16 September, Thursday

From now on: The paddock opens again for spectators / Free choice of seats in the grandstands

Finally: At the Nürburgring, spectators at events can now come back to the paddock. The gates to the paddock will open again this Saturday at the ADAC 1,000 kilometer race. At the final season races of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (25.09 & 09.10) fans can finally get up close and personal again. Another highlight: You can now choose your seats in the grandstands - tickets are no longer...
From now on: The paddock opens again for spectators / Free choice of seats in the grandstands


Finally: At the Nürburgring, spectators at events can now come back to the paddock. The gates to the paddock will open again this Saturday at the ADAC 1,000 kilometer race. At the final season races of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (25.09 & 09.10) fans can finally get up close and personal again. Another highlight: You can now choose your seats in the grandstands - tickets are no longer tied to a seat. Those who have been vaccinated, those who have recovered and those who have tested negative have access to the events. There are free test options on site.Important when booking tickets: For technical reasons, an exact seat must still be booked for the upcoming events. With the admission ticket, however, spectators can access all open grandstands, the paddock and the starting grid. An additional ticket is no longer required.Meanwhile, there are no access restrictions on the Nordschleife. Hiking, walking and cycling are possible along the route as usual. Special service: If you buy a ticket to visit the grandstands on the Grand Prix Track, you can also park your vehicle exclusively in the open parking areas at the Nordschleife with your parking ticket. These are the sections Brünnchen, Pflanzgarten and Hatzenbach.With the ADAC 1,000 kilometer race, a big name returns to the Green Hell this Saturday (September 18). Fans can look forward to historic motorsport from the 60s, 70s and 80s at the revival of the endurance classic. The combination of the Nordschleife and the sprint track is used. From Saturday, September 25th, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will be entering the home straight of its season. In the eighth and the final race of the season on October 8th, around 150 vehicles will again fight for trophies and points. The drivers compete in different classes in lightning-fast GT3 cars with around 500 hp, robust touring cars and near-series sports cars.

Sabine Schmitz Curve officially inaugurated


The Sabine Schmitz Curve was inaugurated on Friday evening at the Nürburgring. This means that the left-hand bend of the Nordschleife near Nürburg now officially bears her name. The unveiling of the new track section sign took place in the presence of her family. Born in Adenau, she was firmly associated with the race track throughout her life and was considered its best-known ambassador. She is the first female racing driver ever to be given her own curve at the Nürburgring in the circuit's over 90-years long history.With her own curve, the Nürburgring places Sabine Schmitz in the ranks of its most influential personalities. Besides her, only three other sections of the track bear the names of racing drivers: Formula 1 record world champion Michael Schumacher, Rudolf Caracciola, the legendary winner of the inaugural race in 1927, and Stefan Bellof. The latter had set the eternal lap record at a race event on the Nordschleife some 40 years ago during training for the 1000-kilometre race.The Sabine Schmitz Curve is located on the outskirts of Nürburg - the racing driver grew up only a few metres away from here. In addition, the location is quickly and easily accessible for spectators. Both were decisive criteria in the choice of the curve, because Sabine Schmitz had a unique bond with the fans and with her home. The curve will therefore also be a place of shared remembrance in the future.The racing driver spent her entire life at and on the 20.832-kilometre Nordschleife. For more than 30 years, she drove vehicles here at the limit - 33,000 laps in total. With her driving skills and her open-hearted manner, she achieved worldwide fame and was for example part of the British car magazine "Top Gear", among others. She was the first and so far the only woman to win the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 1996 and 1997. Sabine Schmitz died in March this year at the age of only 51.It doesn't stay quiet for long in the new Sabine Schmitz Curve. From early Saturday morning, the drivers chase through the Green Hell at the six-hour race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. A racing series in which Sabine Schmitz herself did her laps on the Nordschleife for decades. Photo: The sign was unveiled in the presence of her family - Klaus Abbelen, Ursula and Beat Schmitz - and ring spokesman Alexander Gerhard (from right to left).

