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Nürburgring offers varied event programme in July

The Nürburgring starts the second half of the year at full throttle. In July, the wide range of motorsport awaits the spectators - with impressive race trucks, ultra-fast rallycross vehicles or the huge starting field of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. And at Rad am Ring you need muscle power and endurance instead of horsepower. A brief portrait of the event highlights in July. World RX of...
Nürburgring offers varied event programme in July

21.06.2022

The Nürburgring starts the second half of the year at full throttle. In July, the wide range of motorsport awaits the spectators - with impressive race trucks, ultra-fast rallycross vehicles or the huge starting field of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. And at Rad am Ring you need muscle power and endurance instead of horsepower. A brief portrait of the event highlights in July. World RX of Germany | 30 - 31 July 2022The action on and off the tarmac at the Ring is extraordinary and spectacular. At the FIA World RX of Germany, the drivers also fight for important points in the world championship on gravel. The mode of competition for victory is particularly exciting and entertaining. Over several heats, six vehicles fight against each other for a place in the semi-finals and finals. Mutual contact is part and parcel of the event. The track is crisp, varied and just one kilometre long. On the stadium-like grandstands of the Müllenbachschleife, spectators have a view of the entire racing action from start to finish. There are also interesting ticket packages for friends and families. ADAC Truck Grand Prix | 15 - 17 July 2022 XXL motorsport, music festival, eventful paddock. The Int. ADAC Truck Grand Prix comes to the Nürburgring with a colourful experience weekend. With up to 1,050 hp, the race trucks will make the grandstands shake. The new series for LMP3 and sports prototypes in Germany, the Prototype Cup Germany, will celebrate its premiere in the supporting programme. Musical highlights await the visitors on Friday and Saturday evening in the Müllenbachschleife, where the country band Truck Stop will be back after a long time - and of course perennial favourite Tom Astor, who has been at every county festival at the Ring since 1986. On Friday, the Truck Grand Prix Job Expo, which is open to the public, will take place in the ring°boulevard. Here, people who want to become professional drivers will be brought together with companies in the industry. 6h Race Nürburgring Endurance Series | 9 July 2022 On the combination of the legendary Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit, the ROWE 6 Hours ADAC Ruhr Cup Race of the NLS gets down to business. With around 160 vehicles, the whole fascination of racing can be experienced here - from the full-blown GT3 bolides to the close-to-production small cars. The spectators are right in the middle of the action. In the paddock and even on the grid, they can get up close and personal with teams and drivers. On the grandstand of the Grand Prix circuit and around the Nordschleife, the race can be followed from various spectator points - from the start to the famous champagne shower. Rad am Ring | 22 - 24 July 2022 At Rad am Ring, people pedal hard. For the ambitious riders, it's even around the clock. 24-hour races are held for racing cyclists and mountain bikers. Given the demanding topography of the Nürburgring, this is no easy endeavour. After all, there is a 300-metre difference in altitude per lap alone. In addition to the ultra and long-distance event, there will be various races for everyone as part of the German Cycling Cup, a time trial and touring without timekeeping. Spectators are admitted free of charge. GRIP - das Motorevent & European TimeAttack Masters | 10 July 2022 Spectacular Everyman drag races, drift and race taxi rides, meet & greets with well-known RTL II stars and other programme items can be experienced at GRIP - das Motorevent. At the premiere at the Nürburgring, 30,000 visitors made the one-day event a mega success. In the paddock, fans can present and admire their mobile treasures and talk shop with like-minded people. There will also be a kids' area and an exhibition mile. Also in the supporting programme of the event: the European TimeAttack Masters. At the meeting of the European TimeAttack scene, the best teams from all over Europe will compete against each other and fight for the title of the European Championship in their respective classes. Event overview | July 2022 01 - 03.07.      ADAC/DMC Reinoldus Race Weekend 02.07.              RCN 4/GLP 3 09.07.              Nürburgring Endurance Series 5 (6h Race) 10.07.              GRIP - the motor event 10.07.              European TimeAttack Masters 15. - 17.07.    ADAC Truck Grand Prix 22. - 24.07     Rad am Ring 29. - 31.07     ADAC Racing Weekend 30. - 31.07.    FIA World RX of Germany

