18 November, Thursday

Nürburgring gets two and a half kilometres of new asphalt

The Nordschleife and the Grand Prix circuit will receive a total of two and a half kilometres of new track surface this winter. The start of the work was this week. A powerful asphalt milling machine started to remove the tarmac of the Döttinger Höhe. It will now work its way from the long Nordschleife straight through the Antoniusbuche, Tiergarten and Hohenrain chicane to the Grand Prix...
Nürburgring gets two and a half kilometres of new asphalt


The Nordschleife and the Grand Prix circuit will receive a total of two and a half kilometres of new track surface this winter. The start of the work was this week. A powerful asphalt milling machine started to remove the tarmac of the Döttinger Höhe. It will now work its way from the long Nordschleife straight through the Antoniusbuche, Tiergarten and Hohenrain chicane to the Grand Prix circuit. Here, the Hyundai N curve before the start-finish as well as the connecting sections between the two circuits will be resurfaced. Until February 2022, the construction machines will be working at full throttle so that the start of the season can take place in the best track conditions, as it does every year. Next Event: WorldRX Nürburgring (27 & 28 November) "The asphalt work on our race tracks is one of the most emotional parts of my job," explains project manager Alexander Schnobel. "We work here on behalf of the 95-year history of our racetrack. Preserving the characteristics of the track is always a top priority during the construction work. At the same time, we are producing a modern standard that meets today's demands on our tracks." Schnobel has been responsible for construction planning and infrastructure at the Nürburgring for 20 years and has already implemented quite a few projects around the track. In addition to the asphalt work, these include the many structural safety measures, the new Race Control or the digital test cluster on the Döttinger Höhe.    Fundamental expansion on the Nordschleife - new asphalt surface on the Grand Prix circuitOn average, one kilometre of asphalt is renewed every year on the Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit. With a total length of around 25 kilometres, the quality of the newly laid asphalt must therefore withstand the highest stresses for around 15 to 20 years before it is renewed again. "Our race tracks are busy every day from mid-March to mid-November. In addition to the approximately 50 major events, these include driving training sessions, tourist drives or industry test drives," explains Alexander Schnobel. Furthermore, the project manager explains that the construction work on the race tracks is done differently. At the Nordschleife, the layers under the asphalt of the track, which was opened in 1927, are also being renewed. The area is therefore excavated to a depth of more than one metre and then completely rebuilt. On the modern Grand Prix circuit, on the other hand, which was raced on for the first time in 1984, it is usually sufficient to first mill off the upper two asphalt layers and then renew them. Specially developed asphalt mixtures also ensure that the respective grip level remains consistent on the respective tracks even with the newly paved surface. This should give the drivers a reliable driving experience without too many differences on a lap of 25 kilometres. 2.5 million euros for new asphaltThe Nürburgring is investing a total of about 2.5 million euros in the construction project. As in the past, expertise from Rhineland-Palatinate is being relied on - the company Schnorpfeil from Treis-Karden and the engineering office Porz & Partner from Sinzig are involved in the planning.   One of the special features this year is that although the construction work on the Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit includes two tracks that can be operated separately, it will be carried out on one contiguous area. It covers the track from the Döttinger Höhe to the Sabine-Schmitz curve, and includes the connecting sections between the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife as well as the Hyundai N curve of the Grand Prix circuit located there. Weather permitting, the work should be completed by the end of February. Shortly afterwards, the Nürburgring will start its 95th season in March.

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

Nürburgring currently base for emergency services: weekend events cancelled until 8 August


