It was the perfect start to the season at the Nürburgring. While the Nürburgring Endurance Series offered thrilling motorsport on the track and ROWE RACING took its first win of the season, 3,600 fans cheered in the evening at the "Darts am Ring Gala" in the ring°arena. The players put in strong performances on the darts stage and the fans conjured up a world championship atmosphere. One of the highlights was a 9-darter by Jonny Clayton.
Even before the players entered the stage, the fans in the ring°arena were at operating temperature. The 3,600 spectators sang along to songs like "Sweet Caroline" and warmed up for the big show. Most of them were dressed up - as has become a tradition with the audience at darts events. Gabriel Clemens visibly enjoyed his home match at the Nürburgring. The German, who reached the semi-finals of the Darts World Championship at the beginning of the year, showed at the legendary race track why he is one of the top players. Only in the final did he have to admit defeat to Luke Humphries from England. The competition was strong. Besides the two finalists, German World Championship participant Florian Hempel and three-time World Champion Michael van Gerwen were also at the start.
"9-Darter" by Jonny Clayton - anticipation for "Darts am Ring Gala" 2024
Jonny Clayton provided a very special moment: The Welshman threw a so called - and especially rare - 9-Darter in front of the enthusiastic crowd. With only nine darts thrown he brought the 501 points to 0. To be present at such a moment live is something very special for the spectators. Accordingly, the mood was ecstatic. After the successful evening, the darts fans can already look forward to 2024. Then the Darts am Ring Gala will return to the ring°arena for the third time. The date as well as the start of the advance booking will be announced in the coming weeks.
Outlook: Four events on two weekends
After this weekend's event kick-off, the Nürburgring continues at full speed. Four events are scheduled for the next two weekends. After the season opener of the RCN/GLP (Saturday, 25 March), the typical Nürburgring variety of events and experiences will follow the following weekend. There will be the second race of the season of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (Saturday, 1 April), the first round of the Nürburgring Drift Cup (1 - 2 April) and the start of the two-wheeler season at the "Anlassen" motorbike service (Sunday, 2 April). And tourist drivers will also get their money's worth - the Nordschleife opens almost daily for fans of the Green Hell.