Thrilling motorsport with tournament mode, Superpole and fan proximity at World RX

14.06.2022

The FIA World RX of Germany will bring thrilling motorsport action to the Nürburgring again this year. From July 30-31, fans will have plenty to look forward to with entertaining races in tournament mode, a Superpole shootout and free access to the paddock. The fast-paced vehicles in the world championship have plenty of horsepower under the hood and are running purely electric for the first time this season. Tickets for the motorsport spectacle are available here. The FIA World Rallycross Championship is the first world championship to compete in purely electric mode at the Nürburgring. What the drivers and their vehicles are capable of is demonstrated on the circuit of gravel and asphalt, which is just one kilometer long. Thrilling duels and nerve-racking overtaking maneuvers are part and parcel of the action. The spectators are right in the middle of every action, because on the stadium-like grandstands in the Müllenbachschleife everything is in view from start to finish. The races with five vehicles each are held in tournament mode. With heats, semifinals and finals, each race promises real thrills. Whoever wins the final will be at the top of the podium. Due to the entertaining motorsport format with many races, eliminations in the knockout system and an exciting final, the FIA World RX of Germany is equally suitable for horsepower enthusiasts, families and casual visitors. That's why there are also different ticket offers and packages. Day tickets are available from 39 euros, weekend tickets for 59 euros. Children and young people between the ages of 13 and 15, as well as people with disabilities, receive a discount on the ticket price. Children up to and including 12 years of age even enjoy free admission. In addition, there are special ticket packages for families and friends as well as VIP tickets for an exclusive motorsport adventure.

Preliminary best time in practice for the Rowe-BMW #98

27.05.2022

The first day of the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring was dominated by BMW: the provisional best time in practice on Thursday went to the Rowe-BMW #98, in which American John Edwards already set a time of 8:14.771 minutes in Qualifying 1 in the afternoon, which no competitor was able to beat again in the three-hour Qualifying 2 in the evening. The 8:15.936 minutes of the second-placed Walkenhorst-BMW #102 were also set in the morning. For the Munich-based team, it was a fitting start to the anniversary weekend of BMW M GmbH, which was founded 50 years ago. However, the competitors' best cars were not far behind, leaving fans hoping for an exciting 50th edition of the 24h Nürburgring. Third place went to the Bilstein-Mercedes-AMG #12, fourth to the Car-Collection-Audi #22. Behind the third BMW from Team Schubert in fifth place, the Dinamic-Porsche #28 and the Aston Martin from TF Sport lined up in positions six and seven. In total, the first 14 cars were within less than five seconds of each other. Individual time trial for pole position is the highlight on FridayThe fight for the starting positions at the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring continues on Friday: at 14:10, the focus is mainly on the teams in the second and third starting groups. In the evening individual time trials, the order in Group 1 will be decided - and, of course, the pole position. The first of the two top qualifying sessions will be released at 17:50. After the dice have been cast at 20:00, the programme continues with the Falken Drift Show in the Müllenbachschleife as well as a pitwalk and autograph session for all teams in the pit lane. Tickets for all days of the event are still available at the continuously open box offices and spectator areas at the Nordschleife. The live stream is available at www.24h-rennen.de/live as well as on YouTube, and the top qualifying session will be broadcast live from the Nürburgring by TV partner NITRO from 6 p.m. onwards. Campsites still accessibleAlready on Wednesday, the Adenauer Racing Day kicked off the event weekend with numerous fans creating a festival atmosphere in the racing community at the Nürburgring. This atmosphere continued on Thursday as the first day of the event, when Mario Fuchs from Grafschaft won the "Feste Nürburg" performance test in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 in the Circuit Challenge RCN. Later, the packed stands around the tradition-steeped Nordschleife and the darkness illuminated by spotlight fingers and barbecue fires gave the spectators goosebumps, and not just the spectators. "It's so awesome to drive in front of fans again," enthused Maro Engel (Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed #4). "It's the first time in two years that the stands are full again, which is really special. What's being built up there is just terrific, you can really feel the support. Thanks to the fans for everything, and I'm happy that everyone is finally back." Many other drivers agreed, with Markus Winkelhock (Scherer Sport Team Phoenix #16), for example, speaking: "I think every driver can confirm that it's great to finally have fans at the track again. This atmosphere around the Nordschleife resonates subconsciously in every lap." Anyone who wants to enjoy this atmosphere live is still welcome at the Nürburgring. Even though some of the campsites have been fully booked, campers who decide to come on short notice can still find accommodation around the circuit.