The Nürburgring is cancelling the planned weekend events for the time being up to and including 8 August. These include the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the ADAC Racing Weekend (30 July - 1 August) as well as the ADAC GT Masters (6 - 8 August). The reason for the cancellation is the continuing emergency situation in the district of Ahrweiler and the stationing of various emergency forces at the Nürburgring. Those responsible have already been able to find a new date for the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the Nürburgring. The race series will now come to the Eifel on 27 and 28 November. Tickets remain valid, further information for ticket holders will be sent by e-mail. New dates for the ADAC GT Masters and the ADAC Racing Weekend are currently being reviewed in cooperation with the organisers. The circuit provides information on the dates of all other Nürburgring events - such as tourist drives, formula trainings and the like - on its website. Emergency Forces Currently Using Nürburgring as Base CampAt present, the police, the Bundeswehr, the rescue service as well as the fire brigade and the disaster control service from all over Germany are using the Nürburgring and its infrastructure as a central base camp. They start from here to the affected areas of the district of Ahrweiler. Minister President Malu Dreyer also took a look at the situation at the race track on wednesday. "The Nürburgring has become an unprecedented place of help and solidarity in this flood disaster," Dreyer said. Currently, the organisations are using more than 60,000 m² of the Nürburgring grounds. This includes the paddock as well as adjacent event areas and parking spaces. In the Bitburger Event Center, in the ring°arena and in the ring°boulevard, many donations in kind are currently still being sorted by volunteers. The distribution to the villages will be done by helicopters and vehicles of the emergency services. However, affected citizens can also pick up needed items themselves at the Bitburger Event Center. Nürburgring CEO Mirco Markfort is deeply impressed by the willingness to help: "Every day hundreds of volunteers help to alleviate the need in the region. I express my deepest gratitude to them." The office for donations in kind had been set up by the Nürburgring together with the ADAC Mittelrhein after the Int. ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix was cancelled. Anyone who would like to help can still do so. The Kreissparkasse Ahrweiler has set up an emergency aid account for those affected:               IBAN: DE 86577513100000339457BIC: MALADE51AHR Donations in kind are no longer needed.



The Nürburgring is looking forward to a successful start to the easter weekend. While on the track the tourist drivers made their laps, on Good Friday it remained relatively quiet around the track. In normal years, many thousands of visitors ensured a massive influx on the access roads and along the Nordschleife. The police as well as the operators of the racetrack were accordingly satisfied. They attribute the success to good communication in advance, to structured measures on site and to the understanding visitors, who almost without exception willingly abided by the rules. “This Good Friday is a good example of what can be achieved even in times of pandemic if all parties involved work together”, says Mirco Markfort, Managing Director of Nürburgring. “Despite the nice weather, we managed to explain to people that there are tourist rides on the track, but otherwise all pitches around the track are closed and we advise against taking a day trip to the Nürburgring. It is very gratifying that this has been accepted willingly. ” Overall, the managing director was able to report on respectful cooperation between visitors and folders. Similar to the Nürburgring managing director, the police, who were deployed with a contingent of around 100 troops, also sees it. At times, the police helicopter observed the events from the air. “The traffic around the ring was generally significantly lower than usual on Good Friday”, reports Manuel Wehrmann, the head of the Mayen police department. “We were able to observe viscous traffic at times, especially at noon and early afternoon. Our forces, however, ensured that this did not come to a standstill at any time. As a result, crowds of people were largely prevented or could be resolved by targeted speeches and loudspeaker announcements. All in all, Good Friday at the Nürburgring went very well. ” Full-day tourist trips until Easter Monday on both tracksJust like the Nürburgring, the police also drew attention to the applicable rules and increased readiness for action in the run-up to the Easter weekend. In addition to the police forces, the Nürburgring had deployed 60 folders around the track. They controlled different areas such as the open Grand Prix paddock, the closed parking lots and possible hotspots. Until Easter Monday, the Nürburgring offers all-day tourist rides on the Nordschleife and Grand Prix track. However, the central message remains for all those who do not take advantage of the offer: “Stay at home. ”



