Nürburgring speed limits to be lifted for 2016

NordschleifeNürburgring circuit bosses have announced speed limits are “to become a thing of the past as of 2016” thanks to circuit upgrade work set to commence in November 2015.

The ‘safety on the Nordschleife’ round table has already presented the planned changes to the German motorsport association DMSB, ADAC, the car industry, racing teams, race drivers and other interested bodies – “finding wide approval”.

The circuit will now thus include the planned changes as part of its application to renew its circuit approval with the FIA, which expires at the end of 2015.

Circuit owners capricorn Nürburgring GmbH say the changes will bring to an end the controversial speed limits that have been imposed at the Nordschelife circuit since a spectator was killed in an accident at the VLN Endurance Championship race in March.

Crucially, promise circuit bosses, “the unique character of the Nordschleife will be preserved”.

Nürburgring 2016 upgrades: in detail

“Safety on the Nordschleife during races, but also during test drives of the industry and during tourist ride sessions, is our highest priority,” said Carsten Schumacher, managing director of Nürburgring operator CNG.

His team have thus proposed 16 upgrades for the circuit, seven of which will be in place by the start of the 2016 season.

Upgrades include extra safety fences in several areas, plus a restricted zone in the Schwedenkreuz area (5km into a full lap of the Nordschleife).

FIA-grade safety fences will be installed in the Döttinger Höhe section, which runs parallel to a public road.

500 metres of track through the Flugplatz section will be renewed as well – “smoothing out five bumps which are the result of years of high utilisation and heavy use” said Schumacher.

The proposed changes will now be submitted by the German motorsport association to the FIA’s Circuit Commission for formal approval.

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