19 May, Wednesday


The Corona-related break at the ring°kartbahn is over. From Saturday, 22 May, karting fans young and old can go full throttle again. They can look forward to a freshly wrapped kart fleet. Fire red on matt black - interspersed with white design elements: The new design of the Nürburgring karts is elegant and racy at the same time. And is thus perfectly comparable to a lap on the almost...


The Corona-related break at the ring°kartbahn is over. From Saturday, 22 May, karting fans young and old can go full throttle again. They can look forward to a freshly wrapped kart fleet. Fire red on matt black - interspersed with white design elements: The new design of the Nürburgring karts is elegant and racy at the same time. And is thus perfectly comparable to a lap on the almost 400-metre-long indoor track. A motorsport spectacle for everyone: from the age of 12 you can take a seat in the modern electric vehicles. Special children's karts are available for younger drivers (8 - 12 years). The 10-minute stint starts at 11 euros. Currently, karting enthusiasts need an appointment in advance, which can be obtained by phone +49 (0) 02691 302 6670. In addition, a negative Corona rapid test must be available. more information & open hours



The Nürburgring is delighted that the rheinland-pfälzische government has named it as a model project for outdoor events with spectators. Prime Minister Malu Dreyer announced the news today in a press conference on further opening steps. The third stage of the Perspective Plan, in which the model project can start, will enter into force on 2nd June. “We would like to thank the state government for its special confidence. At the same time, we also know that this is a result of our successful work over the past few months”, explains Mirco Markfort, Managing Director of Nürburgring. “We are building on the already successfully tested audience concepts. This shall be done under scientific supervision and in consultation with the competent authorities. ” The Nürburgring is working hard to implement the model project as soon as possible in the context of the upcoming events and thereby make its contribution to the crisis. However, it is not yet clear when the model project will start. There would be plenty of opportunities to implement the concepts. The calendar of the Nürburgring includes international high-caliber and traditional events such as the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race, the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the ADAC Truck Grand Prix or the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. Last season, the Nürburgring took on a pioneering role in terms of spectators. The highlight was the Formula 1 race in October. Up to 20,000 visitors were allowed to sit on the spacious grandstands. This was one of the biggest events in the world in the Corona year 2020. After the season, the district administration of Ahrweiler summarised that no Corona infection in the district was due to an event at the Nürburgring. The Nürburgring will provide further information on the spectator concepts and possible events in the near future.