Ferrari takes Pole for the 50th 24h race

27.05.2022

Forza Ferrari at the 50th ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring: Luca Ludwig put the #26 octane126 Ferrari on pole position in top qualifying on Friday evening and secured the Glickenhaus Trophy for the fastest driver in the "Green Hell" for the first time. In 8:09.469 minutes, he was the only driver to stay under the 8:10 minute mark and thus gave his family the seventh pole position at the "Eifel Marathon". His father Klaus Ludwig is the record holder at the Ring with six poles. For Ferrari it was the second pole position after the Farnbacher team in 2011. "Sensational! I was hoping for it. We had to rebuild the car and had a few problems yesterday. But today everything fitted. The tyre came after three corners and was then perfectly in the working window. That was an almost perfect lap," said Luca Ludwig, whose second lap of 8:10.406 minutes would also have been enough for first place on the grid. In the end, he was 1.171 seconds ahead of Brazilian Augusto Farfus in the #99 Rowe-BMW, whose time of 8:10.640 gave the team another place on the front row of the grid after pole in 2021. "Super! We had already expected to be in the leading group, but not with such a tight field. This is an indication of how exciting the race will be. I'm very happy with qualifying," said Farfus. Third place went to Briton Jordan Pepper in the #7 Konrad Lamborghini, fourth to Christopher Haase in the #22 Car Collection Audi. Fastest Mercedes-AMG was the #12 Bilstein-Mercedes-AMG with Luca Stolz, best Porsche the #25 Huber-Porsche with Nico Menzel. Sheldon van der Linde, Engel, Jaminet and Cairoli secure progressBefore the final showdown, four drivers had still secured their teams' last available places in the hunt for the Glickenhaus Trophy and the best grid positions in Top Qualifying 1. Sheldon van der Linde in the #98 Rowe-BMW, Maro Engel in the #4 Getspeed-Mercedes-AMG, Matthieu Jaminet in the #27 Toksport-Porsche as well as Matteo Cairoli in the #28 Dinamic-Porsche took their places and also gave one team mate each the experience of two free laps through the "Green Hell". Maro Engel was thus unable to go in pursuit of his third Glickenhaus Trophy after 2016, 2019 and 2020. "On my first lap I still had yellow flags in the Hatzenbach. Then full attack - I don't know where I could have found more time. I gave it everything and luckily it was still enough." Sheldon van der Linde set the best time of the weekend so far in 8:11.039, having also previously set the fastest lap of all three qualifying sessions in 8:14.771. "My lap was quite clean, we delivered," said the South African, who had already won both DTM races at the Lausitzring the previous weekend.

