Great news! I’ve been accepted to marshal the 43rd running of the ADAC Nürburgring 24 hour race taking place this May on the world famous Nordscheife. My station assignment is again in the little village of Adenau and I am travelling again via my favorite place in Europe: Brussels.
What’s new this year is that my flight will take me via Finland and I’ll get an opportunity to check out Helsinki for a few hours. But more importantly the support series for the ADAC N24h top class is the FIA World Touring Car Championship series (WTCC). This is cool. Last year I was a little bummed out that I didn’t get a chance to see WTCC in action even though my friend Pol and I visited Spa-Francochamps in Belgium where WTCC was holding a race on the same weekend as the Nürburgring 24h on the Nordschleife. So I am really happy with this opportunity finally taking shape.
There was a bit of controversy earlier this year with a fatal accident involving a spectator and a Nissan GT-R GT3 which resulted in some restrictions on the entire GT3 field. But with amazing machinery like the Mercedes-Benz AMS SLS, Audi R8 LMS, Bentley Continental GT, Lexus LFA and the Glickenhaus SCG 003 I think the racing will be fantastic. Not to mention that one of the pilots in WTCC will be Sabine Schmitz of the N-ring Taxi fame.
Here are some of my favorite moments from last year, and I’m confident this season opening race will be an amazing experience for me:
The registration process to marshal the ADAC Nürburgring 24 hour in May 2015 has started. Do register now!
While many Europeans have already started receiving their applications, mine has yet to reach the shores of the US of A. Thanks to a fellow marshal from Germany for sharing the news on the Flag Marshals of the World facebook group. Christoph also made the effort to translate the application into English in case your Deutsch is a little rusty.
Do check out the Flag Marshals of the World facebook group for details or get in touch with me directly for the application. And for Christoph’s translation should you require it:
If you haven’t decided whether or not to consider Nürburgring 24h for your marshaling calendar in 2015, take into account the fact that World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) will be a support race taking place on the legendary Nordschleife. Let that sink in…
…and if that isn’t convincing enough, check out how much fun I had this year:
Last year I returned from Le Mans with a huge cache of pictures, so much so I posted more than 700 of them on Facebook… this year was a little different. I shot a ton of video for my #MarshalCam project but when it came to photos of me I relied on friends to do the honors. And while I haven’t gotten all the shots yet from Le Mans, my good buddy Pol from Belgium was kind enough to share the photos he took of me at the Nurburgring 24h.
I’m including a bunch of shots from the paddock walk because the experience at Nurburgring was a bit different from my other paddock walks at various events I’ve done. For one, it was pretty huge. Second, different teams were crammed in communal garages so it was almost hard to walk through. Using our credentials we were actually allowed to take a peek in the garages and take some cool photos. The Lexus Gazoo Racing team was my favorite. Third, the whole paddock complex was massively impressive, it was more like a Vegas style convention center than anything else… A full size Audi R8 Ultra LMS Gran Turismo simulator car was the highlight of that facility visit.
Pol was also kind enough to capture some action shots for me. Especially when I went up to the following post at 121 to do some blue flagging before the end of the race. And here she is, a Lexus LFA blowing past slower traffic with my blue flag nice and big.
A video post will follow at a later date with all the #MarshalCam @MarshalCam interviews, as well as a little teaser from my Le Mans 24h & Nurburgring 24h experience. It was a hell of a trip!
Greetings from the green hell! My very first and super exciting visit to the Nürburgring. Not only am I at the “Ring” I’m on the Nordschleife for the 24 hour of Nürburgring race… sweeeet!
The Ring is my second official stop on my two week European Road Trip that also included the 24 hours of Le Mans as well as a touristy visit to Spa-Francochamps and Zolder in Belgium.
First impressions of Nürburgring are as expected… WOW! it’s very open to the spectators, it’s huge… but there’s also something very unexpected about my station assignment. I really thought I’ll be in the middle of nowhere, bogged down in the woods, covered in mud with no opportunity to take a shower for days. Nothing could be further from the truth being stationed at Post 120 in Adenau. I found myself literally in a small village, surrounded by civilization. Short walking distance to a small cafe appropriately named: Cafe zur Nurburgring, with a number of other cafe’s and restaurants nearby, several supermarkets and a bunch of spectators that had an excellent view of our corner that involved a sharp turn on a bridge with a steep incline of a hill.
The team couldn’t be any nicer to me. I had a great time socializing with our Belgian and German hosts, paid a visit to the paddock which involved taking several shuttle buses to get to. And even got a ride around the Nordschleife with my post chief. Couldn’t ask for more!
The race was fantastic. There were only two of us on shift, so waving the blue flag was a delight, I got plenty of opportunity to do it. One of our German colleagues on the other shift commented: “You’re very hot for this flag!” …. Yessir I was… I didn’t come to the Ring for camping! 🙂 Pol was fantastic, did all the driving from Le Mans and back to Belgium, and I had an amazing time. Would love to do it again in the future.
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