German motorsport sanctioning body DMSB have just announced the following, again with apologies for the vaguaries of Google Translate
“After the severe accident within the opener of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring in which a spectator was fatally injured, the DMSB has suspended the license path for the Nordschleife for certain classes provisional.
Vehicles of categories SP7, SP8, SP9, SP10, SP-X and SP-Pro are now not eligible for DMSB approved events on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring until further notice. (this is effectively the whole field of GT cars)
DMSB General Secretary Christian Schacht summarizes:
“We can not and will not be business as usual after an accident of this kind. We are all still deeply shocked and our thoughts are with the family of the victim. The security of the participants and especially the spectators must be a top priority. Therefore, we need to analyze the details of what happened, discuss and then implement the necessary consequences. Only after that vehicles can get back on the Nordschleife for use with similar specs as the car accident. ”
Since – as usual in such cases – the prosecution has seized the vehicle in question and will make in the next few days examined by an expert, a reading of data or the evaluation of inboard footage was previously not possible for the experts of the DMSB.
“Any speculation therefore currently not lead to anything,” said Schacht further. “Our aim is to allow continued safe on the Nordschleife Motorsport – for participants and for spectators. What steps are necessary in order not to lose this goal given current events from view, we will check as soon as possible, together with the track owners and other stakeholders. ”
The Nurburgring/VLN class structure is complex with cars divided by car type, engine size and potentially fuel type.
In this instance, the classes affected are:
SP7 – includes Porsche Cup class cars
SP8 – larger-engined non-FIA GT homologated cars – includes Lexus LFA
SP9 – includes FIA GT3-class cars
SP10 – includes FIA GT4-class cars
SPX – other non-homologated GT cars – includes Glickenhaus SCG 003
There are no further details on the measures proposed by the DMSB around investigations, or amendments to the cars and/or track.
Nissan meanwhile has released the following statement this afternoon:
“After the terrible events during yesterday’s VLN race, Nissan is pleased to have received information that the two injured spectators have been released from hospital. Jann Mardenborough has completed a series of medical tests and has also been released from hospital. Naturally he is very distressed about the outcome of yesterday’s accident.
The vehicle has been impounded by the German authorities and Nissan has offered full cooperation in their investigation.
Everyone at Nissan would like to again extend their deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased and to the spectators who were hurt. Nissan would also like to thank everyone for the support they have shown for the fans involved, the team and for Jann Mardenborough.”
The 2015 Nurburgring 24 Hours is due to take place in six weeks’ time.