26 January, Friday

The 24-hour classics at Spa and the Nürburgring as a ticket bundle

Two legendary endurance races, twice a whole weekend of action, twice the best endurance drivers and teams as a full assembly: this is what fans can experience this year at the ADAC RAVENOL 24h Nürburgring (May 30 - June 2) and the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa (June 26 - 30). The two traditional events have put together a special package for their visitors this year and are offering the...
The 24-hour classics at Spa and the Nürburgring as a ticket bundle


Two legendary endurance races, twice a whole weekend of action, twice the best endurance drivers and teams as a full assembly: this is what fans can experience this year at the ADAC RAVENOL 24h Nürburgring (May 30 - June 2) and the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa (June 26 - 30). The two traditional events have put together a special package for their visitors this year and are offering the combination of the two four-day tickets (valid Thursday - Sunday) at a special price: the package is included for €126.65 (instead of €149 when the individual prices are added together). As a special gift for the most loyal 24h fans, each ticket also comes with an exclusive lanyard. The package can be ordered immediately via the dedicated ticket store. If you like endurance racing, you will of course already know and love the two endurance classics: both the 24h Nürburgring and the traditional event in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, shine with superlatives and are also held on unique natural race tracks. In both cases, fans can look forward to action-packed events and large, diverse starting fields around the circuit. Nürburgring: local heroes won in 2023 with a record-breaking driveThe Nürburgring hosts the world's largest field of entrants in an international circuit race: the organizing ADAC Nordrhein expects 130 touring cars and GTs to compete for victories and seconds in the numerous competition classes on the world's longest (and for many, most beautiful) race track again this year. At the front: dozens of beefy GT3 cars battling it out for overall victory. At this year's 52nd edition, the successor to the reigning winning team will be sought. The local heroes of the Frikadelli Racing Team won the fastest 24-hour race of all time at the Nürburgring in 2023: Earl Bamber, Nick Catsburg, David Pittard and Felipe Fernandez Laser raced around the 25-km circuit a whopping 162 times in the Ferrari 296 GT3 and also set a new distance record of 4,111.236 km. Spa: Well-known GT3 stars are defending champions at the 100th anniversary eventThe CrowdStrike 24h Hours of Spa is regarded as the biggest pure GT race in the world. In June, 70 cars will battle day and night for supremacy on the seven-kilometre circuit - and it will be under special circumstances. The 2023 winners, the Rowe Racing team, who are also well known at the Ring, will be defending their title in the BMW M4 GT3 at the 100th edition of the classic. Whoever succeeds the reigning winners Marco Wittmann, Philipp Eng and Nick Yelloly can immortalize themselves in the motorsport annals in a special way. The two classics in Germany and Belgium therefore promise the very finest motorsport just one month apart. The best prospects for an exciting summer with a combined ticket for two endurance festivals.

Contract for endurance season: Nürburgring fixes dates with NES


First contract fixed after date proposals Five event dates for the Nürburgring Endurance Serie (NES) Contractual confirmation from VLN still pending The schedule for the 2024 premiere season of the NES has been finalized. From March to November, the two organizers VLN and NES were each offered five event dates for four Friday/Saturday events and a so-called "double-header" from Friday to Sunday. The final distribution of the dates was based on a proposal from the VLN. With the NES, facts have now been established with the first of the two parties interested in staging endurance races at the Nürburgring and the contract for the 2024 season has been signed by both parties. Start of the NES in March. Season highlight in SeptemberLike the VLN, the NES was offered five dates spread evenly over the months of March to November on the iconic race track in the Eifel. Following written confirmation from NES, the season calendar is as follows: 22. - 23.03.2024 03. - 04.05.2024 05. - 06.07.2024 13. - 15.09.2024 08. - 09.11.2024 The Nürburgring Endurance Serie opens the season with a warm-up on March 22/23. The 24.358-kilometer Nürburgring circuit variant consisting of the Nordschleife and sprint track will be available to the teams on Friday and Saturday morning for extensive testing and set-up runs, which will also include race taxi rides. On Saturday afternoon, three races will follow on the Nürburgring's sprint track, in each of which one of the three vehicle divisions will be eligible to compete. In the new NES, production cars, improved cars and racing cars will each be combined in one division. On all other dates, the usual track combination of sprint track and Nordschleife will also be run in the race. Contractual confirmation from the VLN still pendingNow that there is clarity for half of the blocked dates for endurance racing at the Nürburgring, the VLN is also expected to confirm the contract shortly. The entire calendar of endurance races at the legendary Nürburgring for 2024 will be communicated as soon as the contract is signed.

