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18 August, Wednesday

Carsten Paas heads Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG

Search process for future management underway Carsten Paas is taking over the management of Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG. With this appointment, the Nürburgring operating company is relying on an experienced executive. The 49-year-old legal advisor to the company has been working at the race track for more than 20 years and most recently headed the legal and human resources department. He...
Carsten Paas heads Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG

18.08.2021

Search process for future management underway Carsten Paas is taking over the management of Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG. With this appointment, the Nürburgring operating company is relying on an experienced executive. The 49-year-old legal advisor to the company has been working at the race track for more than 20 years and most recently headed the legal and human resources department. He will be responsible for the company's fortunes for the foreseeable future. At the same time, the search process for a new management is underway.© Dirk Holst / Nürburgring

DTM with a unique field of drivers at the Nürburgring

12.08.2021

Munich/Nürburgring (12 August 2021). DTM at the Nürburgring: that promises an impressive field with over 20 race cars and numerous well-known drivers. From 20-22 August, the series is racing at the particularly spectator-friendly sprint configuration of the Nürburgring. Next to DTM, five further race series provide variety in the support programme. And the best thing: the grandstands along the start and finish straight will be open for spectators. Weekend and single-day tickets are exclusively available from the DTM Ticket Shop at tickets.dtm.com and the DTM Ticket Hotline (+49 1806 99 11 66). Anyone wanting to get a taste of DTM first will also find a suitable offer: tickets for the packed practice day on Friday can already be had at only ten Euros. VIP tickets are already available from € 279.00.Six races, five different winners: in 2021, the DTM is exciting as hardly ever before. After the spectacular races at Monza, Lausitzring and most recently at Zolder, the series is now heading to the Nürburgring. At the entertaining sprint configuration of the circuit in the Eifel, fans can look forward to a first-class field with over 20 race cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG as well as Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren. The drivers, meanwhile, rank among the best-known in the world. The field includes the likes of Timo Glock, Mike Rockenfeller, the van der Linde brothers or Formula 1 star Alexander Albon.The DTM’s world-class drivers will be racing twice with the races getting underway at 1.30pm both on Saturday and on Sunday, each with 55 minutes of gripping race action. But next to DTM, there is plenty of on-track action, too: the DTM Trophy is staging exciting door-to-door duels with production-based GT sports cars. In DTM Classic, touring cars from years gone by are racing, driven by stars from the past like Klaus Ludwig, Kurt Thiim and Klaus Niedzwiedz. Also in the programme: the DTM Drift Show with a lot of burnt rubber, the BMW M2 Cup as well as the Lotus Cup Europe and the Ferrari Club Deutschland Racing Series.The journey to the Nürburgring is definitely worth the effort, but motorsport enthusiasts are strongly advised to be quick with their ticket purchase as only a limited number of tickets is still available. Requirement for access is the common rule in Germany, which means either with a negative test, fully vaccinated (at least a fortnight after the second vaccinated) or reconvalesced (confirmed infection within the last six months at the longest). Moreover, following the distancing and hygiene rules (a medical face mask has to be worn away from the grandstand seat) ensures a safe event at the Nürburgring. The paddock still has to remain closed due to the pandemic situation.The best seats and exclusive ambience are available with VIP tickets: As a VIP guest in our Coca-Cola business°lounge, you will feel the heartbeat of the race – you will observe the course of the race up close and witness adventurous overtaking maneuvers on the start and finish straight. Tickets are available here.For the Nürburgring, hosting the fourth DTM race weekend means the end of the racing break as a consequence of the flooding disaster in the Ahr valley. The Nürburgring remains the central operational hub for the workers, but they have relocated from the paddock to the adjacent spaces of the race track and therefore aren’t impeded by the event. As the Nürburgring region apart from the Ahr valley has been largely unaffected by the severe weather on 14 July, the hotels, bed & breakfasts and restaurants are also looking forward to many guests at the Nürburgring.

