25 January, Wednesday

Exclusive European headline performances of Foo Fighters at Rock am Ring

It's an event: The Foo Fighters will play exclusively at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park this year. Since their founding by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in 1994, the Foo Fighters have won eleven Grammy Awards, among others, the band most recently reached the Top 5 of the US Billboard charts with five consecutive albums and, with 30 million albums sold, they are one of the biggest stadium...
ADAC GT Masters as part of the ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix


The ADAC GT Masters will start the 2023 season with the proven concept, events with strong attendance, a prize money pot filled with more than 570,000 euros and the successfully established sustainable fuel. Six race weekends with two races each in Germany and Austria are planned, with the series returning to the Norisring in Nuremberg for the first time in 15 years. All races will be shown live on free TV. The season will start from 9 to 11 June at a "special event" in Hockenheim. Sustainability also plays a decisive role in the new season in the ADAC GT Masters. For the second year in a row, the ADAC GT Masters will be running on the innovative Shell Blue-Gasoline 98 fuel, which consists of around 50% renewable components. Last year, the drivers completed 10,971 race laps with the sustainable fuel, making an important contribution to CO2 reduction. ADAC Head of Motorsport Thomas Voss: "The ADAC GT Masters will continue to compete in 2023 with the concept that has been thrilling fans for 16 years now. We will no longer pursue the plans presented in December with joint races of the ADAC GT Masters and prototypes. This is in line with the wishes of many teams to continue the ADAC GT Masters in its unchanged form. On the sporting side, however, we are sharpening the profile of the series by making a driver with a silver or bronze classification compulsory in every car in future. This will ensure that the ADAC GT Masters remains an attractive platform for talent hungry for success." The calendarThe season opener will take place at a special event from 9 to 11 June at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, with more information to follow shortly. One of the season's highlights already follows on the second race weekend: With the return to the Norisring, the series will contest the first of a total of four events at the DTM on the streets of Nuremberg. After the Norisring, the ADAC GT Masters will once again be a guest at one of Germany's biggest motorsport events: for the first time since 2012, the series will compete at the ADAC Truck Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. After the summer break, the drivers will face the Sachsenring challenge in September. Afterwards, the mountain calls: for the penultimate stop of the season, the participants travel to the current Formula 1 circuit of the Red Bull Ring. The finale will take place at the end of October together with the DTM as usual in Hockenheim. The sporting alignmentIn the ADAC GT Masters, two drivers will continue to share a cockpit. Starting this year, a silver-rated driver or a bronze-rated driver is compulsory in each car. Thus, the ADAC GT Masters remains true to its philosophy of optimally promoting young talent and giving young talents the chance to develop in a professional environment. Good performances and successes are rewarded: In the new season, participants will be competing for cash and non-cash prizes worth more than 570,000 euros. In addition to the driver and team classifications, the Pirelli Junior classification for young talents and the Pirelli Trophy classification for ambitious gentlemen will be announced. Teams can register for the ADAC GT Masters 2023 from 25 January, the closing date for entries is 1 May.