"Queen of the Nürburgring - Child of the Eifel" - Exhibition honours the life of Sabine Schmitz

13.05.2022

The Nürburgring pays tribute to former racing driver Sabine Schmitz with a very personal exhibition. Under the title "Queen of the Nürburgring - Child of the Eifel", private and racing moments from her life will be brought to life for fans. The exhibition will open in the circuit's own museum ring°werk on Friday, 27 May, just in time for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring. Full of joie de vivre, always with an easy joke on her lips and always available for a souvenir photo - that's how the fans knew Sabine Schmitz and that's how everyone remembers her. Her fellow racers, on the other hand, often only knew the rear of her car. Especially on the legendary Nordschleife, the woman from Nürburg, who was born not far from the race track, drove away from many of them - for 15 years alone in a Frikadelli Racing Porsche. She was the first woman to win the 24-hour race and she showed her fellow drivers in the BMW Ring Taxi the Green Hell in her unique way. Through her successes and her unmistakable manner, Sabine Schmitz became a popular figure all over the world and through her lived connection to her homeland, she became the figurehead of the Nürburgring. Fans all over the world eventually christened her "Queen of the Nürburgring". Personal exhibition - from racing suit to pianoAfter her much too early death last year, the Nürburgring already honoured Sabine Schmitz for her successes and achievements with her own section of the Nordschleife - the greatest and extremely rare honour. Now, with the support of her family and friends, an exhibition follows in the motorsport experience museum ring°werk. It gives fans a very personal insight into the life of Sabine Schmitz. On display are motor sport stations and successes. But also private moments and exhibits that have not yet been seen in public. Her racing suits, the piano she played at Christmas, her love of painting and animals. All this belonged to Sabine Schmitz, this made her unmistakable and all this is shown in the exhibition "Queen of the Nürburgring - Child of the Eifel". From 27 May, visitors can see the ring°werk exhibition. In addition, many other exhibition areas with winning cars and racing drivers as well as hands-on attractions and 4D cinemas all about the history of the Nürburgring await visitors. © Björn Schüller

Mercedes-AMG prevents BMW fireworks at the great 24h Prologue

08.05.2022

The big prologue for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring from 26 to 29 May ended with race wins for BMW and Mercedes-AMG. In the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers, the advantage was long on the side of the BMW teams, who dominated the action with the brand new BMW M4 GT3. Augusto Farfus in the #99 BMW from Rowe Racing and Christian Krognes in the cockpit of Walkenhorst Motorsport (#101) took pole positions in the top qualifying sessions for the two 3h races on Saturday and Sunday, before the first race win on Saturday went to the BMW Junior Team (#72). However, the eventful Race 2 was then decided in favour of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 #3 of Mercedes-AMG Team Getspeed. Teams from Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche were also among the front runners in the two separate races. The omens for an exciting 50th anniversary edition of the 24h Nürburgring are therefore excellent. If you want to buy your ticket in advance, you can do so at the Nürburgring ticket shop. With a new format, the 24h Qualifiers convinced everyone involved this year. Two top qualifying sessions and two races, plus qualifying sessions and warm-ups provided plenty of driving time on the Nordschleife - and thus created the best conditions to perfectly prepare for the longest race of the year on the longest and most difficult race track in the world. A highlight for many drivers was the second top qualifying session, in which all cars of the weekend were eligible to start. BMW teams with strong performanceThe BMW representatives leave the Ring with a broad chest, having dominated the action at the 24h Qualifiers from Friday to Sunday lunchtime. Rowe BMW driver Augusto Farfus, who took pole position in the first top qualifying session and was second on the podium in Race 1 behind the BMW Junior Team (#72), sums up: "The race on Saturday was great, a bit difficult at the end due to the rain. I'm proud that we finished on the podium again and I'm also happy for the Juniors that they won. BMW has done an incredible job with the junior development." The 2010 24h overall winner also helped train the junior drivers as a temporary teammate and laughs, "Maybe we even showed them a bit too much. They may be called juniors, but in terms of the last two years, they are among the most experienced drivers here on the Nordschleife. They have speed and talent, there is nothing more to teach them." The young BMW drivers also showed this on Sunday when they took the lead after both Rowe cars and also the pole-setters from BMW Team Walkenhorst Motorsport (#101) were slowed down by accidents or technical problems. However, a time penalty for exceeding the speed limit in a Code 60 zone then turned the close race in favour of the chasing Mercedes-AMG. GetSpeed had previously impressed with a consistent performance, at times even taking the double lead with both entry cars, and was thus deemed the deserved winner ahead of the BWM Juniors. "Great," beamed Maxi Götz, who brought the Mercedes-AMG GT3 #3 home after three hours. "I can't believe it yet. Even though we were flagged off in second place and only made it to the front because of the penalty: In a race like this, you first have to stay faultless, and that's why we're right at the top of the podium." ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring with big anniversary at the end of MayIn less than three weeks, the highlight of the motorsport season will be on the agenda at the Nordschleife. The ADAC TotalEnergies will celebrate its 50th edition on Ascension weekend (26 - 29 May 2022) with a huge programme. In addition to the crème de la crème of the Nordschleife teams in the title race, there will then be two rounds of the FIA Touring Car World Cup (FIA WTCR) on the circuit as a second highlight. BMW M GmbH celebrates its 50th birthday with a BMW M Race of Legends, to which many world-famous drivers are invited. The programme on the track is rounded off by the historic races of the Touring Car Legends and the ADAC 24h Classic. Apart from the track, well-known highlights such as the Adenauer Racing Day (Wednesday), big autograph session (Thursday) or the Falken Drift Show (Friday evening) will attract visitors, but also a meeting of the former 24h winners and a large exhibition of 24h cars from five decades will be on offer.

