The VLN championship organisation have just confirmed their 2017 race dates, and in doing so they’ve cemented a large part of the Nürburgring calendar.
In a shock move, the 2017 championship will only have 9 rounds, in contrast to the normal 10 rounds of previous years. Two results can be “throw-away”, meaning only the best 7 results will count. This enables teams with less budget to still contest the coveted VLN class and overall wins.
Below you’ll find a table showing the currently confirmed Nürburgring race dates of 2017. Dates marked with an asterisk(*) are provisional, and *might* change.
Did you want to know the public opening (TF) times? Read more below the table!
|18.03.17||VLN Testday||Official Test Day|
|25.03.17||VLN 1||63. ADAC Westfalenfahrt|
|08.04.17||VLN 2||42. DMV 4 Hour Race|
|22-23.04.17||N24 Qualification Race||6-hour race|
|24.06.17||VLN 3||59. ADAC ACAS H & R-Cup|
|30.06.17 - 02.07.17||Truck Grand Prix||GP Circuit only, Nordschleife should stay open!|
|08.07.17||VLN 4||47. Adenauer ADAC World Peace Trophy|
|14-16.07.17||World Endurance Championship (WEC)||GP Circuit only, Nordschleife should stay open!|
|06-06.08.17*||ADAC GT Masters||GP Circuit only, Nordschleife should stay open!|
|19.08.17||VLN5||6 hours ROWE ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen|
|02.09.17||VLN6||40th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen|
|07-09.09.17*||DTM||GP Circuit only, Nordschleife should stay open!|
|23.09.17||VLN7||57. ADAC Reinoldus endurance race|
|07.10.17||VLN8||49. ADAC Barbarossa Cup|
|21.10.17||VLN9||42nd DMV Münsterlandpokal|
NOTES ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TOURISTENFAHRTEN AND RACING DATES:
TF, or public driving sessions, have followed the same patterns for several decades now. I can’t guarantee any of the following, but here’s how it often plays out:
- VLN = No TF friday, 50% chance of 30minutes TF Saturday, FULL DAY of TF Sunday
- DTM, Truck Grand Prix, GT Masters = TF all day Saturday and Sunday
- N24 and N24Q = No TF. The big N24 race actually closes the track severals days either side of the dates shown.