Exclusive European headline performances of Foo Fighters at Rock am Ring


It's an event: The Foo Fighters will play exclusively at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park this year. Since their founding by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in 1994, the Foo Fighters have won eleven Grammy Awards, among others, the band most recently reached the Top 5 of the US Billboard charts with five consecutive albums and, with 30 million albums sold, they are one of the biggest stadium rock bands of today. The venue for their first German concerts in five years was not chosen by chance: Band and festivals have a long friendship, most recently the Foo Fighters played two spectacular headlining shows at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park in 2018. After the Toten Hosen and Kings Of Leon, the Foo Fighters are now the third main stage headliner. Meanwhile, fans of hard sounds will be happy about another spectacular new confirmation, because Five Finger Death Punch will also perform at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park. The modern metallers are among the most successful hard rock bands of the past ten years and have been awarded gold and platinum many times.Another old acquaintance is the German indie star Thees Uhlmann, who already performed with his band Tomte at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park in 2006. The line-up is completed by the American metal band Bad Wolves, the Austrian indie duo Cari Cari, the glam rockers Steel Panther, the indie rock bands Yonaka and Pabst as well as Die Nerven, the most important German discourse rock band of the moment. Also newly confirmed are Sam Tompkins, Mod Sun and the Chemnitz indie band Blond. With the only European performances by the Foo Fighters this year and the other new additions, the programme is sensational and once again leads the national festival scene with an unprecedented breadth and exclusivity of top-class artists. Die Toten Hosen are extending their live celebrations of the band's 40th anniversary and will perform for the first time in a calendar year only at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, where they will play their only two headline shows in Germany in 2023. Kings Of Leon and the British metalcore pioneers Bring Me The Horizon can also be experienced this summer at Central European festivals exclusively at Ring and Park. International fan favourites like Rise Against, Limp Bizkit or the rock duo Tenacious D as well as alternative rockers Incubus, Evanescence with singer Amy Lee, US superstar Machine Gun Kelly or the hardcore through-starters Turnstile will also play exclusive festival shows at the Rocks. The punk rock veterans NOFX have chosen Ring and Park for their last shows in Germany, for which the festivals provide a fitting setting. Rock am Ring and Rock im Park will take place from 2 to 4 June 2023 at the Nürburgring and at Nuremberg's Zeppelin Field. Tickets are still available for both festivals.

Green light for comprehensive digitalisation measure


Go-ahead for a milestone: All 21 km of the Nordschleife are to be equipped with a digital infrastructure. EUR 11 million is being invested by the Nürburgring operating company to take safety on the world’s most challenging race track into the future. This is to benefit all users – from private drivers during tourist drive sessions and test drivers of the Industry Pool to racing drivers at various events. From the 2025 season, the new infrastructure is to be operational around the race track and use camera technology and artificial intelligence to seamlessly monitor the entire race track. The digitalisation measure, for which construction work will start this winter, is one of the most comprehensive construction projects in the almost 100-year history of the Nürburgring. Over the next two years, a completely new infrastructure will be built around the 21 km race track. Foundations will be laid and storm-proof masts erected to carry special HD cameras. At the same time, earthworks for laying fibre optic and power cables will take place along the entire track. In addition, so-called off-grid systems for power supply will be set up and LED panels for digital warning signals will be installed. When construction is completed, one of the world’s most comprehensive race track safety systems is to be launched. To this end, the crucial practical experience for the project has been gathered over the past two years in the test cluster “Döttinger Höhe”, the 2.8 km stretch of the Nordschleife between the Galgenkopf section and the Grand Prix track – and developed in collaboration with the IT group Fujitsu based on artificial intelligence (AI). The AI is what makes it possible in the first place to operate the digital safety system on the planned scale. It is designed to detect hazards, accidents and other unscheduled events on the track and support the operations control team in taking immediate action. In the future, it is to automatically warn following traffic of dangerous situations via the LED panels. In addition to the standard procedure of radio messages by the marshals, all images and information will in future be transmitted directly to the operations control centre through some 50 km of fibre optic cables. Here, staff will decide on further measures – this can be done in a matter of seconds because they have direct insight into what is happening for the first time.   The new system is scheduled to be in operation as of 2025. Until then, a lot remains to be done within two years and two construction phases. Beyond the construction measures, the artificial intelligence will be continuously refined in live operation and adapted to the peculiarities of the Nordschleife.  Extensive information to be provided at press conference 2023: Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG will report on the state of work and the future use of the digital system at a press conference in March 2023. Further information will follow.    About the development of the artificial intelligence The artificial intelligence for controlling the track monitoring at the Nürburgring is being developed in cooperation with Fujitsu. It has already completed extensive training for practical operations, learning to correctly identify various components of the race track, such as “track”, “grass”, “gravel” and “guardrails”, as well as the vehicles. It also learned to differentiate between various special occurrences, such as rain or shadows, dirt on the track, objects or living beings. The data is collected in real time and immediately transferred to a system that is able to initiate further steps, alerts and warnings. 

