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Preview WEC Nürburgring 2015: Le Mans break in the Eifel

Preview WEC Nürburgring 2015
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E s were the German manufacturers, especially from the prestigious LMP1 Class who made a strong stand for a German World Cup run. The time has come next weekend: the World Endurance Championship WEC starts with a field of 31 cars made up of GT and prototype vehicles on the Nürburgring GP circuit. With Porsche, Audi and Toyota 3 world brands are represented in the top class LMP1, in the GT manufacturer class Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin will hold their own.

Ticket sales exceed expectations

The two big questions of the Nürburgring weekend are: Will the fans come in droves and make the new race a success with the public right away, so that the World Cup in the next Will return to Germany for the next year? And from a sporting point of view, who has the best tickets to clear the winners' trophies at the 6-hour race on Sunday (August 30, 2015, start at 1:00 p.m. CET)? far exceeded expectations. In addition, bright sunshine and warm temperatures are predicted for Saturday and Sunday. Unofficially, it is said: it would be a success if around 20,000 spectators made a pilgrimage to the Eifel for the first German guest appearance at the World Cup The series made guest appearances on the GP course between 2004 and 2009, but fan popularity was very manageable with 5,000 and 12,000 spectators. Porsche (GT) and Audi (LMP1) were also involved back then, but the signs have changed anyway.

WEC at the Nürburgring with German participation

With Audi and Porsche are two German manufacturers represented in the LMP1 class, the Toyota LMP1 works team is based in Cologne. And with Olaf Manthey's GT works team, a top team from the Eifel region even competed in the World Championship. 'We hope that the fans will accept the race at the Nürburgring and make it a success,' said World Championship boss Gérard Neveu.

The duels in the two factory-supported classes LMP1 and GT LM will be clear on the race track stand in the foreground. In the LMP1 class, after the 24h race in Le Mans, there were minor adjustments to the vehicles with diesel and petrol engines.

Audi has a little more energy perRound about the diesel fuel got granted, the gasoline engines lost in the same train. Depending on the hybrid class, the amount of energy available per lap with the gasoline engines drops by up to 2.2 percent, Audi has up to 0.44 percent more energy available per lap.

Porsche and Audi as favorites at the ring

How will these measures affect the balance of power on the racetrack? It's difficult to assess: at Le Mans, Porsche had the overall stronger package, the new classifications will reduce the advantage, but on the other hand, Porsche is starting with a new aero package for the second half of the World Cup. Audi also has a new adapted aero package, so in total it is more details such as vehicle set-up and tire usage that will make the difference.

However, Porsche and Audi are clear favorites in the Nürburgring race: Nissan is going to Le Mans Not at all again, and Toyota has already thrown its resources fully into 2016, in the clear realization that it will no longer be able to compensate for the obvious performance deficit in the engine and the hybrid system this season.

A little more openly is the battle situation among the GT works teams: Aston Martin had to accept significant losses in the restrictor size for the first time after Le Mans, now the competitors Porsche and Ferrari are waiting to see whether these measures in the vehicle classification also have an effect on the racetrack.

In the past, Aston Martin always seemed to have significant reserves in terms of engine power, and allegedly used engine mapping to compensate for the drop in lap times with worn tires. In theory, the GT field should be much closer together in the first race after the season highlight at Le Mans.


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