Lap record on the Nordschleife: Audi RS 3 fastest in the compact class

03.08.2021

With a time of 7:40.748 minutes, the new Audi RS 3 Sedan (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7 – 8.2 (27.0 – 28.7 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 198 – 188 (318.7 – 302.6 g/mi)) with racing and development driver Frank Stippler at the wheel beat the lap record for the compact class on the Nürburgring Nordschleife by 4.64 seconds. Above all, the torque splitter, with its fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle, contributed to the record time in the “Green Hell.” The torque splitter will be used in an Audi series model for the first time. “I’m proud of the whole team. Everyone worked hard for this day,” said Audi RS 3** Technical Project Leader Marvin Schwätter when the record time appeared on the board. “When we started development, we didn’t know just how quickly our compact sportscar would really be on the Nordschleife,” he explained. “But over the course of endurance testing, we determined that we could reach very good times and set a new record.” Under ideal external conditions in the Eifel mountain range, they made record time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife – with Audi Sport racing and development driver Frank Stippler at the wheel. Before the record-setting lap, the team only adjusted the tire pressure in the Pirelli P Zero “Trofeo R” semi-slicks to the track conditions. “We don’t have unlimited opportunities to try for a record like this,” said Stippler. “That’s why a little fine tuning is always necessary on the day when it matters – particularly with respect to tire pressure, because that also affects how the torque splitter functions. Our approach was successful. It was a triumphant day all around.” Unmatched acceleration and top speed in the segmentRecords are set based on the legendary five cylinder high-performance engine in the new Audi RS 3. In the latest generation of the compact sportscar, the 2.5 TFSI engine has more torque than ever. The RS 3 Sportback (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8 – 8.3 (26.7 – 28.3 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 201 – 190 (323.5 – 305.8 g/mi)) and the RS 3 Sedan (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7 – 8.2 (27.0 – 28.7 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 198 – 188 (318.7 – 302.6 g/mi)) sprint from zero to 100 km (62.14 mph) in 3.8 seconds.With the RS dynamic package and ceramic brakes, they can even reach a top speed of 290 km/h (180.2 mph). That makes the Audi RS 3 the best in its class in terms of acceleration and top speed. Torque splitter for maximum agilityEven during the test phase, with two 8,000 kilometer endurance tests on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Stippler helped optimize the compact sportscar’s lateral-dynamic driving characteristics. “In general, the new RS 3** is much more agile in its driving from the middle of the curve to its end and also when accelerating out of the curve,” said the racing and development driver. “For me, the torque splitter is a quantum leap in terms of agile driving.” The new technology makes fully variable torque distribution between the rear wheels possible. An electronically controlled multiple disc clutch is used on each of the drive shafts for that purpose. For sporty driving, the torque splitter increases the torque on the rear wheel on the outside of the curve with greater wheel load. Due to the difference in propulsive forces, the car turns into the curve even better and follows the steering angle more precisely. This results in optimal stability and maximum agility – especially when cornering at high speeds. RS performance mode specially designed for the racetrack In the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, the characteristics of the torque splitter can be varied in different modes depending on use, road conditions, and preference. In conjunction with the newly developed RS performance driving mode, the torque splitter ensures the least possible understeering and oversteering and therefore a particularly dynamic, sporty ride along the longitudinal axis. This results in earlier acceleration out of corners and thus faster lap times. RS performance mode uses specific engine and transmission characteristics and is specially adjusted to the optional Pirelli P Zero “Trofeo R” semi-slick tires that are available for the first time ex factory – the ideal setup for a record lap on the Nürburgring. *Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as well as efficiency classes in ranges depending on the tires and alloy wheel rims used and on the equipment and accessories of the car. Fuel consumption of the models named aboveInformation on fuel/electricity consumption and CO2 emissions in ranges depending on the tires and alloy wheel rims used and on the equipment and accessories of the car. Audi RS 3 SportbackCombined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8 – 8.3 (26.7 – 28.3 US mpg)*;Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 201 – 190 (323.5 – 305.8 g/mi)* Audi RS 3 SedanCombined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7 – 8.2 (27.0 – 28.7 US mpg)*;Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 198 – 188 (318.7 – 302.6 g/mi)*

