09 September, Saturday

Red Bull Formula Nürburgring and 12h Nürburgring attract 60,000 motorsport fans to the Ring

At the Red Bull Formula Nürburgring, more than 60,000 spectators experienced more than four hours of superlative motorsport even before the start of the sixth round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. Unique show runs, drift action and Nascar interludes were on the agenda as part of the 12h Nürburgring.  In 2013, Sebastian Vettel, four-time Formula 1 world champion, won with his RB7 at the...
Red Bull Formula Nürburgring and 12h Nürburgring attract 60,000 motorsport fans to the Ring


At the Red Bull Formula Nürburgring, more than 60,000 spectators experienced more than four hours of superlative motorsport even before the start of the sixth round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. Unique show runs, drift action and Nascar interludes were on the agenda as part of the 12h Nürburgring.  In 2013, Sebastian Vettel, four-time Formula 1 world champion, won with his RB7 at the Nürburgring. Before his run, Vettel, who once again took a seat in the cockpit of his "Kinky Kylie" race car, said: "I feel like I'm in a time capsule. A lot of memories are coming up. Everything fits together here today - including the fact that we are now running on synthetic, i.e. CO2-neutral, fuel." The event also brought back memories for many fans who made the pilgrimage to the Müllenbachschleife well before the official start of the event to get the best view of the spectacle. They experienced stars like Ralf Schumacher, Mathias Lauda and Gerhard Berger up close and cheered their runs enthusiastically. A highlight was the halftime show with some of the most prominent representatives of two-wheeled motorsport: stunt rider Aras Gibieža, freestyle motocross pro Luc Ackermann and trial freestyler Adrian Guggemos. Elias Hountondji, one of the two Drift Brothers, made the tyres smoke. As his brother was unable to attend due to an injury, Conor Shanahan, current leader of the Drift Masters Championships, provided incredible driving manoeuvres. The BMW field with Jens Klingmann, Philipp Eng, Leopold Prinz von Bayern and Markus Flasch also amazed the audience. The group of GT cars impressed with Yuki Tsunoda, the Friesacher brothers duo and the renowned PS-Influencer Gercollector. Jos Verstappen, the father of current F1 champion Max Verstappen, delivered a breathtaking performance in his Ford Supervan 4.2 in front of 35,000 fans at the Müllenbachschleife. Another 25,000 fans watched the show runs at the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife. It was a home game for Carrie Schreiner, who is the first German driver to convince in the F1 Academy. Right before the start, she said: "I'm at home on the Nordschleife and it will definitely be totally surreal to have the track all to myself. I'm going to enjoy every corner." So could David Coulthard, who had stepped in at short notice for the injured Daniel Ricciardo. The Scottish Formula 1 vice world champion from 2001 drove the RB8 and drove together with Sebastian Vettel over the almost 21 kilometre long circuit with its 73 curves in the grand finale. "I feel very privileged to drive here today with Sebastian Vettel and in front of a fantastic crowd." Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel, who supports the "Race without a trace" campaign, came with a clear mission: "Motorsport is my great passion and I want to preserve the sport. Fuels can be produced synthetically and serve as a substitute fuel. It may not be the only solution, but it is part of the solution. It is important that we all realise that we have to do something. And the great thing is: You don't feel a difference in the car, it's just as much fun." At 3:30 p.m., the protagonists of the Nürburgring Endurance Series then started the 63rd ADAC ACAS Cup. The six-hour race continues into the evening hours. On Sunday, the 62nd ADAC Reinoldus Endurance Race will follow as part of the 12h Nürburgring, another six-hour round of the tradition-steeped Nordschleife championship. Tickets are available at

