The Nürburgring is a household name for motor-racing enthusiasts 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 gave the circuit the name 'The Green Hell', the myth was born. Up to and including the 1993 season, DTM also contested its races at the Nordschleife. But to provide the visitors maximum race action, the DTM races have been contested at the short 3.629-kilometres version of the GP circuit since then - what means far more laps, more action and - consequently - more fascination. Meanwhile, winning at the Eifel still is something very special for the 18 drivers.
|Opened||27. Juni 1927|
|Track length||3,629 km|
|DTM-Lap record||1.22,308 Min. (10. September 2017)|
|Driven by||René Rast (Audi)|
|Most victories||Bernd Schneider, Bruno Spengler, Laurent Aiello (3)|
|The best brande||Mercedes-AMG (11)|
90 years ago, workers in the Eifel began to build the Nürburgring. Only two years after the cornerstone ceremony, on 18th June 1927, the circuit was officially opened and one day later Rudolf Caracciola won the first Eifel race ever - a circuit that remained iconic until today was born. Since its foundation in 1984, DTM has been a regular guest in the Eifel. In the past, 'The Ring' staged up to six races in a season. More often than not, the races were held at the GP circuit that also was opened in 1984 - then the safest and most modern racetrack in the world. In the years 1988, '89, '90, '92 and '93, however, the DTM drivers had to prove their skills in 'The Green Hell'. In the races the drivers had to complete four laps at the notorious Nordschleife, with the two races being held on the same day. Nicola Larini with his Alfa Romeo 155 V8 Ti was the last DTM winner on the legendary racetrack. Since 1995 the popular touring-car series raced at the GP circuit and since 2002, the DTM drivers solely had to battle it out for championship points at the GP circuit's short 3.629-kilometre version.
The Nürburgring is and remains the most legendary German circuit. The Eifel circuit stands for pure motor-sport tradition. One of the other Eifel legends is Klaus Ludwig. In his DTM career, the today 68-year old secured 14 Nürburgring wins - at first in a Ford Sierra and later for Mercedes-AMG. Since 2000, in the 'New DTM', Bernd Schneider, Laurent Aiello and Bruno Spengler were the most successful drivers at the Nürburgring with three wins each.
The last significant modification of the circuit was the completion of the Mercedes-Arena in 2002. It was erected at the end of the home straight, features a modern grandstand and spectacular corners. From there, the fans have nearly perfect view of thrilling battles that can often be witnessed in this section. The Nürburgring made and still is making history. To provide the visitors maximum action, the DTM races are held since 2002 on the GP circuit's short 3.629-kilometre version. Consequently, the spectators witness even more laps and more enthralling battles.
… at least one DTM race meeting per year was staged by the famous Eifel circuit since DTM was founded in 1984.
... the seventh race weekend of the 2018 season was the 50th DTM event at the Nürburgring and the Sunday race was the 75th DTM race at the Nürburgring in the history of the sport.
... DTM hasn't been racing on the full GP circuit since 2002 but only on the GP circuit's short version.
... the Nürburgring is located just about three kilometres from the Audi Sport Team Phoenix headquarters and also is the venue of Mike Rockenfeller's home race.
... BMW driver Marco Wittmann established the current DTM lap record (1:23.175 minutes) in the 2014 race.
... DTM has been racing on nine different track versions since its Nürburgring debut in 1994. From the current short 3.629-kilometre version to the longest - the 25.350-kilometre combination of GP circuit and Nordschleife.
... Klaus Ludwig (14 Nürburgring wins) has been the most successful DTM driver in the Eifel.
… that Walter Röhrl and his Audi V8 quattro gave Audi in 1990 their first Nürburgring DTM win.
… the following DTM drivers still racing in DTM already won the Nürburgring 24h race: Nico Müller, René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller (all Audi) and Augusto Farfus (BMW).
... Mercedes-Benz won a total of 11 Nürburgring races since 2000. In the debut season of 'New DTM' courtesy of Bernd Schneider (two races), in 2002 with Uwe Alzen, 2003 with Christijan Albers, 2004 with Gary Paffett, 2006 and 2010 courtesy of Bruno Spengler, 2008 with Bernd Schneider, 2013 and 2017 with Robert Wickens and 2017 courtesy of Lucas Auer.