Comedy, music & sport: Successful indoor events at the Nürburgring


#HeartRace Emotions in various indoor formats have been experienced at the Nürburgring in recent weeks - and the next events are already in the starting blocks. For example, the ring°werk motorsport experience museum experienced two successful event premieres. The museum, which is normally only used for B2B events outside of opening hours, welcomed around 1,000 spectators to the comedy format "NightWash live" and the unplugged concert by Mo-Torres. Meanwhile, around 1,000 karateka from 19 nations battled it out in the ring°arena at the international Rhine Shiai. The event area had space for a total of 12 competition areas for the 5,000 fights. The neighboring Bitburger Event Center provided space for warm-ups and workshops.At the beginning of December, over 500 cheerleaders also competed in the ring°arena at the Rhineland-Palatinate state championships. The anticipation for upcoming events is great. In addition to the popular Darts am Ring Gala with world champions Luke Humphries and Michael Smith, visitors can look forward to comedy newcomer Simon Stäblein, the German Judo Individual Over 30s Championships and the Disney Channel - Join-in Cinema at the Nürburgring.  The indoor dates at a glance: Disney Channel play-along cinema | 24.-25.02.24 | ring°kino Darts on the Ring Gala | 16.03.24 | ring°arena Comedian Simon Stäblein | 28.03.24 | ring°kino German Judo Individual Championships (Over 30s) | 13. - 14.04.24 | ring°arena

Nürburgring announces dates for 2024 tourist drives


Anyone can drive their own car or motorcycle around the world's most famous race track in 2024. The Nürburgring has announced the dates for next year's tourist drives. The barriers will open for the first time on Sunday, March 17 and the first highlight will follow just two weeks later with the Easter weekend. Also on the calendar: the Green Hell Driving Days, which allow drivers to drive on the legendary Nordschleife for several days in a row in May and October. There are also evening events on the Grand Prix Track with particularly long opening hours until 8:45 pm. > All dates & open hours From mid-March to mid-November, tourist drivers can look forward to many dates in 2024. And the Easter weekend is the highlight of the first month, with all-day opening hours on the Nordschleife and the Grand Prix Track, four days in a row, from Good Friday to Easter Monday. After that, the Nordschleife opens almost every day for those who want to take the track under their own wheels, while the Grand Prix Track opens on selected evening dates. On some days even until 20:45. The rules for a ride as part of the tourist rides are very simple: in principle, anyone in possession of a driving license and an approved, roadworthy car or motorcycle can drive on the Grand Prix Track or Nordschleife. The rules of the road traffic regulations apply, including the right-hand driving rule. Overtaking is therefore only permitted on the left. A stopwatch is also not allowed to run while driving. These rules define the tourist drives as a driving offer for everyone and clearly distinguish them from racing events. Green Hell Driving Days in May and October - simply top up your credit onlineAmong the numerous dates and weekends, those opening times that offer driving fun over several whole days are particularly popular. The Nürburgring offers the Green Hell Driving Days for this purpose. In 2024, the legendary Nordschleife can be driven from Saturday, May 18 to Monday, May 20 and from Thursday, October 3 to Sunday, October 6. All dates for 2024 can be found on the Nürburgring website. Here you can also top up your credit for the tourist rides with your own customer account. A lap of the Nordschleife costs 30 euros from Monday to Thursday and 35 euros from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays. The 15-minute stint on the Grand Prix Track is also available for 35 euros, regardless of the day of the week. Anyone looking for unlimited driving pleasure is well advised to buy a season card. It is available for 3,000 euros and entitles the holder to drive on the Nordschleife and the Grand Prix Track. 