ring°guide: Red Bull Formula Nürburgring & 12h Nürburgring


Everything you need to know about Red Bull Formula Nürburgring and the 12h Nürburgring from 09 to 10 September 2023. ARRIVAL We recommend an early arrival, as we have to expect increased traffic.Also, here are a few tips/info: In addition, you do NOT have to print out your e-ticket - presenting the digital version on your smartphone, for example, is completely sufficient. If you have lost your ticket, we will be happy to help you on +49 2691 302 0.   On Saturday there is a one-way street regulation on the L93 and the K72 around the Müllenbachschleife (see site plan). Please pay attention to the signposting on site. Arrival from the A61, Koblenz direction Mönchengladbach:Between the Maria Laach viaduct and Wehr maintenance work, lane narrowed to two lanes. TIMETABLE / PROGRAM Saturday, 09. September 2023 08:00-21:30 – Expo in the ring°boulevard08:00-21:30 – Red Bull Formula Nürburgring Paddock (Müllenbachschleife)08:00-09:40 – Qualifying NLS610:00-14:00 – Red Bull Formula Nürburgring (Müllenbachschleife + Gesamtstrecke)10:30-14:30 – Open pits and pit lane11:30-12:15 – autograph sessions NLS Teams (pitlanes)14:30-15:10 – Gridwalk NLS615:30-21:30 – NLS6 - 6h-race16:30 – Trial Show Adrian Guggemoos in the ring°boulevard19:00 – Trial Show Adrian Guggemoos in the ring°boulevardab 20:00 – Pre-Party in the ring°carréca. 21:50 – winners podiumab 22:00 – Official Aftershow Party in the Eifel Stadl (Tickets available at the box office depending on availability) Sunday, 10. September 2023 08:30-18:00 – Expo in the ring°boulevard08:30-10:00 – Qualifying NLS710:20-11:00 – Open pits and pit lane11:00-11:40 – Gridwalk NLS712:00-18:00 – NLS7 - 6h-race13:30 – Trial Show Adrian Guggemoos in the ring°boulevard17:00 – Trial Show Adrian Guggemoos in the ring°boulevardca. 18:20 – winners podium SITE MAP Please use the recommended parking areas and observe the one-way system around the Müllenbachschleife. Here you can find a site plan for the pedestrian walkways between the event locations. LIVESTREAMS 12h Nürburgring | NLS 6 | Saturday: here 12h Nürburgring | NLS 7 | Sunday: here MEET LEGEND Maybe you will meet Legend in the Pit- and Gridwalk or in the ring°boulevard at the Expo. OPEN HOURS LOCATIONS Samstag, 09. September 2023 info°center | 08.00 - 19.00 ring°werk | 10.00 - 18.00 ring°kartbahn | 14.30 - 15.30 ring°fanshop | 10.00 - 19.00 Nürburgring eSports Bar | 12.00 - 0.00 Sonntag, 10. September 2023 info°center | 08.00 - 17.00 ring°werk | 10.00 - 17.00 ring°kartbahn | 10.00 - 20.00 ring°fanshop | 10.00 - 17.00 Nürburgring eSports Bar | 12.00 - 20.00 OPEN HOURS GASTRONOMY Saturday, 09 September 2023 Bitburger Gasthaus | 11.00 - 22.00 LUCIA | 11.00 - 22.00 Restaurant Nuvolari | 18.30 - 22.00 Sunday, 10 September 2023 Bitburger Gasthaus | 11.00 - 19.00 LUCIA | 11.00 - 22.00 Restaurant Nuvolari | 18.30 - 22.00 TIP Secure 25% off the entire NLS collection on site in the ring°fanshop and in our online store only in September. FAQ You still have general questions about the events? Have a look at our FAQ. TICKETS Here you will find an overview of the available ticket categories. Click here to go to the ticket shop. TIP: Get one of the last VIP tickets for the 12h Nürburgring incl. ticket for Red Bull Formula Nürburgring

