The Nürburgring is a household name all over the world. It is regarded as the mother of all racetracks and the term ‘tradition’ just isn’t powerful enough for describing it. On 18th June 1927, after a construction time of only two years, the circuit staged its first motor-racing event. Since then, the legendary Nordschleife has been both loved and dreaded by the drivers. And at the latest when the British three-time Formula One World Champion Jackie Stewart called the circuit ’The Green Hell’, the myth was born. Up to and including the 1993 season, DTM also contested its races at the Nordschleife. In that year, Nicola Larini made its debut appearance at the Nordschleife and won the race, nevertheless. To provide the fans on site as much race action as possible, the DTM races have been contested on the short version of the GP circuit, since then as this means far more laps and, consequently, more fascination. For the 18 drivers, winning in the Eifel still is something very special.
On every race weekend, DTM holds two races, with the race distance always amounting to 55 minutes plus a lap.
The FIA Formula 3 European Championship has been regarded as the stepping stone to F1 for several years.
Germany’s oldest makes cup. The Porsche Carrera Cup Germany is contested by the latest generation of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
The Audi Sport TT Cup represents the perfect first step into the motor-sport world of the brand with the four rings.
The DTM classics of the 1980s and 1990s are back racing on the track.
|Opened||27. Juni 1927|
|DTM lap record||1.23,175 Min. (17. August 2014)|
|Driven by||Marco Wittmann (BMW)|
|Most victories||Bruno Spengler (3)|
|Best brand||Audi (9), Mercedes-AMG (9)|
90 years ago, building workers set about building the Nürburgring. Just two years after the groundbreaking ceremony, on 18th June 1927, the circuit was officially opened, one day later, Rudolf Caracciola won the first Eifel Race ever – and a legendary racetrack was born. DTM has been racing here every year since its foundation in 1984. Up to six races per year were held at the tradition-rich Eifel circuit. More often than not, the races were contested at the GP circuit that was opened in 1984 as the then most sophisticated and safest racetrack in the world. In the years 1988, ‘89, ‘90, ‘92 and ’93, however, the DTM cars and their drivers had to demonstrate their skills in the notorious ‘Green Hell’. The race distance amounted to four laps and two of these races were held on one day. Nicola Larini was the latest DTM driver to win a DTM race at the legendary Nordschleife – with his Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti. Since the 1995 season, the planet’s most popular touring-car series only raced at the GP circuit and since 2002 solely at the GP circuit’s shorter 3.629-kilometre sprint circuit.
The Nürburgring is and will remain the most legendary German circuit. The Eifel circuit stands for pure motor-racing tradition. Another legend: Klaus Ludwig. 14 times, the today 67-year old made it to the top step of the Nürburgring podium – at first with a Ford Sierra and later in an AMG-Mercedes. In the New DTM’, since the revival in 2000, Bernd Schneider, Laurent Aiello and Bruno Spengler with three wins each have been the most successful drivers at ‘the Ring’.
The last significant change the GP circuit was subjected to was the completion of the Mercedes-Arena in 2002. It was built at the end of the home straight, features a modern grand stand and spectacular corners. Furthermore, it offers the fans nearly perfect view of the thrilling race action in this area. The Nürburgring made and still is making history. To provide the fans maximum race action, all the races since 2002 have been held at the shorter 3.269-kilometre sprint circuit as the visitors are provided even more laps and more spectacular battles.
... at least one race per season has been held at the famous Eifel circuit since the series was created back in 1984.
... the seventh race weekend of the 2016 season was the 50th DTM race meeting at the Nürburgring, with the Sunday race having been the 75th DTM race in the Eifel.
... no DTM race has been held at the full GP circuit since the extension by the Mercedes Arena in 2002. All the races were held at the shorter sprint circuit.
... the Nürburgring is located just three kilometres from the Audi Sport Team Phoenix headquarters and also is the venue of the home race for Mike Rockenfeller?
... BMW driver Marco Wittmann established the current lap record – 1:23.175 minutes – in 2014.
