Nurburgring 2011

Circuit Info

  • Location:Germany, south of Cologne (Open Map)
  • Surface :Asphalt/Concrete
  • Length:25.947km/16.123 miles
  • Turns:170
  • Lap record :8.26:730 - Timo Bernhard, (Porsche 997 GT3 RSR)

    Nurburgring Timeline

  • 1925:Foundation stone laid for the Nurburgring in the then still Prussian Eifel Adenau municipality
  • 1927:Nurburgring officially opened
  • 1947: Nurburgring reopened after the Second World War
  • 1951: The Nurburgring hosts a round of the newly founded Formula 1 World Championship
  • 1961: American Formula One driver Phil Hill clocked the first sub-nine minute lap in qualifying
  • 1970: First 24 hour race
  • 1976: Formula 1 leaves for Hockenheim after Niki Lauda nearly loses his life in a crash
  • 1984:The Nurburgring Grand Prix Circuit (4.542 km) is officially opened and Ayrton Senna wins in a one off Mercededs 190 saloon car race against former F1 champions
  • 1985: Formula 1 returns to the Nurburgring
  • 2000: Mercedes Arena built and Grand Prix Circuit extended to 5.1 km

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Nurburgring adventure for Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Media release: 20 June 2011

Source: Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain

The biggest challenge in the history of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB awaits the drivers as the series heads to the Nurburgring Nordschleife for round nine of the championship during the Porsche Carrera World Cup (Saturday 25 June).

This record-breaking race will present Carrera Cup GB racers with the chance to tackle the track that is widely-regarded as the finest and most daunting in the world, with 88 corners packed into 14 miles of twisting track in the Eifel Mountains in Germany. To race on the Nordschleife is the dream of many drivers and the Carrera Cup racers will tackle a six-lap, 85-mile race on Saturday in the build up to the annual Nurburgring 24-hour race.

The Nordschleife is a track that rewards experience and from the Carrera Cup GB ranks it is Tim Harvey (Nationwide/Motorbase) who stands out as having the greatest knowledge of this remarkable race track. That level of prior track knowledge marks Harvey as a pre-race favourite, but over recent weeks the leading title contenders have all been gaining experience of the Nordschleife and a final round of familiaristion training is taking place this week.

Heading to Germany with a handy points’ lead is James Sutton (SAS/Redline), who has a 20-point margin over team mate Michael Meadows. However, it is far too early for Sutton to be thinking about a second Carrera Cup title and his aim for the Nurburgring is another strong points’ finish. Meadows, meanwhile, is having his best season to date and knows that he cannot afford to let Sutton add to his lead as the series heads into a seven-week mid-season break.

Two drivers from the Parker with Juta team are taking the fight to the SAS duo and both Stephen Jelley and Euan Hankey are determined to use the wild card of this race on the Nordschleife to peg back the points’ gap. The experience of the track acquired by Stuart Parker and his team over the last decade could prove crucial in Saturday’s race. Ben Hetherington (Oman Air/Redline) and Team Parker Racing’s Sam Tordoff and Richard Plant are new to the track as well, but are all capable of claiming a podium place.

In Pro-Am1, Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) is setting the pace and that is likely to continue in Germany, where he may well be right up among the pro drivers. Chasing Gelzinis are Ahmad Al Harthy (Oman Air/Redline) and Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Butcher heads to Germany on the back of a stunning performance last time out in changing weather conditions at Oulton Park.

With Pro-Am2 leader Andrew Shelley (Redline Racing) missing the race due to family commitments, it is George Brewster (Celtic Speed) and Keith Webster (Redline Racing) who are poised to take over the Pro-Am2 lead. Other Pro-Am2 podium contenders are Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) and Tommy Dreelan (Celtic Speed).

After qualifying at 15.25 on Friday, the Porsche Carrera World Cup will start at 11.20 on Saturday. Eurosport will carry a live TV broadcast of the race in a programme starting at 10.45 (local time).

Hankey stars in Carrera Cup GB at the Nurburgring

Media release: 23 June 2011

Source: Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain

Euan Hankey was the absolute hero of the day in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at the Nurburgring Nordschleife today (Thursday 23 June) during testing ahead of round nine of the championship.