frequently asked questions to 12h Nürburgring & Red Bull Formula Nürburgring


This weekend the 12h Nürburgring and Red Bull Formula Nürburgring will take place at our legendary racetrack. These are your frequently asked questions and answers about the upcoming racing festival!   To the point: Where will which programme take place on the day?Most of the Red Bull Formula (Saturday, 9 September) will take place exclusively in the Müllenbachschleife of our Grand Prix circuit. One of the many programme items is the show run of the F1 cars. They will drive on the Nordschleife and the entire Grand Prix circuit. Afterwards, the race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series will start - also on the entire circuit. Is there an exact timetable? When do the F1 cars race on the Nordschleife?No, but the showruns will take place between 10:00 - 14:00 h. You can find the exact information here.  Is there a site plan?Yes, there is. You can find it on our website! Will there be an autograph session with Vettel & Co?No, there are no autograph sessions planned by the organisers at the moment. How many laps will the Formula 1 cars do?That varies, but there will be plenty of time and all laps can be followed via the video walls. Are tickets still available?Yes! The Red Bull Formula is sold out, as the capacity of 30,000 seats in the Müllenbachschleife has been exhausted. But the following tickets are still available: 1.) 12h Nürburgring (full payer: 25 Euro)Admission to all grandstands around start-finish, GP paddock & spectator points Nordschleife 2.) 12h Nürburgring PLUS (full payer: 29 Euro)Additional access to grandstands T5a or T10b with a view of part of the Müllenbachschleife Will additional screens be set up to follow the action?Yes, we will set up 8 additional TV screens in the Müllenbachschleife. In addition, there will be our permanent video wall at the BMW M Power grandstand (T3). The entire programme will run there as well. Will the Red Bull Formula be broadcast live?No, you can only experience the event live on site. But of course you will find numerous photos and videos on social media afterwards. As usual, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will be broadcast on our YouTube channel. What is the 12h Nürburgring all about?The 12h Nürburgring is a doubleheader of two endurance races of 6 hours each - one on Saturday, one on Sunday. More than 100 racing cars will be at the starting line - from the arrow-quick Porsche GT3 to the close-to-production BMW 325i. Your ticket gets you really close: the paddock, the starting grid before the race and all the grandstands are included. There will also be an expo area in the ring°boulevard. Which cars will be at the start of the 12h Nürburgring? Is there anything else special?The Nürburgring Endurance Series will publish the exact starting list. One special feature: on Saturday, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will race on the Nordschleife and the entire Grand Prix circuit (including the AMG Arena and Müllenbachschleife). So visitors to the Müllenbachschleife will also experience the racing action of the NLS. Where can I camp?At the Nordschleife, overnight camping is possible from Saturday to Sunday at the Brünnchen section. You will be charged per vehicle: 35 euros per night. There is no infrastructure (showers, toilet, electricity, fresh water, waste water disposal). We also recommend the permanent camping site "Camping am Nürburgring". This is located directly at the Müllenbachschleife and offers electricity as well as permanent sanitary buildings. Which grandstands are open?All of them. Both our frequently used grandstands around the start-finish (T3, T4, T4a), the grandstands of the Müllenbachschleife (T5a - T10b), as well as the T12a at the Advan-Bogen, the back straight of our GP circuit. How long does it take me to walk from the Müllenbachschleife to the paddock and the start-finish?It's about 1.5 kilometres on foot from the Goodyear bend to the start-finish straight. Depending on your speed, you will need around 15 to 20 minutes for the walk. Can I also watch at the Nordschleife?Yes, there are special spectator zones for ticket holders at the Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten sections. All other sections of the Nordschleife are free to watch. Walking and cycling around the circuit are possible as usual. Where can I park at the Grand Prix circuit?We have set up a parking guidance system around the Grand Prix circuit. Simply enter Nürburgring in your sat nav and you will be given all further instructions on site. Basically, we recommend arriving early on the day, as a high volume of traffic is expected. Where can I park at the Nordschleife?P96, P98, P100, Hatzenbachplateau.  