Tesla sets official record for electric vehicles


Nürburg. The American car manufacturer Tesla has set the official record for electric vehicles at the Nürburgring. The "Model S Plaid" circumnavigated the 20.8-kilometre Nordschleife in 7:35.579 minutes and reached a top speed of 279 km/h. The 1,020 hp vehicle with a tri-motor was driven by Swedish driver Andreas Simonsen. The time is now listed in the category for electric production cars, which thus celebrates its premiere. The onboard video of the record drive can be seen on the Nürburgring's Youtube channel. All official times set on the Nordschleife so far can be found here.To this day, a best time in the so-called "Green Hell" is a special benchmark for the automotive industry. After all, the Nordschleife, opened in 1927, is considered the most demanding race track in the world. On one lap, drivers can expect 73 bends, a 300-metre difference in altitude as well as several demanding climbs, descents and inclines. Accordingly, a time achieved here is valuable.The official Nürburgring record runs guarantee a uniform standard for the manufacturers. In general, the principle applies here: one track, one whole lap, one time - according to uniform standards. In addition to timekeeping with calibrated measuring equipment, official record attempts as well as attempts to achieve a lap time are always accompanied by a notary. In addition to monitoring the timekeeping, the vehicle is also inspected. The exact track length as well as the start and finish line are precisely defined. A full Nordschleife lap with flying start will be driven and measured (20.8 kilometres). The vehicle categories for record runs and official Nürburgring lap times are subdivided according to various segments of the Federal Motor Transport Authority as well as specially defined special classes.

PRO upgrade for Nürburgring co-pilot vehicle - book a ride now!


Upgrade for the Green Hell: Passengers of the Nürburgring co-pilot vehicle will in future be seated in a brand new, spectacular sports car. The strictly limited Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO (combined fuel consumption: 13.1 l/100 km | combined CO2 emissions: 299 g/km) guarantees even more driving pleasure on the Nordschleife. And the best: The PRO upgrade of the "Beast of the Green Hell" does not cost the guest a cent extra. A ride on the world's most demanding racetrack is still available for 295 euros. A 20.832-kilometer hellish ride over the historic asphalt of the Nürburgring: adrenaline fans experience nothing less week after week in the passenger seat of the “Beast of the Green Hell”. But from now on there is a brand new model from the premium manufacturer on Affalterbach under the striking design of the co-pilot vehicle. The Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO promises even more entertaining laps on the Nordschleife. Compared to its predecessor, an optimized power-to-weight ratio, improved aerodynamics and a new chassis ensure additional fun on the world's most demanding racetrack. This is complemented by the most experienced drivers on the Nordschleife, who sit behind the wheel of the 585-hp car. The co-pilot drives can be booked online. Dates are still available for this year until November - often several times a week. Vouchers that can be redeemed without deadline pressure are even more flexible. More information is available here.

German GT Championship holds finale at Nürburgring


The title decision in the German GT Championship will be made in the Eifel, the Nürburgring is the venue for a final weekend of the ADAC GT Masters for the first time. From 5 to 7 November, the races that could not be held as planned at the beginning of August after the flood disaster in the region will be made up for there. The ADAC GT4 Germany, the ADAC Formula 4 and the ADAC TCR Germany will also determine their champions in the supporting programme of the ADAC GT Masters in the Eifel. All tickets already purchased for the ADAC GT Masters at the Nürburgring remain valid for the make-up event and do not need to be exchanged. more information & tickets "We are pleased that we were able to realise a make-up date at the Nürburgring after not being able to stage the race at the beginning of August following the flood disaster. It was important for us to make up for the races there, because major events like the German GT Championship are of great economic importance for the region right now. We would like to thank the Nürburgring, the Hockenheimring and also the RTL media group for their support. The title fight in the ADAC GT Masters is close and balanced after six races, we can already look forward to a hot autumn in the ADAC GT Masters and an exciting title showdown at the Nürburgring," says ADAC board member Lars Soutschka. The final weekend will be contested on the spectator-friendly sprint circuit of the Nürburgring. Tickets for the finale are available online, starting at 22.50 Euros for ADAC members. Children under twelve are admitted free of charge. VIP tickets for the weekend are also available in the Nürburgring Online Shop from € 189.00. Corona protection measures applicable for the weekend will be published well in advance.