Real Eifel local heroes are the winners of the ADAC 24h-Qualirrace. After six hours of racing and 41 laps, two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs driven by Frikadelli-Racing (Barweiler) were able to prevail: Patrick Pilet (FRA), Frederic Makowiecki (FRA), Maxime Martin (BEL) and Dennis Olsen (NOR) were at the end of an exciting race ahead of their team-mates Mathieu Jaminet (LUX), Nick Tandy (GBR), Earl Bamber (MYS) and Matt Campell (Stuttgart). Third were the pole setters of the Phoenix team, which is also located close to the Nürburgring: Michele Beretta (ITA), Frank Stippler (Bad Münstereifel), Nicki Thiim (DEN) and Vincent Kolb (DEU) crowned a successful race weekend with their Audi R8 LMS GT3. For the teams, the race weekend was the final battle of strength at the place where the highlight of the Nordschleife season is scheduled to take place from 3rd to 6th June with the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race. For this reason alone, balancing the balance of power was just as much a focus for them as the intensive test under competitive conditions: After this last opportunity, all the participants have to do is prepare their cars perfectly right down to the final wheel nut to fight for victory and seconds in the Nordschleife classic. “Today, for the second time in a row, we have won a double at the Nordschleife”, said Frikadelli rider Maxime Martin after the fall of the finish flag. “This is perfect, of course. This weekend was completely different from the conditions at the NLS races. This was very important for the preparation of the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race. We drove a clean race and learned a lot. ” The flawless work was the key to success, because the teams were extremely close together and there were fierce position battles right up to the last minute of the race right across the starting field. At the same time, cars from almost all manufacturers represented in the starting field collected kilometers in the leading group and showed that the competitors are fighting with their sights open. “That was a successful prologue for the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race”, said race director Walter Hornung. “The more than 30 cars in the top classes showed great, balanced motorsport and once again proved that endurance racing at the Nordschleife is something very special. Now we are looking forward to the season highlight in June with even more action in the fight for the overall victory.” The teams also used the ADAC 24h Quali race to optimise their setups and – thanks to the spring weather – to test their tyres for the forecast temperatures in June. “Today’s temperatures are the highest of the season so far, and it is important for us to collect this data.   This is crucial in terms of tyre performance at the 24h Race”, said former DTM champion Martin Tomczyk, who drives one of the BMW M6 GT3s in the team of previous year’s winners at Rowe Racing. His assessment of the balance of power was clear after the weekend: “It’s incredibly tight – we’ve seen that in the last NLS races, and it’s now confirmed again.” Driver colleague Thomas Jäger, who took the wheel in the fastest Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the qualifying session, shares the same horn: “In order to analyse the strengths and weaknesses in detail, we will certainly have to take a closer look at the data after this weekend. But you can see that the competitors are all close together. Especially when you see the cars in the flock, this becomes visible. The last adjustments of the BoP were a good step. ” Ernst Moser, team manager of the Phoenix Audi #11, which started the race from Pole, knows: “We are very close to the goal of what the regulation experts achieved with the BOP. Porsche is strong on the road – but they’re not just driving away from the rest of the field. That’s how I like to race. ” Clearly, the Porsche teams were highly satisfied: “The Porsches are currently well positioned”, said Frikadelli team boss Klaus Abelen, adding: “We have done the best job so far.” Other team leaders see the same thing: “At the moment, it looks like Porsche is doing very well”, said Torsten Schubert, whose BMW team has made a strong impression in the previous NLS races. “But that also applies to Audi and Mercedes. I think it’s going to be exciting between the four brands. Our M6 also works properly. ”



From now on, everyone can get tested for the Corona virus free of charge at the Nürburgring. In cooperation with the German Red Cross district association Ahrweiler, the operators of the race track have built a drive-in with two test lanes in the ring°carré (formerly Eifeldorf). First of all, every Monday and Wednesday, from 2 pm to 8 pm, you can take part in the test offer with your own vehicle. Registration is done digitally using a barcode. The result is available 15 minutes after the smear. The results are then also transmitted digitally via e-mail or SMS. If there is no smartphone available, there is also the alternative of written registration on site. The public test offer for “everyone” at the Nürburgring means: No registration is required for the specified time windows, only the identity card must be brought with you for identification. “I am glad that we are able to make our contribution to this pandemic in this way”, says Mirco Markfort, Managing Director of the Nürburgring. “The DRK Ahrweiler has been the operator of our Medical Center for years and is also playing an important role in the context of the Corona pandemic. Based on this trusting collaboration, we have now also been able to launch the test drive-in. ” According to the managing director, it is important not to confuse the test offer now opened for everyone with the tests that have to be offered by companies or are carried out for example in the context of events. “These are different offers”, explains Markfort. “The drive-in is a measure in coordination with the district administration of Ahrweiler for the population and in particular for the residents of the district. There is a separate test offer for our employees. Participants in racing series are also tested separately, depending on the concept. ”



At the beginning of June, the highlight of the season awaits you in the Green Hell. From June 3 to 6, the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race will be hosted on the combination of the Grand Prix track and the Nordschleife. Just one month before, the perfect tuning was in place: The 24h Qualifying race on 8 and 9 May. The schedules for both race weekends have now been published. According to this, the 24h-Qualirace offers two action-packed days. The highlight is the six-hour race, which starts on Sunday (May 9) at 12:00 p.m.. In 2021, the 24h Race will continue to run for four days, with RCN races, touring car legends (two races), ADAC 24h Classic and of course the spectacular FIA Touring Car World Cup (WTCR – 2 races). It is not yet clear which teams and riders will be at the start. The namings are not yet finalised. Just as inconceivable as the question of who will be on the starter list at the end is the question of whether there will be spectators at the Nürburgring. At the moment, motorsport is possible for the active participants in compliance with a strict infection and hygiene concept, but fans are still not allowed to be there. Of course, the organising ADAC Nordrhein and the Nürburgring are closely monitoring the pandemic situation in order to be able to react immediately in the event of any changes. So that the fans can follow the races from anywhere, there is again an extensive streaming offer, live timing and the ticker.