Twelve hours of racing action in the Green Hell


The summer break in the Nürburgring Endurance Series is over. Next weekend, the tradition-steeped Nordschleife racing series will kick off the final third of the season with the 12h Nürburgring - and the doubleheader of the NLS is casting its shadow ahead: on the schedule are the 63rd ADAC ACAS Cup on Saturday and the 62nd ADAC Reinoldus endurance race on Sunday. Both races run over the distance of six hours through the green hell. Day tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available here. In addition, both races are available in full length on the livestream at Premiere in the Nürburgring Endurance Series: On Saturday, the complete Grand Prix circuit - including the AMG Arena and Müllenbachschleife - will be contested in combination with the Nordschleife for the first time. Qualifying will take place in the morning between 8 and 9:40 am. Racing starts at 3:30 p.m. and continues into the evening hours with a race duration of six hours. On Sunday, everything will be back to normal at NLS7: qualifying from 8:30 to 10 a.m., race start at 12 noon. And then the normal NLS variant will be run again, with a short connection to the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife. Even though the 12h Nürburgring is two separate rounds this year - the protagonists are fired up to shine this weekend, because the two six-hour races bring a whopping amount of points for the championship. In the course of this, some top teams have brought reinforcements on board. Nicki Thiim will start alongside brothers Ben and Phil Dörr in the Dörr Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Marek Böckmann will also compete for PROsport-Racing in a British super sports car, together with Maxime Dumarey and Christoph Breuer. Stefan Aust, 'Jacob Schell' and Luca Ludwig will start alongside Christian Kohlhaas in the Ferrari 296 GT3 from racing one. And Adam Christodoulou joins Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub and Shane Lewis in CP Racing's Mercedes-AMG GT3. In a completely new constellation, one of Walkenhorst Motorsport's three BMW M4 GT3s is on the grid. Taking turns at the wheel are Jörg Breuer, Carrie Schreiner, Charles Weerts and Christian Bollrath. In the top class they will meet Nordschleife cracks like Klaus Bachler and David Pittard in the #3 and Dennis Fetzer and Martin Ragginger in the #4. Falken won the 12h Nürburgring last year and took the first victory of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R on the Nordschleife at NLS5.  Fresh wind in the AT(-G) classSmudo & Co from Four Motors Bioconcept-Car get competition in the Alternative Fuel class. For the first time, Griesemann Gruppe by TR Team is fielding an E-Fuels-powered Toyota Supra GT4 in the Nürburgring Endurance Series. Georg Griesemann and Yves Volte take turns at the wheel. After a technical defect at NLS3, roots racing also returns to the race track just in time for the 12h Nürburgring. Tim Schrick and Lucian Gavris pilot a Subaru BRZ RR-AT, which is fueled with bioethanol. The teams in this class impressively demonstrate that there are also environmentally friendly alternatives to the usual fossil combustion engines in motorsport. Will a preliminary decision be made in the championship?The two trios of Adrenalin Motorsport Team Motec - Daniel Zils, Oskar Sandberg and Philipp Leisen in the BMW 330i and Yannick Fübrich, Sven Markert and Nils Steinberg in the BMW M240i Racing Cup - lead the championship after five races with 79 points. Eight points behind are second-placed Heiko Eichenberg, Fabio Grosse and Patrik Grütter, who are competing for SRS Team Sorg Rennsport in a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS. At the 12h Nürburgring, a preliminary decision in the matter of the championship could already be made, because the extra points for the two 6h races included and with two strike results in the remaining two races of the season, the championship lead could no longer be taken away from them. Who will be crowned champion in the end will be decided by various factors - perhaps even by the positions in practice. Get your tickets now!Even though the Red Bull Formula Nürburgring, the side event of the 12h Nürburgring, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Müllenbachschleife, is already sold out - tickets for the NLS season highlight are still available here from 25 euros. These include access to grandstands T3 (BMW M Power grandstand), T4 (Bilstein grandstand) and T12a (paddock grandstand) as well as the exclusive spectator areas in the Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten. In addition, there is access to the paddock, the pit lane and the starting grid. Also included is a one-time free visit to the motorsport experience museum ring°werk.

Nürburgring among Germany's Top 5 most popular travel destinations!


