Friday March 26, 2021 by Philippe Brasseur
The traditional 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, one of the biggest events in the endurance world, will take place as planned on June 5 and 6. Uncertainty has reigned in recent days over whether to hold the flagship motorsport event in Germany, but thanks to the considerable efforts of a range of partners, the organizers (ADAC Nordrhein) today confirmed that the event will take place. would take place on schedule. The qualifying race on May 8 and 9 will also take place. More than 200 crews, including GT3, GT4 and Touring Car cars, are expected to attend this event.
The car manufacturers most involved in the event, such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche, as well as tire manufacturers Falken, Goodyear and Michelin, helped save the race with considerable financial contributions. Among the marketing partners, Sporttotal as the holder of the race rights and Eurosport Events as the promoter of the FIA WTCR (the World Touring Car Championship, which occurs in support races) have also made significant contributions then. that the small manufacturer Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus made a donation which will finance the prize offered to the fastest driver of the season on the famous Nordschleife (the north loop, the old layout, used in combination with the Grand Prix track to compete in the 24 Hours and thus form a course of more than 25 km per lap).
However, planning for the 24 Hours is proving to be complicated this year. “Of course, we had hoped to have conquered the Covid by June 2021 and that we could more or less organize the race with the splendor that we once knew” explains the race director, Walter Hornung. « But the reality is different and organizing the race will be an even greater effort for us than last year » he adds, before specifying that the event intends to accept spectators in the stands but without knowing if this will be in limited number or not. “Obviously this affects us in a number of ways. First, we clearly lack revenue. Secondly, it goes without saying that our fans contribute to the incomparable atmosphere during the race. ADAC Nordrhein officials are well aware that the event is important to many people and in some cases even vital. For many teams, suppliers and circuit staff, jobs depend on the 24 Hours, ”explains Hornung. “Therefore, we really did everything to protect the race,” he adds.
A postponement of the event had been considered but there should be too many races at the end of the summer to go ahead with this option. The 24 Hours of the Nürburgring will therefore take place on June 5 and 6, and we can only be delighted about it. It remains to be seen how many spectators can be admitted to the site. This will be the 49th edition.
Two Quebec drivers have so far competed in the 24 Hours of the Nürbrugring, Bruno Spengler (with BMW) and Kuno Wittmer (on BMW then Renault). The 2020 edition was won by Rowe Racing’s BMW M6 GT3 driven by Nick Catsburg, Alexander Sims and Nick Yellowly.