BMW Junior Team wins race 1 of the 24h Qualifiers

07.05.2022

BMW's strong showing at the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers continues. In the first of the weekend's two 3h races, Dan Harper, Max Hesse and Neil Verhagen in the BMW Junior Team's BMW M4 GT3 (#72) were able to prevail over their brand colleagues Connor de Phillippi, Phillip Eng, Augusto Farfus and Nick Yeloly (#99). The second-placed pole setters from Rowe Racing were just 7.333 seconds behind at the finish. Third went to Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella (Mercdes-AMG GT3 #4) ahead of the second Rowe Racing BMW #98. The action continues as early as Sunday, when a top qualifying session for all teams as well as the second 3h race of the weekend are on the agenda (start 2:00 p.m.).  Shortly before the end of the race, things got exciting once again: After only a few meters of the Nordschleife were damp at the beginning of the three-hour distance, the predicted showers failed to materialize afterwards. Then, just 20 minutes before the chequered flag, a rain shower caused some of the competitors to slide off the track - without any serious incidents. It also got damp for the BMW juniors, who were able to spill plenty of winner's champagne. "We are super satisfied. Now one place better than at the last race. The BMW works great and we are already looking forward to tomorrow." said Max Hesse. For the runners-up, Philipp Eng summed up, "The whole race was very close, especially at the start with Neil. But it worked perfectly. The car was tip top and we feel well prepared. The race was a lot of fun. Of course, there's always room for improvement. The new format with two races is really cool, especially since we had the opportunity to drive in the dark today." In the first half of the race, the teams at the front thrilled the spectators with exciting action and hard-fought battles. On the track, which was still wet in places at the start, the leaders were close together. The main protagonists were the pole-sitters in the #99 BMW M4 GT3 from Rowe Racing and their brand colleagues in the BMW Junior Team with the #72. The two cars were often only meters apart in the first and second stint, and the juniors put the leaders under increasingly intense pressure. The decisive scene came on lap nine when Dan Harper was finally able to overtake. But it wasn't just the two BMWs that were fighting hard, as the KCMG Porsche 911 GT3 R #18 and the Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed #3 with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 were also battling for the lead. The #26 Ferrari 488 GT3 of the Swiss team octane 126 was also busy collecting lead kilometers. Full program on Sunday An exceptional program awaits the teams and fans on the final third day of the ADAC 24h Qualifiers. After the 45-minute warm-up on Sunday morning (from 8:15 a.m.), there will be an extensive top qualifying session (from 9:15 a.m.) in which all cars in the field are eligible to start. The participants will then have two laps each on the Nordschleife to show what their cars and drivers are capable of. At noon, the grid will be set for the three-hour second race of the weekend, which will be released at 14:00. So there's plenty of top motorsport entertainment for visitors, who can look forward to free admission to the spectator areas around the Nordschleife (there are only charges for the use of the parking spaces). Those who want to follow the action at the Ring from home can enjoy the livestream on the Nürburgring's YouTube channel. 