What a success for the Nürburgring. The legendary race track and event location is among the top 5 most popular travel destinations in Germany. In the ranking of the German National Tourist Board, the world-famous Ring landed even ahead of destinations such as Neuschwanstein Castle, the capital Berlin or the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. "What a sensational result. We are very proud of this! Many thanks to our visitors and fans who gave us their vote!" says a delighted Nürburgring Managing Director Christian Stephani about the top ranking. Fellow Managing Director Ingo Böder adds: "This is great and a great appreciation of our work." What fascinates people so much about the Nürburgring? It is one of the most legendary race tracks in the world. Beloved and feared at the same time: the world-famous Nordschleife, the "Green Hell" in the middle of the magnificent Eifel forests. But the Nürburgring is more than just a race track. It is a vibrant conference and trade fair location, a popular excursion destination and a guarantee for impressive experiences. With versatile offers such as formula training, karting, its own adventure museum, trackwalks or backstage tours. Since its opening in 1927, a unique myth has been created here with every story that can be felt and experienced by everyone. A living legend that fascinates motorsport fans and teams, the automotive industry as well as visitors and corporate customers alike. This is confirmed by the voting, because leisure activities with a high experience factor for the whole family and lively metropolises are particularly popular with international visitors to the website of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB). This was also demonstrated by the big Nürburgring Family Day, which celebrated its premiere this year. 20,000 visitors rushed to the numerous offers and spent a great day at the Ring. Incidentally, Europa-Park received the most entries in the voting this year. Last year's winner, Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, came in second. Phantasialand Brühl follows in third place. The other places are occupied by Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the Nürburgring, Neuschwanstein Castle, the capital Berlin, the Black Forest National Park, the Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Therme Erding. Since 2012, visitors to the website have been able to name the tourist destinations they consider particularly recommendable in a free text field using the double opt-in procedure. Only participants from international markets are evaluated. The ranking of the Top 100 will result from the entries. The entire ranking is available at

Varied supporting program next to the race track


The 12h Nürburgring awaits with a varied supporting program from September 9 to 10. In addition to the Red Bull Formula Nürburgring, which will take place on Saturday parallel to the season highlight of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, fans will also be treated to plenty of entertainment in the paddock and at the Expo in the ring°boulevard. The Falken Drift Show will provide spectacular drifting angles on both days, and an autograph session with all NLS drivers at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday offers the perfect opportunity to meet the stars of the series in person. Early on both days, the ring°boulevard opens its doors. The program will take place from 8 a.m. until the end of the race. Highlights include the Haribo roadshow, the kids' kart track and the RPR1 live mobile with regular meet & greets and hands-on activities. Exhibitions, including those by BMW M, Autohaus Scherer, Caterham and Tesla, will present cars worth seeing. A number of walking acts will also be out and about on ring°boulevard, providing unforgettable selfie motifs. On Saturday, Mickey & Minnie will be on site, while on Sunday the mismatched duo consisting of Skye from Paw Patrol and Batman will be saving the world. The Falken Drift Show can be found in the paddock on Saturday and Sunday. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, demo runs will take place at two-hour intervals, during which co-pilot rides can also be booked. For a donation of at least 20 euros in aid of the Sportsman's Festival at NLS8, you can get into the hot seat when drift pros Remmo Niezen, Mark Visser, Rohan van Riel and Lars Verbraeken conjure up their art on the asphalt.Last year for the first time the autograph session with all NLS drivers took place during the 'NLS Pitwalk presented by PITWALK - das Motorsportmagazin'. On Saturday, the protagonists will be in the pit lane from 11:30 to 12:15 and will be available for selfies and autographs. Also on the grid: the impressive Racebot, which has often been on site at the Nürburgring Endurance Series and is ready for unforgettable motifs for young and old. The Red Bull DJ-mobile will provide the right soundtrack at various points throughout the day. For those who still have energy left after so much motorsport action and entertainment, the after-show party on Saturday evening in the Eifel Stadl is highly recommended. As soon as the engines on the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife have fallen silent, the party starts at 10 p.m. with DJ Starface and DJ Banks & Rawdriguez - the end is open. Tickets are available at the box office for twelve euros, in advance you save two euros. Get your tickets now!Even though the Red Bull Formula Nürburgring, the side event of the 12h Nürburgring, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Müllenbachschleife, is already sold out - tickets for the NLS season highlight are still available from 25 here. These include access to grandstands T3 (BMW M Power grandstand), T4 (Bilstein grandstand) and T12a (paddock grandstand) as well as the exclusive spectator areas in the Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten. In addition, there is access to the paddock, the pit lane and the starting grid. Also included is a one-time free visit to the motorsport experience museum ring°werk.

