For those who can’t and don’t want to completely miss fascinating racing action and their beloved Nordschleife, the VLN has organised a real car race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series in a virtual environment. On Saturday, 21st March, the start of the season in the world’s largest motorsport championship will take place from 13.00hrs (livestream from 11.00hrs) with a realistic transmission on the screen. There will be 56 cars in four classes (14 each), four hours of racing with rich sound, impressive driving physics and brilliant graphics to admire at the Green Hell.
“After the first two races of the Nürburgring Endurance Series had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus, we took immediate action. With this realistic race in the Green Hell, we want to sweeten the waiting time a little for the fans of the series and at the same time offer an exciting virtual event. Which track would be better suited for this than the best and most legendary one in the world. Simracing enjoys growing popularity. And for our sponsors, it is another welcome platform and advertising possibility,” says Christian Stephani, VLN VV GmbH & Co. KG Managing Director.
The first race of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series is primarily aimed at teams and drivers from the real Nordschleife Championship, several of whom already have experience in virtual motorsport. But also experienced Simracing pros will take part – a highly interesting mixture. The following cars will be used in the four different classes: SP9: Audi R8 LMS, Ferrari 488 GT3, Mercedes AMG GT3, BMW Z4 GT3. Cup2: Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991), Cup3: Porsche Cayman, TCR: Audi RS3 LMS. The race will run over the usual distance of four hours. By the way, Race Director will be Frank Taller, who also holds this position in real racing. As Driver Consultant, he will be assisted by the long-time Nordschleife driver Marc Hennerici.
The live broadcast will start at 11.00hrs with a round table discussion around the Nürburgring Endurance Series from the Transparent Studio. Olli Martini and Patrick Simon will provide information about the current status quo, look back at the past with entertaining anecdotes and then finally lead on to the virtual debut of the Nordschleife Series. The race will start at 13.00hrs.