acceleration and top speed. Torque splitter for maximum agilityEven during the test phase, with two 8,000 kilometer endurance tests on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Stippler helped optimize the compact sportscar’s lateral-dynamic driving characteristics. “In general, the new RS 3** is much more agile in its driving from the middle of the curve to its end and also when accelerating out of the curve,” said the racing and development driver. “For me, the torque splitter is a quantum leap in terms of agile driving.” The new technology makes fully variable torque distribution between the rear wheels possible. An electronically controlled multiple disc clutch is used on each of the drive shafts for that purpose. For sporty driving, the torque splitter increases the torque on the rear wheel on the outside of the curve with greater wheel load. Due to the difference in propulsive forces, the car turns into the curve even better and follows the steering angle more precisely. This results in optimal stability and maximum agility – especially when cornering at high speeds. RS performance mode specially designed for the racetrack In the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, the characteristics of the torque splitter can be varied in different modes depending on use, road conditions, and preference. In conjunction with the newly developed RS performance driving mode, the torque splitter ensures the least possible understeering and oversteering and therefore a particularly dynamic, sporty ride along the longitudinal axis. This results in earlier acceleration out of corners and thus faster lap times. RS performance mode uses specific engine and transmission characteristics and is specially adjusted to the optional Pirelli P Zero “Trofeo R” semi-slick tires that are available for the first time ex factory – the ideal setup for a record lap on the Nürburgring. *Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as well as efficiency classes in ranges depending on the tires and alloy wheel rims used and on the equipment and accessories of the car. Fuel consumption of the models named aboveInformation on fuel/electricity consumption and CO2 emissions in ranges depending on the tires and alloy wheel rims used and on the equipment and accessories of the car. Audi RS 3 SportbackCombined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8 – 8.3 (26.7 – 28.3 US mpg)*;Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 201 – 190 (323.5 – 305.8 g/mi)* Audi RS 3 SedanCombined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7 – 8.2 (27.0 – 28.7 US mpg)*;Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 198 – 188 (318.7 – 302.6 g/mi)*

Nürburgring resumes track operations: Tourist rides on the Nordschleife

28.07.2021

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

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