Red Bull Formula Nürburgring: The final driver line-up for the motorsport festival is set


The anticipation is rising, because on 09 September 2023, the legendary racetrack will be transformed into a festival for motorsport fans at Red Bull Formula Nürburgring. Over 30,000 enthusiastic spectators will watch the breathtaking show runs of motorsport stars such as Sebastian Vettel and Yuki Tsunoda. Now the driver field is complete. Carrie Schreiner, one of Germany's most promising racing drivers, has confirmed her participation. The injured Daniel Ricciardo will be replaced by former F1 driver David Coulthard. The father of F1 champion Max Verstappen, Jos Verstappen, will also come to the Nordschleife. It will be a motorsport festival of superlatives that awaits the fans at the legendary Nürburgring on 9 September. After F1 stars like Sebastian Vettel, Yuki Tsunoda and Formula 1 legends Ralf Schumacher, Mathias Lauda and Gerhard Berger have already confirmed their participation, the driver field is now complete. Due to his fractured metacarpal, Australian Daniel Ricciardo unfortunately cannot take part in the event. He will be replaced at short notice by 13-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard. Carrie Schreiner, one of Germany's most promising female racing drivers, has also confirmed her participation and will complete the prominent line-up. The young woman from Saarland is the first German driver in the F1 Academy and will impress the audience on the legendary Nordschleife twice: at the Red Bull Formula Nürburgring in her Formula 4 car and at the 12-hour race in a BMW M4 GT3. In addition, Jos Verstappen, the father of current F1 champion Max Verstappen, will be driving on the Müllenbachschleife. "This will be a brilliant event for all motorsport fans and the feeling of driving on the legendary Nürburgring is simply indescribable," enthuses Carrie Schreiner. The 4-hour motorsport programme promises a varied spectacle that will make the fans' hearts beat faster. In addition to the F1 stars, legends and stunt drivers already announced, spectators can look forward to a BMW driver field featuring Jens Klingmann (BMW M3 E30), Philipp Eng (BMW Z4 GT3), Leopold Prinz von Bayern (BMW M1 Pro Car) and Markus Flasch (BMW V12 LMR). The group of GT cars is completed by Bernhard Auinger (Porsche GT2 Clubsport RS), Patrick Friesacher (Toyota Nascar) and one of Germany's best-known horsepower influencers Gercollector (McLaren Senna). An action-packed programme is planned for the spectators during the half-time of the showrun event: Stars of the half-time show are the already announced Red Bull Driftbrothers, Luc Ackermann, Matej Cesak, Davide Rossi, Aras Gibieža and Adrian Guggemos, who will perform spectacular drifts on the track with their vehicles or jump around the course with their bikes. The complete driver field in the overview: Gerhard Berger – Ferrari F1-412 T2 Ralf Schumacher – Williams FW25-07 Mathias Lauda – Ferrari 312 B3-74 Jens Klingmann – BMW M3 E30 Philipp Eng – BMW Z4 GT3 Leopold Prinz von Bayern – BMW M1 Pro Car Markus Flasch – BMW V12 LMR Yuki Tsunoda – Honda NSX GT3 Bernhard Auinger – Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport Patrick Friesacher – Toyota Nascar Gercollector – McLaren Senna Red Bull Driftbrothers – BMW M4 G82 Luc Ackermann – KTM SX-450 FMX Matej Cesak – KTM 250 SX Davide Rossi - Kawasaki KX 450 F Aras Gibieža – KTM 890 Duke Adrian Guggemos – Gasgas TXT GP 300 Carrie Schreiner – Formel 4 Tatuus Jos Verstappen Sebastian Vettel – RB7 David Coulthard – RB7

