Location: Nürburg, Germany [click here for map]
Circuit length: 5.15Km (3.2 Miles)
Number of turns: 17
Major events: ADAC GT Masters, Blancpain GT Series,
FIA WEC – 6 Hours of Nurburgring, DTM, VLN
Lap record: 1:23.175 (Marco Wittman, BMW, 2014, DTM)
Right next to, and sometimes joined to the famous Nordschleife, to form what’s known as the VLN configuration, this track is named after the very well attended (grids of 180+ are not uncommon) VLN Endurance Championship Nurburgring race series, run here every year over several events (10 in 2016).
The GP circuit was remodelled in 1984 after it was deemed to be unsafe after a number of accidents, the most famous of which is Niki Lauda’s accident in 1976. A new section, the Mercedes Arena, was added in 2001 to give the track its current 5.148Km length and is the trickiest section of the track. With only a handful of track days held at the GP track it pays to time your visit to include both circuits if possible. Although ‘tourist drives’ are held most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they don’t even come close to a proper track day.
Bonn Airport: 99Km (62 miles) 1Hr 5min drive.
Dusseldorf Airport: 152Km (94 miles) 1Hr 30min drive.
Frankfurt Airport: 164Km (102 miles) 1Hr 30min drive.
OTHER CIRCUITS WORTH CONSIDERING
It’s easy to combine a trip to the Nurburgring with a visit to Spa-Francorchamps, meaning you can experience the two best circuits that Europe has to offer in one trip (depending on the date you book).
Spa-Francorchamps: 108Km (67 miles) 1Hr 25min drive.
Hockenheimring: 216Km (134 miles) 1Hr 55min drive
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