Street racing in Germany
Our fourth round of racing and our second visit to Germany takes place at the Norisring in the south east of Germany.
|When||5th-6th July 2019|
|Race start||16:10 CET 17:10 BST|
|Key fact||Known as the ‘Monaco’ of the DTM calendar|
|Where can I buy tickets?||Head to the DTM website here|
The Norisring has been an annual highlight of the German motor sport calendar since the first event was held in 1947. The temporary track is laid out on public roads in a southern suburb of the historic city of Nuremburg and features a layout that hasn’t changed in decades. A long bumpy pit straight is followed by heavy braking for a tight hairpin, which leads into a short sprint to a right/left chicane. Another long straight to a second hairpin before the track returns to the start/finish line.
From 1967 the headline event was a 200-mile sprint for sportscars, which always provided a huge contrast to the Le Mans 24 hours which preceded it on the calendar by a few weeks. In 1986 and 1987 it was even run as a round of the World Sportscar Championship. When the domestic sportscar scene faded in Germany the DTM – which had been run as a support race for several years – became the headline event from 1990 onwards.
The presence of European F3 on the DTM weekend schedule means that many current F1 drivers have sampled the track as they made their way up the ranks – including Max Verstappen, who was a winner in 2014.
The city location, huge crowds and good summer weather have helped to ensure that the Norisring has a place as the “Monaco” of the DTM calendar. Despite the simple layout the event typically produces dramatic races in all categories, with the first hairpin often the scene of overtaking manoeuvres and wheel-to-wheel action.
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