Dress rehearsal for the 24h Nürburgring

28.04.2022

The countdown for the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring (26 - 29 May) is on: The teams and drivers have just under a month left to prepare for the big showdown on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife - and it will be extremely busy days. Because before the highlight of the motorsport year on the longest and most beautiful race track in the world, the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers (6 - 8 May) are still a race weekend with an extensive programme on the calendar. The assembled squad of top teams and many semi-professional and amateur teams will use the three days to collect many more valuable Nordschleife kilometres. In addition to two three-hour races, the weekend offers plenty of track time in the qualifying sessions. A special feature are the two top qualifying sessions for the two races - on Sunday, all cars in the field are allowed to take part, regardless of their position in qualifying. For the spectators around the circuit, this is a perfect opportunity to check out the performance of each car in individual time trials without being disturbed. Around the Nordschleife, admission is traditionally free at all spectator points, only the use of the serviced car parks is subject to a charge. Tickets for the paddock and grandstands at the Grand Prix Track are available in advance from 10 euros (day ticket Friday). The tickets for the dress rehearsal of the 24h Nürburgring have been distributed: BMW comes to the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers as the beaming winner and favourite after a true triumph at the second NLS round. The brand-new BMW M4 GT3s took a squeaky-clean one-two-three, with Augusto Farfus (BRA, Rowe Racing) and Max Hesse (Wernau, BMW Junior Team) putting up a breathtaking fight in the final kilometres, which the Brazilian eventually won by 0.582 seconds. Andy Soucek (ESP, Walkenhorst Motorsport) placed third. With Audi, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes-AMG and the SCG sports car of Scuderia Glickenhaus, however, six other brands placed in the top-15. Not to be forgotten: With Manthey Racing, one of the top teams dropped out early at the third NLS round, the fourth-placed Toksport-WRT Porsche 911 GT3 was within striking distance of the top, and due to scheduling conflicts, some top teams were not even at the start: So the last word has not yet been said when it comes to being the favourites. And those who are familiar with the regulations of the 24h know anyway that in the past years the Balance of Performance always ensured optimum equality of opportunity at the top at the season's climax at the latest: So the fans can look forward to a super-exciting and extremely varied event at the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers. Two races, two top qualifying sessions: The 24h Qualifiers have it allEven though the entry deadline for the 24h Prologue is still running, it is already apparent that practically no top team will miss out on the Qualifiers. More than 30 cars will be competing in the GT3 class (SP9) and the class of special registrations (SP-X). In the latter, the new KTM X-Bow GT2 will also be racing, which drove into the middle of the GT3 armada with excellent lap times at the last NLS round: True Racing's X-Bow shared the third row of the grid with the TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 after qualifying. It is quite possible that with the new generation of these sports cars a new competitor has appeared in the top group. The qualifiers, which offer plenty of driving time on the race track, will also provide information on this. The two two-hour qualifying sessions for races 1 and 2 will start at 12:15 on Friday, and the first top-30 qualifying for the first heat will take place at 18:00. On Saturday, there will be RCN and RCN-GLP races during the day as well as the warm-up for the first race in the evening (18:30 to 21:30). A tight programme on Sunday: After the warm-up, all participants will start the individual time trial at 9:15 a.m. - a novelty at the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers. Attractive for fans: Autograph session, pitwalks, two top qualifying sessions, two racesThe doors are wide open for visitors at the ADAC Nürburgring Qualifiers, the programme with two races and two top qualifying sessions offers plenty of action. Around the tradition-steeped Nordschleife, the visitor areas are open, admission is free of charge (only parking fees apply). Tickets for the grandstands of the Grand Prix circuit and the paddock are available from 10 Euros (day ticket Friday), the weekend ticket costs 35 Euros. If you buy the ticket, you can also use it to stroll through the pit lane on the two pitwalks. They are scheduled for Friday (19:30 to 21:00) and Saturday (22:00 to 23:00) in an evening race preparation atmosphere. Tickets are available in advance on our website or at the open box offices. Photo: © Gruppe C

Test and set up days: Over 100 cars on the track, thousands watching!

