More aggressive rumble-strip added to Brünnchen exit

The Nordschleife is getting ready to show a new year’s worth of visitor just how difficult a racetrack can be. Yes, Youtubers rejoice, novices beware: Brünnchen has a new rumble-strip, and it’s not so easy.

As you can see from the following photos, it’s bigger, nastier and more aggressive than the much tamer blockwork it replaces.

It’s part of a series of upgrades and maintenance going on around the track right now. So I went down to investigate.

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Alzen brothers combine forces for 2016 VLN campaign

The Alzen brothers are a constant in the world of VLN racing. But interestingly enough, Jürgen and Uwe haven’t worked together on a full season since their Porsche 996 Turbo monster, the “Türbinchen”, broke all those lap records over 10 years ago.

VLN.de is reporting that for 2016 hot-shoe Uwe will scale up his contribution to Jürgen’s Ford GT by combining Uwe Alzen Automotive with Jürgen Alzen Motorsport. The combined company will be known as Alzen Racing, the name created and campaigned by their father Dieter in the ’70s.

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2016 N24 to be streamed FREE for 26-hours

German broadcaster RTL Nitro has signed a deal to stream the 2016 Nürburgring 24-hour race in it’s entirety for the first time ever.

The official press release (in German) cites that the program will run for 26-hours and be available over the “Free TV’ services in Germany including Digital Satellite and Cable TV.

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VIDEO: EPIC last-lap battle from 2006 Fiesta ST Cup

If you’ve not seen this video yet, sit down and grab a cup of tea/coffee/whatever and get comfy. Ten years ago I featured this on the front-page of BTG and it was a massive hit. And that last corner?! Holy crap… Continue reading VIDEO: EPIC last-lap battle from 2006 Fiesta ST Cup

DMSB release NEW 2016 Nordschleife Permit rules

If you want to race on the world’s longest and most dangerous permanent racetrack, it’s not as simple as picking up your racing license and driving over to the ‘Ring. Not any more.

UPDATE: OFFICIAL DMSB PERMIT REGS IN ENGLISH

The Nordschleife Permit system was introduced last year to prevent inexperienced amateurs from stepping into super-fast racing cars and putting everybody at risk.

Unfortunately the DMSB were allowing exemptions for certain high-grade licenses, and it left the new system open to abuse.

It appears that the loop hole has now been closed… no paying a third-world country club for your Int. B license then short-cutting into a GT3… not anymore! Continue reading DMSB release NEW 2016 Nordschleife Permit rules

Snow fun at all…? Watch a 911 SCRS drift the GP track

Just strike this one up on the massive list titled “Missed Opportunities at the Nürburgring”. While there’s nothing wrong with this video of a classic Rothmans-liveried Porsche 911 rally car enjoying the Nürburgring GP circuit, there’s nothing really that exciting either.

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Design the VLN Fiesta, win a Milltek Sport exhaust!

Yes, it’s that simple. We’re looking for an awesome design for the new Milltek Sport Fiesta ST that we’ll be racing in VLN, and we’re turning to you, the fans, to design it!

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Russian buy-out of the Nürburgring almost complete

Nürburgring announced today that Getspeed and CNG’s “differences and disputes have been settled”, and that Getspeed’s share in the track has been “significantly reduced”.

But what does that actually mean?

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Trackwalk: Flugplatz and Metzgesfeld latest…

As the wet’n’warm European winter continues, this Saturday morning turned into a bit of a trackwalk. While nearly 40 guys’n’girls walked a full lap starting from Breidscheid bridge, I took the easy option(!) and brought the kids along. I wanted to see Flugplatz…

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Last chance!

I think it takes all kinds of traffic to make the Nürburgring Nordschleife special, which is why I created this graphic. Back at the end of Summer, more than 250 of you bought a T-shirt based on this graphic, but many of you asked me for the words I’d written to be included on the graphic… well, here we are! Continue reading Last chance!

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