The Manta in the 1000km race - racing icon at the start


Legendary Opel Manta, the cult car from endurance racing, returns to the starting grid as part of the ADAC 1000km race at the Nürburgring.  True endurance racing fans can look forward to Olaf Beckmann's foxtail Manta, which will be on the grid as part of the ADAC 1000km race.  The former rally car, which the experienced Opel tuner Kissling Motorsport converted into an endurance vehicle on behalf of Olaf Beckmann at the beginning of the 1990s, has cult status in the 24-hour race or in the Nürburgring Endurance Series.  The Manta has now covered well over 100,000 kilometers at the Nürburgring. But also the team with the old racing hares: Hans-Olaf Beckmann, Peter Haas, Volker Strycek and Jürgen Schulten has already successfully contested many races together and is considered a particularly experienced team, not only because of its average age of well over 60 years. After having to cope with many setbacks in recent years with technical problems during the long-distance classic or a fire in the hall which prevented the start in 2022, the team always comes back. "I laid every meter of cable myself and created every cable harness myself. You have to look at how many cables do I need to the rear to the taillights, how many cables do I need to the front to the engine compartment, how many cables do I need here and there. The entire electrical system had to be redrawn," said Beckmann in the run-up to the 24-hour race.  We and certainly many fans are looking forward to welcoming the Manta -only real with the foxtail- at the start of the ADAC 1000km, as it has a very special connection to the Nürburgring and the fans.  Tickets are still available here.