Pre-Sale for NLS races 7 to 9 started


It is unique. The rich sound of the GT3 bolides, the booming sound of the production cars and Cup cars at the Nürburgring Endurance Series. For a while, fans of the Nordschleife championship had to do without this attractive mixture on site. That is history for the time being. There is good news from those responsible at the NLS. The pre-sale for the NLS races number seven to nine has started. A special highlight is that there is an additional 500 free extra tickets for the starting grid. For the first time, three spectator points at the Nordschleife will also be included in the hygiene concept and thus become official spectator seats. Ticket holders will have access to the popular zones at the Brünnchen, Pflanzgarten and Adenauer Forst. Exclusively ticket holders will also be granted access to these areas by car or caravan with an additional parking permit. Access is the magic word here. Every visitor must first book a seat on one of the grandstands in the Nürburgring online shop and take his seat there once. At the entrance to the booked grandstand, the 3Gs are recorded - a negative Corona test, full proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. Afterwards, fans are free to move around the open grandstand, visit the pit roof and the ring°werk or stay at the official Nordschleife visitor points Brünnchen/Pflanzgarten and Adenauer Forst. 500 bookers will also be given access to the starting grid through a free additional ticket, which must be selected in the online shop during the ordering process. Entrance will be via the historic paddock. Tickets are available from 18 euros per person. Children up to 14 years of age are admitted free of charge, but they also need a grandstand ticket, which can be booked online. For this purpose, parking tickets have to be booked in advance for 10 euros, which are then valid for the car park assigned to the corresponding grandstand and at the Nordschleife. With the purchase of a ticket, every fan also does something good! In addition to a fixed donation of at least €75,000, which will be handed over during the ROWE 6h Race, the VLN will donate €1 per ticket sold for the 6h Race to the flood victims in the Ahr Valley. In the ring°carré (formerly Eifeldorf Grüne Hölle) there is a test centre for free citizen tests. Dates can be booked under the following link:

AlphaTauri driver Alex Albon celebrates first DTM victory


Alex Albon celebrated his first victory at the Nürburgring and gave Ferrari its second success in DTM history. In an eventful race, the Thai driver for AlphaTauri AF Corse, who started the race from first place on the grid, escaped all incidents and won in commanding style. The Formula 1 substitute driver for Red Bull is the sixth winner in the eighth DTM race. In dry, good weather conditions, Spain's Daniel Juncadella in the GruppeM team's Mercedes-AMG completed the podium ahead of two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann in the Walkenhorst-Motorsport BMW. After eight of 16 races, Kelvin van der Linde from Audi Team ABT Sportsline is the unofficial "half-time" champion of the 2021 DTM, although the South African came away empty-handed for the first time this Sunday after a collision with Liam Lawson and Mike Rockenfeller. With 129 points, Kelvin van der Linde enters the second half of the season as the leader of the standings. His lead over Maximilian Götz (96) has shrunk to 33 points. New third in the points table is Wittmann (94), Albon (82) has moved up to fourth. Porsche had little luck in its DTM debut. As on Saturday, Michael Ammermüller in the SSR Performance 911 failed to finish, but had clearly shown its potential with fourth place on the grid. The 19-year-old Belgian Esteban Muth gave Lamborghini its best result of the season with fifth place. Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock also finally scored his first DTM points of the season in eighth place in the BMW fielded by ROWE Racing. "It was a really good day for my team and me today," said Albon, the first Thai winner in the DTM. "The team worked a lot overnight and it paid off. Today we made a step forward, we want to take this momentum with us." The Red Bull-Ferrari combination of AF Corse is the first DTM team to win races with both drivers - Albon and Lawson - this season. Action-packed race: "Never experienced in DTM: five cars side by side at times."As on Saturday, the spectators in the grandstands witnessed breathtaking moments at the start in close formation of two cars, and this was repeated twice more during safety car phases. From first place on the grid, Alex Albon in the AlphaTauri-Ferrari stormed to the front and led the DTM field, which numbered 23 cars for the first time, ahead of Daniel Juncadella (ESP/GruppeM-Mercedes-AMG) and Michael Ammermüller (GER/SSR Performance) in the Porsche. But the first incidents occurred as early as the first lap, when Swiss Philip Ellis (Mercedes-AMG/WINWARD) skidded through the gravel trap and subsequently scattered various carbon parts on the track. When Maximilian Buhk (GER) with the Mücke-Mercedes-AMG was stranded in the pit wall after being pushed, the safety car was deployed for the first time. When the first re-start was made after lap three, Albon pulled away again. Behind him, the next hullabaloo with Ammermüller, Luca Stolz in the Toksport-Mercedes-AMG, Ellis and Götz already followed in the second turn. When, after the first pit stops, guest starter Hubert Haupt, who celebrated a comeback after his DTM starts in 1991/1992 as well as 2001, rolled out with a technical defect on the Mercedes-AMG of his HRT team, the safety car slowed down the field again. It was clear that all those who had not yet completed the compulsory stop were at a disadvantage - and that was eight drivers. The next incident was caused by Liam Lawson, who attempted an optimistic manoeuvre in the chicane, but failed. As a result, the two ABT Audi cars of Kelvin van der Linde and Mike Rockenfeller, of all people, retired, and Lawson received a drive-through penalty. Having arrived at the Nürburgring in second place in the standings, the 19-year-old Red Bull junior Lawson failed to score any points. Surprisingly, former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien (GER/JP Motorsport) led after the second safety car period and collected the first leading kilometres for McLaren. Albon, however, quickly moved closer and regained the race lead in commanding fashion with Juncadella and Wittmann in tow. "It was really extreme at times today. At times we were running with up to five cars next to each other - that was intense. I've never experienced that in the DTM before, but it was still a lot of fun," Wittmann reported. "In moments like that, it's always important to make the right decision between risk and caution. We managed that well today." Dramatic qualifying: four brands on the first two rows of the gridAs on Saturday, when 22 cars were within a single second of each other, the qualifying session on Sunday morning was a hot battle for positions. Rain showers caused some spectacular spins, but all of them were without consequences. Although the rain became heavier, the times improved in the end. And in the end, AlphaTauri AF Corse rejoiced: Alex Albon (THA) gave the prancing horse from Maranello its first pole position in the DTM. Mercedes-AMG with Spaniard Daniel Jancadella (GruppeM), BMW with Zolder winner Marco Wittmann (GER/Walkenhorst) and Porsche with Michael Ammermüller (GER/SSR Performance) followed behind. This meant that four brands were represented in the first two rows of the grid. In the 23-strong grid, all seven brands represented were to be found in the top ten. In qualifying as well as in the race, the 2021 DTM demonstrates an extraordinary balance.