"Karate am Ring": First event in 2023 successful


More than 1,000 karate fighters came to the Nürburgring last weekend, from 6 to 8 January 2023, for the fourth edition of the "Sen5 Rhein Shiai". Karatekas from 23 nations travelled to the tournament, which was organised by the Mayen "Sen5" club in an "everyone against everyone" competition system. The focus was on the competitions of the children, youths and adults on 12 fighting areas in the ring°arena located in the ring°boulevard. With training and warm-up areas in the neighbouring Bitburger Event Center, the organiser was able to optimally combine the two locations and offer versatile possibilities. "We are overjoyed with the way the event went and would especially like to thank the Nürburgring for the opportunity to hold our event on site," emphasised the first chairman of the Sen5 Karate Club Christian Grüner. In addition to the indoor locations, the participants also took advantage of the Nürburgring's varied accommodation options - from Motorsport Hotel to Ferienpark managed by Lindner. The fifth edition of the "Sen5 Rhein Shiai" will take place at the Nürburgring from 05 to 07 January 2024. Further indoor events at the Nürburgring For the Nürburgring, too, the karate event marks a successful start of the indoor events 2023. Thus, the versatile premises directly next to the start-finish straight will be used for corporate events, product presentations, trade fairs and also public events again this year. The next sporting highlight awaits visitors on 18 March 2023 with "Darts am Ring". In addition to Michael van Gerwen, Luke Humphries, Fallon Sherock and the German World Championship semi-finalist "The German Giant" Gabriel Clemens will be among those on the darts board in the ring°arena. The much sought-after tickets are already available from 29 euros here.

Award for commitment: Nürburgring receives FIA environmental accreditation


The Nürburgring has been awarded the two-star environmental accreditation of the FIA, the world governing body for motor sport. After an extensive review process, the award recognises, among other things, the circuit's commitment to and initiatives for environmental sustainability, as well as its action plan for continuous improvement. The FIA Environmental Accreditation Programme aims to help motorsport and mobility stakeholders worldwide measure and improve their environmental impact through an assessment process. "We are delighted that our commitment has been recognised by the FIA with the environmental accreditation," explain the Managing Directors of Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG, Christian Stephani and Ingo Böder. "As a world-renowned race track and event location, as well as a private company and regional economic driver, there is a pronounced effort on our part to harmonise economy and ecology and thus meet the multifaceted requirements." Within the scope of the test procedure, Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG scored points in various areas. These included 100% green electricity from hydroelectric power plants, investments in solar energy and intelligent measuring systems for efficient building energy control. The investments in the charging point infrastructure for electric vehicles also had a positive impact. This permanently installed infrastructure is available to all visitors to the Nürburgring and is to be further expanded. It is currently being temporarily expanded for events as needed. With regard to noise emissions, the Nürburgring has a comprehensive noise protection concept with individual measures. Compliance is monitored by a permanent noise monitoring system, the data of which is transmitted to an independent institute for the monitoring of emissions. The racetrack operators voluntarily set themselves a limit sound level below the actual approved volume. Further fields of action within which the Nürburgring implements continuous improvement processes and plans optimisations are the careful use of water resources and responsible waste management. With the certification achieved, Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG is pleased to have taken an intermediate step. The company's clear goal is to further optimise and expand the measures. In this way, a contribution is also to be made in terms of environmental protection so that the Nürburgring will be a place of fascination, emotion and gathering for people from all over the world for many generations to come.

More acts confirmed for Rock am Ring 2023


Exclusive festival appearances by Kings Of Leon, Bring Me The Horizon, Rise Against, Limp Bizkit and Incubus.  In June 2023, around 80,000 music fans will once again make the pilgrimage to Rock am Ring to ring in the festival season. An event where two, if not three generations of music fans meet.   Like no other German festival, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park will impress next year with a programme that combines innovation and tradition with its outstanding diversity. In addition to the already confirmed headliners Die Toten Hosen, Kings Of Leon will show at exclusive festival shows throughout Europe that they have made the transition from family rock band to stadium act with sex appeal without any loss of quality. Bring Me The Horizon with their charismatic frontman Oli Sykes prove how contemporary hard music can sound. Rise Against combine their punk sound with a hardcore touch. Just like the pop-punk pioneers Sum 41, who show the youth where the current sound around Yungblud and Co. comes from. With Fred Durst, an enfant terrible of crossover will take the stage: His band Limp Bizkit took the mix of rock and rap to new commercial and musical heights. The programme will be rounded off - after a long live break - by the alternative rockers Incubus. The French metal band Gojira, Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale and her cohorts Halestorm, rapper Kontra K and the Canadian Spiritbox around singer Courtney LaPlante are also confirmed. Opening Rock am Ring this year will be the US folk-punk band Flogging Molly on the main stage.  Also added to the line-up: Bounty & Cocoa, Brutus, cleopatrick, Set It Off and The Warning.  The ticket category "Car + Tent Camping", which was introduced for the first time for 2023 and allows you to park your car right next to the tent, was sold out in record time. Due to the high demand, the area has now been expanded to make more tickets available.  Here you can buy tickets for Rock am Ring.