Motorsport returns to the Green Hell. The first race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series will open the 2021 event season on the world's most demanding race track on 27 March. Many different events await until November. Tried and tested spectator concepts will once again ensure that fans can follow the action live at the track. Together with RPR1, "Radio Nürburgring" is also being redesigned and guarantees that the racing action can be followed worldwide via internet radio for the first time. In addition, the Nürburgring can look forward to a new strong partner from this season: the performance brand BMW M is expanding its commitment at the historic race track. Despite many imponderables in Corona times, those responsible feel well positioned for the coming season. The Nürburgring calendar is well filled in 2021. That alone would not be news. In times of the pandemic, however, this is particularly remarkable. For a year now, the Corona measures have dominated the event industry. And even though Rock am Ring has already had to be cancelled, there is good news: Motorsport can take place. This includes events like the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race, the DTM, the ADAC Truck Grand Prix or the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. But so do the numerous trackdays or driving trainings, such as the Nürburgring Formula courses. "Despite Corona, our race track is fully booked until mid-November - seven days a week, from Monday to Sunday," explains Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort, who steers the Nürburgring through the crisis together with a team of 200 permanent employees and around 1,100 temporary staff. And yet he also admits: "You can't really guarantee anything in these times." Although the Nürburgring is operating relatively successfully under the general conditions, the economic success cannot be compared to the years before the pandemic. And yet the Nürburgring is trying to make a lot of things possible again in order to continue to play its role as the economic engine of an entire region. "With our concepts last year, we made sure that many events and offers could take place. In doing so, we have helped to maintain jobs in the region and in the industry as a whole. We will continue to fulfil this commitment," Markfort explains. Tried and tested concepts for spectators along the routeThat's why, he says, it's important for the Nürburgring to actively build on its proven concepts and bring spectators back to the track in the long term. "The fans are the emotional framework that make every event special. In addition, ticket sales are an existential economic factor for every organiser," explains the managing director. The non-contact spectator concepts were therefore further developed with the same health experts as in 2020. The Institute for Hygiene and Public Health of the University of Bonn, the MVZ Labor Koblenz and the German Red Cross District Association Ahrweiler again played a decisive role in this. This is another reason why Markfort is optimistic about the future. "We feel well positioned and are in contact with the authorities regarding our concepts. We will now closely monitor the development of the pandemic and continue to seek dialogue - for the sake of the sport, the fans, the motorsport teams and companies, the region and of course for the Nürburgring." BMW M - expanding the partnership at the NürburgringThe Nürburgring already has reason to rejoice elsewhere. Starting this season, there will be an expansion of a long-standing partnership with the performance brand BMW M. Nürburgring fans are already familiar with the BMW M Power grandstand on the Grand Prix circuit and the advertising hoardings on the "old pit lane" of the Nordschleife. The BMW bridge over the start-finish straight is also an unmistakable part of the Nürburgring image. This has already been visibly redesigned in the BMW M colours. In terms of driving activities, the car manufacturer is also one of the most intensive users of the race track with its Driving Experience. Now BMW M wants to establish the Nürburgring as the home of the brand. The centrepiece of the new cooperation, which will initially last up to and including 2025, is a BMW M showroom in the ring°boulevard, which will open to visitors to the Nürburgring on selected dates. In addition, there are to be further events - for example as part of BMW M's 50th birthday in 2022. Radio Nürburgring now receivable worldwideIn future, all fans will be able to follow the events at the Nürburgring worldwide via radio. Until now, Radio Nürburgring could only be received in the vicinity of the race track at the frequency 87.7. By expanding the partnership with the Rhineland-Palatinate radio station RPR1, the "Ring-Radio" is now making the leap to the Internet. In the future, the events at the Nürburgring will be broadcast here on the popular



For the first time, a section of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife has been equipped with a digital infrastructure. The Döttinger Höhe is equipped with cameras, display systems and intelligent software over a length of 2. 7 kilometres. The construction project links the course, which opened in 1927, with the modern infrastructure of the Grand Prix track and the new Racecontrol. The new technology is expected to be used in the upcoming season. Construction work on the Nürburgring. This is not an unusual picture at the current time of year on the world’s longest permanent race track: construction vehicles are regularly on the Nordschleife in winter – for example, when the asphalt is being renewed. However, instead of the usual road paver or roller, this year an oversized plough is on its way at the Nürburgring. With his help, the skilled workers lay several kilometres of fiber optic cables and power cables there. “Digital Marshalling” brings flag signals directly into the carIn 2021, the Nürburgring will now test different systems here. Numerous cameras will bring the image directly into the new Racecontrol. A new software with artificial intelligence should help detect hazards faster. In addition, the so-called “digital marshalling” is to be further expanded. With digital display panels, which also display flag signals, those in charge can control what is happening on the track. In addition, the signals and important information are displayed directly to the driver on the display in the cockpit. An important component of the measure on the Döttinger Höhe is also the testing of various power supply options for the entire system. From the entire test run, conclusions should also be drawn as to what requirements a digitization of further sections of the Nordschleife would entail. With its length and topography, the most demanding race track in the world has special requirements. There are countless square kilometres of forest, hilly countryside and a track layout with many curves, steep gradients and slopes. What has made the Nürburgring so world-famous would make power supply and data processing and distribution a major task in particular. The project on the Döttinger Höhe is to be completed in just under four weeks. Finally, on the first weekend of March, the first contactless tourist trips of the year 2021.