Kelvin van der Linde takes DTM victory at the Nürburgring


Breath-taking position fights, hot bumper-to-bumper duels, but some penalties as well: the DTM season at the Nürburgring was quite lively. Eventually, the spectators in the packed grandstands particularly cheered for Kelvin van der Linde. Having started from pole position, the South African claimed his third win of the season in an impressive manner with the ABT Sportsline Audi and extended his lead in the drivers’ standings. As the best-placed guest driver, Luca Stolz (GER) with the Mercedes-AMG of the Toksport WRT team secured second place on the podium, ahead of Swiss Philip Ellis with the WINWARD Mercedes-AMG. In the evening, Luca Stolz then had his second place taken away as he was given a 30-second time penalty. During his pit stop, there had been an incident with a mechanic of the GruppeM Racing team. While approaching his pit position, he had hit a mechanic of the other team. As Luca Stolz, being a guest driver, isn’t eligible to score points anyway, local hero Mike Rockenfeller, born in Neuwied and initially classified fourth, had already been able to add 15 points to his DTM tally. In the spectacular DTM race at the Nürburgring, there were 23 cars on the grid for the first time, the highest number in many years. Moreover, Porsche made its début in DTM, but Michael Ammermüller already had to retire from the race with his SSR Performance 911 following the opening lap “I am enjoying every second this season. It has taken me so long to finally make it into DTM. I kept knocking on the door at Audi asking whether they had a DTM seat available for me. Now, I am even happier to be racing against these strong guys”, a buoyant Kelvin van der Linde said. At the Nürburgring, the 25-year-old from South Africa even pulled off a hattrick: he claimed pole position, posted the fastest lap time of the race and secured victory. “It was an intense race. At the start and the restart, I was able to stay in front and keep the lead. Only after the tyre change, I had to fight hard. There was some contact, too, there are some hard battles out there. I kept it cool and remained calm.” Van der Linde extended his points’ lead to 129 points, Maximilian Götz (GER), who scored twelve points on Saturday, bringing his total to 84, has now moved up into second while Liam Lawson (Red Bull Ferrari, AF Corse) didn’t score and dropped back to third in the standings (80). Once again, the moment of the start was a breath-taking affair for drivers and fans in equal measure. In close formation, 23 race cars were roaring down the main straight, the highest number in years. Ellis or van der Linde – who would be first going into the tight right-hand corner? Kelvin van der Linde had the better line and defended his pole position against Ellis’s white-and-blue WINWARD Mercedes. Until then, everything went smoothly, but at the short loop of the sprint circuit, Maximilian Buhk (GER) was tapped into a spin with the Mücke Mercedes-AMG, which prompted a safety car intervention. Next to Buhk, Christopher Haase (GER) with the Rosberg Audi and Michael Ammermüller were also among the victims of the opening lap and retired early. The restart at the end of lap three also was executed in spectacular double-file formation, much to the delight of the fans in the grandstands and in front of the screens all over the world. Again, van der Linde defended the lead while the two Mercedes-AMGs with Ellis and Stolz battled behind him. The race was a lively affair throughout with numerous battles in the entire field and with hard overtaking manoeuvres. Due to varying strategies for the mandatory pit stops, a handful of drivers racked up laps in the lead. Local hero Mike Rockenfeller (GER) led the field for the longest time with the ABT Audi as he procrastinated his pit stop as long as he could. Whether it was Philip Ellis, Alex Albon and Luca Stolz battling for the podium positions or Liam Lawson, Markus Winkelhock and Daniel Juncadella fighting for points, it was racing at its best. Winkelhock, who was replacing Sophia Flörsch in the ABT Audi with Space Drive steering as the latter had clashing commitments, eventually incurred a drive-through penalty as he had caused a spin for the Lawson Ferrari. After Rockenfeller had been the last to come in for fresh tyres after 31 laps, the road was clear for his teammate Kelvin van der Linde to collect his third win of the season. Guest driver Luca Stolz, whose team is located in Quiddelbach in the middle of the legendary Nordschleife, had worked his way up to second. “The fights today were great and I hope that wasn’t our last DTM race,” Stolz said. A fourth-place finish for Rockenfeller, who is known as a ‘tyre whisperer’ anyway, reflected how much he had saved his tyres while still being able to put in good lap times. His unusual strategy paid off. Just before the start of the race, all the DTM drivers and team principals had assembled in front of the grandstand at the end of the start and finish straight. With a “Thank you to everybody who has helped out” banner and a minute of silence, drivers, team principals and spectators remembered the victims of the flooding disaster on 14 and 15 July, especially in the Ahr valley close to the Nürburgring. Spectacular qualifying: 22 cars within one second, third pole for Kelvin van der Linde What the 23-strong field presented in qualifying on Saturday was outright spectacular. It was close, closer, super close: 22 cars were within less than one second. There was only one who was in control, and that happened to be the points’ leader. Kelvin van der Linde put in a perfect lap with the ABT Audi and had a comparatively large margin of over two tenths of a second. Philip Ellis (SUI) with the WINWARD Mercedes and Marco Wittmann (GER) with the Walkenhorst BMW followed in second and third place. As a result, there were three different brands in the first three grid positions. The best guest driver in qualifying was Luca Stolz in fifth with the Toksport Mercedes while Porsche only ended up 20th upon its DTM début with Michael Ammermüller (GER/SSR Performance). On Sunday, the eighth of this season’s 16 races will be held at the Nürburgring. Who will become ‘half-time champion’ of the 2021 DTM? This question will be answered from 1.30pm onwards. SAT.1 is broadcasting live from 1pm.