DNLS: Double victory for Williams ESports


The digital division of the traditional British racing team Williams Racing celebrated a double success at the NIMEX 3.5h race. Will Tregurtha and Vasilios Beletsiotis go into the Christmas break of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series presented by Goodyear with a victory in their pocket. The duo triumphed in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 with a commanding lead of 28.68 seconds over teammates Marcel Marchewicz and Alessandro Bico. Third place went to Norbi Kiss and Bruno Spengler in the BMW M4 GT3 of Team BMW Bank. Pole position for the second race of the 22/23 season was secured by Sami-Matti Trogen in the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 with a time of 7:47.146 minutes. The Finn, who shares the cockpit with his compatriot Aleksi Elomaa, thus relegated Alexey Nesov in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mercedes-AMG Team URANO eSports to second place by 1.325 seconds. Tregurtha / Beletsiotis started the race from position three. In the race, Trogen initially defended the lead from Tregurtha, but then had to admit defeat to the Briton on lap seven. "We thought we were fast in qualifying. But when I saw Sami-Matti's time, I knew we weren't," said Tregurtha. "Then in the race everything went according to plan for us. We didn't know exactly what position we were in because of different strategies, but we knew we were really fast now. I am very happy about the victory." The new tyre model recently implemented in the iRacing race simulation, which simulates greater wear, suited the experienced GT driver. "It feels much better to me now, it's much closer to reality. I can handle it very well." Behind the top trio, Mercedes-AMG Team URANO eSports finished fourth and fifth ahead of the defending champions from AMG Team HRT by Unicorns of Love. Walkenhorst Motorsport had to settle for seventh place in the end. In the Cup2 class, PhoenixRacing eSport had the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in front at the end. Second place went to Team75 Bernhard by SimRC, Peter Bonk Per4mance finished third. "We benefited a little from the penalties and accidents of our competitors," said Fabian Hochstatter, who shared the Phoenix Porsche with Raphael Rennhofer. "Raphael drove two hammer stints at the beginning. After that, however, it became exciting once again. We didn't know for sure whether we would be lapped by the GT3 cars again. If we had, we might have had to do an extra lap and it would have been tight on fuel. It's good that it turned out like that in the end." The SP10 class was only decided in the final metres. The URANO duo of Dylan Scrivens and Constantin Tscharf saved a wafer-thin lead over BMW drivers Daniel Muth and Ben Kelly-McAuley with their Mercedes-AMG GT4. Third place went to BS Competition with drivers Phil Denes and Joshua W Anderson, also piloting a BMW M4 GT4. "I am absolutely speechless. We didn't expect this," said Scrivens. "We lost almost a minute due to an accident in the early stages. But we never gave up and had a superpace. In the end, our competitors also had problems and suddenly we were fighting for the win again." Team Heusinkveld made a strong comeback in SP3T. After a disappointing start, victory in DNLS2 was balm for the soul. The team won the race ahead of SimRC $DNLS and Impulse Racing. "We needed that," said Fabian Siegmann. The fact that he, together with Stefan Scheller, ended up on top was mainly due to their faultless driving. "In the starting phase, we drive like a string of pearls in the SP3T. That's when penalties that you can get weigh particularly heavily. This time we had the right pace and didn't make any mistakes." Christmas is just around the corner. For the DNLS participants, this is an opportunity to relax for a few days. "But not too long, then we already start training for DNLS3," says Siegmann. The Schütz Messtechnik 3h race will take place on 7 January 2023.