The tourist drives at the Nürburgring - an offer for everyone. On the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife, visitors can experience the myth of the "Green Hell" in their own cars. Now the race track has announced the dates for the tourist drives in 2021. They will again include highlight weekends such as the "Green Hell Driving Days" and the popular Easter weekend. Here, driving fun is possible for several days in a row. Particularly pleasing for the fans: the lap prices remain stable for the fifth year in a row and there is no price increase for the season ticket either. It doesn't take much to take part in the tourist rides. The only conditions: a registered, roadworthy car or motorbike and the indispensable willingness to abide by the road traffic regulations. In times of Corona, the rules of "contactless tourist rides" also apply. These allow driving pleasure with special attention to the health of all involved: 2020 has shown that this works. Since April 2020, tourist riders have been making their rounds according to this concept. Despite the increased effort, the prices will remain the same in 2021. For five years now, a lap of the legendary Nordschleife has cost 25 euros from Monday to Thursday and 30 euros from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays. A 15-minute stint on the Grand Prix circuit will continue to be available for 30 euros - regardless of the day of the week. The season ticket, brings unlimited driving pleasure on both tracks. It can be booked from Wednesday, 6 January 2021. Green Hell Driving Days and Easter WeekendThe special highlight for all tourist drivers from all over the world are the dates when driving on the legendary race track is possible for several whole days in a row. Traditionally, the Easter weekend can be firmly planned here again. From 2 to 5 April, tourist rides are possible for four days in a row. The same applies to the so-called "Green Hell Driving Days". Here, too, driving pleasure is available almost "non-stop" from morning to evening. These will take place in 2021, from Thursday, 13 to Sunday, 16 May, and in the golden autumn from Friday, 22 to Sunday, 24 October. Anyone wishing to take part in the tourist drives can top up their personal credit via the "Green Hell Driving Portal" (at and also find out about all the dates - both for the Nordschleife and for the Grand Prix circuit. Contactless tourist driving with tried and tested "Corona concept"In times of Corona, the tourist drives take place under special rules. These rules stipulate that credits and tickets can only be purchased online - even on the road via mobile phone. On site, access to the route is by QR code or card. It is forbidden to get out of the car at the main entrance to the Nordschleife. Only the regularly disinfected toilet is accessible. The second access road in the Adenau district of Breidscheid remains closed. A maximum of two people per vehicle are allowed to drive on the circuit, and they must have already arrived together. The driver must also keep a record of who is accompanying him at the time of the journey so that a possible chain of infection can be traced. On site, staff members ensure that everything runs according to plan, check compliance with the rules and also punish violators if necessary. In case of emergencies and problems, the office at the Nordschleife and a clearing station at the car park are manned - here, too, the necessary precautions have been taken to protect everyone involved. Track safety is on the road as usual - but in contrast to usual, with one car per deployed employee. All assigned employees, stewards and temporary staff have also been trained in the generally applicable rules of conduct in Corona times. About the tourist drives"No trip to the Eifel without a lap of the Nürburgring" is a saying from the early days of the more than 90-year-old race track. This is still true today, because during the tourist drives, the barriers to the unique circuit regularly open to anyone in possession of a driving licence and a registered vehicle. So during the tourist drives, the myth of the Green Hell can be experienced on your own wheels - almost every day. To ensure that everyone can experience the unique driving pleasure in their own way, the rules of the road traffic regulations apply to tourist drives, making the racetrack the most beautiful one-way street in the world. © Racetracker

