Category: 2018

From motorsport to festival - full throttle through the season 2018!

Nürburgring visitors can look forward to a particularly varied programme with numerous highlights this year. The current event calendar is about much more than mere horsepower. Racing cars, motorcycles, classic cars, (extreme) athletes and the biggest names in the world of music will be the stars of a wide range of events on and off the race track. Thanks to this great variety, everybody will be able to experience their favourite event live. What is more, the Nürburgring is also a worthwhile destination outside event weekends. Experiences like karting, backstage tours and the motorsport museum ring°werk are open to visitors all year long. 


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In 2018, the Nürburgring will start the season early, compared to previous years. The first event in the calendar is set to take place as early as on 20 January. The obstacle course “Winter Hell” is a real challenge for all participants, with a total distance of 12 km and 25 obstacles on the Grand Prix track and the Nordschleife.


„Gentlemen, start your engines“

The first engine noise of a new season is always special. After a four-month break, the teams return to the Green Hell. On 17 March, the teams of the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race and the VLN Endurance Championship meet for the test and set-up day to thoroughly test their racing cars. The event, which is free of charge for spectators, is also the final rehearsal for the first VLN race, which takes place exactly seven days later on 24 March. Between March and October, a total of nine races of the popular series, which saw starting grids of up to 195 cars in 2017, will take place at the Nürburgring. 

The weekend after that, 31 March – 2 April, marks the 2018 debut of the Nürburgring Drift Cup. In breathtaking high-speed drifts and duels on the Grand Prix track’s Müllenbach Loop, Europe’s drift elite will determine the drift king of the Nürburgring on a total of five weekends. 

For motorcyclists, the season in the Eifel traditionally begins in April. On the penultimate Sunday, 22 April, more than 10,000 bikers will once again meet at the drivers’ paddock to be blessed as part of the motorcyclists’ mass “Rev Up”. Just like in previous years, the day’s highlight will be the procession of all participants around the Nordschleife. Other interesting events for motorcycle fans are the Reinoldus Endurance Cup, which takes place a total of five times on the Grand Prix track, and the classic motorcycle race “Kölner Kurs”. 


Motorsports and muscle power in May

May is definitely a merry month for motorsport fans, seeing as the highlight of the year, the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race, will take place on 10-13 May in 2018. For four days, the endurance classic will captivate fans around the Nordschleife and – via live broadcast – audiences around the world.

Endurance will also be key at a challenge of a very different kind. Muscle power and agility are needed for the Fisherman‘s Friend StrongmanRun. On 26 May, the participants will fight their way around the 24 km course with its numerous obstacles.


Nürburgring festival summer

June in the Green Hell will begin with one of the biggest festivals in Europe. On 1-3 June, Rock am Ring will once more attract tens of thousands of visitors, kicking off the “Nürburgring festival summer”. The Foo Fighters, 30 Seconds to Mars, Muse and Gorillaz will be this year’s headliners. 

Entirely different sounds and thumping beats can be heard at the New Horizons festival on 24-25 August. The EDM event celebrated a successful premiere in 2017, boasting a gigantic DJ lineup, extravagant stages and breathtaking light and fire shows. This year, the journey into a fanciful world of music of different styles continues.

Fans of party and Schlager music will get to see their stars at the second edition of Nürburgring Olé. For more than ten years, the Olé format has been a guarantee for great party atmosphere across Germany. In 2017, the festival took place at the Nürburgring for the first time - and the party weekend in the Müllenbach Loop was a great success. This is why fans are eagerly awaiting this year’s edition on 7-9 September. 


1,000 hp giants and unique touring cars

The country music festival that is part of the ADAC Truck Grand Prix tops off the range of this year’s music programme at the Nürburgring. With its extraordinary race trucks, the event is a perfect blend of motorsport, a varied framework programme at the drivers’ paddock, and music. From 29 June until 1 July, the event will be the highlight of the season for countless truckers, fans and families. 

The stands will also be filled to capacity when DTM, Europe’s most popular touring car series, comes to the Eifel on 7-9 September for one of the final races in the 2018 championship. On Saturday and Sunday, races for important points will be fought on the 3.629 km sprint track. 

Great GT sport and attractive starting grids can also be seen at the ADAC GT Masters (3-5 August) and the Blancpain GT Series – Sprint Cup (14-16 August).


Automobile treasures come to life at the Nürburgring

Again in 2018, motorsport history will play an important role in the Green Hell. Well over 500 racing cars are set to turn the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix (10-12 August) into a real festival of historic motorsport and one of the biggest and most popular classic car racing events in the world. 

The Eifel Race, which is steeped in history as it already took place when the Nürburgring was opened in 1927, is part of the Nürburgring Classic. The event was launched in 2017, and this year’s schedule boasts another outstanding item: historic DTM cars will compete in a race on the Nordschleife. The ADAC/RGB Season Finale (28-30 September) and the ADAC Westfalen Trophy (12-14 October) complete the list of classic car events in 2018. 


Varied programme for tuning fans and sim racers

Two formats that successfully appealed to special target groups in past years and expanded the portfolio of the Nürburgring are part of the 2018 event calendar as well. 

The Sport1 Trackday will once more take place on the race track, in the drivers‘ paddock and on the ring°boulevard, offering a programme focused on tuning, drift, show and drag racing. The format on 8 July will thus be attractive for participants and visitors alike. 

The latest driving simulators and current trends in the fields of sim racing, gaming and hardware for private use, as well as RC cars and slotcar tracks will be presented at the SimRacingExpo (15-16 September). For its fifth edition, the trade fair will be expanded to 12,000 m², using all of the space of ring°boulevard and ring°arena.


Overview all Events in 2018


Picture: Robert Kah