5. GLP Race „Rhein-Ruhr“ - A strong grassroots sports experience


Thick fog was still wafting in the Eifel valleys around the Nürburgring when race director Jürgen Seidel called the participants of the fifth RCN GLP of the 2023 season early Saturday morning for the obligatory drivers' briefing. Of course, he not only explained the GLP driving tasks, but also addressed the special weather conditions. After the rainfalls of the night, the track of the Nürburgring Nordschleife was still wet and therefore unpredictable for the 115 registered GLP participants. But just in time for the start of the RCN GLP Rhein-Ruhr of the AC Oberhausen in the ADAC, the fog had lifted and Jürgen Seidel could send the teams onto the legendary race track.  For Jutta Steinbrück-Weiß and Dirk Weiß from Usingen (Audi S6 plus) as well as for the rookies Peter Schlingmann and Jan Tax (Celle) in the VW Golf I the GLP run started with a bang. Despite the not yet optimal track conditions, both teams piloted their cars so skillfully around the Nordschleife that the timekeeping recorded a zero-fault lap each at the end of their first confirmation. They were followed at this early stage by Juan Alberto Bermejo Munoz and Susanne Denecke (Gifhorn) in the Lancia 831 ABO in P2 with 0.2 fault points. As the event progressed, the track dried out. First the ideal line, then also the damp places in the shade of the trees. At the tank lap, the half time of each GLP, the following picture emerged. On P5 were Marcus and Kurt Bernards with 2,6 points. The father/son team competing for the MSC Langenfeld in the ADAC moved the Peugeot 196 unspectacularly, but very reliably and safely through the Eifel. At this point, the best-placed rookie team, Sebastian Anding and Nadine Philipp (Blaufelden) with their Honda Accord, was already in fourth place with 2.3 points. The red Mini JCW with Winfried and Karin Schlüter (Horstmar) was third with 1.8 points, just behind Falk and Monika Mellentin (Mönchengladbach) who were P2 in the BMW 318 ti with 1.6 points. At the top, however, with only 0.9 points from three confirmation rounds, was the father/son team Oliver and Udo von Fragstein (Leichlingen/Leverkusen), who were used to success, with their black Ford Puma. In the second half of the GLP Rhein-Ruhr there should be some changes in the rankings. However, it was noticeable that various teams were able to perform better with the now more pleasant conditions. Stefan Jacobs (Aachen) and Justin Schumacher (Hennef), for example, who have already won the rookie classification three times this season, collected a whopping 10.4 fault points in the first half of the fifth race. Even the zero-fault result in the final confirmation round could not move their ranking into the usual front range. 13.7 points (3.4/2.2/4.8/0.5/2.8/0.0) were enough for sixth place in the rookie standings and twentieth place in the daily standings. It was a similar story for Patrick Gierlich (Rheinbach) and Ralf Schreiber (Schleiden). 11.1 points in the first two confirmation laps and then top laps non-stop. At the finish, the Nissan Sunny team was rated P19 with 3.6 points (5.1/6.0/0.5/1.2/0.5/0.3). Another example are René and Tina Göbbels (Eschweiler) who start for MSC Wahlscheid. With their VW Golf 2 they collected more points in the first confirmation round than in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth together. In the end, they added up 8.8 points (3.4/2.1/0.9/0.9/0.4/1.1), which resulted in eleventh place. Tenth place was secured by Micheal Dedekind and Sandra Meier (both Landshut) with 8.4 points (3.3/2.0/0.4/0.5/0.9/1.3) in the BMW E46 M3, which is always wonderful to look at. The ninth-placed drivers were the only ones in the top 10 to manage a zero lap. At the finish, Jörg Wenzel (Langenfeld) and Uwe Knipp (Essen) in the Subaru Imprezza had 7.7 points (3.4/0.6/0.3/2.8/0.0/0.6) under their belt. Steven and Jennifer Ostrowski from Essen are always good for one of the front places. This time they finished in eighth place with 7.5 points (1.3/1.1/2.0/0.3/1.6/1.2) in the husky AMG Mercedes A45. One of the few teams that did better in the first GLP half than in the second were Winfried and Karin Schlüter. With their red Mini JCW (starting number 4) they reached P7 this time with 7.1 points (0.8/0.7/0.3/2.0/3.0/0.3). With 5.9 points (0.3/2.3/0.9/0.6/0.3/1.5), the second best rookie team, Gregor Starck and Kalin Rashey (both Kaiserslautern) in Suzuki Swift, placed a good sixth. Between two newcomers, landed the GLP veteran Andrea and Rolf Derscheid (Much) in the Opel Corsa A. For the couple, who start for the MSC Wahlscheid in the ADAC, 5.4 points (1.4/0.6/1.3/0.9/0.8/0.4) were enough for P5.Sebastian Anding and Nadine Philipp were able to defend their good placing from the first GLP half. 5.1 points (1.2/0.9/0.2/1.8/0.4/0.6) after crossing the finish line meant not only fourth place for the two from Blaufelden but also victory in the rookie classification. And the first three podium places? Anyone who would have predicted third place for Paul Gorolll (Waltenhofen) and Christoph Schlangenhaufen (Grenchen) would certainly have had clairvoyant powers. But the two Fiesta drivers were the big surprise at the 5th GLP round of the season with 5.0 penalty points (0.6/0.4/2.4/1.0/0.1/0.5). A little less surprising was P2 of Falk and Monika Mellentin from Mönchengladbach. After one tenth, one eighth and two third places this season, the couple competing for the DAMC 05 in the ADAC again showed their qualities with 4.2 points (0.3/0.2/1.1/0.7/0.8/1.1).  Better were only Oliver and Udo von Fragstein. Sovereignly and with an enormous "evenness" they circled the Nürburg. Their confirmation laps showed no major outliers, the deviations from the set time were only between 0.02 and 0.05 seconds. With only 2.3 penalty points (0.3/0.2/0.4/0.5/0.5/0.4) at the finish, the successful father/son team once again deservedly secured the day's victory. In the team classification this time the "Ü30er" (von Fragstein / von Fragstein, Ostrowski /Ostrowski, Bernards / Bernards, Will / Anhuth as well as Geibert / Fasel) won with 28.16 points ahead of the "Team Null Runde" (Schlüter / Schlüter, Dedekind / Meier and Ezaru / Ezaru) with 27.11 points. Third was the team of the MSC Wahlscheid in the ADAC (Derscheid / Derscheid, Göbbels / Göbbels, Vosen / Vosen, Scholl / Scholl and Dahlhäuser / Dahlhäuser) with 26.32 points.     Current info: www.rcn-glp.deNext GLP dates:08.10.2023 6th run "Erftquellenpreis" (Nordschleife m. short track)27.10.2023 7th run "Klingentrophy" (GP track)