… Audi celebrated nine race wins: in 2001 (two races) and 2003 courtesy of Laurent Aiello, 2005 with Mattias Ekström, 2007 and 2009 with Martin Tomczyk, 2011 with Mattias Ekström, 2015 with Miguel Molina and in 2016, Edoardo Mortara secured Audi's last Nürburgring triumph to date in the Sunday race.
…BMW clinched four Nürburgring wins, since their DTM comeback. In 2012, Bruno Spengler made a hat-trick by setting the pole, the fastest race lap and securing the race win. In 2014 and 2016, Marco Wittmann gave BMW the race wins and in 2015, Maxime Martin won the Saturday race.
… Opel made it twice to the DTM record book: in October 2000, both races were won by Manuel Reuter.
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Camping round the Nürburgring
Type: on selected parking lots around the racetrack
Distance to track: about 5 minutes walk
Here you'll find all infos for Camping around Nürburgring.
Official Camping at the Nürburgring
Size: 300 000m², 1200 plots
Distance to track: about 5 minutes walk
Here you'll find all infos for official Camping Nürburgring.
Welcome to the camping hotel: Just rent a tent and accessories and enjoy a stress-free camping directly at the racetrack – without long search a decent spot and without annoying tent assembling.
At www.zeltheld.com you can easily book your camping tents and accessories for all DTM races in Germany. All rented tents will be pitched before your arrival on a perfect spot and ZELTHELD will even take care of the disassembly while you’re already on your way home. Rented accessories can be also picked up at their service tent and be used by you at the location of your choice. > Book now at www.zeltheld.com
Pocket guide and map can be found in the week before the event at this point.
On the region: The Nürburgring is located in the midst of the Eifel that was formed by volcanism and surrounded by the woods and rolling hills between the towns Adenau and Nürburg. The bigger cities in the environment are Koblenz, Andernach and Neuwied to the east as well as Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler to the north. With the car you can travel to 'The Ring' on the Autobahns die A1 or A48.
Grandstand lead: Grandstand T4 and 'Mercedes-Tribüne': View of the home straight and the Mercedes Arena.
To be tasted at all costs: 'Eifeler Döppekooche': The 'Döppekooche' is ring cake that originally made from grated potatoes, bacon and onions. Today, there are quite a lot of versions that feature - for instance - vegetables, sweets or are served with spicy sauces. Recipes for those who want to cook the 'Dööpekooche' themselves can be found online.
Attention, slang: Rennbaan = Nürburgring; Schleefbutz = slow person, Tunnel Dich! = Hurry up!
Shop here: Motor-racing enthusiasts meet on the premises of the ring°boulevard. Here you will find popular fan products from A to Z.
Excursions and culture leads for petrolheads: For all those who aren't satisfied by the roaring engines and burning rubber witnessed during the race action, Rhineland-Palatinate provides a wide range of culture events around the topic car, technology and engines. At the Nürburgring itself, the 'ring°werk Nürburgring' invites the entire family to have fun. 4D-cinemas, driving simulators and information on the legendary circuit have got what it takes to thrill both the young ones and the adults. But Rhineland-Palatinate also features quite a lot of attractions aloof from motor racing. For active persons: If you haven't been provided with enough adrenalin will find options at the 'RadHelden Rheinland-Pfalz' (Cyling heroes) or the WanderWunder Rheinland-Pfalz (hiking wonder). With far less bhp but a clearly bigger physical effort, the cyclists and the hikers can hike / cycle on perfectly marked and even certified routes across Rhineland-Palatinate and can enjoy - in addition to spectacular views - the landscape and cultural variety of the region.
For friends of wines and gourmets: Rhineland-Palatinate features very special treats for all those who are interested in culinary delights. With a total of six winegrowing regions, Rhineland-Palatinate is not only Germany's wine state No 1. In addition, it also attracts visitors with numerous culinary highlights and festivities around the wine throughout the year. For those who want to relax: For all those who just want to put up their feet and get spoiled, the hotel partners of 'IchZeit Rheinland-Pfalz' offer multifaceted slow-down programmes. In the case of questions around the holiday destination Rhineland Palatinate please contact: Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH, Löhrstraße 103-105, 56068 Koblenz, email: email@example.com, Internet: www.gastlandschaften.de Our information hotline - phone 01805-757 46 36 (€0.14 Min from the German landline, mobile call max €0,42 Min) - is available from Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 20:00hrs CEST (07:00 to 19:00hrs BST).