After snowfall made the season opener of the Nürburgring endurance series impossible three weeks ago, the forecasts for the NIMEX 45th DMV 4h Race are positive – not only in terms of weather – for everyone involved. Now things are finally going well, drivers and teams of 147 vehicles are looking forward to their first ride through the Green Hell. Most cars are in the GT3 class SP9. 20 cars from Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche Fighting for the day’s victory. New at the start compared to the opening race Michele Beretta and Nicki Thiim driving a second Audi R8 LMS for Phoenix Racing. Also deployed in 2021 by the team from Meuspath: The Weekly Mirror Ferrari. Georg Weiss, Daniel Keilwitz and Jochen Krumbach celebrate under the application ‚ WTM powered by Phoenix “ their comeback in the unique Nordschleife championship. New in the GT3 class of the NLS is CP Racing, the team around the US-American Charles Putman and Joe Foster. In the absence of his traditional HRT team, Nordschleife specialist Adam Christodoulou will be making a guest start for the debutants. Fast ladies enrich the field of participants in the Nürburgring endurance racing series, especially the Team GITI Tire Motorsport by WS Racing. Carrie Schreiner and Célia Martin will compete in the Audi R8 LMS GT4 under the motto “Girls Only. ” A pure women’s crew also brings the team AVIA Sorg Rennsport to the start. Here Pippa Mann, a driver with an Indycar background, and Christina Nielsen in class VT2 take the wheel of the BMW 330i. For Four Motors, Simona De Silvestro drives a Porsche Cayman GT4 in the alternative fuel class. In the Hyundai i30N by ROJA Motorsport by ASL Light Blue is Jessica Sofia Elisabet Bäckman Fabienne Wohlwend starts for the Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive in the VT2. Sophia Gachot is in the V5 for rent2drive-FAMILIA-racing in a near-series Porsche Cayman. A duel between two teams with female participation takes place in the SP3T. Michelle Halder competes with her Seat Cupra against Jasmin Preisig in Max Kruse Racing’s VW Golf GTi TCR. Katharina Lippka dares to rise from the RCN performance test to real racing at the NLS. The bank clerk from Neuss will start with a BMW 325i in class SP4. The only woman in SP9 is Janine Shoffner. She shares the cockpit of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 from GetSpeed Performance with Moritz Kranz and aims to win the class in the Am classification of the premier class. Matthias Malmedie celebrates his comeback in the Green Hell. The presenter, who lives in Cologne, was already on the Nordschleife in the early years of the millennium. Since 2007 he has been moderating the format “ GRIP - The Motormagazin” at RTL II, which he played a significant role in developing. He will tackle the race together with Markus Flasch and Jörg Weidinger in the BMW M2 CS Racing of the Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive. Strongly occupied Cup classes 19 vehicles can be found in the provisional list of participants in the Cup3. Constant drops are hitting the rock – in the sixth year of the Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey-Racing and in keeping with the 25th anniversary of the racing team from Meuspath, the class is celebrating a record-breaking field for starters. The two production car classes VT2 (18 cars) and V4 (16 cars) are also well-attended. With twelve M2 CS Racing, the BMW Cup of the same name is well-attended in its debut year. Seven cars in the CupX, the KTM X-Bow Cup powered by Michelin, are also impressive. Hygiene concept further refinedAlso race two of the Nürburgring endurance series takes place under special conditions due to pandemic conditions. Spectators at the race track are not allowed, the paddock is only accessible to a limited number of people per team. All team members entering the paddock must have a negative Corona test. Masks are generally required on the entire event grounds and people are required to observe distance and hygiene rules. The course of the event was organised in advance in such a way as to minimise contacts. For the NIMEX 45th DMV 4h Race, the procedure for submitting Corona test results and issuing tickets to drivers and team members is completely digitized and implemented without contact. The NIMEX 45th DMV 4h-Race will start punctually at 12 noon on Saturday over the distance of four hours. Prior to this, the positions on the starting grid will be determined in qualifying from 08:30 to 10:00. The livestream on, YouTube and Facebook will show the race action from the Green Hell from 08:30 - by the way, in 2021 at all races with spectacular live images from the ROWE-Heli. © NLS



