The end of May (2016) saw “four days at full throttle,” in the 44th ADAC Zurich 24-hour race. This event always pushes driver and vehicle to the limit as more than 200 vehicles lap the Nordschleife and Grand Prix Circuit for one whole day and night.
This year’s event was a celebration for Mercedes-Benz Eifel. A last minute win for AMG Team’s Black Falcon #4—3,400.65 kilometres traveled—by Bernd Schneider, Marco Engel, Amad Christodoulou, and Manuel Metger. They won by 5.697 seconds; three Mercedes GT3 vehicles took second, third, and fourth places.
Here’s a sample of what’s coming up this summer.
June 1st begins an event, Gran Turismo, that is described by its organizers as ‘not a race, but an experience’. In summary, it’s a way to fully experience Nürburgring. The Gran Turismo group advise they limit the number of entrants to 135; no tourists, no motorcycles, no buses. “Actually no other traffic at all. Just you and the most demanding track in the world. You and the next corner. The way it should be.”
This four day event, with plenty of time for socializing, also offers lessons.
“Since we started over a decade ago, we have been doing things a little bit differently. Our events are not just about driving, it is just as much about meeting the people who love driving, too. Hence, we always have the entire group stay at the same hotel, organise welcome and closing dinners, and lots of other social activities during the events. We call this the Gran Turismo experience. Welcome to our community of super car drivers!” Check out http://www.granturismoevents.com/gran-turismo-nurburgring-2016/.
The Nürburgring boasts that June 11, 2016, will offer “Spectacular racing action and entertainment for the whole family.” This via the RCN Circuit Challenge. RCN stands for Rundstrecken Challenge Nürburgring. Previously known as Castrol-HAUGG-Cup (CHC), this motorsport series has been in existence since the early 1960s, mainly raced on the Nürburgring. It’s Germany’s oldest touring car racing series.
It’s all about hundredths of seconds. The goal is to complete the Nürburgring Nordschleife with lap times as consistent as possible. Whoever has the least variation wins.
Among the participants are the top teams of the VLN Long Distance Championship Nürburgring. It’s different than other events, and draws thousands of spectators due to the fact that a Smart can beat a Porsche because lap time doesn’t play a role.
June 13th features a ‘track day’ and there is free driving on the Nordschleife. There are additional free driving days throughout June, as well as motorcycle events.
June 17-19th features an event billed as: “One Century of Motorsports History on Two, Three, and Four wheels.” Audiences can look forward to a full program with top-class race series. The Historic Trophy Nürburgring (ADAC Eifel race for the Jan Wellem Cup) is one-of-a-kind in Europe.
July opens with the DAC Truck Grand Prix. Yes, trucks. The 31st Grand Prix will take place from the 1st to the 3rd. The event includes other entertainment in the way of stunts and performances.
For those unfamiliar with Nürburgring’s busy schedule—there’s even a theme park. Stay tuned, we’ll summarize the months ahead with an ‘at a glance’ chart, and leave you, now, with the official site which details dates, prices, and tickets.