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Need for reform at the Nürburgring: potential for improvement in the 24h race

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Need for reform at the Nürburgring
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The 2 4h race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is not only the largest car race in the world, but also the best German motorsport event. I think this statement will be agreed by those who look at the matter without prejudice. The national and international weight of this unique race could be increased enormously if a few adjusting screws were finally tackled. The list of possible improvements is long. The point here is not to blame the organizer for omissions - but to show the potential for improvement.

Date, start time, overlap

If the 24-hour race does not want to lose its fan base, another date must urgently be found. A postponement to June or even better to July would be welcomed by all those involved in the paddock and the fans. It won't be easy, for organizational reasons or because of the potential for conflict in the international racing calendar. Nevertheless: If this event wants to and should continue to grow, then we need an appointment in summer. Then at least it rains warm, not cold.
The start time at 5:00 p.m. was a joke, and the reasons for it are outrageous: ARD pushed through the start time with the promise that it would end after the DTM live coverage Brands Hatch and also to report on the 24h race on Monday. The acceptance was withdrawn six weeks before the event. Note: The needs of customers - teams and fans - should count more than half-baked promises.
All parties involved in German motorsport must work towards ensuring that the 24-hour race is granted a place that does not intersect with the DTM - that can't be that difficult! An overlap with Le Mans would also be absolutely counterproductive.

The balance between big and small

must be prevented in the long term that the small vehicle classes are used as accessories for the works. Nobody comes to the ring to see a display of 30 GT3 cars, as exciting as that may be. The reduction in the maximum number of starters on the racetrack has eased the situation, but you shouldn't always only focus on the needs of the big teamsbut also talk to representatives of the small vehicle classes. They also have a lot to tell ...
Unfortunately, we can't avoid the discussions about which vehicle class should be the top category and how fast it should drive. The GT3 cars are now driving with a lot of downforce, the rest of the field almost without. This creates a potential for conflict on the racetrack. The thesis is: The GT3 cars have become much too fast - which could inevitably drive the representatives of the small classes into migration. This is also about safety and peace on the racetrack.

Clearing out the regulations

A revision of the regulations is indicated. The timing of the interruption of the race was not correct from a sporting point of view, from an international point of view even a farce. The race halves should have been added. There is also a need for reform in other ways: Fans and the media should know who is currently sitting in the car - Individual Driver Identification is international standard!
And while we're at it: It is not acceptable for pilots to cheer on the podium who are did not drive. In the VLN, every pilot must have participated in the race, otherwise the team will be given a three-minute penalty. This is not rocket science, but a requirement of logic.


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