With a mighty performance on the toughest race track in the world, Hankey (Parker with Juta) belied his inexperience of the German venue to not only top the Carrera Cup GB field but also post eighth fastest time overall within the 100-strong field for the Porsche Carrera World Cup. Even though he has only raced at the Nordschleife once before, Hankey was the only driver from outside the Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup Germany runners to feature in the top 10 times. He ended the session ahead of established Porsche and Nurburgring aces like Patrick Huisman, Nick Tandy and Jeroen Bleekemolen.

The Porsche Carrera World Cup is the biggest single-make Porsche race ever held, with 100 cars from Europe including 21 cars from the Carrera Cup GB and GT3 Cup Challenge. It was a fabulous sight as James Sutton headed 100 911 GT3 Cup cars out of the Formula 1 paddock onto the Grand Prix circuit at the start of testing. The race on Saturday morning will run over six laps of the daunting 14-mile Nordschleife circuit.

“This is the most incredible place in motor sport,” said Hankey. “I’m so enjoying it that I can’t really put it into words. I’ve only raced here once and it is so overwhelming the first time you drive around it.”

Next among the Carrera Cup GB crews were Sutton and Michael Meadows (SAS/Redline). “It was hard work and a little bit sloppy,” reported Sutton of his session. “I bent the steering arm at the Carousel early in the session and so there is a lot of time to come in qualifying.” Meadows suffered a similar fate to his team mate with a bent steering arm from the second lap. “I love it; it’s a great track,” said Meadows.

In Pro-Am1, Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) headed the times from Derek Pierce (Team Parker Racing) and Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed). Pro-A1 contender Ahmad Al Harthy (Oman Air/Redline) was bowled over by the whole experience. “It’s the hardest circuit I’ve ever driven on and really challenging in a Cup car,” he said. “It really is something special and like nothing we’ve ever done before.”

In Pro-Am2, George Brewster (Celtic Speed) and Keith Webster (Redline Racing) were the Pro-Am2 pacesetters. “That was the experience of my life,” said Webster, who had previously done many laps of the Nordschleife on motorbikes. “It is awesome; what a place to drive,” he said.

Qualifying will be start at 15.25 on Friday afternoon, with the race at 11.20 on Sunday during the build up to the annual 24-hour race.

Sutton tops Carrera Cup GB pack at the Nurburgring

Media release: 24 June 2011

Source: Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain

James Sutton was the leading Porsche Carrera Cup GB driver on the Nurburgring Nordschleife today (Friday 24 June) during qualifying for round nine of the championship, the Porsche Carrera World Cup. Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) headed Pro-Am1 and George Brewster (Celtic Speed) set the Pro-Am2 pace.

Sutton (SAS/Redline) and Euan Hankey (Parker with Juta) headed the times, but both fell foul of the challenging track and crashed out before the end of qualifying. Sutton’s car should be ready for Saturday’s race, but will require a major amount of work from the Redline crew, but Hankey’s will not be able to race.

A rain and hailstorm swept across the circuit shortly before qualifying, but the main Nordschleife was largely dry and most drivers started the hour-long session on slick tyres. Sutton set his best time on his second flying lap of the 14-mile track, but later spun into the barriers trying to improve on 17th place overall in the 100-car field. “We had the job done and the car was fantastic, but the circuit bit me,” admitted Sutton. The Redline team now faces a late night of work to fix the car, but team boss Simon Leonard is confident that it will be ready for the race on Saturday morning.

Things were not so good for Hankey, who had been the star of testing. Attacking the track in pursuit of a leading time he crashed heavily. Hankey was unharmed, but the car is out for the rest of the weekend. Third fastest in overall terms was Michael Meadows (SAS/Redline). “The first lap was a nightmare and the Grand Prix track was the wettest part. No one knew how hard to push,” said Meadows, who was only two seconds slower than Sutton.

Gelzinis headed Pro-Am1 with a fine performance ahead of his first race on the Nordschleife. “I was very careful from the start and I decided to stay out of trouble,” said the Lithuanian racer. “The result is quite okay.” Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) was an excellent second fastest in Pro-Am1. “I really enjoyed that,” said the Scot. “It’s a real challenge and we are just so lucky to be racing here.” Fellow Scot Derek Pierce (Team Parker Racing) was a very close third in Pro-Am1, despite a high-speed spin when catching a slower car. “I was so pleased it stayed out of the barriers. I felt I had the pace for pole, but I got big traffic on my best lap.”

