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Postcard from NÜRBURGRING 24H & WTCC on the Nordschleife

There’s no place in the world like the N-ring in Germany. The amazing Nordschleife!This was my second trip volunteering in Deutschland and it was the best one yet. I will share a few posts about my N-ring experience this being a very brief overview of things that took place over the four day weekend there.

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I was once again on my favorite part of the circuit, working Post 120 on the border of Adenau and Breidsheid Ex-Mühle working with our German hosts on a Belgian team with my friend Pol. Once again we had an excellent time on track and off, with the familiar restaurants easy walk from our camping area.

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But there were a lot of different things this year too. For one, WTCC – World Touring Car Championship played a support role for the 24h race, which was great. What a smart thing to do for the organizers, instead of competing for the same racing fans like last year where Pol and I visited Spa-Francochamps where WTCC was set to race on the same weekend as the 24h race on the Nordschleife, they organized the event together this year, and I think it was a successful endeavor. Although the 3 lap WTCC races seemed quite short, from a spectators perspective… at 20km per lap I’m sure it was business as usual for the drivers.

nurburgring pig on a spit post 120

The pig was cool… for sure! I’ve never had anything like that before.

nurburgring pig on a spit breidcheid

We were super close to all the action, and as usual spend an excellent time visiting the paddock area with full access to the garages and the fine machinery racing over the weekend.

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nurburgring 24h mercedes sls amg garage

The weather this year was excellent. While it was cloudy and at times rainy it was very pleasant and contributed to cleaner racing I think. Far fewer incidents this year compared to last year. And as a result our post received less visitors with problems. The most notable one was the green Bentley Continental GT3 getting dragged off the track with major front end damage. But after getting trucked back to the garage it rejoined the race after the repair.

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All in all I am extremely happy with this trip. It has been a great journey across four countries including a quick visit to Finland on the flight over, a few nights in Brussels in Belgium which is one of my favorite places to visit in Europe, a quick stop in Holland to buy some cakes for our group dinner at the Nurburgring and of course Germany. I would really love to go back next year and would recommend the event to anybody that’s interested in racing.

Spotter Guide for the NÜRBURGRING 24H & WTCC Support Race

Sportscar-Info.de has made a nifty spotter guide for the N24h the weekend of May 16th available for download as a PDF or to be browsed on their web site at:  http://www.sportscar-info.de/portal/index.php/starterlisten/154-starterlistenergebnisse/24-stunden-auf-dem-nuerburgring/4913-24-stunden-auf-dem-nuerburgring-starterliste-2015

What’s really cool about this spotter guide is that it illustrates like a million cars due to participate in the 24 hour race around the Nordschleife and I will be a very happy camper blue flagging the crap out of most of those cars to facilitate the faster cars making it through the turn on the bridge in Adenau and up the hill past post #120 quickly and safely.

Unlike other endurance races like the 24h of Le Mans, N24h has many more classes of cars racing than just the 3 major types within WEC with a possible new class introduced soon including: (P1HY, P1, P2, (P3?), GT-Pro, GTPro-Am). The most interesting cars to me will be the SP9’s which are the FIA GT3 equivalent, and the SP10’s which are the SRO GT4 equivalent. But basically there are four classes (VLN Production, VLN Special, Group H (historic) and Cup classes) that are further broken down based on engine and fuel capacity. Read up on the classes on the VLN web site which is the sanctioning body that organizes this race weekend:  http://www.vln.de/en/info/spectators/division-into-classes.html

Last year I was very keen to see the Lexus LF-A cars race as well as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, BMW Z4 GT3, Audi R8 LMS, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Porsche GT3 R, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, Audi TT RS and Seat Leon Supercopa.

This year I’m looking forward to seeing those above as well as the Bentley Continental GT3, and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhouse SCG003C. I’m surprised that the McLarens decided not to return.

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Download your copy here: http://www.sportscar-info.de/portal/index.php/starterlisten/154-starterlistenergebnisse/24-stunden-auf-dem-nuerburgring/4913-24-stunden-auf-dem-nuerburgring-starterliste-2015

According to the spotter guide, there will be 159 cars total:

SPX: 2
SP10: 5
SP9: 31
SP-Pro: 3
SP8T: 4
SP8: 5
SP7: 24
SP6: 5
SP5: 2
SP4T: 3
SP3T: 6
SP3: 12
SP2T: 3
V6: 8
V5: 7
V4: 8
V3: 2
V2T: 2
Cup 1: 4
Cup 5: 16
AT: 6

And based on my own counts, there will be:

8 – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
7 – Audi R8 LMS
6 – BMW Z4 GT3
3 – Bentley Continental GT3

and a bunch of other cars. I genuinely cannot wait to be trackside!

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Oh and as far as WTCC goes, only 4 different cars including Honda Civic, Citroën C-Elysée, Lada Sport Vesta and a Chevy Cruze. I don’t anticipate there to be much lapping in this support race, but I am excited to finally see them in the flesh.

More about WTCC drivers here: http://www.fiawtcc.com/drivers/

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FIA WTCC

Accepted to Marshal Nürburgring 24h & WTCC on the Nordschleife

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:

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