The World Touring Car Championship will race at the full Nurburgring Nordschleife next year – becoming the first full FIA World Championship race to be held on the circuit since the 1983 ADAC 1000km World Sportscar Championship event. The race will run before the Nurburgring 24 Hour race 2015 – of which MR is headed to the 2014 event right now – and it is expected to take the form of a 120km race with a pit stop for fuel. It also marks the return of the WTCC to Germany after a four-year break.
The deal has been put together by WTCC promoter Eurosport Events and organiser of the 24 Hour race ADAC Nordrhein. “The race at the Nordschleife will definitely be a highlight of the season,” said François Ribeiro, Eurosport Events COO.
“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.
“WTCC drivers are all excited about this idea,” he added.
DMSB president Hans-Joachim Stuck said: “I just can’t wait to find out how the WTCC drivers will fare in their battle for World Championship points on my favourite racetrack – the incredibly beautiful but also extremely demanding Nurburgring Nordschleife.”
Neither can we… it’s a fantastically compelling proposition, seeing a full World Championship race (and all the media and TV support it brings) being held on the full Nordschleife. And if this three-year event is a success – and if some WTCC drivers’ concerns about circuit safety and standards are vanquished – who knows where it could lead?
Indeed, wouldn’t it be fantastic to see full LMP1 World Sportscars return to the Nurburgring Nordschleife after more than three decades away..?