Nürburgring resumes track operations: Tourist rides on the Nordschleife

28.07.2021

This weekend the Nürburgring will start again with the tourist drives on the Nordschleife. On Saturday, July 31st, at 9 a.m., the barriers will open for the first time since the flood disaster. At the same time, the paddock on the Grand-Prix track will remain the important operations center for emergency workers until August 15. This also means that this year's AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix has to be canceled. The event will take place next year from August 12th to 14th, 2022. The DTM, on the other hand, will be the first racing series to take place again as planned from August 20th to 22nd. With the resumption of track operations, the operators of the Nürburgring are taking an economically necessary step. The event location, which has already been hit by the Corona crisis, ensures the continued existence of the company itself, the companies in the region as well as the organizers and partners. “We are trying to do our part in this crisis in every way. Be it as a central hub for emergency services and relief supplies or at the same time as an economic engine for the region,“ explains Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort. “It is important to provide help for the entire region: on the one hand, we have towns affected by the natural disaster and, on the other hand, many companies that are dependent on what is happening at the Nürburgring - they are currently in the main season.” The racetrack is currently moving in a field of tension out of economic necessity and personal concern. Even employees of the racetrack as well as their families and friends were partly hit hard by the storm. The Nürburgring itself was spared, the infrastructure completely intact. Arrival without disturbing rescue work While the helicopters of the German armed forces continue to emerge from the Grand-Prix paddock and emergency services deploy to their missions, the barriers of the Nordschleife will open again on Saturday for tourist rides for the first time. The Nürburgring has published information on how to get there so that the arriving visitors neither hinder the work in the region nor use the access roads of the affected regions. The information and opening times can be found on the official website of the racetrack. In addition, the Nürburgring communicates on this topic on a daily basis on its social media channels. 49th AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix canceled - DTM takes place as planned Since the Grand-Prix paddock of the Nürburgring is still used as an operations center, the 49th AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix cannot take place. The event was therefore canceled for this year. The date for 2022 has already been set. The internationally important classic car event will take place from August 12th to 14th next year. Tickets remain valid. Anyone who would like to have the entry price reimbursed in an uncomplicated manner can find all the information they need on the racetrack's website. The first racing series will be the DTM at the Nürburgring from August 20th to 22nd. The starting field of 19 drivers and five manufacturers will compete on the 3.629 kilometer sprint route. The supporting races include the DTM Trophy, the DTM Classic Touring Car Legends, the BMW M2 Cup and the Lotus Cup Europe. Current information about your journeyWhen travelling, please make sure to avoid the regions affected by the floods and do not obstruct the work of the helpers or block access routes.Up-to-date information on the traffic situation can be found here: https://verkehr.rlp.deRecommended directions:A 61 - Wehr exitA 48 - Ulmen exit

Nürburgring currently base for emergency services: weekend events cancelled until 8 August

22.07.2021

The Nürburgring is cancelling the planned weekend events for the time being up to and including 8 August. These include the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the ADAC Racing Weekend (30 July - 1 August) as well as the ADAC GT Masters (6 - 8 August). The reason for the cancellation is the continuing emergency situation in the district of Ahrweiler and the stationing of various emergency forces at the Nürburgring. Those responsible have already been able to find a new date for the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the Nürburgring. The race series will now come to the Eifel on 27 and 28 November. Tickets remain valid, further information for ticket holders will be sent by e-mail. New dates for the ADAC GT Masters and the ADAC Racing Weekend are currently being reviewed in cooperation with the organisers. The circuit provides information on the dates of all other Nürburgring events - such as tourist drives, formula trainings and the like - on its website. Emergency Forces Currently Using Nürburgring as Base CampAt present, the police, the Bundeswehr, the rescue service as well as the fire brigade and the disaster control service from all over Germany are using the Nürburgring and its infrastructure as a central base camp. They start from here to the affected areas of the district of Ahrweiler. Minister President Malu Dreyer also took a look at the situation at the race track on wednesday. "The Nürburgring has become an unprecedented place of help and solidarity in this flood disaster," Dreyer said. Currently, the organisations are using more than 60,000 m² of the Nürburgring grounds. This includes the paddock as well as adjacent event areas and parking spaces. In the Bitburger Event Center, in the ring°arena and in the ring°boulevard, many donations in kind are currently still being sorted by volunteers. The distribution to the villages will be done by helicopters and vehicles of the emergency services. However, affected citizens can also pick up needed items themselves at the Bitburger Event Center. Nürburgring CEO Mirco Markfort is deeply impressed by the willingness to help: "Every day hundreds of volunteers help to alleviate the need in the region. I express my deepest gratitude to them." The office for donations in kind had been set up by the Nürburgring together with the ADAC Mittelrhein after the Int. ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix was cancelled. Anyone who would like to help can still do so. The Kreissparkasse Ahrweiler has set up an emergency aid account for those affected:               IBAN: DE 86577513100000339457BIC: MALADE51AHR Donations in kind are no longer needed.

About the current situation

15.07.2021

Shocking pictures and news from the region and from many of our colleagues have been reaching us since yesterday evening. Our district of Ahrweiler and many parts of the Eife are in state of emergencyl. In these difficult hours, when suffering, loss and uncertainty dominate, we are pulling together as a region. All available rescue forces as well as many employees and technical equipment of the Nürburgring are in the region to help where help can be given. Our thoughts are with the people who have lost relatives and friends. To people, who have lost all their belongings. Due to the current emergency situation, the Int. ADAC Truck Grand Prix will not take place this weekend.  Further information will be available on our website shortly.

