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Nürburgring Endurance Series: a breath of fresh air in the Green Hell

19. January 2024

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Nürburg, January 19, 2024 – Innovative, attractive, cost-efficient and sustainable – the new Nürburgring Endurance Series, NES for short, is bringing a breath of fresh air to the Green Hell. In an online meeting on Friday, Lutz Leif Linden, Secretary General of the Automobile Club of Germany (AvD), and Ralph-Gerald Schlüter, Managing Director of NES GmbH, presented the new racing series, which will be launched for the first time in 2024, to representatives of teams, industry and partners. The dates for the NES races will be published shortly as soon as the contract negotiations with Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG have been concluded.

“Teams, drivers, industry and partners are our top priority. Today’s meeting was an initial information event. Now the direct, open dialog begins. Together with all those involved – including sports officials and fans – we will shape a successful future for the NES and thus for endurance racing on the legendary Nordschleife, including with new ideas,” says Lutz Leif Linden.

Vehicles divided into three divisions – overall winner in the title fight

One of the innovations of the NES is a redesigned division of the vehicles into three divisions, for standard vehicles, improved vehicles and thoroughbred racing vehicles. A compact class structure ensures more competition within a class and between the different classes, an exciting sporting competition with more clarity and transparency. The Nürburgring Endurance Series ensures that all vehicles from the NES can also take part in other endurance races without major technical modifications. A points system that takes into account the class result depending on the number of participants in the class and additional points for placement in the overall classification makes for greater appeal. If the year-end result in the respective division is already strongly emphasized, the overall winner will receive outstanding attention.

The focus on riders of all classes is not out of sight, as the NES is open to all – professional and non-professional – riders. Especially for the so-called “small classes”, NES wants to acquire new, compact vehicles together with the industry and make it easier for newcomers to enter the fascinating world of motorsport on the legendary Nordschleife through cost-effective pricing.

Paperless: Digital administration is a huge relief

One of the innovative new features of NES is the paperless and therefore sustainable management of all processes, from registration and document management to digital signatures. The digital platform onGrid, which is gradually being expanded, will make administrative activities much easier for all participants, drivers, teams and organizers. Sustainability is also reflected in incentives for the use of vehicles with hybrid drives and alternative fuels. The “NES Light” is part of the pool of ideas for the coming years, with the option of only racing for two hours as part of a four-hour race at low cost or only taking part in a smaller number of races in a separate classification.

The regulations for the NES 2024, consisting of a sporting, technical and organizational part, are ready. Talks are currently being held with the German Motor Sport Federation (DMSB). “We want to publish the regulations as soon as possible,” emphasizes Ralph-Gerald Schlüter.

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