Due to the current situation, the organisers of the “Nürburgring Classic” have decided to postpone the event, originally planned for mid-May this year, until next year. The new date is now May 20th – 22nd 2022. Then the 4th Nürburgring Classic will take place in its usual range. At the great historic motorsport meeting, racing series deliver tough fights, legendary classics and youngtimer are on display. The paddock with Ferris wheel, live arena, dealer area and food court, including meetings of historical racing transporters and service vehicles, will be waiting for many visitors with an atmospheric journey through time. The Classics touring cars will start with historical DTM cars and many well-known drivers. The FHR runs the endurance race together with the Youngtimer Trophy. HTGT, 100 mile races and CanAms are present in races. There are experience races and GLPs on the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife for classic-owners and enthusiasts. The pre-war vehicles will start again with Le Mans starting the elephant race and extended Nordschleife laps. Porsche owners will compete in the traditional competition for the Herbert Linge Cup in a special GLP. Gridwalks open the starting lines for some races to visit the teams directly at the race cars. The meeting of historical racing transporters, a 34m high Ferris wheel with a wide view over the race track and paddocks, a kids area and food court as well as a dealer village and gridgirls as classic photo motives provide for entertaining variety in the paddock. In the family-friendly programme, Saturday evening after the end of the day’s programme, there will be a rock & pop concert and the spectacular fireworks display in romantic Eiffelnacht. © Nürburgring Classic



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. ”



After the cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 35th edition of the Inter-national ADAC Truck Grand Prix 2021 will definitely take place and will be held as a hybrid event - with thrilling motorsport and digital offerings. "For the season highlight of the European Truck Racing Championship, we are currently creating a concept that combines the best of both worlds - physical and digital. We want to offer the motorsport fans on site and at home an attractive platform. We are working flat out to achieve this," says Axel Friedhoff, Director of Sport at ADAC Mittelrhein e.V. The sporting part of the International ADAC Truck Grand Prix will focus on the rounds of the FIA European Championship from 16 to 18 July. 20 race trucks with 1,500 hp and prominent drivers like Jochen Hahn, Norbert Kiss and Sascha Lenz will compete for the weekend victory and thus for important points in the EM ranking. This will be the second time that the IDM Superbike 1000 stops at the Nürburgring. Against the background of the dynamic pandemic development with accompanying contact restrictions, the organisers unfortunately had to cancel the Country Festival, the trucker camps and open paddock as well as the trade fair this year. Subject to official approval, a limited number of spectators can be admitted. In order to make the visitor experience at the Nürburgring as safe and successful as possible, the organisers have developed a series of measures in the form of a non-contact spectator concept in close coordination with the Nürburgring, in accordance with the requirements of the Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, to ensure a safe live experience on site. To this end, ADAC Mittelrhein e.V. is in contact with the responsible district administration of Ahrweiler. Significantly lower ticket prices for 2021The tickets for the International ADAC Truck Grand Prix 2021 will be offered at considerably cheaper conditions due to the cutback of the supporting programme caused by the pandemic. The ticket prices have been reduced by about 50 per cent and vary between 20 and 65 Euros. Advance sales will start on 1 May 2021 at Motorsport fans who have already purchased tickets for this year can redeem them at the 2022 International ADAC Truck Grand Prix, which will take place at the Nürburgring from 15 to 17 July 2022. As a general rule, tickets purchased through the official ADAC Truck Grand Prix shop can be returned at any time. All that is required is an e-mail to kundenservice-truck-gp(at) Customers who did not purchase their tickets in the official ADAC Truck Grand Prix shop or via our hotline should contact the respective operator directly. "We would be very pleased if the ticket buyers would remain loyal to us for our Truck Grand Prix in 2022. We will provide information about the next concrete steps regarding this year's event promptly at a digital press conference," looks ahead to organisation manager Marc Hennerici.

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