Corona concept enables contactless tourist drives


With a new concept, which focuses on the health of everyone involved, the Nürburgring will start on Thursday, April 30th, with "contactless tourist drives". Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, tourist drives will be the first activity that can take place in an adapted form. This means that everyone has the opportunity to drive their own car on the historic track. So that this is done according to uniform rules, the road traffic regulations are mandatory. The fascination of driving on the Nürburgring has been a result of the demanding track since the opening in 1927, which requires every professional and private driver a special skill and special care when driving the circuit. In times of Corona there are also a few things to consider.“The health of everyone involved has always been our top priority. You can see that not only in the constantly expanding safety facilities on and around our race track. In times of Corona, we also see ourselves as obliged,”explains Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort. "When developing customized concepts for our activities, it became clear that the tourist drives could be carried out with adjusted arrangements."Package of provisions ensures maximum security for all who are involvedThe provisions mentioned include that credits for the tourist drives are only available online and are therefore completely contactless from home on the PC or on the go with a cell phone. The track can be accessed on site using a QR code or a ticket. It is forbidden to get out of the car at the open entrance to the Nordschleife. Only the regularly disinfected toilet, where the entrance is controlled, is accessible.The barrier in Breidscheid remains closed. Employees are specially trained and equipped with masks and disposable gloves. They ensure the planned process, check compliance with the rules and, if necessary, punish violations. For emergencies and problems, the office on the Nordschleife and a clearing office in the parking lot are staffed - here too, the necessary precautions have been taken to protect everyone involved. In addition, track safety is on the road as usual - in contrast to otherwise with one car for each employee. All employed workers and stewards are also specially trained in the generally applicable rules of conduct in "Corona" periods.A maximum of two people per vehicle allowed - parking spaces closedA maximum of two people per vehicle are allowed to drive the track as part of the tourist drives, who must already have arrived at the Nürburgring together. The driver must also write down the passenger who is accompanying him at the time of the trip so that a possible chain of infection can be traced. In order to prevent crowds around the track, all parking spaces around the Nordschleife are closed, as in the past few weeks. The Nürburgring also urges visitors via its channels to abide by the rules at all times - even outside the race track.Hotels still closedEven if contactless tourist drives take place, there are still no overnight accommodations in the region. The Nürburgring therefore requests that you refrain from traveling further and only come to the Nürburgring if a tourist drive is really carried out and you can then start your way home.

With motorsport, festival and more - these are the events in 2020


Nürburg. The Nürburgring has presented its event calendar for the 2020 season. One thing is certain: Visitors to the race track can once again look forward to a varied mix of events next year. The focus continues to be on motorsport – above all on the traditional highlight, the ADAC TOTAL 24-Hour Race, which will take place on 21-24 May. In 2019, 230,000 people came to experience the race in the Green Hell. In addition to the endurance classic, a new event promises particularly entertaining action on the race track: the FIA World Rallycross Championship on 1-2 August 2020. AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, ADAC Truck Grand Prix, ADAC GT Masters, the Nürburgring Endurance Championship VLN and DTM are further flagships among the wide range of racing events.     Off the asphalt, the popular festival “Rock am Ring” will also step on the gas to celebrate its 35th anniversary. In addition to the headliners “System of a Down“, “Green Day“ and “Volbeat“, numerous other bands have already been confirmed. The New Horizons Festival, on the other hand, is no longer featured in the calendar. After three years of positive development and 80,000 visitors in 2019, the EDM event is taking a creative break to then start anew at another location. Meanwhile, Rad am Ring and the Fisherman’s Friend StrongmanRun will once more provide sporting challenges.    For the first time in 2020, the elite of darts will come to the Nürburgring. Record world champion Phil Taylor and other world-leading players will prove their skill on the board on 11 September 2020. There will also be various other indoor events, such as “NightWash Live” in March, which is already sold out, however. Photo: Robert Kah