Brewster made it a good day for Celtic Speed with the best time in Pro-Am2, after pitting mid-session to change the set-up to suit the drying track. “I knew we had a chance of two flying laps and there were yellow flags, but we got a good run. The whole thing is amazing,” said Brewster of the Porsche Carrera World Cup race weekend.

Second to Brewster was Keith Webster (Redline Racing) as Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) completed the top three in Pro-Am2. “I’m disappointed; I wanted to be P1 but I just couldn’t string a lap together,” said Webster. “I love the track,” said Denny, who found a 10s improvement over his best lap in testing.

Harvey masters Nurburgring in Carrera Cup GB

Source: Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain

Media release: 25 June 2011

Tim Harvey called on all his racing experience and wet weather prowess to win the Porsche Carrera Cup GB element of the Porsche Carrera World Cup race on the Nurburgring Nordschleife today (Saturday 25 June).

The race, over six laps of the toughest circuit in the world, ran in truly challenging conditions that caught out many drivers, but Harvey (Nationwide/Motorbase) drove a superbly measured race to win after working ahead of Stephen Jelley (Team Parker Racing). Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) was a tremendous fourth to win Pro-Am1, while Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) drove the race of his life to win the Pro-Am2 category.

Steady rain before the start of the race left the 14-mile track very wet and slippery for the 98-car field contesting the biggest one-make Porsche race in history. The grid was split into three groups of 911 GT3 Cup cars for the rolling start, with race results determined on elapsed time and sitting in 98th place on the grid was Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing) after gearbox problems in qualifying.

The opening lap delivered many incidents and accidents and the drama claimed four of the five cars from Red Line Racing as James Sutton, Ben Hetherington, Ahmad Al Harthy and Keith Webster all crashed out. Meanwhile, Michael Meadows (SAS/Redline) lost his front splitter as he battled in the lower reaches of the first grid with Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing).

Starting near the front of the second grid proved beneficial to Jelley and Harvey who had a clearer track ahead of them and less spray as they quickly moved into the lead on race times. Harvey was content to sit behind Jelley over the first couple of laps as they explored the amount of grip available, but was then able to move ahead as the track became slightly less wet. After six truly demanding laps, Harvey was top of the Carrera Cup pack and 13th overall among the best 911 GT3 Cup racers in the world.

“That’s the one you want to win,” said an elated Harvey. “This was the big one and it is a wonderful feeling. It was about being safe on the first lap because I’d never driven a racing lap here in the wet. The car from Motorbase was easy to drive and once I got past Stephen I was able to pull away. It’s been a fantastic event and one of the best race meetings I can remember.”

Jelley chased hard, but was reeled in and passed on the final lap by Butcher. However, a 30s time penalty for a yellow flag infringement later cost Butcher two places and he ended the race fourth and first in Pro-Am1. “There were so many unknowns,” said Jelley of the opening laps. “But it was very challenging and a great event. That’s probably the best race I’ve ever done.”

With Butcher’s penalty, Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) completed the overall podium after a tremendous drive in the toughest of conditions. “The first aim was to get to the finish,” said Tordoff. “This is the best track in the world in the dry and the scariest in the wet, and you do have to respect it.”

For the second race running, Butcher excelled in wet and slippery conditions and was unfortunate to drop from second to fourth with his time penalty. “I love the way the car is in the wet and I don’t think I could have asked for much more. I love this track and I just enjoyed the whole thing.” Taking fifth overall and second in Pro-Am1 was Derek Pierce (Dextra/JD Pierce by Parker) after another starring performance. ”There’s not even a scratch on the car,” he said. “That was the toughest race I’ve ever had.”

Meadows and Gelzinis battled home for sixth and seventh, both losing out in the early laps by running in the chaos and spray of the first pack. Having started 98th and dead last, Plant drove a stunning race to battle through to 35th overall and eighth in the Carrera Cup GB and earn the ‘driver of the weekend’ award. Alex Martin (Dextra/JD Pierce by Parker) had an excellent run to ninth place to ensure all five Team Parker Racing cars in the race reached the finish. That achievement earned the squad the ‘team of the weekend’ award.

With George Brewster (Celtic Speed) out at the first corner after a knock from another car, Denny clinched his first Pro-Am2 category win. “It was unbelievable; crazy and amazing,” said Denny. “There was almost zero visibility at the start. That’s the toughest race I’ve done by a long way!”