Mid-season at the ADAC Racing Weekend at the Nürburgring


The ADAC Racing Weekend celebrates the halfway point of the season with ten race series and a full programme at the Nürburgring. At the fourth of seven race weekends, a total of 16 races and two regularity tests are on the programme at the sprint circuit in the Eifel. In addition to the GTC Race with GT Sprint and GT60 powered by Pirelli, the Special Touring Car Trophy (STT), the Touring Car Junior Cup, the Touring Car Classic and the Touring Car Revival, the DMV BMW 318ti Cup, the DMV BMW Challenge, the DMV Classic Masters and the DMV NES 500 will also be taking part in ADAC Racing Weekend 2022 for the first time. On Saturday and Sunday, all races will be available to watch in a livestream on Youtube; the stream will start at 8:05 a.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

In the GTC Race, a pilot from the Am classification is currently at the top of the standings. Heiko Neumann, who shares a Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Timo Rumpfkeil, collected more points as an amateur than all the semi-pros and pros in the field. According to the regulations, a driver receives more points the more opponents he defeats in his class. Neumann's first pursuer is 17-year-old GT3 support driver Finn Zulauf (Audi R8 LMS GT3). At the Nürburgring they now have to take on Timo Bernhard, among others - the two-time Le Mans winner contests the GT60 powered by Pirelli and the two GT Sprints in a Porsche 911 GT3 R together with Friedel Bleifuss.

In the STT, Uwe Alzen (Audi R8 LMS GT3) is the man to beat. So far, all six wins of the season have gone to his account and he is well on his way to defending his title from last year. In addition to the GT cars and touring cars on the STT grid, Frenchwoman Célia Martin (Norma M30) has entered an LMP car for races seven and eight of the season, bringing some Le Mans flair to the Eifel. 

Beautiful racing cars will also be on offer in the Touring Car Classic, some of which will be driven by big names. Klaus Ludwig will drive a Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evo I from 1989 together with Ekkehard Ludewigs and Altfrid Heger will drive a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Stefan Mücke shares a Ford Mustang DTM with Guido Momm, another legendary car from the 90s. In the sister series Touring Car Revival, in which two regularity tests are held, Mike Wehrli brings a Rover 3500 Vitesse to the start, which dates back to 1983 and is thus the oldest car in the Touring Car Revival. 

The concept of the Touring Car Junior Cup, where the talented drivers compete with identical VW Up! GTI cars, is geared towards junior sport. In the four rounds of the season so far, four different starters - Linus Hahne, Leonard Heidegger, Elias Olsen and Leon Arndt - have won, which underlines the balance of the series. Series organiser Matthias Meyer also sees it that way: "The performance density is high and close duels are part of the good tone with us." He feels that his Touring Car Junior Cup is ideally placed within the framework of the ADAC Racing Weekend. "As an ADAC junior series, we are exactly right on this platform: good organisation, a professional livestream and tracks on which the professional series ADAC GT Masters, ADAC GT4 Germany and ADAC TCR Germany also race for the most part."

Among others, the DMV BMW Challenge and the DMV NES 500 will celebrate their premiere at this year's ADAC Racing Weekend. In both race formats - once two 25-minute sprint races and once a three-hour endurance race - the well-known TV chef Steffen Henssler (BMW M240i) will be at the start. He is currently taking his first steps in motorsport. The weekend programme is rounded off by the DMV BMW 318ti Cup, in which only unit cars are entered, and the DMV Classic Masters, in which cars from the Alfa Romeo Challenge are eligible to take part, in addition to cars with a basic model year between 1965 and 1995. 

The three jam-packed days will start on Friday at 8:05 a.m. with general test and set-up runs, before the DMV BMW 318ti Cup gets its first free practice under its wheels. The 318ti Cup will end the day with its first race, which will be flagged off at 17:31 as scheduled. On Saturday and Sunday, the action will also start at 8:05 a.m., once with race one of the DMV BMW Challenge and once with qualifying two of the Touring Car Junior Cup. Both days will be rounded off by the DMV NES 500, which will have its free practice until 17:25 on Saturday and its race until 17:35 on Sunday.