The FIA World Touring Car Championship makes its return to Germany after a three-year break in style. The old race format of two races of 60 kilometers each is being reconsidered as the new race layout is a combination of the Nürburgring's GP circuit and the legendary Nordschleife.
"The race at the Nordschleife will definitely be a highlight of the season. To tackle this monument of car racing history, we asked FIA to revise the sporting regulations for that event. The idea is to hold one single 120km race, with one pit stop. The details of this particular format will be worked out between FIA, Eurosport Events and teams before the next FIA Touring Car Commission. Then a proposal will be submitted for approval to the FIA World Motor Sport Council," said François Ribeiro, Eurosport Events COO.
“It will be the event all drivers want to win, and a good show on TV. With its 25 kilometres and 85 turns, the Nordschleife is probably – together with Le Mans – the most challenging racetrack in the world. This iconic place is also a daily unique test ground for automotive industry to test any new performance cars against the clock. Since WTCC is all about ‘real cars, real racing’, I think this event will become a hype for car manufacturers involved in the championship,” added Ribeiro.
“WTCC is a series providing enthralling motor racing and attracting massive attention all over the world. The weekend of the 24 Hours could not have a more attractive opening. With this deal, ADAC Nordrhein also demonstrates that we are keeping on developing the 24h race for the future to make it even more attractive for the fans, media and partners,” said Walter Hornung, Sports Director of ADAC Nordrhein and Race Director of the 24h race.