In September 2022, the double header will become the "12 hours of Nürburgring"


In the Nürburgring Endurance Series, major events are casting their shadows. The people in charge of the Nordschleife Championship have developed an evident idea for market readiness. The double header, which was recently carried out for the second time, will become the “12 Hours of Nürburgring” next year. Even the date for this NLS season highlight has already been set. The premiere is on 10/11 September 2022 will be, which will also be enriched with an attractive supporting program off the track. On Saturday and Sunday, a section of six hours is driven, the first leading until dusk. The highlight of it all, however, is the 12-hour rating for the entire weekend. How is this guaranteed? By having Parc Fermé regulations apply after the first part on Saturday. In other words, the cars must not be worked on overnight. The following morning the hunt through the Green Hell continues. This also gives the teams the opportunity to invite sponsors and guests without the previous time pressure to prepare the vehicles. “Last year, the double header, born out of the corona situation, was a complete success. Everyone involved was enthusiastic, so we had a double event on our calendar this year as well. So we thought: why not a 12-hour race? We would like to use the break on Saturday evening to celebrate together with teams, fans and sponsors. In addition, there should be the possibility of camping at the Nürburgring”, says Christian Stephani, the managing director of VLN VV GmbH & Co. KG. Ralph-Gerald Schlüter, General Representative of VLN e.V. & Co. oHG, adds: “A particularly atmospheric highlight in the calendar is a significant added value for both spectators and participants. Together with the new scoring mode, which will be introduced in 2022, the ROWE 6h ADAC Ruhr-Pokal race and the 12 hours Nürburgring will be given greater weight. " There will be a total of eight events in the next year. There are six more races over a distance of four hours on the program. That promises even more breathtaking motorsport in the Nordschleife championship. The old season has not yet ended, but the anticipation for the new season can already be felt.

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