Race 2 of the digital Nürburgring Endurance Series is coming up


Bucket seat instead of Christmas market, steering wheel instead of mulled wine - this is the motto for the Saturday of the fourth Advent weekend. Race two of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series presented by Goodyear starts on 17 December. A few days before Christmas, the NIMEX 3.5h race is one of the last events of the year. The participants want to close 2022 with a good result. The four classes of the popular digital Nordschleife championship will be correspondingly exciting. The hot racing action will be delivered to the home screen by the LEGO Technic livestream at from 11:30 a.m. - the perfect contrast programme to the snow and ice on the doorstep. The season opener of the DNLS was a foretaste of what awaits the fans of virtual racing in the second race of the winter season 22/23. The race win between Dörr Motorsport and Walkenhorst Motorsport was decided in the final minutes of the opening race. A few seconds separated the protagonists when Alexi Elomaa lost control of his BMW M4 GT3 shortly before the Brünnchen and lost what he thought was an almost certain victory. This time, even more concentration is required because the race distance is 30 minutes longer. This not only offers the fans a lot more action, but also gives the teams new opportunities to achieve success through a perfect strategy. The field of participants in the H&R 3h Race was tight. Calculated on the fastest lap in the race, the fastest and slowest vehicle in the SP9 class were separated by just 7.366 seconds. Leading laps were collected by the winners, Dörr Esports (5), Walkenhorst Motorsport (13) and the AMG teams HRT by Unicorns of Love (5), WilliamsEsports (1) and URANO eSports (1). In the NIMEX 3.5h race, the two teams MJR eSports and SimScene Racing will make a guest start. The latter will be supported by Real driver Yves Volte, who won the KTM X-BOW CUP in NLS 2022 together with Felix von der Laden and Georg Griesemann. In the Cup 2 class, a number of virtual offshoots of the real NLS teams are fighting for the day's victory. Race one was won by Team75 Bernhard by SimRC ahead of PhoenixRacing eSports and Leipert eSports. Other well-known team names include KKRämer Racing Esports, Peter Bonk Per4mance and W&S e-Motorsport. In SP10, junior teams from Dörr Esports and Walkenhorst, among others, are represented. They will meet renowned sim racers in the service of CoRe SimRacing, BS-COMPETITION, URANO eSports and Team RSO. BCMC Motorsport and the Downforce Racing Team will be making guest appearances. The Hyundai Elantra N TC celebrated a good debut in the DNLS. The fastest race lap of the touring car from South Korea at the season opener was 8:41.659 minutes. This means that the Simracers lost only three laps to the leaders in the SP3T over the distance of three hours. SimRC $DNLS currently leads the standings, ahead of Impulse Racing and Puresim Esports. Free practice for the NIMEX 3.5h race will take place from 9am to 11:05am. The timed practice will be split into two parts. From 11:40 to 12:20, the Cup 2, SP10 and SP3T classes will fight for grid positions. The SP9 will complete the time hunt from 12:30 to 12:45. The race will start at 1 p.m. in four starting groups.

Season card for the tourist drives available at advance booking price


Available now: The season card for the 2023 tourist drives. There is a lucrative early booking discount until 10 January. The card also includes exclusive Nürburgring offers and benefits for season ticket holders. Anyone who buys a season card until 10 January 2023 will get it at the special price of 2,500 euros - after that, the new regular price of 3,000 euros will apply. Holders will benefit from exclusive advantages. These include free participation in backstage tours, a track walk on the Nordschleife and a cinema evening exclusively for season card holders. Discounts on products in the official ring°fanshop, courses at the Nürburgring Driving Academy, overnight stays in the Nürburgring Hotels and Ferienpark managed by Lindner or photos from as well as other benefits of the Nürburgring destination are also included. An overview is available here. The tourist drives on the NürburgringThe tourist drives on the Nürburgring are an offer for everyone. The rules are quickly explained: anyone in possession of a driving licence and a registered car or motorbike can drive on the Nürburgring during opening hours. It is not a racing event and takes place according to the rules of the road traffic regulations. For example, the right-hand driving rule applies, overtaking is only allowed on the left and timekeeping is prohibited. > opening times and rules for the tourist