It swirled around as a rumour the past few weeks and a press release of the organizing ADAC Nordrhein confirmed a 6 hour race to be held before the Nürburgring 24 Hours, thus functioning as a qualifying race. The race, due to be run over two days, on April 5th and 6th will offer teams a chance of fine tuning their machinery before the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The event will be run on the same track layout as the big event about 10 weeks later. Participation during the two days is not necessary to be allowed to take part in the big race, June 19th – 22nd. The entry for the Nürburgring 24 Hours closes on April 28th.
On Saturday teams will have a chance to do a rollout on the GP loop in the morning, before hitting the Nordschleife in the afternoon and also the early evening with some night running planed was well. On Sunday after a two hour qualifying race, the main 6 hour race will be held. The plan is also to halt the practice session every once in a while to recover broken down vehicles, this is also done at the VLN test day.
If a driver does the night practice session and two stints during the race he has insured himself his qualification for the Nürburgring 24 Hours, this makes it attractive to some foreign drivers and also some foreign teams as they can test under race conditions.
This all brings us to the big question, why hold a race before the Nürburgring 24 Hours, when VLN and RCN offer enough possibilities to fine tune your race car. Well there is no definitive answer, but its probably just an attempt by the ADAC Nordrhein to also grab some money of the teams and drivers willing to take part in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Remember the ADAC Nordrhein has nothing in common with the VLN, apart from sharing most of its technical and some sporting regulations.
But one thing for sure, this fills up the calendar of a lot of people, including the writer of these lines. As VLN kicks of on March 22nd with the test day, holding its first race on March 29th and the second round on April 12th. Meaning 4 weekends in a row in the Eifel mountains!