Honda Civic Type R Nurburgring recordSafety speed limits on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife will be lifted this weekend for the opening race of the VLN Endurance Championship, circuit bosses have revealed.

Following the implementation of seven safety measures throughout the circuit, installed after a fatal race accident in 2015, the FIA and German motorsport association DMSB have issued new restriction-free track licences for the 22km Nordschleife section.

This FIA Grade 3 licence will be valid for three years.

Upgrades to the Nürburgring course include extra FIA-standard fences and protection, an area in the Schwedenkreuz that’s now closed to spectators, plus the renewal of 500 metres of track in the Flugplatz and Quiddelbacher Höhe sections to smooth out the course and remove the bumps and undulations that could unsettle high-speed racing cars.

“With these safety measures and the two new licences we have created the prerequisites for an exciting racing season that will hopefully see no accidents,” said Nürburgring event management boss Manfred Strack.

“We are glad that the speed limits are finally a thing of the past.”

So too will car manufacturers be pleased: now the circuit is once again fully licenced and free from speed restrictions, the war of the Nürburgring lap time will be able to resume once again…