The Eifel circuit is a myth for every motor racer on this planet. It’s the mother of all racetracks and the term tradition’ isn’t powerful enough to describe ‘The Ring’. On 18th June, 1927, after a building period of just two years, the circuit staged its first motor-racing event. The Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife is both loved and feared by the drivers. And at the latest when Scotland’s three-time Formula 1 World Champion Jackie Stewart baptised the circuit ‘The Green Hell’, the myth was born. Up to 1983, DTM also held its races at the Nordschleife and Nicola Larini won the final DTM race at the Nordschleife for Alfa Romeo – it was his Nordschleife debut! But to provide the fans maximum race action, the DTM races have been contested for many years on the GP circuit’s short 3.629-kilometre layout – meaning more laps and a bigger dose of the fascination DTM. For the 24 drivers, winning a race in the Eifel remains something very special.
When the starting lights at the Nürburgring are switched off, thrilling wheel-to-wheel battles are guaranteed. Due to its combination of several long straights and slow corners, the circuit offers many overtaking possibilities and in addition, the drivers seem to be particularly motivated, in the Eifel. A glance at the record books underlines that the Nürburgring races are hard fought: In the 22 races contested since 2000, Mercedes celebrated nine race wins, Audi eight and BMW also secured three wins, since their comeback in 2012. And a driver of the Munich based brand currently also holds the lap record: In 2014, Marco Wittmann crossed the line of the 3.629-kilometre circuit in 1:23.175 minutes. When the 2016 DTM field rolls on the starting grid the season already is entering its home straight. The race meeting at the Eifel is held from 09th to 11th September and only two more race weekends will follow.