20.03.2022

Great return of the race cars to the Nürburgring Nordschleife: After almost five months of winter break, well over 100 race cars took advantage of the weekend's test and set-up days. From Friday to Sunday, the Nürburgring's endurance drivers tested the conditions on the track and ran in their cars for the 2022 season. Thousands of spectators were also present, who finally got a taste of racing air again in the paddock and around the track. Now everything is ready for the first race of the year: the Nürburgring Endurance Series next Saturday, 26 March. Benny Leuchter was very satisfied with how the weekend went. "We have reorganised and expanded again in the winter. I am very happy that we are competing in the TCR class again this year. Above all, we are happy that the fans are back at the track," said the co-owner of Max Kruse Racing. This year, the team is fielding an Audi RS3 LMS in addition to the two familiar VW Golfs. There's still plenty to do there. "I also did a few laps myself, which was a great feeling to finally be behind the wheel again. I did a lot of testing with our new TCR Audi, on the suspension and on the air pressures of the tyres. There are a few differences to the Golf. That's why I'm a development driver and team boss at the same time," says Leuchter. But it's not only the drivers and the cars that are putting the finishing touches to the upcoming racing season, which starts on 26 March with the 67th ADAC Westfalenfahrt, but the track has also been spruced up again over the turn of the year, which Leuchter confirms: "The feedback from the drivers is very positive. Marek Schaller, our youngest driver, is completely thrilled, he would prefer to only drive long runs." Marco Seefried expects faster lap times Over a distance of 2.5 kilometres, the asphalt was renewed on the Grand Prix circuit and on the Nordschleife around the areas of Döttinger Höhe, Antoniusbuche, Tiergarten, Hohenrain chicane up to the Sabine Schmitz bend. "You have to approach the Green Hell again every year not only because of the repair work. I always approach it with humility. Especially on the transition to the Nordschleife, on the first left-hand bend, there is now tremendously more grip. That will have an effect on the times," says Marco Seeefried, who will climb into a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Falken Motorsports. "It's always nice to come back to Nordschleife. The weather is also perfect, as always," says the GT3 specialist with a grin. "It makes you hungry for more. Luckily, I had the chance to race in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the winter - but you can't compare that to the interesting track and family here." Klaus Abbelen is taking it a step smaller this year. The Frikadelli Racing team boss is competing in a Cup2 Porsche in the new Porsche Endurance Trophy-Nürburgring one-make cup. "I've taken part in the set-up day so often, somehow it's routine for me by now. But once you've done the first lap, it's really fun again. A GT3 is a different matter, but it's hard to drive it at the limit with any car. Although, I always drove so that I could go back to work on Monday morning. I still keep it that way. You don't have to break anything," says Abbelen. Next Saturday, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will start its 46th season. Tickets for the grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit and the very popular spectator seats in the Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten areas are available from 18 euros. The tickets also include a visit to the paddock, the pit lane, the starting grid and the motorsport experience museum ring°werk. Children up to 14 years of age are admitted free of charge. Click here for the ticket shop.  Meanwhile, the Nürburgring Test Days 2022 are also getting off to a flying start: From 28 - 31 March, a total of four days are planned on the sprint track for Formula & GT cars from various classes. And on 4 and 5 April, trucks of the FIA European Truck Championship (ETRC) will test on the same track for the first time. Nürburgring fans will be familiar with the almost 1500-hp race trucks from the International ADAC Truck Grand Prix!