... DTM has been racing at nine different track versions of the Nürburgring, since the series was founded in 1984 – from the current 3.629-kilometre sprint circuit to the longest variation, the 25.350-kilometre combination of Nordschleife and GP circuit.
... Klaus Ludwig – 14 wins – was the most successful DTM driver at the Nürburgring in the history of the sport.
… Walter Röhrl gave Audi their first DTM win at the Nürburgring. In 1990, behind the wheel of an Audi V8 quattro.
… the following DTM drivers who still are racing in the series already have won the Nürburgring 24h Race. Nico Müller, René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller (all Audi), as well as Maro Engel (Mercedes) and Augusto Farfus (BMW).
... Mercedes-Benz have won eight DTM races at the Nürburgring since 2000: in the debut season of ‘New DTM’, in 2000, courtesy of Bernd Schneider (two races), in 2002 courtesy of Uwe Alzen, in 2003 courtesy of Christijan Albers, in 2004 courtesy of Gary Paffett, in 2006 courtesy of Bruno Spengler, in 2008 courtesy of Bend Schneider and in 2013 courtesy of Robert Wickens.
… Audi secured nine Nürburgring wins. In 2001 (both races ) and 2003 courtesy of Laurent Aiello, in 2005 courtesy of Mattias Ekström, in 2007 and 2009 courtesy of Martin Tomczyk, in 2011 courtesy of Mattias Ekström, in 2015 courtesy of Miguel Molina. In the Sunday race of the 2016 Nürburgring race meeting, Edoardo Mortara gave Audi their last Nürburgring win to date.
… BMW celebrated four Nürburgring wins, since their comeback: In 2012 courtesy of Bruno Spengler who made for a hat-trick by securing the pole, the race win and setting the fastest race lap. In 2014 and 2016, Marco Wittmann gave BMW their Nürburgring wins and in 2015, Maxim Martin won the Saturday race.
… Opel celebrated two wins in the Eifel: Both race wins were secured by Manuel Reuter in October 2000.
„When we arrived in 1927 at the just opened Nürburgring we opened our eyes widely. We never had seen anything like that. A road embedded into the Eifel mountains. A closed 22-kilometre loop with nearly 180 corners. A circuit featuring uphill sections that were demanding for the engines and that offered a great view of the environment, valleys and villages."Rudolf Caracciola
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ON-DEMAND CAMPING NÜRBURGRING
Type: on selected parking sites around the circuit
Distance to the circuit: some five minutes
Here you can find all the details on the on-demand campingat 'The Ring'.
CAMPING AM NÜRBURGRING
Type: camping site
Size: 300 000m², 1200 pitches
Distance to the circuit: a five-minute walk
Here you can find all the details on camping at the Nürburgring"
The region: Embedded in the formerly volcanic Eifel region, the Nürburgring is located between the small towns Adenau and Nüburg, surrounded by forests and rolling hills. The nearest bigger cities are Koblenz, Andernach und Neuwied in the east as well as Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler in the north. To get to the ring by car, please use the A1 or the A48.
The circuit: Famous thanks to the legendary Nordschleife; the DTM race is held on the short layout.
Grandstand tip: Grandstand T4 and Mercedes-Grandstand: View of the home straight and the Mercedes Arena.
Must-have souvenir: Eifel premium brandies: aromatic fruits (pear, apple, plum) distilled in selected quality. Or you have your favourite Eifel souvenir – such as the beautiful cup with the hearts – sent home to you.
To be tasted at all costs: Eifeler Döppekooche: The Döppekoche is a ring cake, originally made of grated potatoes, bacon and onions. Today, there also are versions featuring vegetables, sweet stuff or spicy sauces.
Careful, slang: Rennbaan = Nürburgring; Schleefbutz = slow person; Tunnel Dich! = Hurry up!
For partygoers: Traditionally, the SWR3-DanceNight represents a highlight of the DTM weekends at the Nürburgring: in the discotheque ‘Eifel Stadl’, the fans can party the night away. For DTM-ticket holders, the admission is free, on Saturday.