Artificial intelligence should revolutionize security

14.07.2021

Nürburg. In the future artificial intelligence is set to revolutionize safety on the Nürburgring race track. The Nürburgring and the technology group Fujitsu have joined forces for this project. The focus is on the interaction between state-of-the-art software and sophisticated safety technology. In the future, dangers are to be recognized automatically and passed on to safety team and drivers at lightning speed. Development of the special software is in full swing on the Döttinger Höhe test section. A vehicle goes off the track - not an uncommon incident on a racetrack. Not on the Nordschleife either. After all, it is considered to be the most demanding racetrack in the world. If there is an incident, the information has so far been sent via radio messages to the RaceControl - the heart of the racetrack. All relevant information about what is happening comes together here. This is where you decide what to do. Although these processes have been learned over decades, the situations on the Nordschleife can be difficult to assess. What is missing is a direct view of what is happening. Software takes on a superhuman taskThis “blind” situation could change through an extensive digitization measure on the Nordschleife. A first step is a test section that has been active in the “Döttinger Höhe” area since the 24-hour race. Eight cameras cover the 2.4 kilometre long area and provide the safety team with a comprehensive overview. For complete surveillance of the entire Nordschleife, which is characterized by a 20.8 kilometre track length with many curves and unclear track sections, one would need up to 100 cameras - in addition to the cameras already installed around the Grand Prix track. Keeping an overview of all camera signals would be an almost superhuman task. That is why the Nürburgring is working with Fujitsu on a solution with artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence trainingIn the first step, the AI completes extensive training for the practical use of the new software. In doing so, it learns to classify various components of the racetrack, such as "lane", "meadow", "gravel", "crash barriers" and the vehicles accordingly. The AI constantly analyses the segment on which a vehicle is currently moving. It also includes differentiating between various natural deviations such as rain or shadows. In addition, special features such as traces of oil, dirt on the road and other objects or living beings on the road are registered. The data collected in real time is immediately transferred to a system that can trigger further steps and alarms. These include automatic warnings for following traffic on LED panels or the prioritized display of the camera image for safety team. This training, further tests and the development of the AI are currently being driven forward on the first test section “Döttinger Höhe”. An application to the entire Nordschleife would bring the safety standard on the legendary racetrack into a new era. To make this happen, the Nürburgring and Fujitsu work hand in hand with their respective core competencies. In racetrack jargon, you could say: Both give full throttle for more safety. Statements: Mirco Markfort, managing director of Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG“We have been investing large sums in the further development of security for years. Today, the Nordschleife is safer than ever. Through our involvement with Fujitsu, we are not only advancing security, we are also making a quantum leap. On the Nordschleife, which has existed for almost 100 years, we are using digital technology for the first time that revolutionizes safety and the associated mechanisms. " Jörn Nitschmann, Head of Manufacturing and Automotive Central Europe at Fujitsu“As one of the largest and best-known locations in Germany, the Nürburgring is a predestined partner for technology-based solutions in the event and sports sector. The racetrack itself is unique and has a worldwide reputation for being the touchstone for the automotive industry. The saying, "Everyone praises what has been tested on the Nürburgring" is no coincidence. That is why we are pleased to be able to advance this ground-breaking project with new technologies as a digitization partner. "

