Category: ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen, 2014
FIA WTCC from 2015 on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife
From 2015, the Nürburgring-Nordschleife will become the venue of a motor-racing summit: the FIA World Touring Car Championship will race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife ahead of the ADAC Zurich 24h-race.
Thanks to the first appearance of a FIA World Championship since 1983, the 24h race also will enlarge its international media footprint. WTCC promoter Eurosport Events Ltd and ADAC Nordrhein signed a three-year deal including an extensive TV coverage of this FIA World Championship round.
Already now, the 24h-race enthusiasts may look forward to top stars Sébastien Loeb (Citroën), WTCC Champions Rob Huff (Lada) and Gabriele Tarquini (Honda) or Nordschleife experts such as Franz Engstler (BMW) and Tom Coronel (Chevrolet). A one-off race will take the touring-car racing aces around the 25.378-kilometre combination of the Nürburgring’s GP circuit and its legendary Nordschleife. The WTCC teams will be placed in the centre of the paddock, very accessible to fans.
“The race at the Nordschleife will definitely be a highlight of WTCC season,” said François Ribeiro, Eurosport Events COO. “To tackle this monument of car racing history, we asked FIA to twist special sporting regulations for that event. Our usual format is 2X60kms sprint races but we will run there a single race to cover 120kms distance, with one pit stop. The details of that particular racing format will be worked out between FIA, Eurosport Events and teams before next FIA Touring Car Commission, before it goes to FIA WMSC vote. WTCC drivers are all excited about this new idea : new TC1 cars on Nordschleife track supported by more than 200 000 spectators, combined with a first class TV production on which Eurosport Events will mix all its expertise from WTCC and ERC live filming. It will be the WTCC event drivers want to win, and a good show on TV. With its 25 kilometres and 85 corners, the Nordschleife is probably with Le Mans the most challenging track in the world. This iconic place is also a daily unique test ground for the automotive industry lapping any new performance cars against the clock. Since WTCC is all about 'real cars, real racing', I think this event will become a hype for car manufacturers involved in the championship”.
Walter Hornung, Sports Director of ADAC Nordrhein and Race Director of the 24h race, was just as delighted: “WTCC is a series providing enthralling motor racing and attracting massive attention all over the world. The weekend of the 24 Hours could not have a more attractive opening. With this deal, ADAC Nordrhein also demonstrates that we are keeping on developing the 24h race for the future to make it even more attractive for the fans, media and partners.”