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Into the Green Hell: inaugural four-hour race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series

2. May 2024

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Premiere in the Green Hell: The Nürburgring Endurance Series (NES) will host its first race on Saturday, May 4. The endurance race lasts four hours and starts at 12 noon after qualifying (08:30-10:00). Premiere in the Green Hell: The Nürburgring Endurance Series (NES) is staging its inaugural race on Saturday, 4 May. The four-hour endurance race will start at 12:00 after qualifying (08:30-10:00). A small but select field of powerful racing cars from the GT3 and GT4 categories as well as from the Porsche, BMW and TCR classes will then take on the 24.358 kilometres long Nürburgring combination of the challenging Nordschleife and the shortened Grand Prix circuit. Motorsport enthusiasts can follow the race live, either on site at a ticket price of 20 Euros, or on the live stream with commentary in German and English with spectacular footage from the helicopter and three on-board cameras. The service is complemented by live timing and the web-based Radio Nürburgring in partnership with Radio RPR.1. All information and links can be found on the official website www.nes.de.

From professionals like Nicki Thiim to gentlemen drivers like Thomas Leyherr

Walkenhorst Motorsport and PROsport Racing will be running five of the powerful Aston Martin Vantage cars, four GT3s and one GT4. Works drivers David Pittard (GBR) and Nicki Thiim (DEN) as well as Jakub Giermaziak (POL) stand out as the top line-up. The Porsche 911 GT3 R 992 from Dinamic GT in Italy will be driven by last year’s Porsche factory Junior driver Bastian Buus (DEN) and ex-DTM driver Marvin Dienst (GER). Herberth Motorsport will enter another 911 GT3 R 992 for Robert Renauer (GER). In the NES GT class, the PROsport Vantage will be joined by Team Toyo Tires with Ring Racing with a Toyota Supra and Walkenhorst with a BMW M4 GT4. Ring Racing is fielding another Supra under its own banner for Japanese drivers Masahiro Sasaki and Yasuhiro Ogura.

Canadian Robert Wickens will also be taking part. The former DTM driver, who has been paraplegic since his serious IndyCar accident in 2018, will drive the Hyundai Elantra N TCR from Bryan Herta Autosport together with American Harold Gottsacker, with whom Wickens became champion in the TCR class of the IMSA Challenge last year. Also competing in NES.02 is three-time World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaux (GBR), who will take turns at the wheel of the Walkenhorst Hyundai i30N with his son Sebastian and Ben Barker (GBR).

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NES.01 – Toyo Tires with Ring Racing, Toyota Supra

Endurance races in the ‘Green Hell’ are always a mix of professionals, semi-professionals and ambitious amateurs. Among those who enjoy this exciting sport primarily for the pleasure of driving is Thomas Leyherr (GER), for example, who enters a BMW M2 CS Racing with his LifeCarRacing team and intends to complete the full duration of the race alone if no team partner can be found at short notice. The German trio Karl-Heinz Meyer, Guido Tönnessen and Olaf Baunack is also among the amateurs with the KKrämer Racing Porsche Cayman GT4.

Nine hours of testing on Friday

Other teams will use the so-called test and set-up sessions (09:00-18:00) on Friday for extensive testing. These include Scherer Sport PHX with an Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo 2 for Frank Stippler (GER) and Frédéric Vervisch (BEL), Manthey EMA with a Porsche 911 GT3 R 992 for DTM champion Thomas Preining (AUT), Kévin Estre (FRA) and Ayhancan Güven (TUR), ROWE RACING with two BMW M4 GT3s for Marco Wittmann (GER), Raffaele Marciello (CHE) and Robin Frijns (NED) and Team Advan by HRT with a Mercedes AMG GT3 for Salman Owega (GER) and Ralf Aron (EST).

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NES.01 – Rowe Racing, BMW M4 GT3

NES organisation: ready for the first race

„All beginnings are difficult,” says Ralph-Gerald Schlüter, Managing Director, NES GmbH. “The field for our first race is small, which is not satisfactory. However, we have managed to secure the necessary infrastructure and to enthuse the necessary manpower, including the required marshals, to be able to stage the race.”

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