Ring free for the summer holidays! Unique family experiences at the Nürburgring

09.07.2021

Different offers for day trips or vacations Action on the kart track, nature experience with the eBike # RingSummer Contest: Experience Package worth more than 1,000 Euros Nürburg. For families looking for a varied excursion destination during the summer holidays, the Nürburgring is the right choice. Numerous adventure offers and attractive overnight accommodation offer the perfect conditions for entertaining day trips or a real relaxing holiday. Rapid rounds on the kart track are just as possible as a relaxed trip into the Eifel countryside – on foot or by eBike. During the summer holidays, a visit to the Nürburgring is worth twice as much. A competition with a high-quality experience package as a prize awaits visitors young and old. All information, opening times and offers can be found on the website of the race track at: nuerburgring.de The Nürburgring and the legend of “Green Hell” are known all over the world, yet for many this unique place is located right at the doorstep. During the summer holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, the racetrack offers a lot of opportunities for families. The motorsport adventure museum “ring°werk” offers an exciting journey through the history of the Nürburgring. Visitors can expect breathtaking racing cars and legendary racing drivers, but equally action-packed hands-on offers. Those who want to take a look behind the scenes of the racetrack can take part in the backstage tour at selected dates – including visits to the winners’ podium or in the pit lane and lots of interesting facts about the Nürburgring. For a short detour and a view of the start-finish straight and the pit lane, the trial stand will also open to visitors. Virtual race, real tourist ride or best time on the kart trackAnyone who wants to take the wheel and chase the best times can do so at the ring°kartbahn. Modern electric karts and a varied track layout ensure a fast and safe driving pleasure. Right next door there is the driving pleasure on the racetrack with your own vehicle during the tourist drives. For big and small racing drivers who would like to push a racing car to the limit, the Nürburgring eSports Lounge in the ring°carré offers a great opportunity. High-quality simulators make the virtual ride experience feel real. Visitors can choose between different racetracks and vehicles. And if you need a refreshment after exciting races, you will find here the Bitburger Gasthaus and from August the new restaurant “LUCIA – Pollo Italiano” – a versatile offer of food and drinks right next door. When the weather is good the outdoor gastronomy is the best choice. Accommodation offers directly at the RingHowever, the Nürburgring is more than just a destination for the perfect day trip. In the region all around the legendary track there are numerous opportunities for active holidays in nature. Hiking trails – also around the Nordschleife – offer as much a distance from stressful everyday life as an excursion by bicycle. In future, there will be the opportunity to rent an eBike at the Nürburgring to explore the region around the Green Hell yourself. Since visitors cannot take advantage of all the offers during only one day, it is worthwhile to make use of the overnight accommodation options in the immediate vicinity of the racetrack. The Nürburgring holiday park managed by Lindner offers the perfect holiday conditions for families and groups with cozy cottages of various sizes. From here, every holiday starts well rested into the day. If you want to take a souvenir of the beautiful time, you will find many different fan articles in the Paddock shop right next to the ring°boulevard. Your #RingSommer - Competition for all visitors to the NürburgringThis year’s summer holidays at the Nürburgring are more than just a local experience. They will also be accompanied by a special contest on social media. Anyone who shares their personal ring experience on their social media channel under the hashtag #RingSommer has the chance to win a great experience package worth more than 1,000 euros. The Nürburgring will draw this prize among all participants. Included are three overnight stays in the Nürburgring holiday park for up to five people, a co-pilot ride in the Mercedes-AMG GT R, a 10-ticket for the ring°kartbahn, a visit to the motorsport adventure museum “ring°werk”, a Nürburgring eBike for one day, a voucher worth 50 euros for the gastronomy in the ring°carré, a voucher worth 100 euros for the Nürburgring paddock shop and a voucher for a virtual experience in the Nürburgring eSports Lounge. Go to #RingSommer competition

140 starters at the NLS double header

07.07.2021

Two days of motorsport in a row are on offer at the "double header" of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. Races five and six of the NLS are scheduled for July 10 and 11, 2021, on the legendary Nordschleife. 140 race cars will race over the historic asphalt. The starting field has it all.  In the VT2 class alone, there are 20 starters, followed by the Cayman GT4 Trophy (18) and SP9, which is packed with GT3 cars (16). In the VLN production cars up to 2,000 cc displacement with turbo, diversity is once again the trump card. Hyundai i30N, Seat Leon, Opel Astra OPC, Renault Megane RS, Volkswagen Golf and Scirocco measure their strength against different BMW models.  Also in double figures is the V4 (10) with the reigning champions from Adrenalin Motorsport, Christopher Rink, Danny Brink and Philipp Leisen. With their BMW 325i, Brink and Leisen currently lead the overall NLS standings after three wins in the class of VLN production cars up to 2,500 cc. Close on their heels, however, are Daniel Blickle, Tim Scheerbarth and Max Kronberg from the Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey Racing, who have already won two of three races in their class with the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS from W&S Motorsport. Danish Dynamite is currently causing a sensation not only in the European Football Championship, which is currently taking place, but also in the NLS. In the Junior classification, the Danes Kaj Schubert and Lucas Daugaard are in the lead after three victories in the V5 class with a Porsche Cayman of the Young KRS Danes team. 27.17 points in the class of VLN production cars up to 3,000 cc displacement have also put the young Scandinavians in a promising position in the overall standings. Just 24 hours later, the drivers will have their next opportunity to score championship points. Klaus Abbelen contests a race at Monza on Saturday and then returns to the Green Hell for NLS 6. He will contest the race in the Frikadelli Porsche as a soloist. The same applies to Leonard Weiss, who will start the Wochenspiegel Ferrari on Sunday together with his father Georg Weiss and Jochen Krumbach after the Italian guest appearance. The motorsport drivers will not have to do without loud cheering on site during this double-header either. Tickets for grandstands T3 and T4 can only be booked online. Proof of health - tested, vaccinated or convalescent - is required. Children up to 14 years of age are admitted free of charge. There is no mask requirement at the seat. The ticket includes access to the ring°werk. Free citizen testing is available on site. Info at www.labor-koblenz.de/ringbesucher 

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