Looking forward to the ADAC GT Masters: Strong field for the 2024 season


The ADAC GT Masters will come of age in 2024 and interest in the 18th season of the series is already high. By December 15th, a total of 16 teams had taken the opportunity to secure a starting place early and have already registered more than 25 cars. The series remains attractive for newcomers: six of the 16 teams will be contesting a full season for the first time in 2024 or are returning to the ADAC GT Masters after a long break. Not only the field of participants but also the variety of brands is growing again: Ferrari is back for the first time since 2012, and Aston Martin is celebrating a comeback with the latest Evo version of the Vantage GT3. The competition from Italy and England in the ADAC GT Masters includes Audi, BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche. Further entries for the ADAC GT Masters are still possible until March 15th. The season opener will take place at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben from April 26th to 28th, 2024 on the high-reach DTM platform. "The high level of interest in the ADAC GT Masters 2024 shows that our new concept for the series and its clear positioning have been very well received by the participants. With the revised class structure, we have now given the series a clear profile. After a difficult year for the ADAC GT Masters, we are optimistic about the 2024 season with a very attractive field," says ADAC Head of Motorsport Thomas Voss. The racing series will contest a total of six events in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. The ADAC GT Masters will race together with the DTM on four occasions. The new class structure means that there will be a much greater focus on young talent and amateur drivers in the ADAC GT Masters in future. With the Pro-Am Cup, Silver Cup and Am Cup, the ADAC is creating a new sporting home for drivers with Silver and Bronze classifications. A prize pot of more than 570,000 euros awaits the participants in the form of cash and non-cash prizes. The best youngster from the Silver or Pro-Am Cup will receive support in the form of the entry fee for registration in the new "Road to DTM" for the 2025 DTM.

The perfect last-minute gift idea from the ring


Simply print out the voucher & make Ring fans happy! Christmas came earlier than expected again this year? No problem. With the Nürburgring voucher template to fill in and print out, your gift will still make it under the Christmas tree in time! Simply enter the voucher description, print it out and give the gift of an unforgettable Nürburgring experience. In the New Year, you can then purchase the gift experience conveniently online or on site at the Ring - without stress and time pressure! You can download the Nürburgring gift voucher template here. Here are the most popular gift ideas from the Ring-Christkind: Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO co-driver voucher for € 295.00 Formula training voucher from € 425.00 Voucher Trackwalk Nordschleife for € 29,90 Voucher ring°kartbahn from € 14.50 (TIP: 3-for-2 Xmas special until 31.12.) Voucher ring°fanshop from € 10,00 Voucher ring°kino gift box from € 14,50 Voucher Backstage Tour for € 9,50 (Print@Home) Or you can give away tickets for one of the countless legendary events in the Green Hell. Simply pop into our ticket store, secure your tickets and print them out directly at home using Print@Home*. Give the gift of a very special experience with our VIP tickets* from just € 189.00 per person. Close to the action with the best view of the start and finish straight, excellent catering and many other highlights, your loved ones will spend an unforgettable time at the Ring. *Unfortunately, Print@Home is not available for ADAC RAVENOL 24h Nürburgring tickets and VIP tickets. Simply secure the tickets in the ticket store, use our voucher template and send the tickets to the recipient as soon as you have received them by post! You can already find all dates and event highlights online at What could be better than looking forward to a shared #HeartRace experience at the Nürburgring in 2024? Because one thing is certain: the coming season will once again be exciting, emotional and action-packed! We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a good start to a healthy and adrenaline-filled 2024! The official Nürburgring newsletter keeps you well informed: About promotions, dates and events. Simply enter your e-mail address in the red footer at the bottom of this website, sign up and you'll always be up to date on what's happening at the Ring in the coming year! we make your heart race.Your Nürburgring team

Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen wins DNLS debut


It was not for the faint-hearted. In a thrilling finish, Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen and Rudy van Buren in the Ferrari 296 GT3 of Team Redline won race two of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series. They crossed the finish line 4.76 seconds ahead of Elias Seppänen and Kevin Ellis Jr. in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of AMG Team MSI. Third place in the digital Green Hell was secured by Sindre Setsaas and Carl E. Jansson in another Mercedes-AMG for AMG Team Williams. The mix of brands at the front of the field in the BMW M 3h race was rounded off by the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO from Sontek Racing and the BMW M4 GT3 from BS+Competition. In qualifying, Finn Sami-Matti Trogen took pole position in the Sontek Lambo with a time of 7:51.487 seconds. Verstappen was only beaten by 0.154 seconds on the virtual Nordschleife and completed the front row of the grid. On the opening laps, the two chased bumper to bumper through the Green Hell. Verstappen launched several attacks but only took the lead when Trogen pitted for a retrospective stop-and-go penalty from race one. Starting from fifth on the grid, ADAC GT Masters champion Seppänen and team-mate Ellis worked their way up to the front of the field. At the start of the last of the three hours of racing, Ellis' time had come, as he moved out of the slipstream at the end of the Döttinger Höhe to overtake the F1 world champion, who had previously been in first place, and take the lead. He lost the lead again at the last stop, but after van Buren had taken his place in the Redline Ferrari for the final stint, the Briton attacked again. On the penultimate lap, he took first place at the start-finish straight. However, Van Buren countered and overtook Ellis again at the exit of the AMG Arena, who spun immediately after the overtaking maneuver. This paved the way to victory for the Dutch Ferrari duo.In the Porsche Esports Endurance Trophy Nürburgring, the Scherer eSport team also came out on top in race two. Julian Reimer and Fabian Hochstatter came home as winners with a clear lead of 47.094 seconds over Michael Janney in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of the Apex Racing Team. The US-American driver managed to finish just 0.217 seconds ahead of third-placed Bobby Zalenski and David Williams from Coanda Esports. "Our tactics worked," said Hochstatter. "Julian drove two super stints at the start, while some of the other teams made mistakes or incurred penalties. In the end, it was a clear victory for us." In the GT4 SP10 class, the two Mercedes-AMG teams from MAHLE Racing Team and X-R car seized the moment and pulled away from the competition by a clear margin of one lap. "It was all about strategy today," said Ruben Bonga, who shared the cockpit of the MAHLE GT4 with Ryan Barneveld. "In the last iRacing update, the speed of the GT3 cars was lowered slightly. This made them slow enough for us, in quotation marks, so that we could drive an extra lap at the end. We just had to make sure that we would be ahead of the fastest GT3 car shortly before the finish in order to be able to add a lap compared to our rivals. We didn't even have to save fuel. The calculation worked out."Corentin Guinez took victory in the SP3T single-handedly. In the Hyundai Veloster from SimRC, the Frenchman finished 7.569 seconds ahead of Fabian Siegmann and Stefan Schella from Team Heusinkveld. Third place went to SCHERER eSport. "At the end of the three hours, my arms and legs were admittedly a bit sore, but it was enough," said Guinez. "I paid a bit of attention to my fuel consumption in the early stages so that I was able to complete one more lap in my first stint. After that, I drove the race home in a controlled manner." Things were much closer in the VT2 class, which is making its debut in the DNLS this year. Conner Karnik and Christopher Limprecht won in the Toyota GT86 with a 1.745-second lead over Daniel Muth and Maximilian Straupe from Nürburgring eSports.The third race of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series will take place on January 27. The race distance will again be 3.5 hours.

What happens when F1 world champion Max Verstappen meets NLS rookie Andy Gülden?


