Category: 2020

First race starts in June

Green light for motor sports at the Nürburgring! In the legendary Green Hell it is allowed to drive for best times and victories again. This is made possible by the new corona fighting regulations, which again allow competition in contact-free sports. The Nürburgring Long Distance Series will kick off on Saturday, June 27, 2020, which will be starting for the first time this year with its own hygiene concept. While the racing cars will then be allowed to accelerate again, the fans will have to watch the live streams. Spectators on site are not yet planned.
It is a crucial paragraph of the newly enacted "Corona Fighting Regulation", which is of central importance for the Nürburgring. In the section "Sport and Recreation" it is stated that competition in contact-free sports, where the distance requirement according to § 1 para. 2 can be complied with, is permissible under consideration of the protective measures. On this basis, all those responsible and the authorities agree: racing can take place again. After months of restriction an important step. "Since 1927, the Nürburgring has shaped the history of motorsport and motorsport has shaped the history of the Nürburgring. This natural interaction was suddenly shattered by the Corona pandemic. It is good that now can take place again what simply belongs here," says Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort.
The Nürburgring Endurance Series will open the motorsport season on Saturday, 27 June. The first 4-hour race, for which the traffic lights will turn green at 12 noon, will be held according to a separate hygiene concept that was developed in cooperation with the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health of the University Hospital in Bonn. The VLN as the organizer of the long-distance series had initiated this early on. In principle, every race organiser is obliged to create a corresponding concept. This is then coordinated with the authorities.
Race at Nürburgring without spectators for the time being
While the races at the Nürburgring get the green light again, the spectators will have to be patient with their return to the grandstands of the Grand Prix circuit and the spectator areas of the Nordschleife. "The fans and their emotions have always been a crucial part and it's still strange for us to look at empty grandstands and a deserted Nordschleife. Nevertheless, it is unfortunately still unavoidable for the staging of the races," explains Markfort.
Even if the Nürburgring and all the organisers would be pleased about spectators, the grandstands will therefore remain closed for the first race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. The same applies to the spectator areas along the Nordschleife, where the parking spaces have been closed off since the beginning of the Corona pandemic. Around the circuit, additional checks are carried out during the races to ensure that the concept specifications are adhered to and that motorsport is conducted on the world's most demanding race track. Although the fans have to stay away for the time being, the Nürburgring Managing Director is encouraging: "We've taken many small steps out of a total lockdown over the past few weeks. We've conducted dialogues for the tourist drives, our driving offers and for the races, we've created concepts, adapted them to the developments and in the end we've been able to implement them in partnership. We aim to do the same for the spectators.
Photo: VLN / Jan Brucke