The answer to this question will be provided by the BMW M 3h race of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series on Saturday, December 16. Reigning Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen will take on the challenge of the 'Green Hell' in the Ferrari 296 GT3 of Team Redline. Among others, the Dutchman will meet NLS rookie Andy Gülden. The chief instructor of the Nürburgring Driving Academy will start together with Gregor Kinski in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 from Nürburgring eSports. You can see how the Formula 1 world champion fares against the Nordschleife and sim racing pros in the livestream on on Saturday from 11:45 am with the first images from qualifying. The starting lights will finally turn green at 1 pm. "I think we'll all have to dress warmly when Max lines up in the DNLS," says Gülden. "As Formula 1 world champion, he is currently not only the best racing driver in the world, but has also been an excellent simracer for years. I'm really looking forward to contesting a race against him. You don't experience that every day." Verstappen will share the cockpit with his compatriot Rudy van Buren, the official simulator test and development driver for Oracle Red Bull Racing. Team Redline is one of the veterans of sim racing. Founded in 2000, the multinational team has more than 100 titles to its name - including winning the first iRacing World Championship in 2010. After Mercedes-AMG's six-race triumph in the opening race, the rivals are looking for revenge. The BMW, Ferrari and Porsche teams were clearly left behind in the SP9. There is a change of brand in the DNLS2 line-up. Sami-Matti Trogen and Dominik Staib from the Sontek Racing team are switching from Ferrari to Lamborghini. In addition to Redline, will continue to attack with the Ferrari 296 GT3. BS+Competition, WS Racing and RC Carshop eSports will compete with the BMW M4 GT3, while Halder Motorsport, Coanda Esports by Manthey, Leipert eSports and the Falken Simracing Team will rely on Porsche. The premiere of the Porsche Esports Endurance Trophy Nürburgring was fiercely contested at the season opener. Scherer eSport Cup secured first place in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup one-make cup ahead of the Apex Racing Team and Team Redline. The other teams from the real Nürburgring Endurance Series, pb performance, KKrämer Racing eSport, AVIA W&S e-Motorsport and Dörr Esports were still left behind. However, the teams will now do everything they can to improve their positions in race two. The premiere of the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in the DNLS went well. Dörr Esports immediately took second place with the British super sports car behind Sontek Racing in the BMW M4 GT4. The brand mix at the top of the SP10 class was completed by the MAHLE Racing Team, which entered the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the race. Behind ATRS eSports, the two NLS teams Adrenalin Motorsport and PROsport SimRacing finished fourth and fifth. After race one, the focus in SP3T will once again be on the duel between SimRC and Team Heusinkveld. The two teams have already dominated the class in recent years and are seamlessly building on their successes in the 23/24 winter season. In the new VT2 class, Nürburgring eSports celebrated its maiden victory with the Toyota GT86. And in race two, fans who are used to the best multiclass racing from the real Nürburgring Endurance Series can once again look forward to thrilling racing action and battles at mirror level in the smaller classes. DNLS2 presents teams in all classes with a new challenge. The 30-minute shorter race distance compared to the season opener requires completely new strategic planning. The professional sim racing teams work closely with their respective manufacturers. At Mercedes-AMG, for example, the topic of virtual motorsport is firmly anchored in the motorsport department - data analysis and strategic planning are carried out using the same software as in real racing.

Lifesavers in the event of cardiac arrest: Nürburgring puts ten new defibrillators into operation


Ten additional defibrillators will provide rapid assistance in the event of a medical emergency at the Nürburgring in future. With the automated external defibrillators (AED), anyone can become a lifesaver - even without any previous medical knowledge. Together with experts from the track's own Medical Center, those responsible at the Nürburgring have purchased new devices and selected the appropriate locations. These are marked and clearly visible from a distance. It is another purchase that will benefit the medical equipment at the Ring in the long term. In the event of a sudden cardiovascular arrest, every minute counts. In the time until doctors and paramedics arrive, first aid on site can significantly increase the victim's chances of survival. The Nürburgring has now equipped itself for precisely this emergency. Ten additional automated external defibrillators (AED) were put into operation by Nürburgring Managing Director Ingo Böder together with the Nürburgring's Medical Officer and Head of the Medical Center, Armin Link. The modern devices supplement the existing AEDs, meaning that significantly more areas on the Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co KG site are now equipped with the "lifesavers". The new acquisitions are installed in special wall cabinets in many places with public traffic. Some of the defibrillators are located in buildings such as the ring°boulevard or the ring°werk adventure museum. But they can also be found outside, such as in the Grand Prix paddock. Signs make them recognizable from afar. They are also ready for use 365 days a year - regardless of the weather. The externally mounted AED cabinets have a heating plate. This means they are also ready for use in the winter months.  The commissioning of the AEDs is a further investment in the medical infrastructure at the Nürburgring. It was only in the summer that a state-of-the-art emergency ambulance (NEF) purchased by the DRK district association went into service. Last year, an all-terrain Unimog and a command vehicle were added to the fleet. The vehicles enable a wide range of rescue operations - on the track itself, but also in the villages and communities around the ring. As a modern race track hospital, the Nürburgring Medical Center is staffed with medical personnel every day during the season and is also regularly requested for operations in the region.